Via University Press: FAU'S Student Magazine:
When I saw the headline — FAU prof stirs controversy by disputing Newtown massacre — I had one thought: James Tracy. Who else? I’ve taken three of Tracy’s classes in my time at FAU, including one called Culture of Conspiracy.
I’ve taken three of Tracy’s classes in my time at FAU, including one called Culture of Conspiracy. I’m well aware of the man’s ideologies. Hell, I’ve seen more 9/11 documentaries than Tarantino flicks, and damn do I love those. But I also love people who think differently and cause you to see perspectives you wouldn’t ponder.
In a series of blog posts on his site — the first coming on Christmas, the last coming this past Sunday — Tracy made readers ponder plenty, most of it not pretty. He spilled out over 14,000 words, asking questions about the recent Newton, Conn. massacre. Maybe the parents interviewed after were trained actors? Maybe there were multiple shooters? Maybe the whole event was just a setup for more gun-control talk?
The Sun Sentinel picked up the professor’s story and closed its comment section after so much loud noise. The Huffington Post re-ran the story and left its comment section open, giving space to things like “Fire him NOWWWWWWWW” and “this loony tune still has a job at FAU how?” Gawker even picked apart his post.
I understood why. Even asking the question was disrespectful to many. The mere thought seemed to minimize the grief and grimaces many felt after Adam Lanza allegedly shot young and innocent children. My own mother emailed me after she heard about Tracy. “He sounds crazy to me,” she said. “I think it is sad to see what he did.”
Now, mind you, this is someone who has changed my opinion many times before. His theories usually center around a failed national media that didn’t dig deep and ask more questions. It led him to believe Osama bin Laden’s alleged killing was a conspiracy, that the Oklahoma City Bombings were another, and that 9/11 had so many unanswered questions that if you weren’t asking on your own, well, you never were going to ask about anything anyway.
So I come into this discussion having spent a good deal of time with the man. I know how he thinks and I know when he starts asking questions, this many questions, he’s informed on the subject and he’ll cause me to at least think twice. I didn’t agree with everything he wrote, but I knew what was coming Tracy’s way. Vitriol. Hate. Anger...
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