UW TA removed from classroom after racist social media, blog posts surface
MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison administrators are defending their decision Monday to keep a teaching assistant out of the classroom after racist social media and blog posts surfaced.
According to the blog and UW’s student-run newspaper The Daily Cardina l, Dylan Bleier had been a TA in the Chemistry Department at UW-Madison.
But according to Twitter posts published by Bleier, he supported the Holocaust and wanted to start a race war in the past.
The post also claims Bleier was expelled from Oberlin College in Ohio for vandalizing the campus with racist graffiti and flyers, including a swastika.
According to the blog, Bleier was never criminally charged and he denies being expelled from the school or supporting any white supremacist groups or messages.
UW-Madison officials released a statement Monday night saying that the university is aware of the statements Bleier made on social media in the past and that while the school supports the personal and political beliefs of all of its students; Bleier’s classes would be handled by other TAs to avoid any disruptions.
“UW-Madison is aware of past statements on social media attributed to a teaching assistant that run counter to our university values of inclusivity, respect, and non-violence,” the statement said.
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