MSU Student Responsible for Rant Video Speaks Out

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

"I knew I had to start filming. I couldn't let someone get away with something like this."

Before last week, Michigan State sophomore Evan Schrage wasn't familiar with Prof. William Penn, much less his political opinions. But as Penn went through his course syllabus, the first day of class, it didn't take long to find out.

"This professor was using his position to preach all kinds of political hate," said Schrage, a member of the MSU College Republicans. "He had started talking about the Republicans and Mitt Romney and stuff."

It was enough for Schrage to press record and send the video of Penn calling Republicans 'dying white people' and accusing them of voter supression to a website called Campus Reform. Although Penn also makes it clear in the video, his comments weren't meant to be offensive, they were to Schrage and that's why he wanted to get the word out to the masses.

"This is about higher academic standards and I'm paying $4,000 for a class on literature and I shouldn't have to hear about political rants and hatred of certain individuals," said Schrage. "Whatever it is, right or left."

It didn't take long for the video to blow up and while Schrage's surprised, he's happy it's gotten attention. He's also glad to see MSU taking action against Penn, by reassigning his teaching duties.

"I hope it goes further and I think much more firmer action needs to be taken," he said.

Penn has won several awards for his novels and essays. Schrage says he has no intention of dropping the class.

For the full video of Professor Penn's rant, click the link below.

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