The professor has thought better of her earlier comparison.
David Hookstead writes at the College Fix.
Embattled Wisc. professor who compared Scott Walker with Hitler: ‘I clearly caused offense, and I’m sorry’
In interview with The College Fix, University of Wisconsin professor Sara Goldrick-Rab apologizes as criticism and defense of scholar mount
University of Wisconsin sociology Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, who has come under fire for comparing Gov. Scott Walker with Hilter and antagonistically tweeting at incoming freshman about the governor’s budget cuts to the system, said she regrets causing people offense.
In a telephone interview with The College Fix on Friday, Goldrick-Rab acknowledged her tweets could have been crafted better, and that her “interest in debate doesn’t come across and that I may have caused, well I think I clearly caused offense, and I’m sorry for that. That was not my intention.”
Goldrick-Rab stood firm in her criticism of Scott Walker though, and said “anybody who watches me knows that while I went a little far in terms of how the tweet was framed about the governor, I think it’s clear that I have real concerns about his leadership, his policies, and the positions he’s taken.”
On the topic of her tweeting at incoming students, she said the tweets were not meant to disparage the University of Wisconsin, but instead to raise awareness.
“I had and have very real concerns that there’s not enough awareness about the threats to the university,” she said. “I was trying to say there were major threats to this university, and that they need to be discussed and people need to know about them.”
Goldrick-Rab admitted that her “intentions” did not come across as she wanted them too. She said it is “very clear” that she loves the University of Wisconsin and the state.
Her comments come a few days after The College Fix broke the story about the professor comparing Walker to Hitler. Soon after the news spread, allegations surfaced that Goldrick-Rab had contacted prospective UW-Madison students via Twitter about UW-Madison budget cuts.
The stories have gained national attention, and have resulted in condemnation from both students and fellow faculty members.
Embattled Wisc. professor who compared Scott Walker with Hitler: ‘I clearly caused offense, and I’m sorry’ (The College Fix)