Cancel culture strikes again, this time a Missouri University associate teaching professor, Joel Poor. Poor was relieved of his teaching duties after he made a comment that was put on Twitter about masks to a Chinese student. Poor stated in an email, according to the Missourian, that the comment was a joke about Wuhan being ground zero for the CoronaVirus.
Poor made the comment in an online class after asking if any of his students were from outside the United States. One of his students replied that he was from Wuhan, China. Poor then stated, “Let me get my mask on.” After the class, a video was put on Twitter asking for Poor to be fired “for his racist and xenophobic comments.” The University of Missouri recognized the post and submitted it to the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX to be investigated.
It did not take long for another video to surface on Twitter that painted a brighter picture of what had happened in that online call. This one was a bit longer, showing Poor asking if the student was situated well and that Poor had a place for the student to stay if things “get tough.”
Following the longer video being posted on Twitter, many have come to the defense of Poor by tweeting “#FreeJoelPoor,” pushing for the University to reverse their decision to relieve Poor of his teaching duties.
Everyone is adapting to the new way our universities are providing education in this unprecedented time, including professors. This is a tough time for professors and students alike.
Maybe we should not be so harsh on someone trying to make light of a poor situation and maybe Cancel Culture will be the one being “cancelled” after this new video surfaced.
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