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Letters to the Editor — May 20, 2021

The Issue: St. John’s University’s firing of a professor for using the N-word while quoting Mark Twain.

As if last year’s firing of adjunct professor Richard Taylor were not egregious enough, St. John’s University had to out-woke even itself and spinelessly cave to grievance-addled whiners (“Twain Wreck,” May 16).

As The Post reported, a veteran adjunct English professor had the temerity to quote verbatim from a satirical novel by Mark Twain.

For this “offense,” Professor Hannah Berliner Fischthal will no longer be teaching.

Recently, I wrote to St. John’s President Rev. Brian Shanley, expressing my disgust at an institution that would cave to, coddle and indulge the woke police. I returned my diploma requesting that, as a graduate, I be “canceled.” No longer do I wish my name associated with SJU.

Should any fellow alumni feel as I do, the time has come to flood Shanley’s office with letters of displeasure and perhaps some returned diplomas of a once-proud and outstanding university.

Anthony Parks

Garden City, NJ

As an alumnus of St. John’s University, I am disgusted by the firing of an adjunct professor because she offended a student by simply reading a passage from one of America’s greatest writers and humorists.

Mark my words, I will not donate a single shilling to my alma mater, regardless of the numerous requests I receive for donations.

T. King

Manhattan

This new America doesn’t seem as smart or as appreciative of our literary life as the America we had.

A student was offended by a discussion that merged history, culture, regionalism, great writing, race and the complexities of all those ideas.

Add that the daughter of Holocaust survivors was guiding this educational journey and some student, schooled in self-absorbed stupidity, can’t take it? It’s another defeat for reason and a victory for oppression.

David Bryant

Easton, Conn.

As an alumni of St. John’s and proud “Redmen” baseball player, I am very ashamed that SJU has become so politically correct that it had to fire Fischthal for using the N-word once while teaching the word’s history and context, quoting Mark Twain.

It started with changing the school’s mascot name from “Redmen” to “Red Storm” and has down-spiraled ever since.

Now this 20-year professor is fired because one student e-mailed a complaint. Such a complaint should not be the basis of investigation and firing.

Is Shanley brave enough to stand up for his staff and stop allowing students to run the university?

Wake up, SJU alums: Stop donating until these so-called intellectual scholars use common sense.

Henry Beckman

Dallas, Texas

I have always been extremely proud of my alma mater and of my SJU degree.

After the recent firing of Fischthal, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, on the heels of the firing of Taylor, it is clear that the university has completely caved to cancel culture.

In light of this, and the school’s sharp left-turn, I am no longer a proud alumnus of SJU. In fact, I am embarrassed to be associated with a school in any way.

Mark Montalbano

Manhattan

Many years have passed since my graduation from St John’s.

Although not a great contributor, I have consistently emotionally and financially supported St. John’s.

After reading of the firing of Professor Fischthal, for the unforgivable sin of quoting from literature, I will no longer continue my support.

A Catholic university that would fire a teacher for quoting Mark Twain’s writings shows no empathy about causing loss of income and respect for one of their own, who has served them for 20 years.

I would have expected more from my beloved alma mater, which espouses Christian values. I would urge others to demand reinstatement as a requirement for further financial support.

Anthony Bruno

Smithtown

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For this “offense,” Professor Hannah Berliner Fischthal will no longer be teaching.

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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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