David Richardson, a tenured history professor at Madera Community College in California, is said to have brought gendered chocolate bars to a campus open house on 29 April. The bars were labeled with he/him and she/her pronouns.

He/him bars contained nuts, while she/her bars were nutless. These chocolate bars belonged to Jeremy’s Chocolate, a brand created by Jeremy Boreing, co-CEO of the conservative news outlet The Daily Wire. The creation of this brand was in response to Hershey’s running a trans-inclusive ad campaign for International Women’s Day 2023.

Suspended without notice

Although no immediate response was reported at the event, the following Monday, the professor was handed a notice of administrative leave by a uniformed police officer.

As a result of the suspension, the professor has been denied access to his university email account and is prohibited from entering the campus premises. Furthermore, Richardson asserts that he has not received any communication from the university during this period.

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The professor’s response

Richardson told Fox News, “I’m under investigation for allegedly creating a hostile work environment based on gender.” He further expressed his belief that the university administration has sought a pretext to dismiss him due to his dissenting stance on neo pronouns and related matters.

He added, “It seems like everything we do now revolves around this ideology, and the elimination of diverse viewpoints is taking place.”

The professor compared the university’s diversity and inclusion criteria, which aim to foster an accepting and safe environment for LGBTQ+ individuals, to the “Red Scare” of the 1950s.

He likened it to being compelled to take loyalty oaths. He drew parallels to the period of the late 1940s and early 1950s, where individuals were targeted and purged if they did not demonstrate complete commitment to a particular ideology. Richardson expressed concerns about potentially finding himself in a similar situation.

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