Jennifer Kabbany - Fix Editor

It’s hard to imagine the stories about incoming Boston University Professor Saida Grundy getting any worse, but they just … keeping … coming.

In addition to her tweets that slavery was a “white people thing” and “white college males the problem population,” and a subsequent Fox News article about how she harassed a white rape victim on Facebook, comes this story from the Boston Herald:

Grundy used the identity of a Virginia woman in a jealous fit over a man in late 2007 to create online accounts in the woman’s name, including one on an adult website for people looking for trysts, according to a police report obtained by the Herald under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Grundy got one year of probation after pleading guilty to malicious use of telecommunication services, a misdemeanor, according to online court records and Dan Dwyer, the court administrator at Washtenaw County Trial Court in Michigan. Two felony charges, identity theft and using a computer to commit a crime, were dismissed.

The cyber harassment took place in December 2007 when Grundy was at the University of Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate of philosophy in sociology and women’s studies in 2014.

Now granted, who didn’t make a mistake or two in college? But this? It seems there is a serious pattern of anger issues, here.

In a statement to Boston.com about the incident, Grundy explained: “When this incident occurred I was 24, and exercised the poor judgment of a heartbroken 24 year old. I took accountability then as I do now. I hold true to the lessons learned, and my life has since moved on.”

At any rate, in an ironic twist, the Herald points out the BU’s African American Studies faculty post welcoming Grundy to the job, a statement which noted how troubled they were by the online negative comments about their new colleague: “many vile messages, explicitly racist and obscene, that consider cyber-bullying a substitute for frank discussion and freedom of speech.”

Cyber-bullying? Grundy knows all about that.

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A crowd of female UC San Diego students took off their shirts and bras and hung around a grassy quad with their breasts exposed Wednesday in a protest against indecency laws.

The coeds were joined by male students as well in a 30-minute demonstration dubbed “Free The Nipple.” Dozens of students took part. Organizers provided snacks, water, music, body paint and masks for “those who want to participate but conceal their identity,” according to an event flier.

The rally took place on a campus that neighbors a public beach that allows nudity. The sit-in was advertised as a chance to challenge “social norms and show everyone that changing the world is as simple as taking off our shirts.”screenshot3

“Why is it OK that boys can do it but I can’t,” protest co-organizer Anni Ma said in a promo video. “It shouldn’t be illegal. It should be my choice to do what I want to do.”

Ma added her breasts aren’t “sex organs,” so they should not be regulated by indecency laws.

Various images from Wednesday’s protest show many students took off their shirts and were naked from the waist up. Others kept their bras on or covered their nipples with body paint. Phrases such as “still not asking for it” and “TITS: Sorry, did I offend you?” could be seen on signs and backsides. Some students remained dressed but hung out with demonstrators in solidarity with their cause.

“Typically nudity in public spaces violates San Diego municipal codes and UCSD student code of conduct, but the university [said] they support the students and their First Amendment rights,” reports ABC News.

UCSD student Aubrey Oxley told The Guardian campus paper society pressures women to cover up.FreeTheNipFBScreenshot1

“Men actually had to cover up their nipples, as well, but that law changed. If you look back into centuries, past women couldn’t even show their ankles because ankles were sexualized,” Oxley said. “We live in a very misogynic society where women’s bodies are hypersexualized, and this [movement] is the first step [away from that].”

The event’s Facebook page adds the main focus is “to combat the idea of body shaming, to show that we should be proud of our bodies, and to normalize all nipples in a society where only female nipples are hyper-sexualized and criminalized.”

UCSD is the same campus thrust into the national spotlight last week for offering a class that includes a final exam in which students strip naked.

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A male student suspended from school through 2020 by a James Madison University appeals panel that found him guilty of having sex with a female student allegedly too drunk to give consent has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming his due process rights were violated and that he is innocent.

The lawsuit, filed May 11, states the freshman male student had consensual sex with a freshman female student twice over the course of the fall 2014 semester, a connection that included friendly texts.

