SOCIAL media users are calling for a college professor to be fired from a leading Irish university for blog attack on George Floyd.
Lecturer Mark Humphreys teaches computer science at Dublin City University.
But former students and netizens are calling for disciplinary action after an unearthed blog post written by the lecturer describes George Floyd’s plea with police before his death as a “never-ending stream of *** bulls.”
George Floyd died on the streets of Minneapolis last year after Constable Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest for a fake $ 20 bill.
Humphrey’s blog focuses on his own personal political views and describes the details of Floyd’s death and how it sparked riots in the United States.
Under the title George Floyd Riots 2020, Humphreys says in bullet form, “Floyd was another needless criminal who dug his own grave. “
He goes on to say, “The bodycam video shows the endless stream of bulls *** and George Floyd gibberish from the moment he sees the police. His *** bulls never stop. It’s no wonder they didn’t listen to his “I can’t breathe” after 10 minutes of relentless bulls *** and gibberish. “
Later in the post, Humphreys goes on to say that Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction seemed “very harsh” for his crime.
After the blog post was discovered on Reddit, social media users demanded that the computer science teacher be fired.
One user said: “This is not acceptable… in what world does the speaker think he can say this? “
Another wrote: “Send him back now!” It is absolutely shameful. “
“LEAVE DCU OUT OF THIS”
Last night, the DCU student union said it was investigating the issue, writing, “We will deal with it as soon as possible. George Floyd was the victim of systemic oppression and the loss of his life is something that can never be repaid. “
Meanwhile, the speaker in question pinned a statement to his Twitter page, where he told his followers to “leave DCU out of this.”
He wrote: “For 20 years I have expressed opinions on various political and religious topics online. I do this under my own name, unlike the legions of internet trolls who have targeted me over the years.
“This week some students found out about my thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement from last year and got offended. I have never shown these thoughts to a student. I never discuss politics with students.
“Unlike many lecturers, my politics don’t go into my classes, which are technical. Politics is totally absent. This is how I like it, so why do people want to bother it? Keep the two separate, I say.
“When it comes to Black Lives Matter, of course I only want what’s best for everyone, in America and Ireland. I oppose the BLM movement because it has made things worse for the urban poor in America, not better.
“There is a lot of statistical evidence to support this strong claim. Many people, including academics, agree.
‘CRAZY OR SMART’
“My thoughts, whether crazy or smart, or both, are mine. There is nothing to do with DCU.
“If you think I’m crazy, or some facts are wrong, it’s not hard to argue with me. But leave DCU out of that.
A DCU spokesperson said: “The University of Dublin is aware of recent posts on a personal blog belonging to a member of its staff. The issues discussed and the opinions expressed by the person are in a personal capacity.
“We understand and recognize that people will find parts of this blog offensive. DCU is deeply committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. The University does not endorse any of the views expressed in this blog and they do not reflect the views of the University, its staff or its students. “