UVA Prof Suspended for Comparing Black Lives Matter to the KKK
The liberal thought police have kicked into overdrive. A lecturer in science, technology, and society at the University of Virginia (UVA) posted one insensitive Facebook comment, and the fallout has proven tremendous. The lecturer has taken leave from the university while a local city councilman has called for a boycott of his restaurants and urged the university to suspend the professor until he has been re-educated.
Douglas Muir, a successful businessman in Charlottesville who teaches entrepreneurship at UVA and who owns the Bella's Restaurant chain in Virginia, responded to a Facebook post about an upcoming event featuring "Black Lives Matter" co-founder Alicia Garza. Last Tuesday, he posted the offending comment from his personal account, which is not affiliated with the university in any way.
Black lives matter is the biggest rasist [sic] organization since the clan. Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!
Although Muir deleted the comment, it was preserved for all the world to see in a screenshot on Twitter.
In a statement last Friday, Craig H. Benson, UVA Engineering's dean and associate dean for diversity & inclusion, announced that "Mr. Muir has agreed to take leave and is preparing his own statement to the community."
That's one way of saying it. When the New York Post's Joshua Rhett Miller tried to reach Muir at his Charlottesville eatery, an employee said he has been unavailable since the controversy erupted. "He's not available, he hasn't been in the restaurant since all this happened," the employee told the Post. "Obviously, people are upset, so he hasn't shown his face."
It is unclear whether or not Muir received death threats, but I would not be surprised.
This attack on "Black Lives Matter" should not be considered free speech, according to Benson. "While free speech and open discussion are fundamental principles of our nation and the University, Mr. Muir's comment was entirely inappropriate. UVA Engineering does not condone actions that undermine our values, dedication to diversity and educational mission," the UVA Engineering dean wrote.
He argued that the comment "has raised serious concerns about UVA Engineering's commitment to diversity, inclusion and support of populations that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
Besides being a huge stretch, this makes a mountain out of a mole hill. Muir's comment was brief and ill-considered, posted via Muir's personal account, and it was just a comment — not even a Facebook status. The idea that this comment could possibly represent UVA Engineering as an institution is laughable, especially since Muir deleted the comment afterward. Nevertheless, this was enough to get him to "agree to take leave," likely under pressure by the university.
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