May 8, 2016

Incident: The conservative group Turning Point USA, led by Charlie Kirk, posted a “watch list” of college professors who hold views that “promote anti-American values” For instance, Allison Jaggar is listed because “she delivered a paper titled ‘One Is Not Born A Man,’ putting forth the idea that the biological gender roles of men and women can be changed.”

Prior to the Trump era, this sort of enemies list would have seemed innocuous. David Horowitz’s 101 Most Dangerous Professors in America mostly just drew ridicule. But context makes a difference. At least two of the colleges listed, Texas State and Oberlin have seen death threats against faculty and administrators since Trump’s election. A list like this, no matter how it was intended, could easily become a target list in the current environment.

Response: none.