North Carolina professor found dead weeks after backlash

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Authorities on Thursday discovered the body of a white North Carolina professor who recently announced his retirement amid backlash over his social media comments, in which he called on the governor of the “Massa Cooper” state and compared the coronavirus restrictions to life in a “slave state.” ” Lt. JJ Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said MPs found the body of University of North Carolina-Wilmington Professor Mike Adams, 55, while he was conducting a check-up. well-being at home, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.

MPs were investigating the death, but investigators have not released further details on the circumstances of Adams’ death.

Mike Adams, full professor of sociology and criminology, was due to retire early August 1. He recently reached a US $ 504,702 settlement with the university for lost wages and lost retirement benefits.

In 2016, Adams published an article about a student activist under the headline “A ‘Queer Muslim’ Jihad,” reported The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Another controversy arose in late May when Adams tweeted about the executive order limiting social gatherings signed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper during the coronavirus pandemic. Adams tweeted that he had dined with six men at a six-seat table and “felt like a free man who didn’t live in the slave state of North Carolina.” He then wrote: “Massa Cooper, let my people go! ”

The tweets, which the university denounced as “vile,” prompted more than 60,000 people to sign an online petition to have Adams fired from his job.

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