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UCF professor investigated for saying 'white Americans and white culture are under siege'

A professor from the University of Central Florida is under investigation after he claimed 'white Americans and white culture were under siege' while making several racist stereotypes about black people in the country. 

He said in a Wednesday tweet: 'If African Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming 'systematic racism' exists?' 

Many eviscerated the professor for the racist stereotypes he tried to push off as proven data, failing to contextualize several key points.

The professor, author of 'White Shaming: Bullying based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance' said in follow up tweets: 'Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they're missing out on much needed feedback.'

He continued: 'This subgroup of Blacks has *lots* of problems (many likely missing fathers, having dysfunctional, uneducated mothers, surrounded by peers with sociopathic tendencies). Lots of obstacles in life. No one knows what the solution is to this complicated situation.  

Many eviscerated the professor for the racist stereotypes he tried to push off as proven data, failing to contextualize several key points. He was also slammed for victim blaming, not looking at the factors that contributed to some of the points he attempted to make. 

The professor, author of 'White Shaming: Bullying based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance' said in follow up tweets: 'Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they're missing out on much needed feedback'

He continued: 'This subgroup of Blacks has *lots* of problems (many likely missing fathers, having dysfunctional, uneducated mothers, surrounded by peers with sociopathic tendencies). Lots of obstacles in life. No one knows what the solution is to this complicated situation

 'As an Asian American student attending UCF, I am deeply angry at this message perpetuating the model minority myth to deny the injustices against Black communities,' declared one Twitter user. 'NEVER proclaim monolithic APIDA experiences again until you have learned about systemic racism.'

'Here's a comprehensive study on why the mmm (model minority myth) is complete and utter bulls**t and harmful to Asian Americans.'   

Statistics have long proven that white women have actually benefitted the most from affirmative action, as reported by Vox in 2016.  

Another user added: 'That is privileged comment to make. Try growing up with a system built for 400 years to suppress you and then come back and see if you can still make this comment.'

'On behalf of China - go f**k yourself Charles,' a different person stated. 

'As an Asian American student attending UCF, I am deeply angry at this message perpetuating the model minority myth to deny the injustices against Black communities,' declared one Twitter user. 'NEVER proclaim monolithic APIDA experiences again until you have learned about systemic racism'

Another user added: 'That is privileged comment to make. Try growing up with a system built for 400 years to suppress you and then come back and see if you can still make this comment

'On behalf of China - go f**k yourself Charles,' a different person stated

'The privilege of saying 'stay in school' wow! fool,' another declared

'The privilege of saying "stay in school" wow! fool,' another declared. 

UCF released a statement on Twitter slamming the professor's remarks but stressed they would need to be 'mindful of the First Amendment. 

'We are aware of Charles Negy's recent personal Twitter posts, which are completely counter to UCF's values. We are reviewing this matter further while being mindful of the First Amendment.' 

In an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, the professor defended his racist remarks and claimed that he was critical of all groups. 

'Despite what so many 'haters' are saying about me on Twitter, I've never said ANYTHING critical of George Floyd,' Negy said. 'The man was murdered in cold blood by a man who was a total sadist. So cruel.' 

He added: 'In my classes, we critically look at various groups, including whites. There is no way I can be brutally honest about each racial/cultural group without offending someone.' 

UCF released a statement on Twitter slamming the professor's remarks but stressed they would need to be 'mindful of the First Amendment

In a letter to students, school president Alexander N Cartwright and two other officials condemned the remarks

In a letter to students, school president Alexander N Cartwright and two other officials condemned the remarks.

'We have been receiving complaints alleging bias and unfair treatment in Dr. Negy's classroom and have launched an inquiry to gather more information,' the administrators said in the letter.

'Everyone has the right to their personal beliefs, but no university employee may mistreat or discriminate against students in their classes or in any other setting,' the letter stated. 'No student should fear they will be treated differently because of others' personal biases.'  

Cartwright added that the university would take action against the professor if they found evidence of discrimination in the classroom or online.

Interim provost Michael Johnson said that tenured professors could be removed for misconduct in the classroom. 

'We can act when people's conduct is in the course of their job, when it's in their classroom, when it's with their colleagues,' he said. 'People's behavior is something we can act upon. But we can't act on people's speech outside the university.' 

The university is asking for students to come forward if they have experienced racist and intollerant behavior 

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