Friday, May 22, 2020

Professor is suspended after students complain about his 'racist' tweets involving Obama

A business school professor at the $48,600-a-year Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has been suspended after students complained he made 'racist' tweets about Barack Obama and Kamala Harris.

John Tieso, adjunct professor at the University's Busch School of Business was suspended this week after the school says it received complaints about the Twitter comments he made about Obama and Harris.

Tieso has fired back that he did not recall the criticism of Obama, when he made a 2018 trip to Africa, and that his comments about Harris were based on history.

He took his Twitter account down in the days leading up to this week's suspension and insists it was never associated with the school, which is following up with an investigation, the College Fix reports.

The Twitter account was removed after a meeting with an administrator to discuss allegations of 'racially-charged' speech earlier this month, a spokesperson for the school said.

One of the tweets, posted July 8, 2018, was a retweeted photo of former Obama and criticism of the former president for complaining about his wealth while visiting 'one of the poorest countries' during a visit to Africa. The country is not named.

Tieso retweeted the photo and wrote in the caption 'That's the Obama we all came to know and hate. Incredibly incompetent and vain. Perhaps he might consider staying in Africa and giving all his money to his people.'

In a second, more recent tweet made on May 5, Tieso wrote about Harris. In the social media post, he described the US senator and former Democratic presidential candidate, whose parents are from Jamaica and India, as a 'former escort', the College Fix reports.

It was a reference to an accusation Harris has faced for most of her political career: that she dated Willie Brown, the former speaker of the California Assembly, a married man twice her age to get an edge on her entry into politics.

Details of the third tweet have not been made public.