UT Knoxville College of Law Dean Denounces Glenn Reynolds’ Tweet Encouraging Violence Against Protesters
The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s College of Law Dean Melanie Wilson has issued a statement denouncing “Instapundit” Glenn Reynolds for his ugly tweet encouraging violence against protesters, and UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has supported Wilson’s statement.
This is the statement by Dean Wilson:
“I am aware of the remarks made last night on Twitter by Professor Glenn Reynolds and of the serious and legitimate concerns expressed by members of the UT Law family and the University of Tennessee community, as well as concerned citizens across the country. Professor Reynolds’s comments do not reflect my views and opinions, nor do they reflect the values of the college and university.
University administrators, college faculty, and I are investigating this matter.
The university is committed to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and diverse viewpoints, all of which are important for an institution of higher education and the free exchange of ideas. My colleagues and I in the university’s leadership support peaceful civil disobedience and all forms of free speech, but we do not support violence or language that encourages violence.
Professor Reynolds has built a significant platform to discuss his viewpoints, but his remarks on Twitter are an irresponsible use of his platform.
The College of Law is committed to ensuring our students learn in a welcoming, open, and inclusive community in which they can successfully pursue their law degrees and become not only responsible lawyers, but also responsible global citizens who are able to competently represent people of all backgrounds.”
Meanwhile, in classic right wing fashion, Reynolds is not apologizing for the tweet — although he says he wouldn’t do it again. This combination of defiance and cowardice makes it very clear the only thing he regrets is being caught.
Reynolds told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he would “probably not” tweet the message if given another chance, but he was unapologetic.
“I have to say I don’t apologize for the sentiment,” he said. “I think that this tactic of blocking people on the interstate and surrounding cars is itself violent. It is threatening. It is not peaceful protest, and it should not be permitted.”