On Monday night, a group of mainly women students from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and their supporters held a demonstration against UT Professor Thomas Hubbard at his home.
Protesters blocked his driveway with a large banner that read “Professor Thomas Hubbard: Pedophile” while chanting “Thomas Hubbard is a creep! Keep an eye out when you sleep!” and “When women and children are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
Thomas K. Hubbard, a classics professor at UT, is known for his misogyny and support of pedophilia. He has advocated for lowering the age of consent and has been published by NAMBLA for his works arguing against statutory rape and age of consent laws. He also taught a class at UT called the “Mythology of Rape” where students were required to write about their personal experiences with sexual assault and argue whether or not it was rape under Texas penal code. Despite the high volume of complaints this class was banned, but Hubbard is still teaching.
Earlier in the day, graffiti was seen in North Austin reading “Pedo Hubbard, watch your back,” and at his home, where a hammer and sickle was spray-painted on his driveway and a large tarp covered what appears to be more graffiti on his front porch.
Reports from the demonstration indicate that Hubbard had covered whatever graffiti was on his home by painting a large white square over it.
One young woman leading the home demonstration was heard saying, “We know UT won’t do anything and we don’t care because we can take care of you ourselves!” Hubbard, who had been paranoid for weeks about being the next to fall prey to the militant student organizers, reportedly locking the doors to his classrooms, had the police show up within five minutes of the women banging on his door yelling, “Hubbard Hubbard you can’t hide, we know you’re a pedophile.”
The women persisted with their action despite four police cars filled with officers showing up to protect him. Activists gave speeches and talked to his neighbors out on the street. The surrounding neighbors came out of their homes during the disruption and voiced their support and gratitude towards the organizers.
One woman across the street said, “Thank y’all for doing this! Today I found out my neighbor is a pedophile and we won’t let him forget it.” Hubbard couldn’t handle more than twenty minutes in his home of being subjected to the loud protest before he sought a police escort to his car to escape. He needed multiple officers to get away from the wrath of the students as he ducked into his car in fear.
One student giving a speech said, “Pedophilia apologists like you deserve to be confronted and to feel afraid! We will make you scared to teach, scared to live in this community and scared to show your face in public.”