The University of Central Florida is currently investigating one of its professors for disputing the Black Lives Matter narrative on Twitter.
Charles Negy, a psychology professor at the school, received harsh criticism for sharing critical critiques of the systemic racism narrative that the university described as “completely counter to UCF’s values.”
Without directly calling the professor’s comments racist, UCF’s official Twitter page acknowledged the controversy surrounding his tweets on June 4 by saying “[b]eing actively anti-racist means calling out and confronting racist comments.”
“We are aware of Charles Negy’s recent personal Twitter posts, which are completely counter to UCF’s values. We are reviewing this matter further while being mindful of the First Amendment.”
Being actively anti-racist means calling out and confronting racist comments. We are aware of Charles Negy’s recent personal Twitter posts, which are completely counter to UCF’s values. We are reviewing this matter further while being mindful of the First Amendment.
— UCF (@UCF) June 4, 2020
The tweets in question put out by Negy on June 3, pointed to the disparities in crime rates and educational achievement among African-Americans, suggesting that addressing those problems directly may be a solution to many of the community’s problems.
Here's a suggestion to those who think they are being "screwed" and oppressed in the U.S.: Stay in school. Be the best student possible. Avoid crime. Avoid gangs. Avoid unwanted pregnancy. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Amazing what a little common sense can do you for your destiny
— Charles Negy (@CharlesNegy) June 3, 2020
“Sincere question: If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?” Negy said in a since-deleted tweet, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“This article is spot on (will infuriate folks). Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much needed feedback,” the professor said in an additional tweet the Tampa Bay Times reported, referencing an article suggesting that America needs to “treat blacks as human beings with free will.”
On Sunday, a group about 60 UCF students and alumni gathered on campus to protest Negy’s comments and demand his firing, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The protesters were joined by a group of UCF officials, including President Alexander Cartwright, who told the crowd that the university had received “a significant number of reports” about Negy and his alleged misconduct.
Negy spoke with The Western Journal via email about his tweets and the calls for his firing.
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