Professor Who Was Fired For Talking About Black Privilege, Gets His Job Back In Arbitration

By Mark Gruber | Tuesday, 24 May 2022 05:15
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Central Florida University has been ordered to rehire Charles Negy, an assistant professor who was dismissed for a June 2020 tweet regarding "black privilege."

An arbitrator recently overruled the school's conclusion to dismiss him and ordered the salary lost throughout the firing period be paid.

Negy's since-deleted tweet states: "Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships, and other set-asides being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege."

According to Blaze Media, the tweet didn't sit well with many students and faculty.

"There were organized protests, a Change.org petition with nearly 35,000 signatures demanding the university fire Negy, and the Twitter hashtag #UFC Fire Him."

The university could not legally fire Negy for expressing a controversial opinion on social media, yet it seems that the institution engaged in a witch hunt.

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Comparable to a different incident, in which Princeton University targeted one of its professors for speaking out against their institution's "woke" agenda, university officials looked for any pretext to expel Negy.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Department of Education announced that Princeton University would be subject to investigation for possibly violating the act, specifically Title VI.

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Eisgruber's letter argued that "racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton" and that "racist assumptions" are "embedded in structures of the University itself." According to the DOE, this would mean the school is ineligible for federal money.

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

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The investigation asked for the proof Princeton used to determine that the university is racist. This includes a detailed "spreadsheet identifying each person who has, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, been excluded from participation in, been denied the benefits of, or been subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance as a result of the Princeton racism or 'damage' referenced in the President’s Letter."

They ultimately came across an accusation that Negy "failed to report that a student disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted by one of [his] teaching assistants" in Feb 2014. He was fired from the university in Jan 2021. Back then, university brass further cited "student complains that he allegedly created a hostile learning environment."

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