University Fires 'Woke' Professor for Mixing Up Names of Two Black Students
Christopher Trogan fired from New York City’s Fordham University
A New York university has fired a "woke" professor after he accidentally mixed up the names of two black students who arrived late to his class and interrupted his lecture.
The news came as a shock to the college as leftist professor Christopher Trogan, who is gay and in an interracial relationship, often touted his own "wokeness."
The College Fix, a conservative campus news website, reported that Fordham University fired English professor Trogan over a controversy involving two black students.
Trogan, who is white, apparently mixed up the names of the two students, who are women.
The incident occurred when they arrived late and entered his class while he was reading a paper by another student.
Trogan apparently confused the two when addressing them at the time.
They emailed Trogan that they felt “disheartened and disrespected” by the episode, which they believed happened because they are black.
Trogan called the mixup an “innocent mistake,” noting that the two students arrived late while he was reading a third student’s work.
“The offended student assumed my mistake was because I confused that student with another black student,” Trogan said in the email.
“I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error.
"It has nothing to do with race.”
One student, whose name was not used by the Observer, said Trogan often got the student’s name wrong.
The other student, Chantel Sims, said the name issue was not as concerning as the response from Trogan.
“It seemed a little excessive, like all you needed to do was say sorry and it would have been fine,” she said.
“We were not actually that upset about him mixing up our names.
"It was more so the random things he would throw into the response.”
Sims disliked Trogan’s email listing “everything he has done for minorities” and said it made her think he had a white savior complex.
Two days after the incident, Trogan was suspended.
On Oct. 5, he had a Zoom meeting with Eva Badowska, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and associate vice president, arts and sciences, and was terminated 20 days later.
“I was never informed of the charges against me, nor of the nature of the investigation of which I was the subject,” Trogan said in an Oct. 29 email to his former students.
“I was kept completely in the dark.”
Trogan later said he was terminated not because of the name mixup, but because of the email to students apologizing for it.
Student Pradanya Subramanyan said she was unhappy with how the college acted.
“I was really shocked because it did not seem like that big of a deal to me,” Subramanyan said.
“I did not think he did anything wrong.”
Trogan said he has since been banned from the campus.
“Their team of lawyers may now even come after me — even after my termination — with threats and charges against me personally and professionally for sending this to you, but I will deal with those when they come,” he wrote in his Oct. 29 email.
Bob Howe, assistant vice president of communications, said Fordham will not comment on individual cases.