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Controversial UNC Wilmington professor Mike Adams retiring after offensive tweets

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Controversial UNC-Wilmington Professor Mike Adams will retire from his position at the school Aug. 1, the university announced Monday.

Adams, a conservative firebrand who has spent much of his career at UNCW publicly feuding with the school, students and fellow faculty, has been at the center of a controversy about a Twitter comment he made in late May.

The tweet criticized Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, compared public health precautions to living in the “slave state of North Carolina” and referred to the governor  as “Massa Cooper,” in a mock-slave dialect.

The controversy, the latest in a long history for Adams, led a large number of students, staff, faculty, alumni and financial contributors to the school to call for his resignation or firing.

Adams responded on social media, telling those contacting the university to leave their addresses so he could send them “panty liners.”

The university’s Monday statement on Adams:


  1. KronikDenny

    June 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Good for him! He did nothing wrong. FREEDOM OF SPEECH

  2. Mitch Norris

    June 30, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I don’t see what he did was wrong, Cooper is the one in the wrong keeping things closed up, and over reaching his authority!!!!!

  3. Lex

    June 30, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Freedom of speech only protects you from government interference in your speech. It doesn’t protect you from the real-life consequences of being a jackass. And Adams seems to have made a career of being a jackass.

  4. JAS

    June 30, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    This is about more than one tweet. For over 15 years he has harassed faculty and students by making negative, misleading, and downright hateful public statements about them on various online platforms. Subsequently, they receive threatening and hateful emails and calls, causing some serious emotional and psychological sufferings. Some have even felt the need to leave the University. He attacks and supporters of his respond. It’s beyond inappropriate for a professor to act in this type of manner, especially the times he’s gone after students.

  5. Janice Carrington

    June 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Anyone with that slavery mentality and does not understand the Governor is trying to keep the people in North Carolina safe. We do not need these people in the classrooms.

  6. Vickie Bridges Sigmon

    June 30, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Adams is a vulgar man who thrives on pretending his anti-social tendencies are productive (in some as yet unrevealed manner.) I would not my college student to be under his vile tutelage.

  7. Chance

    July 1, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Good. He needed to go. It took entirely too long to get him out of there. Good-bye, Ass.

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