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Brooklyn College students protest professor over blog post defending sexual assault, Brett Kavanaugh

Speaking up: Students demanded that Mitchell Langbert be fired for his recent blog posts defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and held a protest on the campus’s East Quad on Oct. 4. He has since apologized, saying that the post was meant as satire.
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These students want to teach their professor a lesson.

Hundreds of Brooklyn College students demanded on Oct. 4 that school officials fire a faculty member over a recent blog post defending controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — or any man accused of sexual assault during high-school years.

The students gathered on the college’s East Quad and insisted that the school’s administration fire Mitchell Langbert, an associate professor at the college’s business school, who wrote that committing sexual assault in high school is part of being a man.

“If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex,” Langbert said in the post on Sept. 27.

In the same post, he said that sexual assault should be a requirement for future political and judicial appointees, and that Kavanaugh’s hearings were made a travesty by the Democrats, whom he referred to as the “sissy party.”

“In the future, having committed sexual assault in high school ought to be a prerequisite for all appointments, judicial and political. Those who did not play spin-the-bottle when they were 15 should not be in public life,” he said.

Several students voiced their disgust at Langbert’s online comments, saying that it made them feel unsafe on campus.

“My main concerns are the risk and the danger that the female students in front of him are in,” said Sumaya Javaid, a junior at the college, adding that Langbert’s beliefs could make him judge his female students unfairly. “It gives an unfair advantage where he doesn’t respect women, so I don’t think he would be fair to a female student as much as he would be to a male student,” she said.

Another student agreed that Langbert should be fired.

“I don’t think he should keep his job. He’s obviously a danger to the environment, and if you’re going to be learning with a professor like that, you’re not going to feel safe and feel like you can actually learn anything,” said Naimah Munim, also a junior.

The organizer of the protest condemned Langbert’s statements as sexist and dangerous.

“We unequivocally condemn Mr. Langbert’s sexism, glorification and promotion of sexual assault, and his calls for violence, as well as all legitimate threats of violence from any member of the campus community,” said Corrinne Greene of the student group Young Progressives of America.

Greene read out the group’s demands, which, along with him being fired, included an investigation into Langbert’s conduct during his tenure. They also demanded that the college should formally condemn the message and introduce mandatory anti-sexual-assault classes for all college faculty and administrators.

College provost Anne Lopes issued a statement on Oct. 3 saying that, while Langbert’s statements were offensive, the Constitution protects his right to make them.

“I view the post as offensive, obviously abhorrent, and contravening the fundamental values and practices of our community,” she said in the statement. “However, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects even speech that many experience as offensive, such as the faculty member’s post.”

One sophomore agreed that while Langberts comments were offensive, firing him would be a last resort, and that a dialogue would be more constructive.

“I think terminating him should be the last thing. The staff and students should sit down with the professor and have a conversation first,” said Naim Nuvel.

After the protest, college president Michelle Anderson released a statement in support of the protesting students.

“I want to add my personal voice to the chorus of condemnation of the faculty member’s blog post,” she wrote. “I find his words repugnant to our values as an institution of higher education. His remarks contravene our commitments to diversity, equality, and intellectual respect,” Michelle Anderson said in a statement.

Anderson did not say whether Langbert would be let go, but said that she met with student representatives to see what steps the administration would take.

“This morning, I met with leadership from student government, as well as student protest organizers, to discuss their concerns and to consider constructive responses we could take together,” she said.

Langbert amended his post ahead of the protest, saying that it was meant as satire, along the lines of 18th-century Irish writer Jonathan Swift, who argued satirically that the Irish should sell their children as food to the British to get out of poverty.

“I wrote the following short blog in light of the defamation that Judge Kavanaugh has suffered at the hands of his political opponents. It is intended to be taken in the same light as Swift’s claim that Irish children should be eaten. I was surprised to learn that some readers took me literally, claiming that I advocate rape,” he said in the amended post.

But students and faculty did not buy his explanation, saying that even if he was sincere about it being satire, it was still not appropriate for him to joke about sexual assault, given the current national climate, according to one staff member.

