A University of Virginia lecturer “agreed to take a leave” Friday after comments comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Klu Klux Klan surfaced on Facebook.
Douglas Muir, an adjunct lecturer at the engineering school and the Darden School of Business, called the Black Lives Matter movement “racist” while commenting on someone else’s post, reports Daily Progress.
A Charlottesville real estate agent posted a picture of Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter with the caption “Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter now at the Paramount working for dignity for everyone. If you want peace work for justice.”
“Black lives matter is the biggest rasist organisation since the clan. Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!” Muir responded in the post.
The engineering school issued a statement saying Muir agreed to take leave over his comments.
“While free speech and open discussion are fundamental principles of our nation and the University, Mr. Muir’s comment was entirely inappropriate,” the statement goes on. “UVA Engineering does not condone actions that undermine our values, dedication to diversity and educational mission.
The school’s provost, Tom Katsouleas, also came out to denounce Muir’s comments as well.
“But statements such as Mr. Muir’s do not foster intellectual exploration, nor do they encourage the voices of others,” he said.
Wes Bellamy, a city councilor, went on social media to urge people to boycott a restaurant Muir owns.
“Tell him economically that you won’t go and that black lives do matter. We have to say more than just words. We have to use our actions and our buying power,” Bellamy said over his Instagram account.
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