Cambridge Prof Tweets 'White Lives Don't Matter,' Gets Promoted Two Days Later


Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Cambridge University to fire one of its lecturers for tweeting “White Lives Don’t Matter.”

Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, professor of colonial and postcolonial literature and theory at Cambridge University, tweeted Monday: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.”

Gopal has also tweeted a call to “abolish whiteness.”

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A petition to get Gopal fired was launched on on Tuesday, arguing that Gopal’s statements “are racist and hateful and must not be tolerated by Cambridge University leadership.”

More than 16,000 had signed the petition as of Thursday morning.

“Cambridge must move to immediately discontinue their relationship with Ms. Gopal in the best interest of all students and the community at large,” the petition said.

“Together we are sending a very powerful message that hatred and racism cannot exist in schools. That it is intolerable to treat others as if they are less than, indeed, that their lives [don’t] matter. That it is unacceptable and irresponsible to allow professors to teach young adults to hate others because of the color of their skin. That universities are not breeding grounds for bigotry,” the petition said.

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The petition asked for more signatures to “ensure that all people are protected against racism, both in and outside the educational arena.”

“Allowing Ms. Gopal to continue lecturing at Cambridge sets a precedent that this behavior is acceptable and welcome agents teaching faculty. Racism cannot be tolerated,” the petition said.

After the petition appeared, Gopal tweeted that she stood by her original comments, despite Twitter deleting one of them.

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Gopal tweeted on June 25 that her account was temporarily suspended on Twitter, but had been reinstated. She also said that she had been the target of harassment and that “the hate mails & threats are coming in non-stop.”

In the same tweet, she announced she had been promoted to “full Professorship” on June 24.

Cambridge University said it defends the rights of professors to express lawful opinions in a June 24 tweet.

“The University defends the right of its academics to express their lawful opinions which other might fight controversial,” the tweet said.

Neither Dr. Gopal nor Cambridge University returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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