A Boston University professor’s racially charged Twitter rants on white people and slavery have offended some of the university's alumni who are now threatening to stop donating to the school.
Saida Grundy is an incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at Boston University and she is not afraid to express her opinions on social media — no matter how controversial.
Her Twitter rants were first noticed by University of Massachusetts Amherst student Nick Pappas, who posted the tweets on SoCawlege.com.
Pappas questioned how Grundy would go about teaching white college males.
“You have to teach college-aged white males eventually, no? … this seems like you are unqualified to grade their work as you clearly demonstrate some kind of special bias against them,” Pappas wrote.
On May 8, new employer spokesman Colin Riley told Fox News that the tweets came from Grundy’s personal Twitter account and that the professor was “exercising her right to free speech” and that they “respect her right to do so.”
But after a flood of emails from alumni, Riley added on May 9 that the school “does not condone racism or bigotry in any form” and that the university is “deeply saddened when anyone makes such offensive statements.”
Alumni and donors expressed their disappointment to Fox News.
“It is truly a sad day to be a BU alum,” a graduate from the class of 2008 said, sharing a letter he sent to Boston University President Robert Brown and the dean of students. “In light of the university’s willingness to invite vile rhetoric onto a campus that I spent four wonderful years at, I commit to never donate to Boston University.”
“As a Boston University alumnus and a father of a son who will graduate from BU next week, I am deeply saddened by this revelation,” wrote another graduate. “It has become apparent that BU no longer supports a value system in line with human decency.”
While Riley condemned Grundy’s tweets, he reiterated that she was still within her rights to express herself.
“... the opinions expressed by Dr. Grundy, in what were seemingly private electronic messages, constitutes her opinion and we must recognize her right to have that opinion whether or not we agree,” Riley said.
Robert Shibley of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education agreed.
“Professor Grundy should and must have the freedom to publicly express her opinions on controversial topics,” Shibley told Fox News. “Unfortunately, though, (she) could be punished if she were to send such tweets through the BU computer network, as the university bans ‘transmitting...offensive’ material.
“In addition, if she were a student, she could also potentially be punished for violating policies banning ‘bigotry, hatred, and intolerance,’ and for not expressing her opinion ‘in good taste and decency.’
“… [BU] should eliminate these policies so that it can defend every student and faculty member's right to free speech — not just Professor Grundy's.”
David Horowitz, author of “Reforming Our Universities," believes that if the roles were reversed, the professor would have never been hired.
“If she were a white racist rather than an anti-white racist, she would never be hired,” Horowitz told Fox News. “Professors are supposed to be experts in some scholarly field, and professionals in their classroom discourse. They don't have a license to indoctrinate students in their prejudices — whether those prejudices are right or left.”
Grundy will start working at the university in June and has since made her Twitter account private.
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