A of the Rutgers University professor claims his Facebook post about white people was intended to be “satirical.”
A white professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey violated the school’s policy when he complained about other white people in a post on Facebook, according to reports.
The university says that it prohibits discrimination and harassment, and held that the history professor James Livingston, who is white, on a line with his comments.
In the post, Livingston beat other white people, describing them as the right and say that they hindered “access to my dinner.”
“… this place (the hamburger restaurant) is flooded with very little Caucasian in a–holes who know that their parents approve of everything they do,” Livingston wrote.
“… this place (the hamburger restaurant) is flooded with very little Caucasian in a–holes who know that their parents approve of everything they do.”
– Rutgers professor James Livingston, in the since deleted Facebook post
“I hereby resign from my race. F— these people,” the professor added.
Facebook removed his post, he said in a later post, according to NJ.com.
Livingston argues that his remarks were “satirical,” and he was commenting on the gentrification of the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he lives, NorthJersey.com reported
Professor Rutgers, under the supervision of the university for a Facebook post saying that he hates white people https://t.co/gbNnazF91H pic.twitter.com/0vM02u6F0t
— NorthJersey.com (@northjersey) 22 August 2018
“OK, officially, I have now to white people,” Livingston wrote. “I’m a white people, for the cause of God, but we keep them—us—from my neighborhood?”
Since the post appeared, Livingston has to do with a “barrage of hate e-mails, slur-laced insults and death threats,” the Washington Post reported.
Rutgers said in a statement that “there is no place for racial intolerance at Rutgers,” the report said.
“… at Rutgers University, we also must foster an environment that is free from discrimination, as laid out in our policy forbids discrimination, ” Dory Devlin, media relations director for Rutgers, told NorthJersey.com.
In a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has asked Rutgers, on Livingston’s behalf, to reverse the conclusion that he violated policy, according to the publication. The letter also reportedly stated that he has the right to his opinion as a private citizen.
In the caves, to the outrage mob, Rutgers both trivializes real harassment, and in violation of the professor’s First Amendment rights. FIRE is demanding that Rutgers reverse.
— FIRE (@TheFIREorg) August 21, 2018
His appeal is denied, the Post reported, quoting the FIRE.
Livingston, a tenured teacher for 28 years, has taught at the university since 1988, NorthJersey.com reported.
“Allowing human resource administrators to tell a professor of 30 years, what he can and cannot say on Facebook means that the tradition of academic freedom in our public universities is essentially about. I have respect for that tradition too much, not to protest,” Livingston said in a statement, according to the report.
Livingston faces disciplinary measures which may be discharge, the Post reported.
“You may not agree with the faculty member, but the First Amendment exists to protect speech that challenges you or asks you to think about things in a different way.”
Will Creeley, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
“I’m also a fan of the Constitution, which is under attack here,” He said. “I sincerely hope that the university will see its way to overturning this finding of ‘reverse racism’, and reaffirming that the democratic freedoms that Rutgers has long stood for.”
Will Creeley of FIRE said: the First Amendment right is especially important for the faculty, especially since He was talking about ‘gentrification’ – a matter of public concern, according to the Post.
“You may not agree with the faculty member, but the First Amendment exists to protect speech that challenges you or asks you to think about things in a different way,” Creeley said.
Last year, another Rutgers professor came under fire for his Facebook posts, which some critics said were anti-Jewish and anti-Israel.
Michael Chikindas, a professor in the university food science department, lost his role as the school middle-director and was no longer allowed to teach required classes, Fox News reported.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.