Virginia Tech Professors Fault University Over Tepid Defense of Colleague

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Courtesy Steven Salaita

Steven G. Salaita wrote an op-ed criticizing "support our troops" sloganeering. The university deflected angry responses with a statement that went beyond saying that his views were not those of the institution.

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Courtesy Steven Salaita

Steven G. Salaita wrote an op-ed criticizing "support our troops" sloganeering. The university deflected angry responses with a statement that went beyond saying that his views were not those of the institution.

Nearly 40 of Virginia Tech's faculty members have signed a letter protesting how the university has distanced itself from an associate professor of English whose public critique of patriotic slogans angered some political conservatives.

The associate professor, Steven G. Salaita, became the target of threats, racist emails, and demands for his firing after the website Salon last summer published his