Be careful what you share on social media, because a college professor had to undergo psychiatric evaluation after someone at the school allegedly felt “threatened” by his post-election tweets against President-elect Donald Trump.
In the wake of 11/9, Kevin Allred, professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey, posted some controversial remarks on his Twitter account about flag burning and gun control.
A few hours later, NYPD was knocking at the door of his Brooklyn home.
As it turns out, the university was concerned about the tweets — apparently perceived as violent — so they alerted the police, who then detained Allred and dropped him off at the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric ward.
NYPD just came to my house bc Rutgers Police told them i'm a threat based on political statements i've made on campus and on twitter.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) November 16, 2016
ok. they let me leave. this is a shitshow and is proof positive that Trump's crackdown on free speech has absolutely begun.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) November 16, 2016
The professor, who previously made headlines for teaching a course titled “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” spent two hours at the hospital before doctors agreed he had no psychological issues.
“The doctors were like, ‘This is ridiculous, why did they bring you here?’” Allred told The New York Daily News. “And I said, ‘That’s what I thought, but they told me they had to do it.’”
& to be clear: my statements the police labeled threats were abt burning the american flag& me posing a rhetorical question on 2nd amendment— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) November 16, 2016
Allred, who is white, believes the whole episode stemmed from his now-deleted tweet, where he had asked if conservatives would care as much about the Second Amendment if guns killed more white people. His rhetorical question rubbed someone the wrong way.
Perhaps his phrasing should have been better.
“Rutgers police contacted the 94 Precinct and requested a wellness check be conducted on the professor based on comments he made in the classroom and on Twitter about killing white people,” the police said in a statement. “Based on these comments he was transported to Bellevue Hospital for psychological evaluation.”
i said: would conservatives care as much abt the 2nd amendment if guns killed more white people? a question meant to expose double standard— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) November 16, 2016
As the BuzzFeed reports, Allred admitted his tweet “was incendiary/provocative for sure, but in my opinion not a threat and it was in the context of a whole bunch of tweets about the election and the issues raised in it meant to show people’s reasons as holding double standards.”
However, he added, “obviously it’s Twitter so it was curt and meant to provoke for a purpose and then it got singled out.”
Meanwhile, the officials at Rutgers University said they were responding to a student’s complaint.
“The Rutgers University Police Department ... took all appropriate action,” said Rutgers representative Jeffrey Tolvin in a statement. “We have no further comment.”
Allred later returned to teach his classes.
The recent election has sparked a series of protests across the country. Thousands of people have taken to street to protest the victory of the racist billionaire who didn’t even realize the enormous “scope” of the job before he signed up for the race.
At a time like this, when sentiments are running high on both sides and the country is more divided than ever, everyone needs to take a deep breath and try to fix the situation instead of further aggravating it.