Law professor at the University of Miami gets political on Twitter and claims to be getting fired but law school objects

There’s a Twitter account that’s worth following no matter what side of the political isle you support because what started as a unvarnished political rant has now turned into a full-blown war between the University of Miami Law School and one of its law professors, Daniel Ravicher.  

“I've been fired because I refuse to censor my speech and apologize, in addition to satisfying other yet to be defined requirements,” Raviceher said in November 13 tweet. “The only uncertainty is when my last day will be, either the end of my contract or sooner if the school can fabricate a performance related reason.”

But Miami Law says he’s not been canned. According to a story by Law.com, Dean Anthony Varona said in a statement: “Daniel Ravicher, a lecturer at the School of Law, has not been terminated, nor has he been removed from his course. We are not sure why he is saying or suggesting otherwise."

Earlier this month, Ravicher began posting some rather provocative tweets. On November 2, the day before the presidential election, he posted this: 

“Heading to @Walmart to get what I need to protect my family from ‘peaceful protesters’ who can't accept the result of an election. #SecondAmendment #StandYourGround.”

 Apparently, that’s a reference to a gun purchase. 

What started as pro-Trump tweets, soon took a darker turn. And students and faculty at the U thought it had a racist tone to it.

Here’s an example. 

“Latinos are now clearly the most politically important minority group in America. Blacks allow themselves to be taken for granted and treated horribly by Democrats. Latinos don't. Also, population difference will grow bc blacks have 50% more abortions than Latinos per cap,” Ravicher said in a tweet on November 3.  

Some students were fired up over his tweets. 

“Never did I ever imagine such disgusting rhetoric would come from a professor at UM Law,” Chris Pitter, who hopes to serve as a lawyer for marginalized communities, told the Miami Hurricane student newspaper. “As a UM student, I’m disappointed, angry, but not surprised because the way the UM administration has handled hate speech during this election season shows their true colors. I came here because UM always preached diversity and acceptance, but I no longer feel like I’m at an institution that values me.”

Third-year Miami Law student, Christian Pasciak, told the Miami Hurricane that everyone is entitled to their own opinion under the first amendment, but he thinks a point could have been made without resorting to racism and as a Black student, he doesn’t think Ravicher should continue to have a place on staff. 

“We cannot seek to silence everyone just because we disagree with them. That said, our professors are leaders who set the standard for our students,” Pasciak told The Hurricane. “If our law school’s goal is to truly be inclusive and to make students feel comfortable, how can we continue to write checks to a professor who thinks that all Black people are simply people who allow themselves to be victimized, as the professor’s tweets say.” 

According to The Hurricane, the Student Bar Association is drafting an email to Dean Anthony Varona over the tweets. Pasciak also told the newspaper that he is aware of six students who have reached out separately to the dean about the tweets. That’s something Ravicher is also aware of too. 

“I've been told that many faculty, admin, and alums @MiamiLawSchool and @univmiami have been upset, concerned, and felt attacked my by words. Good. Now they know exactly how my conservative, religious, libertarian, and @realDonaldTrump supporting students have felt for years,” the first of a 10-thread post from November 7 said. 

More than a week before Ravicher claimed to be fired he tagged President Trump and offered to come work for him for free when he is no longer on staff at Miami Law. 

“Since I'm going to be out of a job soon, I'm going to reach out to the @realDonaldTrump legal team and offer my services pro bono. I've already won one Supreme Court case. Time to add another,” Ravicher posted on November 5.

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