“I don’t think as a straight male he gets to make satire about sexual assault. I don’t think it is his place,” said Hasan Ozcan, an acting director at the college’s Preparatory Center.

Ozcan doubted the honesty of Langbert’s explanation in light of other posts on his blog, which argue a range of conservative ideas and rail against Democrats.

“Clearly much of his blog has similar sentiments so I neither think that he is sincere in his comment that it was satire, nor do I think it’s his place to make jokes about someone else’s pain, that people endure their entire lives,” Ozcan said.

The college president announced that the college will host two public forums next week, which will allow for students and faculty to reflect and learn from each other, according to a spokesman for the college.

Langert did not respond to repeated requests for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, October 8, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
These little authoritarian nazis need to go back to middle school and read the Constitution. How long is this hissy fit over losing the Supreme Court for their miserable lifetimes going to last? Hopefully right through Election Day, right thinking Americans will be crawling over broken glass to keep these infintile children far away from any levers of power.
Oct. 5, 4:56 pm
Maryanne says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge is a rape apologist! I wonder if he'd change his tune if his wife, mother, or daughter were sexually assaulted and nobody believed her. You are disgusting!
Oct. 5, 6:51 pm
VZ from ZV says:
Oh don't mind him Maryanne. Henry isn't too smart. You see, he doesn't actually understand The Constitution. He thinks he's a patriotic American who can spout racist rants on the internet and that it's protected. He doesn't realize that free speech means that the Government cannot shut you down, even if it's "fake news". However, this dullard doesn't comprehend that hate speech is not protected speech. Meaning, if you spout hate speech you can be fired by your employer or shunned by society, which is NOT the government. I hope he reads this and really understands what it means. There are a lot of dumb, uneducated "patriots" in this country, and they voted for trump, and they keep shouting "FREE SPEECH, PC POLICE". They are idiots. For example, if and when this website deletes my comment, they have not infringed on my 1st Amendment rights because they are not government run.
Oct. 5, 7:12 pm
Johnny Sack from Windsor Terrace says:
It's not rape if you're a Democrat!
Oct. 5, 8:09 pm
Debra Katz from Marxist Loser says:
The Democrats are done. Americans are tired of these Fascists. The minute they throw around the word ‘racist’ or ‘bigot’ you know they are just shutting you down and have no debating skills.
Oct. 5, 9:05 pm
donald the slob trump from the sewers below the suckers who voted for him says:
delusional deb.
Oct. 5, 10:15 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Check out the vz and maryann bot talking to itself
Oct. 6, 12:11 am
Spamf Roming from Park Slope says:
It's a JOKE, people! You snowflakes will melt when it's time to enter the REAL WORLD.
Oct. 6, 8:01 am
Spamf Roming from Park Slope says:
Kavanaugh was falsely accused, liberals. You know, like your favorite topic all throughout middle school, Emmitt Till. But I guess you feel like he should now be considered a rapist too, because you "believe women."
Oct. 6, 8:03 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Looks like vz doesn’t understand tenure, or only likes it when it helps moonbat libtards stay on the public dole for a lifetime.
Oct. 6, 8:53 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
No evidence = LYNCH MOB. Remember when you went to college and came out smarter? I do. I'm old.
Oct. 6, 9:29 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
I hope you people calling Dr. Ford a liar are raped and nobody believes you. See how that feels, you scumbags.
Oct. 6, 9:38 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
But, but but all the COOL kids are holding signs. I wanna be a cool kid and hold a sign too and shout rhymes too!
Oct. 6, 10:53 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Ken your sense of tolerance is brilliant
Oct. 6, 11:34 am
Misty from Brooklyn Heights says:
You don’t want to be sexually asaulted, yet you walk around in velvet sweatpants which say “juicy” on the butt. What message do you think people get when you say that your butt is juicing? They think you’re looking to get sex. With anyone, at any time.
Oct. 6, 11:50 am
Barry from Kenya says:
