A controversial professor who had been due to resign over his recent tweets has been found dead at fifty-five years old.
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Adams taught criminology at the University of North Carolina.
Adams raked in criticism for his politically incorrect books and social media presence.
Adams was also conservative political columnist.
At the time, a student attempted to sue him over access to his private emails, having asked for comment on the theory U.S. foreign policy was to blame.
However, the debate established that the emails were not part of the public record.
He became known for voicing extremely controversial views on the popular site.
“Black Lives Matter supporters are either racist, emotionally unstable, or suffering from severe intellectual hernia. Or all of the above.” In a separate post that year he wrote, “When someone kills a cop you know his last words were probably either ‘Allahu Akbar’ or ‘Black Lives Matter,’” he wrote.
The tweets were unearthed in light of a 2016 BuzzFeed article.
This 2010 tweet recently resurfaced, in which he uses a homophobic slur.
Adams has also written 2 books that raised a lot of eyebrows – Feminists Say the Darndest Things: a Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts ‘Womyn’ on Campus in 2008, and the more recent Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Time Protesting Things You Don’t Understand in 2013.
This time for his commentary on the coronavirus pandemic.
And people couldn’t believe what they were reading.
“Don’t shut down the universities. Shut down the non-essential majors. Like Women’s Studies,” he tweeted.
Just the following day, mere days after the death of George Floyd, he tweeted: “This evening I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six-seat tabletop. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!”
He claimed his comments had nothing to do with race and were in reference to Governer of North Carolina Roy Cooper’s handling of the pandemic and lockdown measures.
At one point, he branded Roy Cooper as a “fascist,” as well as saying people who wear masks in public look like “fools.”
And an influx of people called for him to resign from his position at the university.
At the time, UNCW condemned the tweets, branding them “vile and inexcusable,” but didn’t show signs of urging him to resign.
Who posted this tweet in light of those urging the university to fire him.
Adams eventually agreed to step down in light of a $500,000 settlement from the university for lost salary and benefits.
“Over the past several weeks, many of you have inquired about the status of a UNCW faculty member, Dr. Mike Adams, in light of the public attention generated by comments he made on his personal social media channels,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said in a statement at the time.
“We can now share the update that after a discussion with Chancellor Sartarelli, Dr. Adams has decided to retire from UNCW, effective August 1, 2020.”
When on Thursday, the news was broken that he died, aged fifty-five.
His body was found during a welfare check.
The official cause of death has not been revealed.
People have been offering their condolences.
“Professor Adams was a beloved freedom fighter and YAF speaker.”
Thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.