Robert Poe's students at Arizona State University frantically contacted him last month to ask why he was no longer listed as an instructor on their class lists.
"Hey, what’s going on?" "Are you still teaching the class?" "We didn’t know whether somebody else would come in Tuesday of next week, we don’t know what’s going on with the class," they asked him.
The students were given no notice, but Poe knew full well what was happening: ASU was trying to scrub away any public trace of his current position as a teacher.
Poe, who is a faculty associate and a PhD student at the university, had been drawn into the white freakout over a course the school was offering on "the problem of whiteness” in mid-February. Poe held an informal debate about the course, called a “teach-in," that prompted white nationalist groups to launch email campaigns against him and the university.
Poe told TPM recently that he believes the university is aligning itself with those white nationalist groups by choosing to stay silent about those activists' meddling on campus. Instead of coming to his defense, Poe said ASU's administration has scrubbed his status as a teacher from the Internet and made overtures that it wanted him fired altogether.
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