Inside Higher Education
May 18th, 2015
For the last week, many in academe have been debating comments made on Twitter by Saida Grundy, a new faculty member at Boston University,
in which she said, “Why is white america [sic] so reluctant to identify
white college males as a problem population?” Amid the debate, some
have speculated about what would happen if a white professor made
generalizations about black students. Would such a person immediately
lose his job, or would he suffer no more than some criticism?
It turns out that as Grundy was facing scrutiny, many students and
academics at Duke University were finding and becoming appalled by
comments posted to a New York Times discussion board by a Duke political science professor, Jerry Hough.