A Georgia Gwinnett College professor who was criticized last week for comments he made about illegal immigration on social media is not worried about what others think about his political opinions.

Fang Zhou, an associate professor of history at GGC, was the subject of a tweet from Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen on June 5 regarding language he used criticizing illegal immigrants and political correctness.

Nguyen, a Georgia State House Rep. for District 89, tweeted screenshots of comments Zhou made on Facebook using “hostile” language and “spreading false narratives about immigrants.”

“Yes, ghetto thugs and libtards,” Zhou said on Facebook. “I am against political correctness. I speak truth to power in class and my students learn about the financial drain of illegal immigration on the economy and the high crime rates of illegal immigrants. My students are ‘woke’ and are overwhelmingly against illegal immigration after taking my class.”

In another comment, Zhou said, “It is so wonderful and joyful to see Illegal Immigrants deported by ICE. I do a celebration dance when ICE deports illegals. MAGA!”

{blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”}{p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”}While we celebrate the passage of the Dream Act, this @GeorgiaGwinnett professor uses hostile terms “ghetto thugs,” “libtards,” & spreads false narratives about immigrants. Are these the values supported by Georgia Gwinnett College? https://t.co/tCLJJ850Gb pic.twitter.com/1kL3xv3mS3— Bee Nguyen (@BeeForGeorgia) June 6, 2019{/blockquote}

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Zhou is not worried about his job security, he told the Daily Post on Monday.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I welcome any comment or opinion,” Zhou said in an email to the Daily Post. “I have received many, many messages and comments supporting me and a few who disagree with me. I respect everyone’s viewpoints because 1st Amendment of free speech applies to everyone.”

Zhou also said he continues to welcome criticism, as he said in a report on Friday afternoon.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Personally, I could care less what other people think of my comments,” he said. “Other people’s comments do not affect me. They can say whatever they want.”

GGC officials Monday cited the University System of Georgia and GGC Freedom of Expression policies, as well as the college’s Academic Freedom Statement in response to Zhou’s remarks.

The academic freedom statement outlines that “freedom of speech and expression extends to all members of the academic community, subject to commonly accepted constitutional limits on speech that is libelous or slanderous, incites violence, or discriminates against or harasses others.”

It goes further to say “students have the right to a safe classroom environment in which they can explore controversial ideas in an atmosphere characterized by openness, tolerance and civility, and where they will be graded only on the intellectual merits of their work.”

Zhou was an active participant in Gov. Brian Kemp’s recent campaign and Karen Handel’s run for reelection in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district. He posted photos with both Handel and Kemp on his personal Facebook page in January. He also posted a photo of a banner that read “Chinese Americans (love) Trump.”

GGC emailed staff a list of regulations and restrictions of political activities in November 2018. These guidelines prohibit the use of GGC property or equipment “to engage in advocacy of or against, or fundraising for, a candidate for public office, ballot questions, or any group that seeks to influence elections.” Use of GGC facilities for political events must be approved by the President, and groups and individuals must follow GGC’s non-discrimination policy regarding political events.

Zhou’s Facebook comments say he has a sign in his classroom and said he gives an “anti-immigration speech” in class and educates students about illegal immigration each semester.

“I actively encourage class discussions and class dialogues,” Zhou told the Daily Post. “Students are welcome to share whatever their perspectives and viewpoints. I never forced students to believe my views. If students want to make an argument, they need to provide evidence. If students disagree with my viewpoint, but can provide statistical evidence to back up their argument, they can get a good grade. I always tell students if you want to make an effective argument, then you need to provide evidence.”

Reactions to Zhou’s comments on Monday ranged from support to outrage. Nguyen’s initial tweet had more than 1,000 replies on Monday.

One supporter of Zhou’s comments said in a tweet, “Finally someone who speaks the truth. So tired of our elected officials rewarding illegals for breaking the laws and citizens having to pay for it!!”

Another voiced views against Zhou by tweeting, “How...utterly ahistorical and fact free the pseudoprofessor is.”