A tenured professor at New Jersey’s Rutgers University took self-loathing to a new level when he posted a profanity laden racist rant to Facebook declaring, “I hereby resign from my race.”
Professor James Livingston, who is white, was picking up a burger from a restaurant in Harlem, New York, when he was so affronted by the behavior of a group of “little Caucasian a**holes” that he felt the overwhelming need to take to social media and denounce his own race:
“OK, officially, I now hate white people,” Livingston began his post.
He continued to say the burger shop was “overrun with little Caucasian a–holes who know their parents will approve of anything they do.”
“Do what you want, nobody here is going to restrict your right to be white,” Livingston wrote.
He then added: “I hereby resign from my race. F— these people.”
Surprisingly, Facebook removed the post – but Livingston followed it up with another:
“I just don’t want little Caucasians overrunning my life, as they did last night,” he wrote in a post the following morning. “Please God, remand them to the suburbs, where they and their parents can colonize every restaurant, all the while pretending that the idiotic indulgence of their privilege signifies cosmopolitan–you know, as in sophisticated ‘European’–commitments.”
I’ll take social posturing via self-loathing for $100, Alex.
There is one reason and one reason only that Livingston decided to blame the children’s poor behavior on the color of their skin: he wanted to earn brownie points with his fellow SJWs. Instead of blaming the actual issue – poor parenting – he chalked it up to “white privilege” in effort to signal how incredibly woke he is – especially for a white person.
But unfortunately for Livingston, administrators at Rutgers didn’t feel the same. After looking into the posts, the university found him guilty of violating Rutgers’ Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment. Livingston subsequently appealed the ruling, but it was denied. A punishment has yet to be announced, but the policy allows for disciplinary action “up to and including discharge.”
Unsurprisingly, many people and organizations – including the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – are taking up arms for Livingston. Just look at this tweet from PEN America:
Rutgers' response to Professor James Livingston's personal Facebook posts denouncing gentrification and whiteness reflects a wrong-headed approach that threatens free expression. Read our full statement here: https://t.co/xL2KLsCMfa pic.twitter.com/vH0P526BEZ
— PEN America (@PENamerican) August 23, 2018
Yes, “denouncing whiteness” is protected speech under the First Amendment, and perhaps reprimanding Livingston is a “wrong-headed approach that threatens free expression.” But can you imagine the liberal outrage that would erupt if anyone was caught “denouncing blackness” on their personal Facebook page?
However, at least one other party agrees with Rutgers’ decision: the restaurant itself, which has banned Livingston from ever eating there again.