So Fox News tries to gin up their base with the usual suspects prompted by BU's need to assure their alums that they too are shocked, shocked that Americans have speech rights, even for innocuous tweets. Or as usual, a simple statement framed as "angry " is the new "uppity" depending on your race.
As a scholar, the intersection of gender and race particularly young black male culture is one of her research areas, so expert discourse needs some 'splaining. Hope that kos as a BU alum will weigh in on this.
Twitter becomes the Tenure and Promotion Committee as MLK, John Silber and Howard Zinn roll in their graves.
Expect a RWNJ stunt at the BU Commencement this weekend.
One hopes is a firm statement by Cornell William Brooks on this foolishness. If I were his speechwriter, I'd work the above phrase into his remarks.
Journalist and TV personality Meredith Vieira will deliver Boston University’s 142nd Commencement Address. Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP, will deliver the Baccalaureate Address earlier in the day at Marsh Chapel. Both will receive honorary degrees during the All-University Commencement Exercises.
Reactionary amusements may follow, although for $62,000 year, students can surely decide what courses they can take at BU even before professor Grundy starts her new job.
Boston University had a weekend change of heart about a new professor's angry tweets about white people, after FoxNews.com and others reported on the racially-charged comments -- and Terrier alumni threatened to stop writing checks.
Saida Grundy, an incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at the school, tweeted in recent weeks that "white masculinity is THE problem for america’s (sic) colleges," white men are a "problem population,” and that she tries to avoid shopping at white-owned businesses. On Friday, her new employer's spokesman, Colin Riley, told FoxNews.com that the tweets came from Grundy's personal Twitter account and that she was "exercising her right to free speech and we respect her right to do so.”...
Those who follow campus politics say they are not shocked.
"I'm not surprised that Boston University is hiring a racist to teach African-American Studies," David Horowitz, author of “Reforming our Univerisities,” told FoxNews.com. "Anti-white racism is rampant in Black Studies programs."
Horowitz added that the university’s reaction betrays double-standards on race.
“If she were a white racist rather than an anti-white racist, she would never be hired. 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,” he said.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 2:54 PM PT: An incoming Boston University professor who called "white college males" a "problem population" and was publicly criticized by the university's president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.
Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had declared on her now-private Twitter account that "white masculinity is THE problem for America's colleges."
In other recent tweets, she said, "Deal with your white (expletive), white people. slavery is a (asterisk)YALL(asterisk) thing," and "Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible."
Grundy on Tuesday said events in the United States over the past year have made "the inconvenient matter of race" an unavoidable topic, but she expressed remorse over what she had said.
"I regret that my personal passion about issues surrounding these events led me to speak about them indelicately," she said in a statement. "I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve."
Boston University continued to distance itself from Grundy's racially charged tweets on Tuesday as its president penned an open letter to the campus, saying the comments were "hurtful."