Dr. Saida Grundy Responds to Boston University Controversy

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Following a letter from Boston University President Robert A. Brown on Tuesday in response to the backlash newly hired professor Dr. Saida Grundy faced over her tweets about American white masculinity, she’s released her own statement.

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From the Associated Press:

Grundy on Tuesday said events in the United States over the past year have made “the inconvenient matter of race” an unavoidable topic, but she expressed remorse over what she had said.

“I regret that my personal passion about issues surrounding these events led me to speak about them indelicately,” she said in a statement. “I deprived them of the nuance and complexity that such subjects always deserve.”

Grundy will begin at Boston University on July 1.

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DISCUSSION

tabbygevinson
Tabby Gevinson

It’s definitely true that social media is not the best forum for discussing such complex issues, but that does not change the fact that some of the statements she made were provably untrue.

For example, she said “for the record, NO race outside of europeans had a system that made slavery a *personhood* instead of temporary condition”.

This is just flat-out false, and there is no context or nuance that could conceivably make it true.

Still, I’d love to see a debate, interview, or long-form Grundy written piece where she talks about slavery and privilege in more elaborate detail. She makes some great points, there is a lot to unpack around these matters, and she is clearly intelligent and passionate. This is a conversation that needs to be had and I’d be very interested in hearing what she has to say when given more than 140 characters.