It’s time for President Trump to consider how effective shooting a few traitorous protesters at Kent State was at bringing mass civil disobedience to an end. This would be the time for another round of culling the herd to remind the seditious Soros thugs of who is running things here.
Oct. 6, 3:40 pm
VZ from ZV says:
⬆⬆⬆Dumbest Fool In Brooklyn⬆⬆⬆ I'm embarrassed for you and your family.
Oct. 6, 4:01 pm
VZ from ZV says:
OK, you're even dumber than I thought or I am talking to a 12 year old. Later.
Oct. 6, 5:03 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
This professor is a bad person and I don’t like what he said. Everyone knows there is no free speech if you are saying something the people don’t like. I want to grab this professor and scream “believe the victims”, over and over again. Right into his ear. Until his ears bleed.
Oct. 6, 6:59 pm
Bruce Kavanaugh says:
You never have the right to touch a woman’s body !
Oct. 7, 8:23 am
Tony Gilgiacomo from Bay ridge says:
Popped a couple of corkes in celebrating Judge Bret confirmation , Democrats have gone to far to the left with unfounded accusations , accusing innocent folks without hard evidence , time for these trouble making libs to disband and just fade away. MAGA
Oct. 7, 8:45 am
Carlos from Bronx says:
Demolish ICE. Take down the border wall, America big enough, free medical for immigrants including dental work and sex change. Free college education for immigrants and their immigrants children and guaranteed jobs for life . This is the only way that we will have peace and tranquillity in the US from immigrants .
Oct. 7, 11:08 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Imagine being dumb enough to parrot everything the lyin fake news media regurgitates. Just ask barry’s brother where he was born, and turn off MSLSD and the Communist News Network. Maybe you will learn something.
Oct. 7, 3:34 pm
VZ from ZV says:
Imagine being dumb enough to support trump.
Oct. 7, 4:44 pm
VZ from ZV says:
Imagine being Henry Ford from Bay Ridge and posting as Barry from Kenya. Pretty pathetic.
Oct. 7, 4:45 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
How many times are you going to force the moderator to delete the same crap?
Oct. 7, 6:17 pm
VZ from ZV says:
How many times are you going to force the moderator to delete your racist crap, you coward?
Oct. 7, 6:30 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Typical liberal with no self awareness. All name calling, hysteria and no substance. No wonder right thinking people are walking away from the left in droves.
Oct. 7, 7:11 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
I guess it’s upsetting to see your dreams crash down and know you will spend the rest of your life under the thumb of a government you despise. It would explain your insane ramblings here. I’d suggest moving to a different country, but our movement is worldwide and soon to be in the ascendency in any country you might think about moving too. Enjoy!
Oct. 7, 7:20 pm
VZ from ZV says:
LOL, get a grip snowflake.
Oct. 7, 8:02 pm
Friedrich, Hans from Brooklyn says:
President Donald Trump has radically transformed American domestic and foreign policy, and — with the confirmation now of two of his picks for the Supreme Court — that legacy now promises to long outlive his presidency. In addition to entrenching a conservative majority on the high court, he's slashed taxes; wiped away decades of regulations; withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership; clamped down on legal and illegal immigration; and induced Mexico and Canada to update the North America Free Trade Agreement. MAGA
Oct. 8, 10 am
Midge from Mill Basin says:
So basically all of you are okay with what the professor said, that it is normal and fine when boys sexually assault girls? All this drivel can be boiled down to that you support rapists? Or do you just like white rapists? Freedom of speech obviously includes the freedom to make a fool of yourself, but the professor would have been better off doing it had he been like the subhumans here and done it under a phony name.
Oct. 8, 11:33 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
If Midge is talking about eliminating tenure at taxpayer funded colleges, I can support that.
Oct. 8, 12:08 pm
Florence Lesbona from Park Slope says:
To all of the posters above - I too was sexually harassed! I never told anyone before. How do you think what you say makes ME feel?!? Like I’m dirty! Like I deserved it?! Like a diseased raccoon in the park?!
Oct. 8, 12:27 pm
Peter from Bay ridge says:
Florence , where you dressed like a whore? You where drunk? What was the circumstances that you where in when you were assaulted .
