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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff 13:27 - Jun 25 with 1222 viewsDwightYorkeSuperstar

A university has appeared to defend one of its professors after a petition was launched against her for saying "white lives don't matter".

Gopal tweeted: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives”, followed by “Abolish whiteness" in a later tweet.

Without referencing the professor directly, the university tweeted: “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”.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a professor in colonial and postcolonial literature at Cambridge University, has faced a stream of abuse after posting a series of tweets on Tuesday.


https://au.news.yahoo.com/cambridge-university-professor-abolish-whiteness-12082


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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 13:37 - Jun 25 with 752 viewspikeypaul

The usual suspects will be along shortly defending her and her racist comments no doubt.

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 14:07 - Jun 25 with 735 viewsNotLoyal

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 13:37 - Jun 25 by pikeypaul

The usual suspects will be along shortly defending her and her racist comments no doubt.

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If she said that she is scum.

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 14:40 - Jun 25 with 693 viewsDrizzy

Can someone please explain what 'whiteness' actually is?

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 14:50 - Jun 25 with 678 viewsHighjack

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 14:40 - Jun 25 by Drizzy

Can someone please explain what 'whiteness' actually is?


whiteness
/ˈwʌɪtnəs/
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noun
1.
the property or quality of being white in colour.
"a landscape dominated by the whiteness of snow"
2.
the fact or state of belonging to a human group having light-coloured skin.
"whiteness was defined as both a racial and a regional characteristic"

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:13 - Jun 25 with 651 viewsProfessor

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 14:40 - Jun 25 by Drizzy

Can someone please explain what 'whiteness' actually is?


If you read the Twitter threads its based around 8 themes such as White Privilege.

She actually said "White Lives don't matter. As white lives"


Personally I think it was an ill-judged choice of words, but the abuse she has received is beyond any justification.

Interesting that she has received support from Toby Young
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:17 - Jun 25 with 641 viewsDwightYorkeSuperstar

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:13 - Jun 25 by Professor

If you read the Twitter threads its based around 8 themes such as White Privilege.

She actually said "White Lives don't matter. As white lives"


Personally I think it was an ill-judged choice of words, but the abuse she has received is beyond any justification.

Interesting that she has received support from Toby Young


The racist abuse she has received in response to her racist comment is beyond any justification, you're right. I hope those responsible for sending those messages to her are prosecuted.

If she had said "Black Lives don't matter. As black lives", do you think the university would have defended her?

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:33 - Jun 25 with 620 viewsDarran

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:13 - Jun 25 by Professor

If you read the Twitter threads its based around 8 themes such as White Privilege.

She actually said "White Lives don't matter. As white lives"


Personally I think it was an ill-judged choice of words, but the abuse she has received is beyond any justification.

Interesting that she has received support from Toby Young


Of course it’s an ill judged choice of words but some people are just not interested in basic truth and common sense surrounding this issue.
Most people can see it,some just don’t want to.

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:08 - Jun 25 with 590 viewslondonlisa2001

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:33 - Jun 25 by Darran

Of course it’s an ill judged choice of words but some people are just not interested in basic truth and common sense surrounding this issue.
Most people can see it,some just don’t want to.


Her tweet wasn’t racist. However, it was deliberately provocative, as to understand why it’s not racist requires either some background knowledge of what this stream of political thought is about, or alternatively a far longer explanation than is possible on Twitter.

I imagine that was the point - a lot of people that would have had zero interest are now talking about it and talking about her.

I think that it’s important that people like Gopal are careful not to cause harm to those who are not in her rather protected position from those she has provoked. For that, I believe she should apologise, explain what her tweet meant to those who are confused, and everyone should aim to calm the conversation down rather than stir it up.
An academic should of course encourage thought and discussion but not in such a provocative way. Twitter is not a Cambridge tutorial group and a tweet shouldn’t be designed to provoke as though it was an essay topic for the week.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:17 - Jun 25 with 569 viewsDrizzy

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:13 - Jun 25 by Professor

If you read the Twitter threads its based around 8 themes such as White Privilege.

She actually said "White Lives don't matter. As white lives"


Personally I think it was an ill-judged choice of words, but the abuse she has received is beyond any justification.

Interesting that she has received support from Toby Young


Seems as though people who "don't see race" are suddenly very incensed at perceived hatred towards their race.

Funny that.

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:19 - Jun 25 with 567 viewsProfessor

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:08 - Jun 25 by londonlisa2001

Her tweet wasn’t racist. However, it was deliberately provocative, as to understand why it’s not racist requires either some background knowledge of what this stream of political thought is about, or alternatively a far longer explanation than is possible on Twitter.

I imagine that was the point - a lot of people that would have had zero interest are now talking about it and talking about her.

I think that it’s important that people like Gopal are careful not to cause harm to those who are not in her rather protected position from those she has provoked. For that, I believe she should apologise, explain what her tweet meant to those who are confused, and everyone should aim to calm the conversation down rather than stir it up.
An academic should of course encourage thought and discussion but not in such a provocative way. Twitter is not a Cambridge tutorial group and a tweet shouldn’t be designed to provoke as though it was an essay topic for the week.


