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Black Radical Johnny E. Williams: Plagiarist
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Johnny Williams is a black professor of sociology at Trinity College. He is best known for his inflammatory comments, often made on social media, especially his 2019 tweet, “whiteness is terrorism.” Prof. Williams wrote several columns defending that claim.

In a May 1, 2019 column for Black Agenda Report (“Whiteness Explainer for Dummies“) he wrote about “the concept of whiteness – a fiction enforced by power and violence,” and continued:

Whiteness constantly shifts its boundaries to segregate those who are entitled to have certain advantages from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their non-whiteness.

Prof. Williams wrote almost the same words in an article (“I tweeted ‘whiteness is terrorism’ and was condemned for it. Here’s why I’m right.“) for the Hartford Courant on February 28, 2020:

Whiteness separates those who are entitled to have advantages from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their not being white.

Writers often repeat themselves. However, these passages are not original to Prof. Williams. Both are clearly taken from a paragraph white activist Paul Kivel wrote in Uprooting Racism, first published in 1996. Mr. Kivel wrote:

Racism is based on the concept of whiteness — a powerful fiction enforced by power and violence. Whiteness is a constantly shifting boundary separating those who are entitled to certain benefits from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their not being white.

Here are the two passages compared using a plagiarism detector on Text in red is identical; yellow is the same word in a different form, words in peach are synonyms.

Paul Kivel:

Johnny Williams:

Having five words in a row that match someone else’s writing — with no citation — is usually considered plagiarism. Prof. Williams has five identical words in a row, followed by a slight rewording, followed by 15 words in a row. Prof. Williams never even mentions Paul Kivel or his book Uprooting Racism.

In the earlier column for Black Agenda Report, Prof. Williams also failed to cite Mr. Kivel.

Johnny Williams:

Paul Kivel:


I brought this plagiarism to the attention of Rick Green, Director of Content at the Hartford Courant. He declined to comment. I also emailed Glen Ford, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report, sending proof of Prof. Williams’ plagiarism. Mr. Ford wrote, “I’ll allow Prof. Williams to defend himself, since the words are under his name.”

I tried to reach Mr. Kivel by phone, but his voicemail said he would be “out of town and offline until May 8th.”

I emailed Prof. Williams for comment and received an automated reply:

Thank you for your email. I am on sabbatical during the 2020-2021 academic year and won’t be responding to emails in a timely manner. If you need immediate assistance during my absence please contact the Sociology department’s administrative assistant Veronica Zuniga via email at [email protected] or phone 860.297.2077

I emailed Miss Zuniga and didn’t get a reply. I called her and she didn’t answer. I called several Trinity college staffers and only one answered: Dickens Mathieu, General Counsel and Secretary of the College. He recommended that I contact Angela Paik Schaeffer, Vice President for Communications and Marketing. She never replied to my email about Prof. Williams’ plagiarism and never answered her phone.

When a black anti-racist steals ideas from a white-antiracist no one seems to mind.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
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  1. I always thought plagiarism was bullshit, how can you own an idea.

    copyright needs to be gotten rid of. if it collapses the media industry and ruins “content” producers, so be it.

    we already have enough content.

    same for patents.

    just fuck it all. the heebing done by patent trolls, Disney, Microsoft etc. has destroyed any sympathy I would have for a counter argument.

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  2. unit472 says:

    Kivel should be overjoyed that someone read his drivel and was impressed enough to steal it for himself. I’m sure Trinity College ( is that the Dublin, Ireland school? ) will ignore the fact that one its faculty members is a plagiarist just as Boston University ignored Martin Luther Kings plagiarism on his Ph.D thesis.

    Whether its tangible or intellectual property, stealing is what negroes do.

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  3. Pheasant says:

    The author needs to clarify if this is trinity college Cambridge university or Trinity university Dublin or even trinity college London.

    Evidence suggests trinity college London.

    Apologies if I have gone blind.

  4. What do you expect to happen if you teach monkeys to type?

    He’s a black professor — of course he’s a charlatan. Do the details matter?

  5. Zimriel says:

    It’s the one in Hartford, CT. A mill that graduates people with tissue-paper degrees.

  6. @anyone with a brain


    how can you own an idea

    Seems you’re treating plagiarism and Intellectual Plopperfee as one.

    One cannot own an idea, but precedence and creation are worthwhile properties of an idea, including in the negative (e.g. one did not create, one was not the first).

    When a weapon becomes involved, I hold that they are not that worthwhile.

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