According to reports, Saida Grundy, an incoming sociology and African American studies professor at Boston University is being criticized for comments she made on her personal Twitter account calling white males a “problem population” and tweeting that “White masculinity is the problem for America’s colleges.”
The tweets quickly spread, and Grundy’s comments were soon labeled racist on social media and BU Alums.
Colin Riley, a spokesman for Boston University told Fox News that the tweets came from Grundy’s personal Twitter account and that she was “exercising her right to free speech and we respect her right to do so.”
But as Alumni threatened to nix university funding the school made it clear that Grundy views on race in America, in no way reflect Boston University views.
“The University does not condone racism or bigotry in any form and we are deeply saddened when anyone makes such offensive statements,” Riley told Fox News.
Though Grundy is under fire for comments made, the university did make a point to argue her constitutional right of freedom of speech, with Riley going on to tell Fox, “… the opinions expressed by Dr. Grundy, in what were seemingly private electronic messages, constitutes her opinion and we must recognize her right to have that opinion whether or not we agree.”
Grundy’s Twitter account has since been made private and though she’s receiving much support from Twitter followers online using the hashtag #ISupportSaida, there still seems to be mixed emotions from both blacks and whites regarding her race related tweets.
Take a look at what people on Twitter had to say: