University Fires Professor Who Called Hurricane Harvey "Karma" For Texas

Yesterday, we detailed the story of a University of Tampa professor who suggested that Texans deserve the fallout from Hurricane Harvey because of their support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

As Campus Reform noted, Professor Ken Storey wrote...

“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.”

Of course, after posting this disgusting comment, he apologized...

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

But the damage was done, and today, as Campus Reform reports, the University of Tampa announced Tuesday that it has fired the professor.

In a statement sent to the university community, the school strongly condemned the comments made by Professor Ken Storey on Twitter, underscoring that the remarks “do not reflect UT's community views or values.”

“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused. Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty,” the university wrote.


“As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather,” the statement concluded, adding, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

We wonder how "deeply" Storey "regrets" his disgusting hate-speak now?


knukles iamrefreshed Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

This is called civilitySomebody makes an inappropriate comment that then reflects upon the employerThe miscreant is dismissed for shining light poorly on his employer....  Golly gee.  A business, whether it be football (SF49ers QB or Starbucks CEO) or coffee, makes no matter.  When personal views that have nothing to do with business punish same business then the miscreant has to be removedIt's nothing more than pure civilityIs being polite too much to ask these days?Apparently so.

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nmewn Stuck on Zero Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:33 Permalink

No, he was free to say what he said, he did say it and meant it. And likewise everyone else is free to condemn or agree with him too. He should promptly now "un-apologize" just like Kathy Griffin did and then do a follow up statement standing on his principles that he REALLY DID wish all Trump voters in Texas got killed by Harvey.Wouldn't that be sweet?Then he could do another un-un-apology for that ;-)

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Creative_Destruct Rusty Shorts Wed, 08/30/2017 - 23:42 Permalink

Yes! This lump of crap needs to get a testosterone transfusion from Terguson!“I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday,” Storey tweeted. “I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”What a whining,sniveling POS. "I never meant to wish ill.." BULLSHIT... the ballless, gutless coward SAID so in plain English. OWN IT pussy!Then he loses his job and backs off FAST... BEYOND pathetic. Personally, I'd have a modicum of respect for him if he admitted he did what he did and then argued that saying stupid shit shouldn't get a person fired (necessarily). I'm personally more concerned about the threat to free speech that exists today than some morons like this one speaking up. If stupid people aren't free to say stupid shit, NO ONE will have free speech, eventually.NUT-UP lumpy.... oh wait... can't nut-up if you have no nuts....

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EddieLomax Creative_Destruct Thu, 08/31/2017 - 03:45 Permalink

Its a difficult one as I don't want to see a society where people are not free to speak their minds.But how does a college continue to have a professor of sociology who is apparently a socialpath?  The man has completely unqualified himself publically for his own job, it would be different if he was teach maths or computing, this though undercuts his supposed qualification.

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Irish Yoga knukles Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

Just another useless fat guy that didn't qualify for the cheerleading squad. So they gave the fat guy a job blowing smoke up the areses of dumb fucks. Seriously, how do parents justify paying for so called educators like this?I'll give him a job if he posts his resume on ZH. I'll have him licking Hillary's stains on Labia and Iqrack in no time.

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Moe Howard knukles Wed, 08/30/2017 - 23:02 Permalink

No it is not [too much to ask]. Morons like this guy think they can jump on the hate bandwagon and get a pat on the back. Yes, we have free speech. However, free speech is not free of consequence. Hopefully, we see a lot more of this type of action when an employee of a government institution spews hate and filth.   

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swmnguy anarchitect Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:05 Permalink

Indeed.  Assistant.  Not Associate yet, but at least not adjunct.  These days only a small minority make it to full Professor status and tenure.  Teaching is becoming the low-paid service job the privatizers envision.  Adjuncts often get paid between $1500 and $4000 per class per term.  So teaching at the higher end of the scale, with maximum workload, maybe they can make $32,000 a year.  Nice work for a PhD.You don't open your yap unless/until you have tenure.

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phaedrus1952 duo Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

Over at Politico, a cartoonist named Wuerker just posted an incredibly offensive cartoon mocking Texans being rescued.I am sharing it with many of my liberal relatives and friends in the ongoing 'awakening' process to show them why this whole 'progressive' culture is despised by us Deplorables.

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