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Professor who wished Queen ‘excruciating’ death brags she won’t get fired

A Carnegie Mellon professor under fire for her hateful remarks about Queen Elizabeth II says she doesn’t think she’ll be fired from the college.

Uju Anya, who teaches applied linguistics at the Pittsburgh university, sparked outrage last Thursday after taking to Twitter while the much-loved monarch was on her deathbed.

“I hear the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,” Anya tweeted — before her sickening sentiments were slammed by a number of other Twitter users, including Jeff Bezos.

Anya’s tweet was removed by Twitter moderators for violating its rules. Carnegie Mellon subsequently released a statement saying they find her tweets “offensive and objectionable” — but did not disclose whether she would be disciplined.

On Monday afternoon, the professor took to the social networking site again. “From what I’ve been told, there is no plan to sanction or fire me, and my job is not in jeopardy. My university leadership showed very clearly they did not approve of my speech; however, they stand in firm support of my freedom of expression on my personal social media,” she wrote.

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Carnegie Mellon University said they do not condone their employee’s remarks, but claimed “free expression is core to the mission of higher education.”

Carnegie Mellon’s full statement — released on Thursday — defended the professor’s free expression.

“We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account,” it read. “Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster.”

Despite the relatively benign statement, hundreds of past and current Carnegie Mellon students slammed the school for not coming out to defend Anya amore vociferously.

In a petition they wrote, “Carnegie Mellon had a choice and their response was a deliberate betrayal against one of their own highly regarded and respected scholars. It has further exposed her to threats of violence.”

It continued, “Professor Anya’s Twitter clearly states: ‘Views are mine. Yet her institution took up the charge to admonish a Black woman professor, calling her response to her lived experiences of the real and tangible impacts of colonialism and white supremacy, ‘offensive and objectionable.”

Uju Anya is an associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University.
Uju Anya is an associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University.

Signers of the petition also alleged that previous donations Bezos has made to the university may have influenced the their response to the controversy. 

They further claimed that Bezos’ tweet was “pernicious as an attack against a Black Nigerian-Trinidadian-American Professor, coming from a man that has amassed his wealth through global domination and exploitation without regard for the most vulnerable and precarious humans on our planet.”

Anya has doubled down on her remarks. “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star,” she declared.

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