A YouTube video published on December 6 2016 shows Orange Coast College professor Olga Perez Stable Cox, an instructor in the Psychology department, using the term “act of terrorism” as she talks about the election of Donald Trump. She also refers to Vice President-elect Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country” while appearing to refer to President-elect Trump as a “white supremacist.” Here is the video with a full transcription:
“…white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country. And so we are in for a difficult time but again I do believe that we can get past that. Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism. One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us. It is not some stranger from some other country coming and attacking our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for and that makes it more painful because I’m sure that all of us have people in our families and our circle of friends that are part of that movement and it is very difficult - we are way beyond Republicans and Democrats and we’re really being back to being at civil war - I don’t mean that in a fighting way but our nation is divided as clearly as it was in Civil War times. And my hope is we will get leadership to help overcome that. I will go over some coping skills but before i do that I want you to know that the optimist in me, first of all, we are the majority, more of us voted to not have that kind of leadership, and we didn’t win because of the way our electoral college is set up but we are the majority and that’s helping me to feel better. I’m relieved that we live in California it is one of the best states and I love that and I love living here but i’m especially proud of our legislature who did put out a message - one of the things i’m doing to cope is to look for positive messages and look for some hope that’s the optimist in me-and californai legislative leaders did put something... and these are things you can find....”
I reached out to OCC sophomore Joshua Martinez, a political science major and President of the Orange Coast College Republicans. He told me, “The video, shot during a class on human sexuality, was submitted anonymously to us and we wanted to share it to raise awareness on this issue. We want other students to know that we will help protect them against the constant leftist indoctrination we are experiencing in class by exposing behavior like this.”
A lawyer representing the student organization sent the following letter to OCC president Dr. Dennis Harkins:
Via email I contacted Olga Perez Stable Cox, the professor in question, asking if she would please clarify and/or explain her in-class comments. She wrote back, “I don’t have time right now.”
On the Orange Coast College Republicans Facebook page, the Coast Federation of Educators union threatened action against whomever shot the video:
Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, California.