Twenty-four tenured and senior professors in the English department have released a letter condemning President Wagner’s racist editorial in the Emory Magazine. They condemn Wagner’s words as “indefensible” and call on the Board of Trustees to respond
Also duly noted:
In the short term, we anticipate adverse consequences for the recruitment of faculty members and top-tier students. Serious academics will no doubt pause to question whether Emory is a suitable environment in which to pursue liberal arts training that promotes respect based on informed critical reasoning.
During this graduate admissions season, we have had to write to our admitted students to reassure them that President Wagner’s article in no way reflects our values, nor should it affect their training. Indeed, we have heard back from many of them that the article has been on their minds as they deliberate about whether to come to Emory rather than to accept other, highly competitive offers.
We thank you for your way with words and your integrity in exercising the “responsibilities” that come with tenure. We also express shame at the culture–one not unique to Emory–where junior faculty are led to believe speaking out may put their jobs on the line.