Stupid Is As Stupid Does
By Julia Torres
Mike Isaacson @VulgarEconomics, an adjunct-professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has had the gross audacity to post multiple tweets, stirring students, union leaders, and media. On Aug. 23, 2017, at 12:51 pm, he outraged police union leaders in New York by tweeting, “Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.”
The dismissal of Isaacson from John Jay was quickly sought, but has it occurred?
Despite Isaacson’s recent appearance on Fox News’, Tucker Carlson Tonight leading to the exposure of other abhorrently offensives tweets, namely but not limited to: “Just like a killer cop.”; Hopefully I get rehired and a pay raise like them too!”; “I don’t carry a gun to work nor did I sign up for a job where I can kill civilians with impunity.”, and “What’s even the point of a cop that isn’t dead?”, John Jay College’s response appeared to be a careless and bureaucratic statement simply made to appease the masses.
On Sept. 19, 2017, at 11:39 am, the College’s tweet read:
“The college is following due process to resolve the situation. “Read more below:
Statement from John Jay College.” John Jay College has a proud history of educating law enforcement officers, veterans, and other public service officials who keep our families and communities safe. They deserve our utmost respect and support as they represent the best in our country. The College community stands in solidarity with all those who work so hard every day to ensure our security. As indicated in the statement from President Mason last Friday, the College is reviewing the status of the adjunct faculty.
The disciplinary process is governed by the City University of New York’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which establishes grounds for disciplinary actions by the College. Under the Disciplinary Provisions of the CBA, adjuncts are subject to discharge for just cause but have grievance rights under the Grievance Provisions of the CBA. The College is following due process to resolve the situation.”
The College–having placed Isaacson on paid administrative leave–seems to be more concerned with liability than removing an arrogant, irresponsible, adjunct professor who expresses disdain and violence against law enforcement, imposes radical beliefs on students, causes division within society, and threatens present and future officers as a whole.
Who protects the lives of the protectors? Where does a student’s right to a fair education in a credible institution factor in? Can’t the public opt for unity? Why must a person be at risk in their career?
I believe in the 1st Amendment, but when an individual in an academic setting can influence a student’s future, the tongue must be refrained. You may say what you want in your free time, but if you do, be prepared for the consequences. Appalling, harmful, and antagonistic remarks have a price; the person making them cannot claim stupidity or misunderstanding for them.
Many threats have been posted on Twitter against Isaacson, and the media has sought additional comments from him, yet, not surprisingly, Isaacson has not responded. At present, PBA President, Pat Lynch has demanded Isaacson’s immediate dismissal, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated, “New York City won’t stand for the vile anti-police rhetoric of Michael Isaacson and neither should John Jay College.”
Let us see if Isaacson will assume responsibility for his original audacity or if he will cower away, declaring ignorance. Only time will tell.
Julia Torres is a Doctoral candidate at Drew University. She earned a Master of Science in Homeland Security with a certification in Terrorism Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University; a Jersey City State College, K-12 Teacher Certification; and a Bachelor of Arts Visual Arts from Rutgers University, where she enlisted in the Army Reserves. Upon graduating Rutgers, she began a career in law enforcement, and later volunteered for the Gulf War. Once home, she worked undercover until retiring in 2001 due to a Gulf War illness. Since then, she has done volunteer work, acted, and written two non-fiction books.