Academic firebrand Priyamvada Gopal from Cambridge University in the UK was promoted to a full professorship even after she said that “white lives don’t matter”.
On Thursday, Gopal, who is a Professor in the Faculty of English and a Fellow of Churchill College, announced on Twitter that she was “delighted” to announce that “last night Cambridge promoted me to a full Professorship”. Her research interests are listed as colonial and postcolonial literature and theory, gender and feminism, Marxism and critical race studies.
Recently a Change.org petition received more than 19 000 signatures demanding that she be fired.
Despite criticism, she repeated her claim: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.” Then she sent out a follow-up tweet: “Abolish whiteness.”
Cambridge rushed to defended Gopal’s “right” as an academic to express her “lawful opinions” which others “might find controversial”. But last year, academic Noah Carl was fired for conducting “problematic” research on incest and the relationship between immigrants’ nation of origin and their crime rates.
To say “white lives don’t matter” is apparently worthy of a promotion in the UK and yet according to the media’s narrative on racial bias, the UK is a “white supremacist” country.
UK citizen Jake Hepple, who on Monday flew a “White Lives Matter” banner over a soccer stadium, was meanwhile dismissed from his job. The company have distanced themselves from his actions saying Hepple’s employment has been terminated with immediate effect. His girlfriend lost her job as well after she refused to take “intensive racial sensitivity training”.