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Auburn Alumni Concerns Regarding Professor Calling For Police to Quit Their Jobs

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President, Auburn University
Auburn University Board of Trustees

We, the signers of this petition, are writing express our concern over the alarming comments by Auburn Professor, Jesse A. Goldberg, as reported on on 31 July 2020. Per the article, Mr. Goldberg goes by the username @KempoJesse and tweeted the following:

“F*ck every single cop. Every single one. The only ethical choice for any cop to make at this point is to refuse to do their job and quit. The police do not protect people. They protect capital. They are instruments of violence on behalf of capital.”

We strongly oppose this message, especially for any calls for police to refuse to do their job and quit. We believe that a strong and vibrant community needs police officers who protect and serve.

Therefore, we do not believe Mr. Goldberg should be a professor at Auburn University as these comments can give our students the wrong impression about the role of police, especially when coming from someone who is viewed by the students as an adult and an authority.

Furthermore, we are reconsidering our financial support to Auburn University as long as Mr. Goldberg is employed there. We do not feel that these comments or beliefs represent the values and ideals of the Auburn Family.


Concerned Alumni of Auburn University

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