College prof regrets ‘stupidity and arrogance’ of his tweet

Jason Cohen

Berea College English professor Jason Cohen tweeted earlier this week: “Given a student named TeQuilla, are my worst assumptions unavoidable? #s–tmystudentsmakemethink that at the end of the semester, I’m right.” He’s now apologizing to TeQuilla Berry and everyone else at the Kentucky school:

I am writing to express my deeply felt remorse for my unprofessional and mean-spirited post. In my use of a student’s name in a personal post in the world of social media, I neglected my responsibility as a teacher and as a human to my fellow beings. I am most saddened by my own inability to see the destructive impact my remark would have on my relationship with my students, colleagues and peers.

READ THE FULL APOLOGY

He’s also asked black faculty members to join him in a “conversation” about his tweet. (By the way, he currently has 33 followers.) “I acknowledge that I acted very badly, and I hope that you can still see me with respect,” he told the colleagues.

* Watch a Lexington television station’s report on the tweet flap

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  1. An interesting tidbit from the story:

    “Berea was the first college in the South to educate black and white students together, until it was forbidden by the Day Law in 1904. The school is one of the most racially diverse in Kentucky, with a minority student enrollment of 30 percent.”