University Professor Fired For ‘Black Privilege’ Comment Reinstated, Wins Back Pay
At long last a bit of justice has been served! A new report out of The Post Millenial revealed that a Central Florida University was ordered to immediately reinstate the job a professor who was previously fired for a June 2020 tweet about what he described as “black privilege.”
The university’s decision to fire assistant professor Charles Negy was overruled by an arbitrator. Also ordered to be paid by the school was all salary lost during the firing period.
Comments by the assistant professor spurred massive outrage amongst students and faculty alike, reported Blaze Media.
#UCFireHim | UCF President Alexander Cartwright, interim Provost Michael Johnson and interim Chief Diversity officer Kent Butler talk about #CharlesNegy with students during the protest organized by @theyoungba at UCF on Sunday.
— UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) June 15, 2020
Another June tweet showed the university professor questioning leftist dogma surrounding the concept of ‘systemic racism:’ “Sincere question: If Afr. 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?”
The Post Millenial argued that the Central Florida University had intentionally launched a witchhunt in order to get Negy fired. Negy was ultimately ousted from the institution in January of 2021 after the school came across an allegation that the professor had “failed to report that a student disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted by one of [his] teaching assistants” in Feb 2014.
“At some point in 2020 a furor erupts over tweets from his twitter account, activity not related to his duties and also is protected free speech,” arbitrator Ben Falcigno wrote in his Arbitration Award opinion regarding Negy’s reinstatement on May 16.
“There ensues a campaign by UCF to find out more about Dr. Negy’s classroom performance as related by his students. UCF reaches out to previous students, gets a number of responses and determines that serious misconduct has been occurring for years, lamenting that no system for detecting such misconduct existed to alert management to such disrepute. And, the misconduct is of such magnitude that the only course of action is immediate termination.”
“They fired a tenured professor… me. They cut me off from my income right away which they cannot do, unless there is some justified reason,” stated Negy when speaking of the incident with WOFL.
Negy also said he plans on teaching again in the fall.
“I want to go back. I want to make a stand for free speech, academic freedom,” Negy told reporters.
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