Professor Makes Disgusting Comments About Flood Victims - Instantly Regrets It

Times of natural disaster tend to result in folks coming together and putting aside their differences. For the most part, we’ve seen that in the wake of the damage Harvey has wrought on the great state of Texas. Unfortunately, there are some outliers that haven’t gotten the memo. That includes this college professor from Florida that posted one of the most insensitive things you will ever read. As the New York Post shares, he’s now out of a job as a result.

Kenneth Storey was a sociology professor at the University of Tampa. He made the unfathomable decision of posting some revolting comments about Harvey, and his career and credibility have been obliterated as a result.

“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them,” he wrote.

To have that thought enter your head is disturbing enough, but how can anyone possibly click the post button in good conscience? Is making your political point that important? Are you anticipating back slaps and high fives for displaying a startling lack of compassion for folks that have had their lives upended?

Storey’s thought process here is worthy of its own thesis, but let’s just say it wasn’t the brightest decision in the world. His post caused an uproar, and his employer became aware of what happened. After coming to terms with the fact that a man tasked with teaching others could be so remarkably insensitive, the University of Tampa kicked him to the curb.

“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” a statement read in part. “Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty. As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather,” according to the university’s statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

Kudos to the university for acting so swiftly. While there’s no way to take the stench away from Storey’s comments, the university made it crystal clear that his remarks are not condoned or representative of the school at all. That’s how you get in front of what could be a potential firestorm. As for Storey, he’s all about the apologies now.

“I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group,” he shared. “I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”

If he’s sincerely remorseful, then fantastic. However, it certainly sounds like he needs to take a long look in the mirror. If political differences are leading you down the road of being that insensitive and careless, it may be time to take a break from politics. Additionally, it’s a perfect time for him to examine his personal filter. If you can honestly post something like that and think it’s a good idea. It may be time for you to start reading your posts aloud to another party before clicking post.

Source: New York Post
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