An outspoken former Portland State professor – who quit last year citing the university’s ‘wokeism’ – said he was confronted by students and faculty who told him to ‘f**k off’ because his questions ‘inflicted trauma.’
Peter Boghossian was a full-time assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University for 10 years until his scathing public resignation letter in September, in which he called it a ‘social justice factory’ that drives ‘intolerance of divergent beliefs.’
But Boghossian’s chapter with the university seems far from over. On Tuesday, he claimed to have been confronted by students and faculty who allegedly told him to ‘f*** off.’
‘Today, faculty and students in Portland State University’s sociology department confronted me. They claimed that I was inflicting trauma on people by asking questions,’ Boghossian wrote in a tweet.
‘…some of these people were telling me to f*** off.’
It is unclear what led to the confrontation or what kind of questions Boghossian was asking. DailyMail.com has reached out to Boghossian.
Meanwhile, the university denied having knowledge of the exchange in the tweet.
‘I can say that Portland State respects and supports free speech and the robust debate of ideas as the underpinning of a diverse education at a public university,’ a PSU spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Last year, Boghossian shared his resignation letter with Bari Weiss, a former New York Times columnist who quit her role at the paper after claiming to encounter the same refusal to consider non-liberal ideas that Boghossian describes at PSU.
Since his highly publicized resignation, Boghossian has toured the country giving conferences about freedom of speech, ‘wokeism,’ and social justice in American classrooms. He has partnered with renowned universities such as Purdue, UC Berkeley, Brown, and Colorado State University.
Boghossian said in his letter last year that college staff were abdicating their ‘truth-seeking mission’ and instead driving intolerance of ‘divergent reliefs’ by squashing any view that was not liberal
On Tuesday, former PSU professor Peter Boghossian claimed to have been confronted by students and faculty who allegedly told him to ‘f*** off
Peter Boghossian was a full-time assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University for 10 years until his scathing public resignation letter in September
‘Today, faculty and students in Portland State University’s sociology department confronted me. They claimed that I was inflicting trauma on people by asking questions,’ Boghossian wrote in a tweet
In the aftermath of his resignation, Boghossian received support for his letter from conservative personalities, including podcast host and former TV host Megyn Kelly, comedian Rob Schneider, Fox commentator Tammy Bruce and historian Niall Ferguson.
He argued in the letter that the university had become a ‘dogma factory’ where free inquiry was no longer possible.
‘They weaponized officers of diversity, equity, and inclusion,’ Boghossian told FOX in an interview last year.
‘I’ve been accused of microaggression when I asked for the evidence for microaggressions,’ he continued. ‘Microaggressions’ refers to acts of subtle and possibly unintentional discrimination.
‘Having conversations is impossible. Having robust debates about certain topics is impossible,’ the former professor went on.
‘So think about the injustice we are doing to our students when we are creating these large ecosystems that don’t allow that. They don’t allow questioning, they don’t allow challenging. So students are particularly brittle when they hear the other side of the debate,’ he said.
Boghossian said in his letter that college staff were abdicating their ‘truth-seeking mission’ and instead driving intolerance of ‘divergent reliefs’ by squashing any view that was not liberal.
‘Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues,’ he wrote.
Since his highly publicized resignation, Boghossian has toured the country giving conferences about freedom of speech, ‘wokeism,’ and social justice in American classrooms
He argued in the letter that the PSU had become a ‘dogma factory’ where free inquiry was no longer possible
Boghossian said he was harassed on campus with swastikas written on bathroom walls with his name next to them, purely because he had challenged the university’s ideas.
He claims that at one time flyers went around campus depicting him with a Pinocchio nose, that he was spit on and that colleagues told students not to take his class.
Boghossian said the harassment became worse when he produced a series of hoax papers in an effort to prove that academic journals would print them without checking, so long as they seemed to align with left-wing views.
From 2017 to 2018, Boghossian and two other scholars wrote 20 papers with absurd premises related to social justice. Four of them were eventually published in reputable journals.
They included papers on dog rape and an adaptation to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The left reacted badly to it, saying he’d ‘wasted editors’ time.
The’ study was meant to ‘reboot’ conversations around topics like gender, race and sexuality, the authors wrote in Aero Magazine.
‘We undertook this project to study, understand, and expose the reality of grievance studies, which is corrupting academic research,’ they said.
Among their works was an article in Cogent Social Sciences that alleged penises were the product of the human mind and responsible for climate change.
Their papers included the phrases ‘gender-performative, high fluid social construct’, ‘exclusionary to disenfranchised communities’, and ‘isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity’.
Last year, Boghossian questioned why outlets he considers to be liberal media like NPR and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow haven’t asked him to speak
From 2017 to 2018, Boghossian and two other scholars wrote 20 papers with absurd premises related to social justice. Four of them were eventually published in reputable journals
Boghossian said the university accused him of ‘not receiving approval to experiment on human subjects’ after the trio was found out by reporters at the Wall Street Journal, cutting their hoax short.
‘Shortly thereafter, swastikas in the bathroom with my name under them began appearing in two bathrooms near the philosophy department.
‘They also occasionally showed up on my office door, in one instance accompanied by bags of feces.
‘Our university remained silent.
‘When it acted, it was against me, not the perpetrators.’
He also described a Title IX investigation against him in the 2016-2017 school year, when a student seemed to have accused Boghossian of beating his wife.
‘My accuser, a white male, made a slew of baseless accusations against me, which university confidentiality rules unfortunately prohibit me from discussing further. What I can share is that students of mine who were interviewed during the process told me the Title IX investigator asked them if they knew anything about me beating my wife and children.
‘This horrifying accusation soon became a widespread rumor,’ he wrote.
‘Universities can enforce ideological conformity just through the threat of these investigations.’
Title IX is a 1972 civil rights law that prevents discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
Boghossian said the university failed to take action after a tenured professor interrupted his discussion with author Christina Hoff Sommers and evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying in March 2018.
He also said activists pulled speaker wires from one of his panels and that someone triggered a fire alarm at another.