Now, he’ll face the consequences of his rant.
A professor at Rutgers University has posted an anti-white people rant on his Facebook page and now he’s facing possible disciplinary action after an investigation was conducted. It was James Livingston who was talking about misbehaving and out of control white children in a rant about his trip to an eatery. He witnessed something that many people would agree would make for an annoying time in a restaurant setting, but he took his complaint to the personal level and posted about it on his Facebook page. His tirade included racial overtones that many might consider racism towards white people, and it has spiraled into what has now become another story revolving around a “white liberal professor who is racist towards white people” story.
Fast forward to now and he potentially might lose his job as a professor at Rutgers University. His name is James Livingston and all he wanted was a bite to eat, but now he’s facing unemployment, death threats, and being labeled as an anti-white racist and the whole incident has spiraled out of control. Imagine what the backlash would be like if he wasn’t white. The image below is what he posted on Facebook and was captured in a screenshot that has since been seen by thousands of people, many of them not very happy with his tone.
“Rutgers University professor James Livingston may end up losing his job at the 251-year-old university because of a racist rant he went on against white kids in a Harlem restaurant in June.
“What’s the background?
“Livingston went on a racist Facebook rant against white children and their parents after visiting Harlem Shake on May 31. The tirade has since been deleted from his page. He later revealed that he received death threats in response to the rant.
“After Livington’s remarks were widely publicized, Rutgers University announced that it would launch an investigation into the professor, including his inflammatory remarks.
“A statement from the Rutgers University Media Relations department said, “There is no place for racial intolerance at Rutgers. This matter has been referred to the appropriate leaders at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, where Dr. Livingston teaches, to determine whether his comments violate university policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment.”
“In response to the outcry against Livingston, the owners of Harlem Shake condemned the professor’s remarks in a statement provided to TheBlaze in June.
“’We ask that our name is removed from your rant because we do not want to have anything to do with you,” the women added. “And yeah, we ask that you get your burgers somewhere else. We do not tolerate ‘racism’ either. We thrive on equality and fairness and have full intentions to keep it that way!”
“Livingston initially tried to explain his comments in a blog post by claiming that the remarks were simply jokes, but said that he maintains the position that “reverse racism” doesn’t exist.
“Livingston seemed to double down on his initial remarks, concluding the posting by writing, “I don’t want to be black. I just don’t want to be white.”
“What are the investigation’s findings?
“According to the release, Livingston appealed the finding, but the university rejected the professor’s appeal.
“FIRE wrote a letter to the university Tuesday on Livingston’s behalf demanding that they reverse the guilty finding, which could cost Livingston — a tenured professor at the public university — his job.”
Livingstone responded. He stood up for himself, mentioned the Constitution, and also brought into play the integrity of the school as well as how he has dedicated his career to Rutgers. This leaves Rutgers in a tough position because they know his character and service more than most people reading a story about him for the first time do. Rutgers is trapped in a hard place because they might feel as though they need to act to please the people who complained about the man’s comments. On the contrary, while some of his comments are true because no one really likes to have kids running around in a restaurant, it was the fact that he began mentioning race that found him between a rock and a hard place, as well as the death threats, accusations of being racist (with screenshot evidence above), and now possibly a trip to the unemployment line. Had he left out the part about the people being “white” – then perhaps the post may not have gone viral. Had it been only about unruly children and their bad parents, then perhaps it would have gone viral in a more positive way, or it would have just been another random post on social media that no one really cared about.
“I allowed FIRE to publicize this finding not simply on my own behalf, but because I believe the intellectual mission of Rutgers, a place to which I’ve devoted my career, is in peril and being overridden for the sake of public relations,” he said, according to the organization.
“Allowing human resource administrators to tell a professor of 30 years what he can and can’t say on Facebook means that the tradition of academic freedom in our public universities is essentially over. I respect that tradition too much not to protest,” he added.
“I’m also a fan of the Constitution, which is equally under assault here,” Livingston concluded. “I very much hope the university will see its way to overturning this finding of ‘reverse racism’ and reaffirming the democratic freedoms that Rutgers has long stood for.”