The self-proclaimed “anti-fascist” adjunct economics professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has been placed on leave after he tweeted about how he wanted his students to be killed in the “rev” and how he enjoyed teaching “future dead cops.”
Mike Isaacson, who goes by “VulgarEconomics” on Twitter, tweeted in August about how his position at John Jay College puts him in the unique position of teaching “future dead cops”:
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— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 23, 2017
He also joked about being the economics professor of some of the “future dead cops” and fantasized about killing them in the upcoming revolution:
"Weren't you my econ professor?"— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 23, 2017
"See? You had the opportunity."
jokesaboutmystudentsgettingexecutedintherev dot tumblr dot com— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 23, 2017
After Isaacson’s remarks garnered the attention of the police union, John Jay president Karol Mason issued a statement addressing the tweets.
The New York Daily News reports Mason said that Isaacson was being placed on leave out of concern for the safety of their students.
“Today, members of the John Jay faculty received threats, and our students expressed concerns for their safety in the classroom,” the statement reportedly said. “Out of concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we are immediately placing the adjunct on administrative leave as we continue to review this matter.”
“I want to state clearly that I was shocked by these statements. They are abhorrent,” Mason continued. “This adjunct expressed personal views that are not consistent with our college’s well-known and firm values and principles and my own personal standards and principles. I am appalled that anyone associated with John Jay, with our proud history of supporting law enforcement authorities, would suggest that violence against police is ever acceptable.”
Before Isaacson was placed on leave, the New York Daily News spoke to him about his tweets. Isaacson reportedly shrugged them off, saying, ““Oh, that s---? Everybody dies.”
On Saturday, Isaacson addressed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s criticism of his tweets, calling them on assault on “free speech and academic freedom.”
idk if he consulted anyone before sending this out, but he really should have because he messed up big (thread to follow) https://t.co/nlAnZeu9gy— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
First @NYCMayor has taken a swipe at the administrative autonomy of John Jay College and CUNY— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
Second, @nycmayor has taken a swipe at free speech and academic freedom— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
In addition to being a professor, Isaacson also begs for money on his Twitter through Patreon and Venmo for his “anti-fascist” activities.
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