Anthropology Professor Katherine Dettwyler at the University of Delaware has come under fire for stating that Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he deserved.”
In case you are not aware of Otto, or why this is such a horrible thing for the professor to say, here is a quick background:
Otto Warmbier was a University of Virginia junior who was finally released back to the United States after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison. He came home in a comatose state, with a brain that had been deteriorating, and then died on Monday. He had been sentenced to 15 years of labor for simply taking a propaganda poster from the hotel he stayed at while visiting the country.
Should he have taken the poster? No. Did he deserve to die for that? No.
Dettwyler wrote on Facebook, “Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles [sic] males who come into my classes.”
People from across the country have called for her to be fired, some saying on Twitter that they would not send their children to the university.
The professor said students like Warmbier cry about their grades and think they can get away with anything, including raping women. It is unclear how she was relating rape to Warmbier’s case.
“You throw around the word ‘white’ in a way that would get you fired if you talked that way about the black kids,” a commenter on her post offered.
Dettwyler wrote that instead of feeling sorry for Warmbier people should think of the people in North Korea “suffering under the repressive government there.”
Some of her students described Dettwyler on RateMyProfessors.com as “very opinionated,” “obnoxious,” and said she “hates America.”
The University of Delaware released a statement condemning her sentiments, but so far has not terminated her.
It sounds like the University of Delaware would be a great deal better without this professor as an employee if you ask me.