University of Illinois trustees voted 8-1 Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, who had accepted a tenured professorship last fall to teach in the school’s American Indian Studies program. That offer was revoked this August after Salaita posted several tweets denouncing Israel’s military strikes in Gaza.
Dozens of students staged a walkout earlier this week in support of Salaita and shouted “Shame on you” after the trustees’ vote today.
Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.
In a statement released before the vote, university President Robert Easter said Salaita’s social media activity “indicates that he would be incapable of fostering a classroom environment where conflicting opinions could be given equal consideration, regardless of the issue being discussed.”
So, what exactly did Salaita tweet? Here’s just a selection of his tweets since July.
The Center for Constitutional Rights and attorney Anand Swaminathan, which are representing Salaita, note that he has the backing of the Modern Language Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the American Studies Association.