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James M. Thomas

University of Mississippi

James M. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi.

According to his university biography, his efforts are concentrated around researching “race, racism, their histories, and contemporary practices.”

During the 2018 Senate confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, James Thomas tweeted,

“Don’t Interrupt a Senator’s meal, y’all. Put your whole damn finders in their salads. Take their apps and distribute them to other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out.  They don’t deserve your civility.” 

Thomas’s tweet came in response to a viral video of Senator Ted Cruz and his wife being heckled out of a Virginia restaurant by aggressive protestors.

Following receiving tenure from Ole Miss, James proceeded to refer to conservative teens as akin to the Hitler Youth:

“MAGA teens are modern day Hitlerjugend. Got a uniform and everything.” 

“When I said MAGA teens are the modern day Hitlerjugend, I meant it. What we’re watching at this rally is the aesthetics of fascism.” 

Ironically enough, Thomas serves on the Standing Committee for Academic Freedom and Faculty Responsibility, which is charged with determining if a professor’s or academic’s academic freedom was interfered with. Thomas’s tweets pose a serious question as to whether he can remain neutral on the committee when he is asked to hold hearings on other colleagues’ work or dismissal from the University. 

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