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Michigan State professor says Republicans 'raped this country'

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

An award-winning novelist who teaches at Michigan State University began the new school year with an attack on Republicans, telling students they've "raped this country" and are cheap.

William Penn's remarks were captured on video by a student and posted online by Campus Reform, which is affiliated with the Leadership Institute, a conservative group based in Arlington, Va.

"If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them," Penn told students last week. "They are cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could."

Penn teaches in Michigan State's creative writing program. His writings often focus on his American Indian heritage.

Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella says campus officials are reviewing Penn's remarks.

"It is important the classroom environment is conducive to a free exchange of ideas and is respectful of the opinions of others," Cassella said.

A message seeking comment was left for Penn on Thursday. He told students that the United States "still is full of closet racists" who try to keep blacks from voting.

"If you're a Republican, forgive me," Penn said. "If your parents are Republicans, forgive me. They won't and I don't care."

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said Penn should resign.

"This type of bullying is inexcusable," he said.

Online: http://www.campusreform.org

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