A recently hired Boston University professor, whose racist tweets were defended by the school’s administration, is now being accused of going off on and taunting a white rape victim on Facebook.
Saida Grundy eventually apologized for tweeting that she deliberately avoided white businesses and thought that white males were “THE problem” on campuses. The tweets were made last January, soon after she was hired, but didn’t come to light until earlier this month.
But in February, the good professor may have committed an act so egregiously offensive that even the academic-freedom stalwarts at BU might be forced into action. A young woman had a Facebook encounter with Grundy so jarringly inappropriate and insensitive that the professor’s basic humanity can be called into question.
Saida Grundy, a newly hired professor at Boston University who recently said she regrets tweeting that white males are a “problem population,” and other racially charged comments, is now accused of Facebook posts in which she appeared to taunt a white rape victim. That victim, Meghan Chamberlin, told FoxNews.com that the posts, made in a February public chat, felt “like a kick in the stomach.”
The woman who identified herself as Grundy posted the comments after Chamberlin took issue with a controversial article on race that the Facebook thread had linked to.
“I LITERALLY cry and lose sleep over this,” Chamberlin wrote, adding she had been raped as a child and felt that: “what this article did was tell me that I’m not aloud (sic) to ask for help… Because I am a WHITE woman… So when I read this article… you do understand what that does to me, right? It kills me…”
The woman, who identified herself as Sai Grundy in the Feb. 25 thread and uses the same photo the professor uses on tweets she acknowledged last week, responded by making fun of the victim’s crying.
“’I literally cry’…. While we literally die,” she said before adding, “try this article. A white woman explaining this issue to other white women… who manages NOT to cry while doing it!”
Chamberlin, the rape survivor, responded: “No really. I got it. You can take your claws out, thanks.”
To which Grundy exploded:
“^^THIS IS THE S**T I AM TALKING ABOUT. WHY DO YOU GET TO PLAY THE VICTIM EVERY TIME PEOPLE OF COLOR AND OUR ALLIES WANT TO POINT OUT RACISM. my CLAWS?? Do you see how you just took an issue that WASNT about you, MADE it about you, and NOW want to play the victim when I take the time to explain to you some s**t that is literally $82,000 below my pay grade? And then you promote your #whitegirltears like that’s some badge you get to wear… YOU BENEFIT FROM RACISM. WE’RE EXPLAINING THAT TO YOU and you’re vilifying my act of intellectual altruism by saying i stuck my “claws” into you?”
Whoa. I don’t know what’s more outrageous. Her massive insensitivity to a rape victim or the fact that a university is willing to pay this racist nutcase $82,000 a year.
It gets better/worse:
Chamberlin responded by trying to leave the discussion. “I am choosing to “exit” this conversation,” she wrote.
But Grundy posted again, finishing with: “go cry somewhere. since that’s what you do.”
Chamberlin responded: “Will do.”
Grundy then responded to others: “am I mocking her tears or am I saying that her tears are meaningless displays of emotions because they don’t reflect at ALL an intention to understand the issue from the prospective (sic) of women of color or queer women.”
She added, “my name is *Sai*, but you can call me Dr. Grundy.”
You will be forced to care. Even if you’re a rape victim.
Once Grundy discovered the jig was up, she began a mad dash to delete all the offending entries. Finally, she simply took down her Facebook page — but not before screen shots of the postings were taken by several sources.
Some people have a dead spot in their souls where empathy resides in the rest of us. In most walks of life, an individual so afflicted can function like a normal human being. But a teacher? Boston University would do well to withdraw their invitation to her to teach and allow her to gravitate to some other organization more suited to her beliefs and temperament.