But their relationship ended abruptly after the female student, called Jane Roe in court documents, came to his room and found another woman on his bed. Her allegation was lodged after that.

The male student points out that the original hearing over the allegation found him not guilty of sexual misconduct, but that officials – under public pressure to avoid a new controversy about their sexual assault claims process – decided to let stand the subsequent appeal that found him guilty, the suit states.

The university was already under national scrutiny for its handling of a previous sexual misconduct complaint, including being mocked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Because of this, the lawsuit claims, administrators spent much handwringing over their sexual assault processes in 2014, and it was amidst this atmosphere that the allegation was lodged.

James Madison University, in a statement provided to WHSV, has denied the male student’s claims.

“The university has followed its policies and procedures written to comply with federal guidelines,” its officials stated. “This is an example of the complexities involved in sexual misconduct cases. A university is not a court of law and the same rules that apply in criminal cases do not apply to student conduct proceedings. No matter how the proceedings are handled, at least one of the parties will likely be unhappy with the results and may choose to go to federal court.”

According to the lawsuit, the two students involved were freshmen assigned to live in the same dorm.

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After that, the allegation that the first incidence of sex was not consensual was filed.

The lawsuit states an original hearing in December 2014 that allowed testimony from witnesses found the male student not guilty. But Jane Roe filed an appeal, claiming new evidence, one of which was a voicemail that she was drunk, a message time-date stamped 24 hours prior to the sexual act in question.

“Though this drunken voicemail left by Jane Roe occurred more than 24 hours before Jane Roe and plaintiff had sex for the first time, Jane Roe now claimed in her appeal statement that the voicemail was evidence that ‘I was drunk and unable to give consent’ with plaintiff,” the lawsuit states.

It adds the male student could not appear before the appeals panel to argue on his behalf and could not present his side of the story verbally or in another form regarding the “new evidence” – nor would the panel hear live testimony from anyone who testified at the original hearing.

At the end of its meeting on Jan. 8, 2015, without providing any reasoning, the panel ruled the male student should be suspended through the spring semester of 2020 to allow Jane Roe to complete her undergrad studies at the school without having to run into the male student.

Administrators signed off on the decision, the lawsuit states.

The suit declares that the male student’s constitutionally protected due process rights have been violated and demands he be reinstated at James Madison, among other rectifications.

At least 69 similar cases alleging due process and other violations in adjudicating sexual assault claims have been filed in recent years against colleges and universities, according to a database maintained by A Voice For Male Students.

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The incoming Boston University black studies professor who faced national scrutiny after her tweets that slavery was a “white people thing” and that “white college males are the problem population” now faces a new round of criticism for comments she made on Facebook.

Fox News reported Monday that Saida Grundy, a self-described feminist sociologist of race and ethnicity, taunted a white, female rape victim on Facebook in February, months prior to her other controversial tweets.

That victim, Meghan Chamberlin, told Fox News that the posts, made in a February public chat, felt “like a kick in the stomach.”

The woman who identified herself as Grundy posted the comments after Chamberlin took issue with a controversial article on race that the Facebook thread had linked to.

“I LITERALLY cry and lose sleep over this,” Chamberlin wrote, adding she had been raped as a child and felt that: “what this article did was tell me that I’m not aloud (sic) to ask for help… Because I am a WHITE woman… So when I read this article… you do understand what that does to me, right? It kills me…”

Grundy’s reply included this rant, according to Fox News, which obtained screen shots of the exchange:

“’I literally cry’…. While we literally die,” she said before adding, “try this article. A white woman explaining this issue to other white women… who manages NOT to cry while doing it!” …

“^^THIS IS THE S**T I AM TALKING ABOUT. WHY DO YOU GET TO PLAY THE VICTIM EVERY TIME PEOPLE OF COLOR AND OUR ALLIES WANT TO POINT OUT RACISM. my CLAWS?? Do you see how you just took an issue that WASNT about you, MADE it about you, and NOW want to play the victim when I take the time to explain to you some s**t that is literally $82,000 below my pay grade? And then you promote your #whitegirltears like that’s some badge you get to wear… YOU BENEFIT FROM RACISM. WE’RE EXPLAINING THAT TO YOU and you’re vilifying my act of intellectual altruism by saying i stuck my “claws” into you?”

