College loses donors, students after black professor’s posts

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The president of a private Connecticut college says several incoming students have withdrawn and about $200,000 in donations has been lost over a black professor’s social media posts about white supremacy.

Trinity College president Joanne Berger-Sweeney said Monday that 16 incoming students and some past donors cited the scandal involving sociology professor Johnny Williams as the reason behind their decisions.Related Content: Trinity College professor cleared of any wrongdoing

Threats related to posts by Williams led the college to close its campus in Hartford for a day in June.

Berger-Sweeney has said Williams shared a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. Williams says his posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to June’s congressional shooting in Virginia.Related Content: Trinity College professor placed on leave following posting controversial comments

Berger-Sweeney said last month Williams didn’t violate any policies.

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