A Duke University professor was reportedly suspended after he wrote a comment on an editorial in the New York Times titled, “How Racism Doomed Baltimore.” As you may have guessed, it was one of those “the real racists are the ones talking about racism” comments.
The editorial talked about how poverty and segregation have created a climate of racism in Baltimore.
However, the white professor, Jerry Hough, disagreed, whitesplaining everything he thought was wrong in the black community, which, of course, includes their names and their work ethic.
“I am a professor at Duke University. Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration. The amount of Asian-white dating is enormous and so surely will be the intermarriage. Black-white dating is almost [non-existent] because of the ostracism by blacks of anyone who dates a white.”
Source: Duke Chronicle
Of course, what Hough is saying is that black people would be more successful if only they would be more white. I guess he forgets the black people with names like Barack Hussein Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Kamala Harris, etc.
The idea that people would be discriminated against for their name is a problem with the people discriminating, not with the people with the “strange” names.
As for interracial dating, all I can say is that Professor Hough hasn’t gotten out much if he thinks black and white people don’t date. And even if that were true it might just mean that white people aren’t encouraged to date outside their race, especially among older generations.
To make it even worse, Hough’s comment was just a month after a noose was found in a tree on Duke’s campus.
Duke responded to their racist professor by saying:
“The comments were noxious, offensive, and have no place in civil discourse,” said Duke Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Affairs Michael Schoenfeld. “Duke University has a deeply-held commitment to inclusiveness grounded in respect for all, and we encourage our community to speak out when they feel that those ideals are challenged or undermined, as they were in this case.”
Source: ABC 11
Hough defended himself by calling Martin Luther King his hero (who would undoubtedly be rolling over in his grave knowing he’s become a hero to racists). He also said he’s against the toleration of racial discrimination, although…
I do not know what racial intolerance means in modern code words and hesitate to comment on that specific comment.
“I am strongly against the obsession with “sensitivity.” The more we have emphasized sensitivity in recent years, the worse race relations have become. I think that is not an accident. I know that the 60 years since the Montgomery bus boycott is a long time, and things must be changed. The Japanese and other Asians did not obsess with the concentration camps and the fact they were linked with blacks as “colored.” They pushed ahead and achieved. Coach K did not obsess with all the Polish jokes about Polish stupidity. He pushed ahead and achieved. And by his achievement and visibility, he has played a huge role in destroying stereotypes about Poles. Many blacks have done that too, but no one says they have done as well on the average as the Asians. In my opinion, the time has come to stop talking incessantly about race relations in general terms as the President and activists have advocated, but talk about how the Asians and Poles got ahead–and to copy their approach. I don’t see why that is insensitive or racist.”
The idea that Asians are so much more successful than African-Americans is really a myth. Asian people tend to live in the wealthier states, whereas African-Americans live in all parts of the country. This fact alone makes it look like there’s an income discrepancy, at least on paper, but the reality is very different.
Asian-Americans still face discrimination in the workforce and they are still underrepresented in the upper echelons of corporate America. More than anything, they’re tired of being held up as model immigrants against black people and they’re tired of being used as an excuse for society to not address poverty within the African-American community.
Here’s the video:
Featured image via ABC 11 screenshot.