Grundy nor BU officials returned Fox News’ request for comment.

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Carlos Lozada, associate editor and nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post, recently declared: “Conservatives give better commencement addresses than liberals.”

He made the statement after reading two recently released books. The first touts speeches by leftists – “The World is Waiting For You” – with grad talks by Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, and other high-profile liberals. The other is called “Remembering Who We Are,” offering words of wisdom from the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, historian Victor Davis Hanson, Governor Bobby Jindal, columnist George F. Will and many others.

The conservatives win, hands down – Lozada argues.

“Drawing from this sample of 48 speeches — 30 by conservatives, 18 by liberals — the right-leaning speakers stand out for five reasons,” he states, noting that:

Conservatives speak to you as an individual. 

Conservative speeches are shorter.

Conservatives give more actionable advice.

Conservatives tell better stories.

Conservatives are less likely to suck up to you.

Well, we didn’t need a WashPo editor to tell us that, but we’re glad he noticed, and told his buddies.

By the way, from the book’s description, it appears like it’s a must-read for college students and grads:

“Too many students now enter the real world after being taught that patriotism is misguided, that religious faith is for the foolish, and that free enterprise is unfair. The eloquent speeches in this collection will help them grasp the truth – that America is flawed but fundamentally good; that faith can have intellectual depth; that capitalism is the world’s greatest force for fighting poverty; and much more.”

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An 80-year-old Duke University professor is under fire for arguing Asian Americans have integrated into America better than African Americans.

Political science professor Jerry Hough posted the controversial statements on a New York Times editorial headlined “How Racism Doomed Baltimore.”

Hough argued:

This editorial is what is wrong. The Democrats are an alliance of Westchester and Harlem, of Montgomery County and intercity Baltimore. Westchester and Montgomery get a Citigroup asset stimulus policy that triples the market. The blacks get a decline in wages after inflation.

But the blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white.The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.

In 1965 the Asians were discriminated against as least as badly as blacks. That was reflected in the word “colored.” The racism against what even Eleanor Roosevelt called the yellow races was at least as bad.

So where are the editorials that say racism doomed the Asian-Americans. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.

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-existemt because of the ostracism by blacks of anyone who dates a white.

It was appropriate that a Chinese design won the competition for the Martin Luther King state. King helped them overcome. The blacks followed Malcolm X.

As news of the comments spread via social media, the professor was called “racist” and “ignorant.” The university also denounced the professor’s views to several news outlets, saying “the comments were noxious, offensive and have no place in civil discourse.”

But Hough, who is on administrative leave as part of a retirement plan, largely stands by them, The News & Observer reports.

“I don’t know if you will find anyone to agree with me,” he said in an email to The News & Observer. “Anyone who says anything is a racist and ignorant as I was called by a colleague. The question is whether you want to get involved in the harassment and few do. I am 80 and figure I can speak the truth as I see it. Ignorant I am not.”

The professor also told the campus newspaper the Duke Chronicle in an email “the context was the editorial on Baltimore which instead of calling for the resignation of the mayor as happened in Ferguson—and, in my opinion, both should have resigned—blamed everything on white racism.”

Hough’s profile shows he earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He’s been teaching at Duke since the 70s.

In his email to The Chronicle, Hough wrote:

‘ignorant I am not’ citing his experience living on the West Coast and traveling to Asheville, N.C., several times from 1940 to 1960. He also explained that he taught in the 1960s from a ‘pro-black perspective,’ the first book he assigned in his first class in 1961 was ‘Black Like Me’ and that he is currently writing a book that has two chapters on the changing definition of race.

“The point I was raising was why the Asians who were oppressed did so well and are integrating so well, and the blacks are not doing as well. The comments have convinced me to write a book which will add the Asians to all the research I did on blacks,” Hough wrote.