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Cambridge University backs academic who twitted ‘black lives don’t matter’

Published by on June 26th, 2020.


Cambridge University backs academic who tweeted White Lives Don’t Matter and promotes her to professor
A lecturer of the University of Cambridge has been promoted to a professor after she received abusive messages and dying threats for tweeting “White Lives Don’t Matter”.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, 51, who teaches within the Faculty of English at Churchill College, took to the social media platform on Tuesday evening, June 23, to write: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.”

The message turned into met with outrage. People known as her out, hurled racist abuse at her, and issued death threats. Twitter later deleted the tweet for “violating Twitter rules”.

A petition titled “Fire Cambridge Professor for Racism” was also released on the petition website online change.Org on Wednesday demanding that Dr Gopal be fired through the college for the arguable tweet.

Dr Gopal later shared some of the dislike speech she had obtainedalong with from a person sending her a photograph of a noose and writing: “We are coming for you you n***er loving piece of shit.”

On Wednesday night, June24, Dr Gopal announced that the university promoted her to a full Professorship.

She added: “I might also like to make clean I stand by using my tweets, now deleted via Twitter, now not me. They have been very truly talking to a shape and ideology, no longer about people.

“My Tweet stated whiteness isn’t always special, now not a criterion for making lives matter. I stand by means of that.”

The University of Cambridge has now spoken out in assist of the lecturer and defended rights of educational to specific lawful opinions.

The Russel Group University defended the lecturer and deplored the assaults she has faced due to the fact that her tweet.

A statement launched through the university read: “The University defends the proper of its lecturers to express their personal lawful opinions, which others might locate debatable.

“[It] deplores within the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These assaults are totally unacceptable and should cease.”

The Cambridge branch of the University and College Union (UCU), also showed their solidarity with Dr Gopal.

The union wrote: “Solidarity with Priyamvada Gopal – being focused with vile sexist and racist abuse for talking up against white supremacists.

“We are proud to be your colleagues both at the picket line and stale it. BlackLivesMatterSolidarity.”

Many colleagues and students have seeing that expressed solidarity with Dr Gopal following the incident, with even famous comedian Nish Kumar wading in to call her “one among the first-class and brightest around”.

However, the university‘s defence of Dr Gopal has been labelled by a few as inconsistent and politically biased.

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