The dean of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia was forced to apologize, Campus Reform reports, because he tweeted out a congratulatory message to a friend, who just so happens to be the state’s Republican candidate for governor.
Charles Davis was, reportedly, a high school classmate of Brian Kemp, who won Georgia’s Republican primary last week, earning the right to represent the GOP in the state’s gubernatorial elections this fall. Davis called Kemp a “nice guy” and “kind to a fault,” despite their political disagreements.
“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 receive any blow-back from his colleagues, 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.