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Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright
University of Central Florida
Dear President Cartwright,
I am writing to express my disappointment and outrage that the University of Central Florida was recently named to the list of the Top Ten Most Racist Colleges & Universities released by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As the report notes, UCF recently fired Prof. Charles Negy, a tenured professor of psychology, after he made social media posts questioning the existence of “systemic racism” and mocking the concept of “white privilege.”
Professor Negy tweeted: “Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege.”
He also tweeted: “Sincere question: If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?”
Not only were Negy’s tweets not racist, they raise legitimate and concerning facts regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and its push to condemn America and its institutions as steeped in “systemic racism” and to denounce white Americans for their “white privilege” and promotion of “white supremacy.” Negy’s point about “black privilege” is supported by the recent spate of white academics passing as African-American or Hispanic in order to promote their academic careers.
I respectfully ask that you immediately rescind your decision to terminate Prof. Negy’s employment and issue an apology for allowing political correctness to triumph over academic freedom in the university’s decisions.