UPDATE: 6 hours after many media outlets started reporting on this, including this publication, American Military News, intense backlash started building. As a result the college, Hampden-Sydney in Virginia reversed course and rehired Gen. William Boykin due to the story going viral across multiple media platforms.
Read below for what outrageously took place due to “political correctness” and a joke.
Retired Lieutenant General and ex delta force hero, William “Jerry” Boykin has been booted from school after a complaint was sent in to the college by activists for the LGBT community.
The decorated Lieutenant General has been teaching leadership and ethics at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for the past nine years, teaching two classes per semester.
At one point, Boykin was in command of all U.S. Army Green Berets. He served his country honorably for a total of 36 years, proving that he is a true American hero and was certainly more than capable and qualified to teach leadership and ethics at the school.
Boykin made a funny and innocent joke back in March regarding transgender people using ladies restrooms and obviously the politically correct police were offended.
During his speech, Boykin tried to make light of the situation and made a joke on the matter.
He said, “The first man who goes into the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery.”
LGBT activists were quick to jump on Boykin after the joke was made. Multiple emails, phone calls and social media posts called for the school to fire Boykin. Roughly 150 people signed a letter calling for the school to let Boykin go.
Boykin told Fox News, “I never said homosexuals. I never said transgenders.” “I was really talking about these perverts who would use this as a way to get into the bathrooms with our wives and daughters,” he said.
“They claimed I was calling for violence against transgenders,” Boykin said. “Obviously it is not true. It was a figure of speech. It was meant to be humorous and it was humorous to the audience.”
Boykin asserts that the comment was not directed at transgender people and never called for any violence against them. “Political correctness is absolutely out of control,” he said. Boykin also stands strong in his position regarding men being allowed in women’s bathrooms.
Conservative HQ reported, “And like Target, Starbucks, and other supporters of Obama’s bathroom edict, Hampden-Sydney College caved-in to political correctness and complied with the radicals demands – even though they were based on a gross mischaracterization of Boykin’s remarks.”
“I was not given a chance to defend myself, “he said to Fox News. “I was not given an opportunity to explain myself. That’s the sad part of it. The school is better than that.”
“The concerns about Jerry Boykin’s comments were not the determining factor in this decision,” Thomas Shomo, the director of communications at the school told Fox News. Shomo also said that Boykin not getting his contract renewed at the same time the incident occurred was just a coincidence.
Senator Ted Cruz took to Facebook and commented on Hampden-Sydney College’s decision by coming to the defense of Boykin by saying, “At a time where young people are desperately seeking hope and inspiration, you would think General Boykin would be one of their most valued faculty.”
Boykin as a result of the college’s decision, has become more determined to fight against Obama’s decree that allows boys and girls to use one another’s restrooms.