Journalism Dean Charles Davis made public apology for friendship with conservative
A dean at the University of Georgia has been forced to make a public apology after he congratulated a Republican friend on Twitter and their friendship was “exposed.”
Charles Davis, the dean of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Uni, was forced to apologize because he tweeted out a congratulatory message to a friend, who just so happens to be the state’s Republican candidate for governor, Campus Reform reports.
The liberal UGA was outraged to discover Davis was friends with conservative Brian Kemp, who won Georgia’s Republican primary last week.
Kemp, who earned the right to represent the GOP in the state’s gubernatorial elections this fall, was a high school classmate of well-respected educator Davis, according to reports.
Davis called his childhood friend Kemp a “nice guy” and “kind to a fault,” despite their political disagreements, causing officials and students at the university to have a meltdown, quickly branding the dean as a “racist.”
“I went to high school with GOP guv candidate @BrianKempGA. We played YMCA ball from childhood. Politics be damned. He is a nice guy, always was. Kind to a fault,” Davis tweeted.
“He’s a friend, always has been, and will be when we’re old(er) and grey(er). That’s how all this should work, people.”
But, as Campus Reform notes, leftists on Twitter weren’t willing to embrace Davis’s conciliatory approach.
They lashed out at him for reaching across the aisle, accusing him of abetting “racism,” and failing to recognize his own “white privilege.”
“You’re a straight white man.
“Of course he was nice and kind to you.
“Racists are generally nice to their own kind,” one Twitter troll replied.
“Why don’t you say what you really mean.
“Politics be damned.
“You’d never vote for a black woman and would much rather vote for the white racist.”
The dean has the “luxury of damning politics because no politician is threatening his rights, safety, or survival,” another responded.
The good news is, Davis didn’t lose his job over his choice of friends, but the social media pressure was enough to force him to rethink his statement and apologize.
“I’d like to apologize to anyone offended by my tweet shout out to Brian Kemp.
“It was ill-timed and poorly written.
“I’ve read and learned so much from you all and will endeavor to be more thoughtful,” Davis tweeted.