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***This is the fourth edition of our look at “higher education” in Iowa’s universities. This is just some of what college professors espouse on social media, which begs the question, what is said in the classroom? If you know of other college professors who fit this mold, feel free to let us know at newsdesk@theiowastand.wpengine.com***

Prior to things hitting the fan in terms of riots and the Black Lives Matter movement, The Iowa Standard was highlighting professors at our state universities who have a pretty interesting social media history.

Today we highlight Benjamin Gleason, an education professor at Iowa State University.

Gleason was gleeful when a judge blocked Iowa’s fetal heartbeat abortion law. In fact, he said the news “reveals the corruption of Iowa GOP. Horrendous, unethical legislation (see proposed open carry on campus, proposal to limit protests on campus, 6-week abortion law, tax breaks not for middle class) that serve ideological purposes.”

He also said that Congressman Steve King is an obvious white supremacist. Gleason also asked why Twitter’s founder declines to deplatform President Donald Trump.

And he is critical of Sen. Charles Grassley, calling him an “unabashed Trump sycophant” who continues to “act against Iowa’s best interest.”

Just recently he retweeted a message that says “black people have been suffering state-sanctioned violence in America for over 400 years. If you’re white, imagine enduring that + having people tell you it’s not real.”

According to a link on The Des Moines Register’s website that provides information on state employee salaries, Gleason was paid $74,250 in Fiscal Year 2017.

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