Florida professor cites 'black privilege' amid George Floyd protests, prompting calls for his firing

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Univ. of Central Florida students are calling for the firing of a professor who cited 'black privilege' in tweets amid the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.

"This is the most perverse and bizarre country in the world," the professor wrote."Black teens needlessly stab to death a white college student and no one cares. NO ONE cares. When a white person kill a black man , the world comes to an end."

A Change.org petition is calling for Negy to be fired from the Orlando-based university, where, according to the school, 47.8 percent of students are minorities.Negy, in an email, told NBC News that"I am pro-Black, pro-Hispanic, pro-Asian, AND pro-White. The lives of black people matter as much as the lives of anyone else in this country. In my mind, everyone is equal. And that means no group is above scrutiny. ...

"The timing of my controversial views that have been posted on twitter recently was poor, perhaps, but my views were not addressing the sadistic murder of George Floyd. ... My tweets are not about George Floyd. We all agree: he was murdered viciously by a sadistic man. We all hope all four officers face justice," Negy wrote."I'm addressing other issues that I think ought to be discussed if we're ever going to make progress on race relations.

The school on May 29 ran a campus news piece titled"Now Is Our Time to be Actively Anti-Racist," and a June 2 message from President Alexander N. Cartwright declared"Our Future Is Inclusion." In a tweet Thursday morning, a statement from the school said:"Being actively anti-racist means calling out and confronting racist comments. We are aware of Charles Negy’s recent personal Twitter posts, which are completely counter to UCF’s values. We are reviewing this matter further while being mindful of the First Amendment."

 

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goldietaylor Debate him. Why do people always want to fire people?

Asshole

Freedom of speech applies to both sides . He may say what he thinks is correct but one has to do make their own conclusions. However don't see why he needs to be fired. That is intolerant attitude

Seems accurate

Nobody can say or do anything w/o the media fueling the fire. Shame on all of you.

Uh, I’m no scholar but I think the vilification of Pres Obama demolishes the professors main argument.

Florida, Florida, Florida. Why is it always Florida?

I despise what he said but, in America, he has the right to say it.

Cultural Marxism

Universities should be promoting free thought & speech, not policing it

Cancel culture.

Looks like it is time to go. We can have a discourse over history but to put this kind of negativity out there is simply unacceptable. GeorgeFloyd

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