“Charles Negy, in many ways, is the poster child for what goes wrong when DEI takes over a campus”
My interview on Fox News Digital: “This is really one of the worst examples I’ve seen where a university, to placate the mob and also because they don’t like his opinions, really used the entire machinery of a major public university and taxpayer funding to go get this professor,”
Last week we wrote up the continuing struggle of University of Central Florida Professor Charles Negy to get justice for UCF retaliating against him because internet and student mobs objected to his tweets disputing systemic racism and white privilege, Prof. Charles Negy, Investigated and Fired After Tweets Disputing Systemic Racism, Files Federal Lawsuit Against U. Central Florida.
The story has been picked up by Fox News Digital, Central Florida professor fired for disputing systemic racism and White privilege fights back, files lawsuit, highlighting that Legal Insurrection has been chronicling the Negy story:
Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson, who founded both the Legal Insurrection Foundation and CriticalRace.org, has been an outspoken opponent of critical race theory and diversity, equity, and inclusion training– commonly referred to as DEI.
“Charles Negy, in many ways, is the poster child for what goes wrong when DEI takes over a campus, what goes wrong for free speech and for academic freedom,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital.
Earlier this month, Jacobson started the Equal Protection Project (EPP), a new initiative to battle racial discrimination in the workplace. He has been chronicling Negy’s ordeal since the professor sent a pair of tweets in the summer of 2020 – at the height of racial tensions in America following the death of George Floyd in police custody – that questioned the belief of systemic racism and White privilege….
“This is really one of the worst examples I’ve seen where a university, to placate the mob and also because they don’t like his opinions, really used the entire machinery of a major public university and taxpayer funding to go get this professor,” Jacobson said. “He filed a union grievance and went to arbitration. And lo and behold, the arbitrator cleared him, found he did nothing wrong, found the university was in the wrong, had no good cause to fire him, no legal cause to fire him and ordered him reinstated.”
UCF maintained that Negy’s firing was not because of his tweet, instead claiming he was fired because of student complaints and creating a hostile working environment.
On Thursday, Negy took steps to hold the school accountable when he filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Middle District of Florida….
Jacobson believes Negy has a legitimate case that the university unfairly retaliated against him.
“He’s alleging that he went through almost two years of extreme pain and suffering, extreme hardship that cannot be restored merely by giving him his job back with back pay,” he said. “Of course, the facts are going to have to come out. But based on what’s been revealed so far, it does look like he has a very strong claim that he was subject to retaliation.”
Fox News Digital posted a short interview of me talking about the Negy case (an edited-down version of a longer interview):
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Well after George Floyd’s death, as we know, there were riots and protests all around the country, but there was also a purge in academia at many universities, and it hit a lot of people. It almost hit me. But it hit somebody named Charles Negy, who was a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida. And it hit him in one of the most disgusting cases that I’ve seen, and we’ve covered dozens, if not hundreds of these cases at Legal Lnsurrection.
And what happened was he tweeted that he disputed that there was systemic racism that negatively affected blacks. And he also tweeted that in fact, because of affirmative action and other things, there actually was a black privilege because at the time everybody was talking about white privilege. Now you can agree with him or you can disagree with him, but he’d been at UCF for 22 years, extremely highly rated, extremely popular.
And in a uniquely June 2020 phenomenon, the mob descended on him. There was a change.org petition, I think signed by 15,000 people to get him fired. There was a Twitter campaign. There were protests outside his house, which is really unprecedented act of intimidation. And even the president of the university participated in the protests against him. I’ve never seen that anywhere else. Because of that pressure, the university had a problem because his tweets were constitutionally protected. University of Central Florida is a public institution. It’s bound by the First Amendment without question, and they couldn’t punish him for what he said on Twitter. So they launched a campaign, they suspended him, and they launched a campaign to drum up complaints about him. And this is something I’ve seen before, but never so egregiously.
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Maybe Scott Adams was and is right.
So D’Angelo is called a “Liberal” when what she spouts is illiberalism, and they call those disputing her “conservatives” when what they advocate are liberal values. We live in Orwellian times.
More accurately: we live in Weimar Republic times. “Orwellian” comes next, along with genocide.
Is our Republic, what’s left of it, that weak? I fear you’re right on point. We’re heading for a dystopian, fabian socialist, welfare, nanny, one-party, authoritarian state. The Consitution will be interpreted eisegetically as a living piece of inconvenience, rather than as the Foundation of our Republic from an exegetical manner.
Is our Republic, what’s left of it, that weak? I fear you’re right on point. We’re heading for a dystopian fabian socialist welfare nanny one-party authoritarian state. The Constitution will be interpreted eisegetically as a living piece of inconvenience, rather than as the Foundation of our Republic as interpreted in an exegetical manner.
Then will come the psikhuskas, the gulags, and the killing fields. Only a firm return to the rule of law under an exegetically interpreted Constitution will surmount it. That’ll take turning to the power of our Creator. If only we truly understood 2 Chronicles 7:14.
So will it mean dusting off the Declaration of Independence and taking it to heart with a vengeance, even if it means as Jefferson implied, that in order to bind the federal (behemoth out-or-control) government with (VERY HEAVY) chains of the Constitution that it’ll take watering the Tree of Liberty – liberally? – I fear so!
Kind of makes you grateful for the Second Amendment …doesn’t it??
And helps you understand why the would be totalitarians of the Left are so desperate and intent upon taking that away.
