A University of Virginia lecturer, Douglas Muir takes time away from the lecture room after he compared Black Lives Matter to KKK.
Mr. Douglas Muir, an instructor at the UVA’s school of engineering came under massive backlash for a derogative statement he made about the Black Lives Matter group on his Facebook page. The white lecturer has since then proceeded on leave as university officials carry out investigations into the matter to ascertain the required punitive action to take against him.
The October 4 Facebook post which has been deleted was Muir’s response to a Facebook post by a real estate agent who had stated his intention to attend and event which featured Alicia Garzia, a Black Lives Matter co-founder.
Muir then took to his Facebook page and wrote, “Black lives matter is the biggest rasist [sic] organization since the clan. “Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!”
The post immediately attracted a lot of attention.
— Madison Carter (@madisonlcarter) October 7, 2016
University of Virginia authorities has condemned the action of the entrepreneurship lecturer after they became aware of his irresponsible post. School officials offered a number of statements distancing itself from Muir’s action; saying that his views didn’t represent that of the school’s.
In a statement by university officials, the school stated; “While free speech and open discussion are fundamental principles of our nation and the University, Mr. Muir’s comment was entirely inappropriate. UVA Engineering does not condone actions that undermine our values, dedication to diversity and educational mission.”
“UVA Engineering is educating the nation’s future leaders, problem-solvers and policy makers. We expect our faculty and staff to create a climate that supports and engages all. This incident has illuminated the need for further dialogue,” the statement further read.
Several attempts to reach Muir have proved futile. Muir doubles up as a businessman who owns a number of Italian eateries in Charlottesville and Richmond.
Wes Bellamy, Charlottesville City Councilman who also got infuriated by Muir’s statement has called for a total boycott of his restaurants. He said, “I didn’t expect this from him, but if this is how he feels, he doesn’t have anything else to say to me. I would encourage everyone in the city to boycott the restaurant.”
In his Instagram post, Bellamy added that “The notion that #BlackLivesMatter can be comparable to the Ku Klux Klan is not only incredibly misguided, but goes to show the lack cultural awareness [sic] that still plagues many professors at our Universities across the country. An organization, a movement, a collective body that aims to empower Black People, and rally allies is not a terroristic organization, but one that aims to collective bring people together to address systemic oppression and racism, amongst other things, is here to stay.”
Bellamy also stated that though Muir might have regretted his action, there is a need for him to undergo training in cultural competency and professional development before he should be allowed to return to his job.
The executive vice president and provost of the University of Virgina have condemned Muir’s post. He said, “This statement is inconsistent with the University of Virginia’s values and with its commitment to the principles of academic freedom. The University of Virginia stands firmly against racism and social injustice of any kind. Muir’s comments do not “foster intellectual exploration, nor do they encourage the voices of others,”
KKK history is a woeful memory for African-Americans hence, striking a comparison between them and an activist group which seeks equal justice for Black people in America is awful. The Black Lives Matter movement has a clear vision and the earlier these racists understand their harmless and vital goal, the better for them. Trying to tag the organisation as a hate group isn’t going to work. Comparisons drawn between the BLM and KKK can be considered intended provocation and should be severly punished. It is especially shameful that the provocation comes from a professor. Maybe Mr. Muir will read some history during his leave before he is sacked for the lack of basic knowledge and banal tolerance.