Another professor from Collin College has been fired in retaliation for speaking out against President Neil Matkin’s continued rejection of their First Amendment rights and their concern for safety on campus.
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Michael Philips has now been fired along with Suzanne Stateler Jones, Audra Heaslip, and Lora Burnett, all in violation of their First Amendment righs. Philips first was reprimanded by Collin College for being active in a campaign to remove Confederate statues in Dallas in 2017.
More recently he has defended his fired colleagues and he has urged mask-wearing amid the COVID pandemic, though Matkin has told professors they are not allowed to mention it.
Weeks ago, he was notified that his contract would not be reviewed though he has been one of the best-regarded and most popular professors on campus for 15 years, with nothing in his background to merit any kind of penalty. Philips is another victim of Matkin and the local Republican Party to remove anyone who is not in lock-step with them and who is concerned about the COVID pandemic and who believes in free thought on campus.
We talk with Dr. Phillips about his firing and the political situation at Collin College.