A professor is under fire after saying Black Lives Matter is as racist as the KKK
A college professor found himself in hot water after likening the Black Lives Matter movement to the racism of the Klu Klux Klan.
Douglas Muir, an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia, wrote in a Facebook comment that Black Lives Matter is the “biggest” racist organization since the KKK. The comment was written last week in response to a Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter event in Charlottesville.
University officials later issued statements denouncing the comments and distancing themselves from Muir. The professor has since taken leave, according to the university.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy also took to social media to criticize Muir for his comments and call on people to boycott Muir’s restaurant business in the city.
“The notion that #BlackLivesMatter can be comparable to the Klu Klux Klan is not only incredibly misguided, but goes to show the lack of cultural awareness that still plagues many professors at our Universities across the country,” Bellamy wrote on his Instagram.
Bellamy went on to say that the Black Lives Matter movement is not a terrorist organization, but, rather, a group that aims to “address systemic oppression and racism.”
Efforts to reach Muir, a resident of Charlottesville, for comment on Sunday were unsuccessful. A woman who answered the phone at Bella’s Restaurant in Charlottesville, which Muir owns, said he is out of town. School officials say Muir will issue his own statement to the community.
His Black Lives Matter comment, which has since been deleted, was in reference to an event featuring movement co-founder Alicia Garza as a speaker. The event was held Tuesday at Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.
“Black Lives Matter aims to end state-sanctioned violence once and for all,” Garza told the audience at the event, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We are fighting for the sanctity and dignity of all of us, and not just for black men. We are fighting for black men, black queer people, black trans people, immigrants and the disabled community.”
Tom Katsouleas, University of Virginia’s executive vice president and provost, said in a statement on Fridaythat he’s “disturbed and saddened” by Muir’s comments.
“The University of Virginia stands firmly against racism and social injustice of any kind,” Katsouleas said. “Statements such as Mr. Muir’s do not foster intellectual exploration, nor do they encourage the voices of others.”
In a statement issued on the same day, officials from the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science said Muir’s “entirely inappropriate” comments raised concerns about the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.