Rutgers Professor in Hot Water After Bashing White People On Facebook
A Rutgers professor is facing possible termination after spewing an anti-white rant on his Facebook page. History professor James Livingston, who is himself white, attracted the wrong kind of attention from administrators when he used his social media page to write an absurd, self-loathing essay about his shame of belonging to the white race.
“OK, officially, I now hate white people,” Livingston wrote. “I am a white people, for God’s sake, but can we keep them—us—us out of my neighborhood?”
Livingston was apparently upset about the state of affairs at a diner he frequents in New Jersey. “The place (burger restaurant) is overrun with little Caucasian a-holes who know their parents will approve of anything they do.”
While we don’t necessarily agree with the racial overtones of Livingston’s rant, we can sympathize with the irritation of watching spoiled children out in public doing whatever it is they want while their oblivious parents occupy themselves with their phones. Pretty sure this is a cross-racial problem, but yeah.
“I hereby resign from my race,” Livingston concluded. “F— these people.”
Facebook removed the post after complaints surfaced and Rutgers University released a statement condemning Livingston’s rant.
“There’s no place for racial intolerance at Rutgers,” they said. “At Rutgers University, we also must foster an environment free from discrimination, as articulated in our policy prohibiting discrimination.”
Livingston has since said that he made the post in the spirit of satire and has protested any disciplinary action that might come his way.
“Allowing human resource administrators to tell a professor of 30 years what he can and can’t say on Facebook means that the tradition of academic freedom in our public universities is essentially over. I respect that tradition too much not to protest,” Livingston said. “I’m also a fan of the Constitution, which is equally under assault here. I very much hope the university will see its way to overturning this finding of ‘reverse racism’ and reaffirming the democratic freedoms that Rutgers has long stood for.”
We’re not loving what we’ve read of Livingston’s original Facebook post and it would be nice to see academia free from this kind of backwards racial thinking, whether it comes from white people, black people, or anyone else.
At the same time, we can’t but agree with Livingston when it comes to freedom of speech. He has the right to go on Facebook and air his opinion without being fired for it. The problem of hindering free speech on campus is a much bigger one than the reverse-racism of some liberal who thinks he’s a comedian in his off hours. If he’s bringing this rhetoric into the classroom or somehow discriminating against white students, that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. But if he’s just ranting for his own amusement on Facebook? Eh, who really cares…