Yesterday, we told you about Saida Grundy and her offensive tweets, directed at White, college males. You may recall that she said they are not a problem, they are THE problem.
And naturally, people, Black and White, took issue with her words.
Well, Grundy has come forward with an apology.
She said the events of the past year have made “the inconvenient matter of race” an unavoidable topic, but in a statement to Inside Higher Ed, she expressed remorse over her delivery.
“In the past year alone, the inconvenient matter of race has made itself an unavoidable topic of discussion in our country. These issues are uncomfortable for all of us, and yet, the events we now witness with regularity in our nation tell us that we can no longer circumvent the problems of difference with strategies of silence. I regret that my personal passion about issues surrounding these events led me to speak about them indelicately. I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve.
As an experienced educator, I take seriously my responsibility to create an inclusive learning environment for all of my students. Both professionally and ethically, I am unequivocally committed to ensuring that my classroom is a space where all students are welcomed. I know firsthand that students learn best by discussing these issues openly and honestly without risk of censure or penalty. I look forward to more dialogues about race, diversity and inclusion in my career at Boston University, and to having the honor of knowing and teaching some of the finest minds in the world.”
Boston University President, Robert Brown, told the publication that while he doesn’t normally speak on the personal views of his faculty members, he did share some thoughts about Grundy’s words.
“We are disappointed and concerned by statements that reduce individuals to stereotypes on the basis of a broad category such as sex, race or ethnicity. I believe Dr. Grundy’s remarks fit this characterization. I understand there is a broader context to Dr. Grundy’s tweets and that, as a scholar, she has the right to pursue her research, formulate her views and challenge the rest of us to think differently about race relations. But we also must recognize that words have power and the words in her Twitter feed were powerful in the way they stereotyped and condemned other people. As a university president, I am accustomed to living in a world where faculty do — and should — have great latitude to express their opinions and provoke discussion. But I also have an obligation to speak up when words become hurtful to one group or another in the way they typecast and label its members. That is why I weigh in on this issue today.”
Grundy is set to begin work at the University on July 1.