2019 Controversy: ”Cops need to be killed”
UC Davis Professor Joshua Clover sparked an international controversy in 2019 while proving to be unwilling to withdraw his visions about "cops who need to be killed". Aggie columnist Nick Irving combined Davis Police officer Natalie Corona's 2019-death by murder and Clover's long-standing "rioting visions" about the "bad police killing black people and police officers themselves need to be killed or, as institution, abolished". Clover never made a secret of his convictions and among (his) UC Davis students his opinions were and are also well known.
Couple of highlights at the conclusion of the article:
The column of Nick Irving, very obviously tapping into a nation-wide sore spot about the conception and works of the institution of the police, got and gets a lot of media attention.
2019-Quote UC Davis Professor Joshua Clover, responding to years earlier made comments on cops "who [in his opinion] need to be killed":
“On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as Black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement,”
The university’s chief marketing and communications officer Dana Topousis commented on this:
“Public statements like those made by Professor Clover are accorded a high level of protection under the First Amendment.,”
Joshua Clover in a 2015 quote:
“All cops have ever done is try to put me and my friends in jail. I mean, when they’re not killing black people. Honestly I don’t see where they find the time.”
Source, the Davis Enterprise
>>> Elaborated statement of UCDavis, March 4, 2019. <<< In short: “We are working on it.”
More coverage: (links available, not chosen, please add your own if you find more)
"UC Davis as issued a statement “condemning” Clover for his violent, anti-police rhetoric, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll be losing his job. When asked if he might be fired, a UC Davis spokeswoman said: “Public statements like those made by Professor Clover are accorded a high level of protection under the first amendment.”
>>> ABC10 Aggie columnist Nick Irvin interviewed about this by ABC in front of the Memorial Union <<<
and response by UC Davis Police Chief also:
"UC Davis police Chief Joe Farrow called Clover’s comments “disappointing.” Farrow said he had heard about the comments in previous weeks, but said no context was given.
“Our officers are dedicated professionals who have and will continue to rise above calls for violence against them,” Farrow said. “Nonetheless, it’s regrettable they have to endure such vile hatred. I always try to remain positive, and we are keenly aware of what’s going on in the nation with the perception of law enforcement. We try to understand the criticism and build upon that. It’s a reminder to myself that there’s a lot of work to be done.”"
Harsher words coming in a new week, the week of March 4, 2019, the California Police Chiefs demand investigation and firing of Joshua Clover if he indeed made the hate statements.
One week later, March 13, 2019, 10,000 signatures are gathered calling for firing Joshua Clover. In response, Joshua Clover has been putting his foot down, giving Fox40 exactly the same reply he gave them two weeks ago (watch movie clip).
On March 14, 2019, Joshua Clover opened up his Twitter account again, but he removed all his older tweets, and started with 75 tweets of March 2019:
First semi-public statement, March 17, 2019:
2019-03-06 09:09:31 I am utterly stunned. Just randomly surfing the internet about him again, clicking an older YouTube interview with him, to see all recent thumb downs and inflammatory comments...
The Davis Wiki is not much of a mirror of what is going on, not many people involved with Davis Wiki?
I recently wrote: it seems unfair, his whole life reduced to this one thing, when Cameron added the new part to his personal Wiki page. But it seems true anyway: his whole life ís reduced to this one thing. The comments and thumb downs are not going away. It’s mind boggling. What was he thinking responding in 2019 like he did? Is this a man on a mission? And if so, what’s his mission? Somebody should interview him in person, because clearly, else, the guy has just signed his way out of everything. —
Edit: keeping it simple: (at least I tried) - I have made a follower request.
Edit 2: my follower request was denied, status changed from “Pending” to “Follow” again, I tried one more time.
Edt 3: Another denial from Joshua Clover, Twitter. he doesn't want me as a follower and he doesn't want my question. Denial is communicating, too. Professor Clover, if you are reading this. Know who you are denying. I mastered with honors at Utrecht University on communist writer and artist, Peter Weiss's most famous book, "Die Ästhetik des Widerstands", because I loved and love his work. 😊
Peter Weiss, Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (German)
Peter Weiss, The Aesthetics of Resistance
Edit 4: I am blocked by Joshua Clover on Twitter, obviously he didn’t like my repeated follower request. Strange behavior for a man who likes the idea of the power of resistance to the people. If there’s one person in the world who would give him a fair shot, it would be me.
John Lennon, Power to the people
Yeah, sorry, but this really is mind-boggling to me, think about it:
2019-03-14 22:30:24 This comment and screenshot is explicitly in my own name: - and if Joshua Clover really loves resilient people, he should love me too. But instead, he blocked me. Tell me, is that what you would expect?
2019-03-22 16:05:41 I was in the DDR when the Wall was still standing, two times even. It was very intimidating, very strict border control, communist cops everywhere. There was no freedom there, or you must describe it "freedom" protected within and because of walls. And communist cops were protecting that "freedom". I think Joshua Clover is clearly idealizing communism. My 50 cents. —ConstantiaOomen