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    Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.

    Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had declared on her now-private Twitter account that “white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges.”

    In other recent tweets, she said, “Deal with your white (expletive), white people. slavery is a (asterisk)YALL(asterisk) thing,” and “Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible.”

    Grundy on Tuesday said events in the United States over the past year have made “the inconvenient matter of race” an unavoidable topic, but she expressed remorse over what she had said.

    “I regret that my personal passion about issues surrounding these events led me to speak about them indelicately,” she said in a statement. “I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve.”
    Incoming professor regrets calling white college males ‘a problem population’ | USA TODAY College

    Yet, still is going to be teaching at Boston University, which is ridiculous. It's pretty obvious she hasn't exactly put in the level of academic research into her b.s. statement in the first place (hint: it isn't white masculinity that is the problem for American colleges, it's a culture of boozing and sex).

    Anyways, the biggest issue, how can she be expected to be impartial at all in the classroom? Hell to even give all the "nuance and complexity?" When you go so far as to avoid white businesses during MLK week, I fail to see how you can be expected to give students fair treatment in your classroom, especially if they dare disagree with what you believe.

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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    The appology was extremely weak.

    I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve
    How, exactly, does one express their racism with proper "nuance and complexity"?
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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Better yet, how does she avoid "white businesses" during MLK week? Does she just not go shopping at all, not for food or anything? Does she not pay her mortgage or rent?

    Clearly, this woman doesn't know how business works, and that speaks to the staff competency at Boston University.

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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Quote Originally Posted by coyotedelmar View Post
    Incoming professor regrets calling white college males ‘a problem population’ | USA TODAY College

    Yet, still is going to be teaching at Boston University, which is ridiculous. It's pretty obvious she hasn't exactly put in the level of academic research into her b.s. statement in the first place (hint: it isn't white masculinity that is the problem for American colleges, it's a culture of boozing and sex).

    Anyways, the biggest issue, how can she be expected to be impartial at all in the classroom? Hell to even give all the "nuance and complexity?" When you go so far as to avoid white businesses during MLK week, I fail to see how you can be expected to give students fair treatment in your classroom, especially if they dare disagree with what you believe.
    Sure, she seems a hateful jerk. But, if she wants to be and attracts tuitions to the school? Call her an bigot. Show the numbers. Laugh in her face. But she can say, what she likes.

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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    She regrets being heard, isn't that ironic. Of course, we have a whole class of people who do nothing but try to find people saying something they disagree with. Outrage is become a national obsession.

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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    She regrets being heard, isn't that ironic. Of course, we have a whole class of people who do nothing but try to find people saying something they disagree with. Outrage is become a national obsession.
    The old Overhear Statement --> Outrage --> ??? --> Profit model has finally solved for ???. The new procedure is as follows:

    Overhear Statement --> Outrage --> GoFundMe --> Profit
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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Last line in the article...

    Brown, the university president, said Grundy will report for work on July 1.
    Really? If a white professor had said the same things only of some other race you can be damn sure that professor would have been fired on the spot.

    And...

    But supporters said the comments weren’t racist. They started the hashtag (hash)IStandWithSaida and launched an online petition that notes the university, the largest in Massachusetts in terms of enrollment, is the place where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. earned his doctorate.

    “Racism extends to virtually every institution in American society – including higher education,” the petition reads. “Calling Professor Grundy’s tweets racist minimizes the very real effects of racism for people of color in the United States.”
    You can also be damned sure that these SAME supporters of this "professor" would have started this online petition to get the a white professor fired and would be having an entirely different message.

    Speaking of which...last I knew MLK Jr expressed racial equality, not racial hatred which that black professor obviously has towards whites.
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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Sure, she seems a hateful jerk. But, if she wants to be and attracts tuitions to the school? Call her an bigot. Show the numbers. Laugh in her face. But she can say, what she likes.
    She is hateful, and the mission of a university isn't to generate revenues but, rather, ideas. Disciplined, reasonable, scholarly ideas.

    As coyotedelmar has already noted, she's already publicized her bias toward white males. Insta-grade challenges and accusations of creating a hostile class environment. Grundy needs a little HR training on what constitutes harassment.

    Not that too many of this demographic are probably going to be drawn to her interests, which are (as stated on her CV) “race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, men and masculinity, intersectionality, and ‘qualitative methodology: feminist theory, inequality, and urban ethnography.”

    I think we can all see the niche picture here.

    If her Master’s thesis or articles are any indication, her issues aren’t limited to white men.

    Articles:

    "To Bind Each Son the Other: The Intentional Production of Male Hegemony in the Making of 'Good' Black Men," thesis
    "Memory and the Morehouse Man: How Hegemonic Masculinity Arranges Recollection in Life History Interview with Men"
    "So to Bind Each Son the Other: Sexual Violence and Homophobia as Male Solidarity at the Historically Back College for Men" in prep for Gender & Society

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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    Quote Originally Posted by coyotedelmar View Post
    Incoming professor regrets calling white college males ‘a problem population’ | USA TODAY College

    Yet, still is going to be teaching at Boston University, which is ridiculous. It's pretty obvious she hasn't exactly put in the level of academic research into her b.s. statement in the first place (hint: it isn't white masculinity that is the problem for American colleges, it's a culture of boozing and sex).

    Anyways, the biggest issue, how can she be expected to be impartial at all in the classroom? Hell to even give all the "nuance and complexity?" When you go so far as to avoid white businesses during MLK week, I fail to see how you can be expected to give students fair treatment in your classroom, especially if they dare disagree with what you believe.
    Damn, she sounds angry and obviously hates white men. Lucky for her she's black. If a white man said the same things she did about black females, BU would have done an about face on his hiring.
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    Re: Professor regrets calling white college males 'a problem population'

    “I regret that my personal passion about issues surrounding these events led me to speak about them indelicately,” she said in a statement. “I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve.”
    Hopefully she's learned her lesson and will express future sentiments using a platform that can make use of the proper complexity and nuance. Like Reddit.

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