Oct. 8, 2:32 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Brett Kavanaugh should never have been appointed as one of the nine United States Supreme Court-Judges,for two reasons. First of all,he was STUPID enough,to save"scrap books"his and buddies of his bad;(ages 17&18)-high school behavior. Any really smart person,would have burned it,about 30-years ago. Worse when Mr.Kavanaugh,was really pressured,he had the odesity;to attempt to make himself a victim. He even strongly expressed an entitlement,to be a"Supreme Court"Justice. There are simply better women and men,for this MOST responsible LIFE-TIME duty.
Oct. 8, 5:32 pm
Florence Lesbona from Park Slope says:
Peter, I can't remember what I was wearing. Are you the fashion police? I was not drunk, but my harasser was maybe.
Oct. 9, 8:16 am
Lisa from Brooklyn Heights says:
Bret Kavanaugh was accused on a flimsy 35 year old episode that would not be a charge even if it’s true. My lib friends all agreed that this was a overblown political agenda driven by the progressive libotards . It will for sure harm the Democratic Party as this turned off a lot of decent thinking people that would never do or smear another human in such a vile manner. Thank you
Oct. 9, 8:17 am
Cathy from Homecrest says:
Lisa - you’re full of it. By “it” I mean lying crap. No liberal person has said this to you, and you’re just making it up. Kavanaugh was clearly contentious and has not hidden his political motivations. Instead of forcing such a divisive nomination down people’s throats, a more widely acceptable candidate should have been proposed. The court is for everyone. The justices should be balanced and not vehemently opposed by a large part of the country.
Oct. 9, 10:03 am
Lisa from Brooklyn says:
Cathy , I am pointing out the falsehood of accusing someone on flimsy charges because there is an agenda , and you , yes you just strengthened my fears when you mention his conservative views. So basically you are telling me because of his conservative view you are allowed to falsify and falsely accuse him just to drive your agenda. Thank You I need nothing more from you, you surly have turned a lot of decent people off from the Democratic Party.
Oct. 9, 10:09 am
Cathy from Homecrest says:
Lisa, I never said conservative. The views I object to are hipocracy (pursuing Bill Clinton on allegations of sexual misconduct then suddenly feeling that unneccessarry when the finger is pointed at himself), dishonesty (frequently lying during his testimony - even saying teenage drinking was legal when it was not), and openly attacking a political party (Democrats). It’s one thing to have views that frequently differ from one party, and another to testify under oath that you believe that party is involved in a cast conspiracy against you. Another conservative justice would have been a better choice. Ideally, the justices should not share their views, and decide based on the law. He wasn’t the best candidate, and justified or not, the controversy around him will harm the court and the country. He makes the law weaker, which is bad for the highest court in the country.
Oct. 9, Noon
concerned from Greenwood says:
Why are adults acting like children these days? See comments above. Time to act your age people. Sexual assault is real and it happens to men and women, boys and girls. It's not a joke or controversial. It's a fact. People that come on this site to say awful things really need to get a life. I'm talking to Henry Ford and his friends. Get a life.
Oct. 9, 3:11 pm
VZ from ZV says:
Concerned is absolutely right. Henry and his pals are disgusting savages.
Oct. 9, 8:44 pm
Lisa from Brooklyn Hights says:
No on said that abuse is not real , as far as I am concerned an abuser should hang upside down from a light pole like the Italian dictator Muselinni during WW2 was. It’s accusing innocent people without hard evidence like the libs do nowadays and destroying families along the way that I am against . Libotards have no problem to destroy lives without evidence .
Oct. 10, 2:40 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Lisa, I hope you get raped with no hard evidence to prove it and nobody believes you.
Oct. 10, 6:27 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Lisa, I hope you get raped with no hard evidence to prove it and nobody believes you.
Oct. 10, 6:27 am
Conchita Woo from Park Slope says:
Lisa, you sound like a man from history. You might not recognize his name, but let me assure you was important. The name is : Adolf Hitler That’s you.
Oct. 10, 5:24 pm

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