Ivy League professor Anthea Butler suggested in a now deleted tweet that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson should win the “coon of the year award” for comments he made regarding the Confederate Flag.
According to the Washington Examiner, Butler, a religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, deleted her tweet and made her account private after Campus Reform pressed her on the issue.
This isn’t Butler’s first time kicking the racial hornets’ nest on social media.
Back in 2013, Butler responded to the George Zimmerman verdict by saying that God is a “white racist… carrying a gun and stalking young, black men.” Additionally, she has repeatedly referred to the 2014 death of Michael Brown as a “blood sacrifice.” (RELATED: Irate Ivy League Professor Calls God ‘A White Racist God’ After Zimmerman Verdict)
“God ain’t good all of the time,” Butler, declared. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an [sic] nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god.” (RELATED: Ivy League Prof. Tweets Then Deletes Racist Comments About MTV Video Awards)
UPenn’s religious studies program chair Justin McDaniel provided the Examiner with the following statement about Butler’s comments.
Professor Butler is on sabbatical and not regularly on campus as she is writing a book on African-American religious history. She will be back on campus teaching regularly in the spring. She is a valued colleague and faculty member, but I have no comment on the tweet, because I have not seen it nor know the context of the comment.