Virginia Tech professor Steven Salaita criticized for Salon editorial

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Tech professor's commentary on an online news website about the "Support the Troops" sentiment has sparked a backlash against him and the school.

In his piece Sunday on, English professor Steven Salaita argued against blind military support and in favor of better treatment of veterans.

Reaction grew from outrage on social media into calls for Salaita's firing, his deportation and death, and also into criticism of Virginia Tech.

The school tells The Roanoke Times it supports Salaita's right to make the comments, although it doesn't necessarily agree with them. A school spokesman says campus police have investigated threats against the professor.

The son of immigrants from Nicaragua and Jordan, Salaita was raised in Bluefield, W.Va. He has published books on Middle East policies and American-Arab relations.

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