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University of Florida must reinstate professor who was fired over ‘black privilege’ tweets


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A University of Central Florida (UCF) professor who was fired after controversial ‘black privilege’ tweets in the wake of George Floyd’s death is to be reinstated, an arbitrator has heard.

“If African Americans as a group had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, the best grades, the highest incomes, the lowest crimes, etc.), would we proclaim still that ‘systematic racism’ exists?” tweeted Dr. Charles Negy, an associate professor of psychology who taught at UCF for 22 years and served as a tenured professor for 18, in January 2021.

In a later tweet, he wrote, “Black privilege is real: In addition to affirming. Action, special scholarships and other set asides, being safe from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they lack essential commentary.”

Dr. Negy was fired for his remarks.

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Charles Negy, professor of psychology at the University of Central Florida, reads a letter complaining about his teaching August 23, 2012.
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UCF argued that Negy’s firing was not because of his tweet, instead saying he was fired because of student complaints and creating a hostile work environment.

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The tweet was not “just cause” for Nagy’s dismissal, a referee said last week, arguing that the UCF did not give him enough opportunities to correct his behavior. Along with his job, he also got his tenure and back pay.

UCF will not fight the decision, but released a statement explaining that it stands by its decision to fire him.

“UCF supports the action taken following a thorough investigation that uncovered repeated misconduct in Professor Negy’s class, including the imposition of his views on religion, gender and race,” the statement said. ‘university. “However, we are obliged to follow the referee’s decision.”

University of Florida must reinstate professor who was fired over ‘black privilege’ tweets

Police officers stand guard during a protest after the death of George Floyd outside the CNN Center next to Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on May 29, 2020.
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Negy, who wrote a book called “White Shaming: Bullying Based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance,” remains adamant and told Fox 35 he wants to backtrack.

“I want to take a stand for free speech, academic freedom,” Negy said. “They fired a tenured professor…me. They cut me off my income straight away, which they can’t do, unless there’s a justified reason.”

University of Florida must reinstate professor who was fired over ‘black privilege’ tweets

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“The purpose of a university is not to make people feel comfortable,” he said. “It’s not a church. It’s not a social gathering. The purpose of a college is to make you feel uncomfortable and make you think.”

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Negy, who plans to start teaching again next semester, also plans to sue UCF, according to Fox 35.

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