Far more eloquently put than I could have. I worry it has caused more harm than good.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:30 - Jun 25 with 557 viewslondonlisa2001

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 16:19 - Jun 25 by Professor

Far more eloquently put than I could have. I worry it has caused more harm than good.


Certainly in the short term it does. Maybe not in the longer term if it genuinely encourages people to read and learn. The issue of course, is that it won’t. Her audience isn’t Cambridge students, it’s Twitter. That’s why it’s the wrong medium to choose to start debate if that was her intention. An article in a proper newspaper or journal would have been far better.

If the instinctive response of someone is to send her a picture of a noose with threats, they are hardly going to start reading about the notion of ‘whiteness’ and how it came about are they.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:54 - Jun 25 with 504 viewsNotLoyal

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 15:13 - Jun 25 by Professor

If you read the Twitter threads its based around 8 themes such as White Privilege.

She actually said "White Lives don't matter. As white lives"


Personally I think it was an ill-judged choice of words, but the abuse she has received is beyond any justification.

Interesting that she has received support from Toby Young


Looking at the tweet it seems she provoked the reaction by the structure of her post.
Tough, she knew what she was doing.

Everyone thinks someone is a cûnt, even those who they don’t thinks are cûnts are cûnts to someone else.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:57 - Jun 25 with 498 viewsProfessor

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:54 - Jun 25 by NotLoyal

Looking at the tweet it seems she provoked the reaction by the structure of her post.
Tough, she knew what she was doing.


I tend to agree-hence my reservations.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:59 - Jun 25 with 495 viewsHumpty

I'm sure Dwight and Pikey have been tireless in their efforts to get our current PM to step down due to the blatantly racist articles he wrote for the Telegraph.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:59 - Jun 25 with 495 viewslondonlisa2001

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:54 - Jun 25 by NotLoyal

Looking at the tweet it seems she provoked the reaction by the structure of her post.
Tough, she knew what she was doing.


Definitely used the structure to provoke.

The reaction to it is horrific and undeserved.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:02 - Jun 25 with 489 viewsDarran

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:59 - Jun 25 by Humpty

I'm sure Dwight and Pikey have been tireless in their efforts to get our current PM to step down due to the blatantly racist articles he wrote for the Telegraph.


Why don’t you just say what she said was wrong?

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:04 - Jun 25 with 486 viewsNotLoyal

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 17:59 - Jun 25 by londonlisa2001

Definitely used the structure to provoke.

The reaction to it is horrific and undeserved.
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I can't stand twitter, so haven't seen the reaction, some would say though each to their own. Just goes to show that allegedly educated people are about a bright as pilots 😉

Everyone thinks someone is a cûnt, even those who they don’t thinks are cûnts are cûnts to someone else.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:12 - Jun 25 with 473 viewsHumpty

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:02 - Jun 25 by Darran

Why don’t you just say what she said was wrong?


I do think she was wrong to say it. I don't know whether the accusation is true or not but even if true Labour could do without prominent people saying things which they know the right wing press will use against them, especially if the accusation is antisemitism.

I didn't post she was wrong until now but I up arrowed a post from Monmouth in which he said she was wrong to do what she did.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:13 - Jun 25 with 472 viewsHumpty

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:02 - Jun 25 by Darran

Why don’t you just say what she said was wrong?


Do you think what Johnson wrote was racist?
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:16 - Jun 25 with 464 viewsDarran

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:13 - Jun 25 by Humpty

Do you think what Johnson wrote was racist?


Johnson is the scum of the earth Pal,he’s a disgraceful embarrassment to this country,of course he a racist.

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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:25 - Jun 25 with 447 viewsTreforys_Jack

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:16 - Jun 25 by Darran

Johnson is the scum of the earth Pal,he’s a disgraceful embarrassment to this country,of course he a racist.


Will you stop posting stuff I agree with, it goes against the grain and I'm fed up with up arrowing you.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:27 - Jun 25 with 443 viewsHumpty

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:16 - Jun 25 by Darran

Johnson is the scum of the earth Pal,he’s a disgraceful embarrassment to this country,of course he a racist.


Agreed. Have you seen Pikey or Dwight criticise him for his racism? I'd say the views of our PM are slightly more important than the views of an employee of a University.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:29 - Jun 25 with 440 viewsTreforys_Jack

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:27 - Jun 25 by Humpty

Agreed. Have you seen Pikey or Dwight criticise him for his racism? I'd say the views of our PM are slightly more important than the views of an employee of a University.


There is no way Pikey is a real person. He's just there to cause offence.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:45 - Jun 25 with 425 viewsHumpty

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:29 - Jun 25 by Treforys_Jack

There is no way Pikey is a real person. He's just there to cause offence.


It's true that both of them are trolls who like to cause offence, unfortunately both are real people.
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Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:48 - Jun 25 with 423 viewsTreforys_Jack

Cambridge University Defends (then promotes) Racist Member of Staff on 18:45 - Jun 25 by Humpty

It's true that both of them are trolls who like to cause offence, unfortunately both are real people.


How can you say that for certain? Do you actually know him ?
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