Cambridge Lecturer Gets Promotion For Tweeting “White Lives Don’t Matter”
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, a lecturer of the University of Cambridge has been promoted to a professor after she received abusive messages and death threats for tweeting “White Lives Don’t Matter”.
Gopal, 51, who teaches in the Faculty of English at Churchill College, took to the social media platform last Tuesday to write: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.”
The message was met with outrage. People called her out, hurled racist abuse at her, and issued death threats.
Twitter later deleted the tweet for “violating Twitter rules”.
A petition titled “Fire Cambridge Professor for Racism” was also launched on the petition site change.org on Wednesday demanding that Dr Gopal be fired by the university for the controversial tweet.
On Wednesday night, June24, Dr Gopal announced that the university promoted her to a full Professorship.
She added that her tweet means whiteness is not special, not a criterion for making lives matter.”I stand by that”. She concluded.
The University of Cambridge has now spoken out in support of the lecturer and defended rights of academic to express lawful opinions.
It said that the University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions, which others might find controversial.
Also, many colleagues and students have since expressed solidarity with Dr Gopal following the incident, with even popular comedian Nish Kumar wading in to call her “one of the best and brightest around”.
However, the university’s defence of Dr Gopal has been labelled by some as inconsistent and politically biased.