Newly minted Boston University professor of sociology and African-American Studies Saida Grundy has launched her career at Boston with this sweeping charge on Twitter:
“White masculinity isn’t a problem for America’s colleges. White masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges,”
If Grundy were white and said this about black males as a group, it would be a clear cut case of racism and her career as an academic would end there. But she is not white. She is black and Boston University spokesman Colin Riley said Professor Grundy was simply exercising her Free Speech rights.
In other twitter posts, Grundy wrote:
“Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible…” and that white males represent a “problem population” that must solved although she did not say how.
An astute University of Massachusetts Amherst student named Nick Pappas first uncovered the series of tweets and compiled them on his website SoCawlege.com. Using the record as his guide, Pappas questioned Professor Grundy’s ability to teach racially diverse students when she voices racial hostility to both whites and males on social media. Pappas writes Grundy:
“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…”
Mr. Pappas told Fox News that his goal is to “show the rest of America how nasty people on the far left can get at colleges.”
Liberal turned conservative activist David Horowitz, who follows and documents racism in academia, told Fox News that he was “not surprised that Boston University is hiring a racist to teach African American Studies.” Fox quoted Horowitz as saying:
“Anti-white racism is rampant in Black Studies programs which are generally indoctrination programs in left wing politics.” “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…”
It is not known where Boston University stands on double standards, selective enforcement of “speech codes”, the duty of academia to pursue truth or whether it planned to recognize “white males” as a persecuted group worthy of the institution’s array of protections.