Cambridge University backs academic who tweeted ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’

Published on 25 June 2020 by Kirsty

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Cambridge University backs racist academic who tweeted ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’ – and promotes her to professor.



Dr Priyamvada Gopal, 51, who teaches in the Faculty of English at Churchill College, took to the social media platform on Tuesday evening to write: ‘I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.’

However the controversial message, which has since been deleted by Twitter, was met with a barrage of outrage, with many people responding both publicly and privately.

A petition titled ‘Fire Cambridge Professor for Racism’ was also launched on the petition site on Wednesday demanding that Dr Gopal be fired by the university for the comment. 

She said: ‘I would also like to make clear I stand by my tweets, now deleted by Twitter, not me.

A statement released by the university read: ‘The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions, which others might find controversial.

Many colleagues and students have since expressed solidarity with Dr Gopal following the incident, with even popular comedian Nish Kumar wading in to call her ‘one of the best and brightest around’.

However, the university’s defence of Dr Gopal has been labelled by some as inconsistent and politically biased.

A King’s College spokesperson said: ‘We have investigated the incident and found no wrongdoing on the part of our staff.