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September 16, 2017




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PBA PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO ANTI-POLICE ADJUNCT
PROFESSOR’S STATEMENTS: REITERATES
“HE NEEDS TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY”

Below is PBA president Patrick J. Lynch’s response to John Jay College’s Adjunct Professor Michael Isaacson’s statement: “Unfortunately, most of my students don’t have the luxury of a wide variety of career options. They are from low-income backgrounds and are mainly people of color. Most of them are just looking to get a job with a salary.”

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:  

“Incredibly, Michael Isaacson's explanation of his vile anti-police statements is as despicable as the statements themselves. By saying that his students are 'just looking to get a job with a salary,' Isaacson betrays his own insidious implicit bias against what he calls 'low-income' people of color. He is saying that the students he stands in front of each day are not smart enough, or are not motivated enough, to pursue a career that they're passionate about, whether it's law enforcement or any of the other fields that John Jay offers.

“Meanwhile, those same students are working hard at their studies, sometimes working two jobs to pay the tuition. Then they have to suffer through an imbecile instructor like Isaacson, who spews drivel with no connection to reality. If anything is hampering John Jay students' career options, it's him. We appreciate John Jay President Karol Mason's announcement that Isaacson has been suspended, but he needs to be fired immediately.

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