Cambridge University has defended one its academics after she tweeted “white lives don’t matter,” despite the institution previously dismissing another academic who made far less controversial statements.
The controversy began when Dr Priyamvada Gopal, English academic and Churchill fellow, tweeted, “abolish whiteness” and “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t matter.”
— The Reality Report (@WeAreTRR) June 24, 2020
Cambridge University swiftly issued a statement defending Gopal’s racist remark.
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 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,” said the statement.
Apparently, the backlash to Gopal’s remark is more contentious than the racist nature of the remark itself.
Highlighting Cambridge University’s hypocrisy, the same institution previously investigated and dismissed sociologist and intelligence researcher Noah Carl after 500 academics signed a letter challenging Carl’s research on race and intelligence.
Nope. Nobody believes that. We remember the cases of Noah Carl (@NoahCarl90) and Jordan Peterson (@jordanbpeterson). Your institution dropped them in 2 secs once the mob came for them. But it’s interesting you’re standing up for someone who actually is a race-baiter this time. https://t.co/xcygEiOLuW
— Douglas Murray (@DouglasKMurray) June 24, 2020
An editorial in The London Times commenting on Carl’s termination asserted that his “main offence seems to have been to challenge the “woke” left-wing orthodoxy.”
Cambridge University also previously rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson after a woke mob complained about his stance on political correctness and after he appeared in a photograph with a man wearing a t-shirt that said “I’m a proud Islamophobe.”
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) June 25, 2020
Apparently, Cambridge University is all for ‘offensive’ freedom of speech, but only if it’s being uttered by far-left radicals.
The petition to have Gopal fired has reached over 8,000 signatures.
Cambridge University – who threw Jordan Peterson under the bus in 2019 – is suddenly pro-free speech after @PriyamvadaGopal said “white lives don’t matter”.
— Peter Lloyd (@Suffragentleman) June 24, 2020
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