Friday, October 17, 2014

Australian University Suspends Poetry Professor for Racist Emails

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 17th, 2014

Australia’s University of Sydney has suspended a professor for racially offensive emails he sent, the BBC News reports. The university suspended Barry Spurr, a poetry professor, for referring to Aboriginal people as “human rubbish tips” in emails, among other slurs against whole races as well as individuals.
Mr. Spurr has defended the emails as part of a “whimsical linguistic game,” but students are calling for him to be fired. The university released a statement that said, in part: “Racist, sexist, or offensive language is not tolerated at the University of Sydney.”

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