According to reports, police have confirmed the death of the professor of criminology, 55, but have yet to provide any further information on the cause at publication time.
The News & Observer in Wilmington, N.C., reported:
Friends frantically pounded on Mike Adams’ door calling “Mike! Mike!” on Thursday afternoon in the minutes before deputies arrived and found the UNC Wilmington professor dead inside, his neighbors said Friday.
“Next thing I know, I had 20 something vehicles all throughout here,” said Bryan Hanley, 56.
He said then deputies put up crime scene tape and brought the body out of the house.
Adams’ death comes as he agreed to a $504,702.76 settlement with the university for lost salary and lost retirement benefits after he was essentially forced into an early retirement over ‘controversial’ tweets and a lengthy history of battling with the institution’s liberal administrators.
In late May, for instance, Adams was both cheered and jeered for lampooning Democratic Gov. Jim Cooper’s decision to lift some coronavirus shutdown restrictions.
“This evening, I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!” Adams wrote.
WECT reported that many felt the tweet was racially insensitive for using ‘slave’ language (seriously, you’d have to want to be offended by this obvious attempt at sarcasm to actually be offended by it).
But in an interview with the station, Adams defended what he wrote, saying that the slave master analogy had everything to do with Cooper’s oppressive policies during the coronavirus outbreak and zero to do with Antebellum-era slavery in the Old South..
In 2016, Adams also made national news when he referred to one student as a “queer Muslim” — which was factually true.
The ‘allegation’ stemmed from a Daily Wire column titled, “A ‘Queer Muslim’ Jihad?” in which he was discussing Nada Merghani, a Sudanese refugee and LGBT student-activist at UNCW. (HUGE: President Trump announces executive order requiring universities to guarantee free speech if they want federal tax money.)
In his 2016 column, Adams wrote “her claims to be a 'queer Muslim' are probably part of an act designed to fit into as many victim categories” as possible, a reference to school policies that are preferential and deferential to such students.
But his column was also based on a perceived threat against then-GOP nominee Donald Trump that Merghani made on her Facebook page.
“Expect to see me at the Trump rally on Tuesday. Y’all are not prepared for what I’m about to do,” she wrote. “All I can say is pray I make it out of this alive.”
Another UNC professor, Dr. L.J. Randolph Jr. wrote of Adams’ passing, “Please do mourn Mike Adams’s death, but don’t sugarcoat his rhetoric as merely ‘controversial’ or ‘racially charged.’ He was blatantly racist, homophobic, and sexist, and his own words left no room for interpretation on any of that.”
So, to translate, it’s okay for this guy to dump on Adams after his death, but it wasn’t okay for Adams to have his own opinions when he was alive.
And therein lies the reason Adams was being ‘retired’ in the first place: Left-wing intolerance.
America’s institutions of higher education, for the most part, have been transformed into Marxist indoctrination centers and little more. There are exceptions, though, and parents with college-bound kids should find them or risk losing them to the purveyors of hate, intellectual bigotry, and groupthink authoritarianism.