Only Free People have firearms.
“From my cold dead hands”.😉
no, when men can put on a dress and be called women – and anyone saying that they’re really men is castigated – that’s 2+2=5 because The State says so.
Even though he was being sarcastic, Adams was right.
No white person in his right mind would move into a majority-black neighborhood in any major city, unless he was some sort of liberal masochist willing to rationalize why he’s burgled or carjacked or mugged.
The lies of “systemic racism” and “white privilege” are used as cover for the savagery, crudity, and imbecility of contemporary “black culture.” Any criticism is proof of racism. Even black conservatives who acknowledge this are “white supremacists” in the left’s race-baiting games.
The media is complicit in alienating black from white when it amplifies the lie that two or three unrelated murders of black men by white cops proves anything but the incompetence, sadism, and stupidity of a few individual cops. To claim that all city police forces everywhere target black people for persecution is absurd on its face. To claim that black men and women are disproportionately banged up in prison or arrested is evidence only of individual criminality and the tendency to criminality among black people.
But looking at the facts, is now, of course, “racist.”
Being born white is now, among the intelligentsia and the chattering classes, de facto proof of racism, so there’s no winning this game if you’re white, and since that’s the case, I refuse to play.
Democrats are way ahead on the segregation thing. Some universities they control are holding segregated graduation ceremonies.
Yes, the work to expose the overall environment of intolerance and repression on campus is excellent!
Missing from this site’s analysis is the especial reason for the vitriol. He is a gay, Hispanic; therefore is considered a traitor. His views are not in keeping with those expected according to the tenets of identity politics.
If the DEI/CRT, threat to this country is defeated, it will be largely due to the efforts of Professor Jacobson, Christopher Rufo, Ron DeSantis, and a few others.
Bet ya years ago Professor J never imagined one day he’d be fighting to help save our country.
It will be the parents that either take their schools back or find suitable education by removing them from the government schools that lions, along with the professor…
I had one child that would be running wild in the savanna if I had to home school him, but I did have to put him in a private school… I think it saved his life. If I had to home school him, I would have been in prison…
My daughter, would have been easy, but kids do need kids and school pods are really interesting and in Texas, the public schools must let them join athletics, if they are so gifted…
But we must pull these kids out till it hurts, until they, the schools are destroyed. we must pressure our local and state governments to allow us to use OUR money to school choice.
It’s our money amd we have a right to pull it!
children are better off running loose in the streets than being in government schools
Systemic racism doesn’t seem to affect identifiable groups with an average IQ higher than whites’ average IQ, only lower. It accounts for their not doing as well.
Seems like a simple observation.
Professor – any word on this from Gov. DeSantis?
Seems like something he might get the State involved in.
“UCF maintained that Negy’s firing was not because of his tweet, instead claiming he was fired because of student complaints and creating a hostile working environment.”
This could have been predicted at the beginning of college-as-consumer- product and so-called “student-centered approaches to learning.”
Children come into college after twelve years of leftist indoctrination into the correct way to think about black people and race relations, followed by even more reading in neo-Marxist critical theory and the critique of race-as-oppression, and everyone’s surprised when they act as they’ve been trained.
The adults have abdicated their responsibility to get more asses in more college classroom seats, and the kiddies can form kangaroo courts and oust teachers they don’t like. This is on top of the consumer surveys they take after every course, “evaluations of teaching effectiveness” that make attempts at objective standards of evaluation hazardous to continued employment as a college wage-slave. Hence, “grade inflation” and children acting like little Napoleons (and I don’t mean the dessert).
According to DemoncRats, the (junk) science says that human brain is not fully developed until a person is 25 yrs if age. On that basis they refuse to charge murders less than 25 with murder. On what basis then, are they allowing college aged students to make any decisions about the administration of the school, and to wit, which teachers should be retained or fired. I guess for DemoncRats, consistency is the hob-goblin of small minds.
What amazes me is how nearly all of their CRT/DIE criteria are chiefly designed to “dumb down” every single subject, test, qualification there may be, if not to totally eliminate them altogether.
I mean, what the heck does that say about what these people even think of themselves? It’s a blatant admission of being “less than” others not like them. It couldn’t be any plainer.
So their own sense of self, if you will, is defeated before it can even get out of the gate. I mean, how do you espouse these type of educational and workplace dictats and not admit that your are quite literally insulting and sabotaging your own selves in one fell swoop?
It is utter insanity on steroids.
Democrats today don’t worry about what is insanity to conservatives’ view point. When pointed out, Dems will do even more of it. They will never forgive us on the conservative side for being right. When we on the right simply push back on the Dems, they declare it an out right backlash.
not because of his tweet, instead claiming he was fired because of student complaints and creating a hostile working environment.
Under that ‘law’, anything any student snivels about is a firing offense. About time to fire every ‘administrator’ who attempts to enforce it.
Exactly what you’d expect when our institutions are infested with lawyers. (Apologies to our esteemed host.)
Lawyers, called “advocates”, start with a client and outcome, then work to generate that result from some arrangement of claimed facts, and pseudo-analysis. The field is getting some set of people to acquiesce to that, using words wielding social and enforcement pressures.
The administration’s job is preserving the institutional grift they’re all feeding off of; in a trend-world converging on Mao’s Great Leap Forward 2.0, that means convincing whoever you need to that they’ve been appeased. All the rest follows from just that.