“I am sorry for the pain that my reckless remarks have caused my family, my students, my colleagues and many others in this time of suffering.”
If you missed his comments, you can see them here.
Prof. Russell Rickford initially refused to apologize and defended his comments.
Now so much heat is on him, he has issued an apology.
From the Cornell Sun:
RICKFORD | A Statement Regarding My Actions From Oct. 15
I apologize for the horrible choice of words that I used in a portion of a speech that was intended to stress grassroots African American, Jewish and Palestinian traditions of resistance to oppression. I recognize that some of the language I used was reprehensible and did not reflect my values. As I said in the speech, I abhor violence and the violent targeting of civilians.
I am sorry for the pain that my reckless remarks have caused my family, my students, my colleagues and many others in this time of suffering. As a scholar, a teacher, an activist and a father, I strive to uphold the values of human dignity, peace and justice. I want to make it clear that I unequivocally oppose and denounce racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, militarism, fundamentalism and all systems that dehumanize, divide and oppress people.
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