A University of Virginia (UVa) lecturer issued an apology for any pain he caused when he compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Klu Klux Klan.
Douglas Muir, an adjunct lecturer at the engineering school and the Darden School of Business, said he was wrong to make the comparison, reports The Cavalier Daily.
“I was wrong in my comparison and want to offer my profound apologies for my words. To my students, the University of Virginia, the citizens of Charlottesville and the thousands of responders, I am truly sorry,” Muir’s statement read. “I have been saddened by the pain it has caused this wonderful community.”
Muir said he accepted the “criticisms” and “ridicule” he received after making the comments.
“Whatever my initial intention was from the post has been overshadowed by those who are rightly offended by it and others who want to use my words to further divide this community,” Muir continued.
Muir commented on a Charlottesville real estate agent’s Facebook post on Alicia Garza by saying that Black Lives Matter is as racist as the Klu Klux Klan. (RELATED: UVA Lecturer On Leave After Comparing BLM To The KKK)
UVa’s engineering school came out to say that Muir had agreed to take a leave over his comments, while the school’s provost denounced 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 school’s statement read. “UVA Engineering does not condone actions that undermine our values, dedication to diversity and educational mission.”
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