Outspoken Conservative, UNCW Criminology Professor Mike Adams was found dead at his home on Thursday. Adams was a controversial figure who was forced out of UNCW in July for “racist, homophobic, and sexist” tweets. He was set to retire on August 1. Police have not released the cause of death. (Breitbart)
After public complaints arose over his comments on Twitter, he recently met with UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli and they came to an agreement for $502,706.76 for him to retire on August 1st. Now he is dead.
Adams was a frequent speaker for YAF – Young Americans for Freedom, and sometimes wrote columns for Townhall and Daily Wire. He consistently made statements that rankled the more politically correct folks. Statements such as this:
“This evening I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!”
The reference was to Governor Roy Cooper’s lockdown policies, which has just been relaxed. But the outrage for his reference to “massa” rippled far and wide across the campus, with many offended by it. (WECT).
Here are some other examples of his tweets:
While some of his tweets were simply truthful, others were a bit over the top. He seemed to enjoy being the lightning rod for the left’s anger. At a “Re-open NC” event in April, he advised people to defy the Governor’s shutdown orders.
Mike Adams was involved in a First Amendment lawsuit against UNCW for wrongful dismissal in 2014 that took 7 years to settle. After taking the case to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, he won and was reinstated. It cost the University over $700,000.
A petition to have him removed from UNCW circulated at Change.org, with 28,719 signatures as of this writing. The narrative of that petition reads in part,
“In 2016 Adams wrote an article outing a UNCW student, a young woman, using her full name, and mocked her sexuality and religion. Adams’s followers proceeded to send death threats to the student, who ultimately transferred schools.
Most recently Adams has re-engaged in tweets decrying the public’s reaction to stopping police violence towards, and the killing of black people. His tweets elude to a second civil war, and defaming people of color.
Mike Adams does not belong in a position of teaching young students, and perpetuating racism by instilling ideals that white culture is superior to others. Especially as a criminology professor, potentially seeding dangerous behavior in minds seeking a future in law enforcement. His own comments clearly portray an individual who believes people of color’s culture and morals are inferior to his own. Mike Adams enjoys his 1st amendment rights, just as we all should. Express yours by telling Mike Adams and UNCW (a public university) that NC tax payers won’t help fund his salary, and that freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequence.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if those who signed that petition used the same standards for their leftist professors?
— YAF (@yaf) July 23, 2020
Today is a sad day at our little chapter. Our dear and beloved advisor and mentor, Mike Adams, has passed away. Below is our statement, YAF at UNCW will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/el7xCjiud8
— UNCW YAF (@YAFUNCW) July 24, 2020
Mike Adams was well liked by his students, and well hated by others. Was his death suicide or homicide? Stay Tuned.
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