Campus Reform | Rutgers journalism prof claims 'language matters,' then compares 'death cult' GOP to 'fecal matter

Rutgers journalism prof claims 'language matters,' then compares 'death cult' GOP to 'fecal matter

A Rutgers journalism professor compared the GOP to "fecal matter," just months after saying "language matters."

He said that conservative policies are “climate-destroying, democracy destroying, racist, sexist, [and] violent.”

A Rutgers University professor took to Twitter to compare the GOP to “fecal matter” and the “rhetoric” of the pro-life movement to a “death cult.”

Assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University Chenjerai Kumanyika is a self-acclaimed “scholar, journalist, and activist.” In February, he appeared at an event with Boston University Center for Anti-Racist Research Director Ibram Kendi in which he declared that "language matters." 

"Language matters, you know, and I think that in a society like the United States, which has actually a history of anti-intellectualism, there can be a way to marginalize and to act like language doesn't matter or someone who's talking about language is just engaging in semantics but you know these words really stand in, they help us to understand things," Kumanyika said. 

Addressing his “liberal friends,” Kumanyika advised them to “call out” and “organize against” the potential Biden-Harris administration should it “harken back to what has not worked before.” 

Responding to himself, Kumanyika tweeted, “You don't have to wait and ‘work with them’ for two years as Republicans work to shit out something even more putrid in 2022.”


“I mean no offense to fecal matter here. Fecal matter has done nothing wrong. Conservatives can't say the same lol,” he continued


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After the tweets garnered attention, Kumanyika tweeted an apology, but not to the GOP. 


“Apology: Earlier I suggested the GOP would ‘shit out’ something more putrid in future elections.  This poorly chosen metaphor compared GOP politics to fecal matter This was unfair to fecal matter & does not reflect my heart. Unlike the GOP, fecal matter has done nothing wrong,” he tweeted


In a final tweet on the subject, the Rutgers professor described conservative policies as “climate-destroying, democracy destroying, racist, sexist, [and] violent.” 

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“Fecal matter - our friend in digestion - has only played its role in the excretory process. I should not have compared it to the GOP politicians many (not all) of whom have supported, climate-destroying, democracy destroying, racist, sexist, violent policies,” Kumanyika said.

Kumanyika also argues that the pro-life movement has “become a death cult.” 

“The ‘pro-life’ rhetoric of conservative politics conceals what it has actually become - a death cult. It is a cauldron of hateful resignation & violence & willingness to sacrifice the most vulnerable on the altar of denial. The administration’s Covid strategy” confirms this,” he tweeted.

Rutgers University Turning Point USA chapter president Logan Skopp told Campus Reform that the posts explain why it's "difficult" to find common ground with both political parties.

“These comments from the professor speak to the major issue that we have in our society today. Both sides of the aisle tend to simply assume things about the other. This makes it difficult to find common ground when both sides have preestablished negative notions," Skopp said.

“I am also concerned about the students in this professor’s class that consider themselves to be pro-life or part of the GOP. They will feel isolated and afraid that if they share their views they will fail their course, or that they will be subject to biased grading. This type of bias is something we as an organization (TPUSARU) attempt to prevent,” the chapter president added.


Kumanyika and Rutgers University did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment in time for publication. 

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