A professor at the University of Pennsylvania called presidential candidate Ben Carson a “coon” because he said he’s cool with NASCAR flying Confederate flags during races if that’s what its fans want.
“If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award . . .” Religious Studies professor Anthea Butler tweeted last Tuesday in response to a tweet sharing a Sports Illustrated article about Carson’s comments.
Butler is hardly a new to making inflammatory comments on Twitter. In 2013, she declared that God is a “white racist . . . carrying a gun and stalking young black men.” When controversy ensued, she responded by bragging at the Harlem Book Fair that she had tenure and therefore couldn’t be fired.
“If it’s a majority of people in that area who want [the Confederate battle flag] to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down,” he said, explaining that NASCAR fans should be able to continue to fly it “if it’s private property and that’s what they want to do.”
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.