On Tuesday, a University of Cambridge academic was promoted to professor after tweeting, "White Lives Don't Matter."
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal tweeted, “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.” and then later followed up with, “Abolish whiteness.”
Afterwards, Gopal was met with outrage on the internet that eventually led to Twitter requiring her to remove her post. The next night, she tweeted that the university promoted her to professorship.
— Priyamvada Gopal (@PriyamvadaGopal) June 23, 2020
Conservative Fighters reports:
Gopal, 51, teaches in the Faculty of English at Churchill College, and after her Twitter post Tuesday night, a petition was launched titled “Fire Cambridge Professor for Racism” on change.org.
Gopal tweeted, “I would also like to make clear I stand by my tweets, now deleted by Twitter, not me. They were very clearly speaking to a structure and ideology, not about people. My Tweet said whiteness is not special, not a criterion for making lives matter. I stand by that.”
Thanks to everyone who wrote to @Twitter: the ludicrous ban has been lifted. I am therefore delighted to share with you personally, that last night Cambridge promoted me to a full Professorship. The hate mails & threats are coming in non-stop but @CambridgeCops are following up
— Priyamvada Gopal (@PriyamvadaGopal) June 25, 2020
As if that wasn't bad enough, Cambridge defended her! “The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease," the school tweeted.
The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease.
— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) June 24, 2020
The Cambridge branch of the University and College Union (UCU) added, “Solidarity with Priyamvada Gopal — being targeted with vile sexist and racist abuse for speaking up against white supremacists. We are proud to be your colleagues both on the picket line and off it. BlackLivesMatterSolidarity.”
In contrast to its reaction to Gopal’s tweet, Cambridge University rescinded a visiting fellowship invitation to Jordan Peterson in March last year for being photographed next to a man in a T-shirt reading “I’m a proud Islamophobe.”
Last week, Gopal claimed she had been the victim of “consistently racist profiling and aggression by porters” at Kings College, and thus would “supervise students” there no more. Saying she was doing so “on my behalf and of other people of colour,” she added:
With deep regret but with 17 years of consideration behind it, I have finally decided on my behalf & of other people of colour @Cambridge_Uni to refuse to supervise any students at @Kings_College. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH of the consistently racist profiling & aggression by Porters … It’s for the students that over the years I’ve hesitated to take this decision. But I think it’s come to point where it is for students, BAME students who’ve shared their Kings stories with me, that I must do it. Oh and today, I repeatedly asked them to address me as ‘Dr. Gopal’ and repeatedly failed to get them to address me as anything other than ‘madam.’
A King’s College spokesperson replied, “We have investigated the incident and found no wrongdoing on the part of our staff. Every visitor was asked to show their card during the course of that day, as the College was closed to everyone except King’s members. Non-members such as Dr. Gopal were asked to take alternatives routes, around the College. This was a matter of procedure, not discrimination. King’s College is a rich and diverse community, and take the wellbeing of its students and staff extremely seriously. We remain committed to being an inclusive and welcoming environment in which to work and study. We categorically deny that the incident referred to was in any way racist.’
What a joke.
My personal savings account is growing fast--I've been putting in a penny for every time a white worthy labels a non-white person who pushes back 'aggressive.' https://t.co/SWbvICuGAu
— Priyamvada Gopal (@PriyamvadaGopal) June 23, 2020
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