CAMBRIDGE University has backed and promoted an academic who posted “White Lives Don’t Matter” after she was sent death threats.
Professor Priyamvada Gopal, a fellow of Churchill College, faced a 4,000-signature petition calling for her to be sacked over the tweet.
Reaction to the post turned nasty despite the English boffin, 51 clearly contextualising: “Yes, all lives matter. White lives as white do not.”
But bosses at Cambridge University have leapt to her defence and said that attacks against her “are totally unacceptable and must cease”.
Prof. Gopal originally wrote: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter.
“As white lives” and “Abolish whiteness”.
One person replied saying she was “disgusting inside and out”, and, “[i]f you don’t like white people, pack up your sh*t and go home. Problem solved.”
Other shocking examples included: “…On another note, kill yourself. Else someone might show you which lives really Matter :)”
“Why would you want to abolish whiteness anyway, we’ve given you everything you own, without us you’d still be chasing Bush meat with a blowpipe.”
A petition launched to sack Gopal’ said: “Her statements are racist and hateful and must not be tolerated by Cambridge University leadership.
“Cambridge must move to immediately discontinue their relationship with Ms Gopal in the best interest of all students and the community at large.”
Prof Gopal later tried to give context to the tweets which saw her banned under the organisation’s ‘hateful content policy’.
She said: “I was saying whiteness isn’t the reason lives should matter.
“Lives do matter, but not because they are white. I say the same thing about my own community.
“When I talk about abolishing whiteness, I talk about political practices and ideologies. Systems of oppression, whether white or brown, should be abolished.
“It’s about abolishing a race hierarchy where whites are at the top.”
After she was suspended from Twitter she wrote: “The great entities for free speech that are Twitter and Facebook have suspended me for making public the hate mail I have received.
“Go figure! Anyway, it’s fine, I need a break from social media.”