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Liberal professor fired after protesting focus on DEI at the expense of free speech and academic freedom

Former Western Kentucky University English instructor Ryan Hall said he was fired after canceling his classes in protest of his school’s political bias to embrace and enforce diversity, equity and inclusion above free speech and academic freedom and discourse.

Hall, who describes himself as a liberal who has never voted for a conservative, said he risked his two-decade career in academia to defend the principles of classical liberalism the university “abandoned” in its pursuit of a DEI dogma.

“While I may not categorize myself as a conservative, the assaults on free speech, self-reliance, meritocracy, the family, science, and truth should alarm everyone,” Hall said in an email interview this month with The College Fix.

Hall’s “final incitement” to cancel classes was a meeting with the English Department head, where he was told that department messaging had been intentionally crafted to support “Ibram X. Kendi and other ideologically-aligned writers’ ideas” and “the politics and political aspirations of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Going forward, Hall said that “free-speech advocates, conservatives, and sensible liberals” need to stop supporting these institutions.

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