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Thousands sign petition to have Cambridge University professor fired for saying white lives don’t matter

Benjamin Nichols on June 25, 2020

More than 17,500 people have signed a petition calling for Cambridge University to fire one of their lecturers for tweeting “White Lives Don’t Matter.”

Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, now a full-time professor of colonial and postcolonial literature and theory at Cambridge University, tweeted Monday: “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.” Gopal has also tweeted a call to “abolish whiteness.”

A petition to get Gopal fired started on Change.org Tuesday arguing that Gopal’s “statements are racist and hateful and must not be tolerated by Cambridge University leadership.”

The petition had more than 17,500 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. Neither Dr. Gopal nor Cambridge University returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

“Cambridge must move to immediately discontinue their relationship with Ms. Gopal in the best interest of all students and the community at large,” the petition said.

“Together we are sending a very powerful message that hatred and racism cannot exist in schools. That it is intolerable to treat others as if they are less than, indeed, that their lives [don’t] matter. That it is unacceptable and irresponsible to allow professors to teach young adults to hate others because of the color of their skin. That universities are not breeding grounds for bigotry,” the petition said.

The petition asked for more signatures to “ensure that all people are protected against racism, both in and outside the educational arena.”

“Allowing Ms. Gopal to continue lecturing at Cambridge sets a precedent that this behavior is acceptable and welcome agents teaching faculty. Racism cannot be tolerated,” the petition said.

After the petition was launched, Gopal tweeted that she stood by her original tweets, despite Twitter deleting one of them. She also said on Twitter that she had been the target of harassment and that “the hate mails & threats are coming in non-stop.”

Gopal tweeted on June 25 that her account was temporarily suspended on Twitter, but had been reinstated. In the same tweet, she announced she had been promoted to “full Professorship” on June 24.

Cambridge University said it defends the rights of professors to express lawful opinions in a tweet June 24. “The University defends the right of its academics to express their lawful opinions which other might fight controversial,” the tweet said. Cambridge University’s tweet did not directly mention Gopal.

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  1. Timothy Grant June 25, 2020

    Gibberish is “ speaking to a structure and ideology, not a people”. White is a color. The people who only look at people as a color or a race or other identity based on their own ideas discount people as human beings with a history, character. and worth. MLK preached this. Those elitists who believe this gibberish are indeed the racists, sexists… they so shallowly accuse others of being. In other words-what they so hold in their mind comes about in kind.

  2. JOjo June 25, 2020

    Please someone pay her a visit and give her some white justice

  3. Albert Johnson June 25, 2020

    I still think she should be fired !!!

  4. Timothy June 25, 2020

    Cambridge University would never tolerate a white academic to say what this poc said..,.hypocrisy from Cambridge U!

  5. Mike June 25, 2020

    Why should there be a vote had a white person said that about a black person he would of been terminated immediately no questions asked. Black privilege

  6. Bobbi Bixby June 25, 2020

    Dr Priyamvada Gopal, should be fired. This is insane.

  7. Grin n barrett June 25, 2020

    The white race…..the only race on earth that is under constant attack with no fear of repercussions. You can say what you want about white people. You can do what you want to destroy white people. You can abuse white people without fear. I have got to tell you, I am sick to death of it. If it is wrong to attack a person for the color of their skin, then it is WRONG to attack ALL people for the color of their skin. Fair is fair, right is right and wrong is wrong. No race is superior to another. No race has more rights than another, No race is inferior to another. No race has a legal bounty on them for the color of their skin. No race is fair game to another. This is pure madness.

  8. Sandy Miller June 25, 2020

    Clearly it is people like Gopal teaching in our schools who are the cause of the masses of students coming out of the schools brainwashed so deeply they no longer have even common sense. She and those vultures like her has to be removed or parents should think long and hard about allowing their children to attend schools who hire pathetic losers like her.

  9. Toxic June 25, 2020

    Fire her ass.

  10. Annabel June 25, 2020


  11. moosegringo June 25, 2020

    This is the kind of CRAP teacher teaching our offspring. She DESERVES to be fired immediately. If WLDM, then neither do BLM.

  12. Anonymous June 25, 2020

    How disgusting to see how schools allow such hatred to be spread to students and everyone this so called teacher speaks to….this is sad and she should never be able to be around students. I always had respect for Cambridge, but not now. Sad ?

  13. Her tweet is a threat to all white people! So why can she threaten an entire race but Cambridge will not tolerate threats to her! DISGRACEFUL! She should be fired!!!

  14. Mark June 25, 2020

    There is a not so subtle metaphysical play on words here: if your life doesn’t matter then taking your life doesn’t matter either. In other words , it is Ok to kill white people if you detect whiteness. If you don’t think this is racist, substitute the word black for white/

  15. Diane Collett June 25, 2020

    So it’s ok to say black lives don’t matter too? I’ll bet not.

  16. Stacey June 25, 2020

    No more double standards! FIRE HER NOW!

  17. Jeannette June 25, 2020

    And if another professor said black lives don’t matter, what would Cambridge say to that. Frankly blacks value black lives less than whites or they would push to stop the weekly mass murders of young blacks in Chicago and millions of aborted black babies. “Black lives matter” is pure hypocrisy , and an excuse for anarchy.

  18. Anonymous June 25, 2020

    Ru kidding? Had this douche bag professor tweeted that Black lives don’t matter. OMG.. They’d be fired on the spot. Statements like this that are not being punished for Is the exact reason why President Donald Trump will be reelected in 2020. People see the hypocrisy that The left allows their on to make. Keep it up because you’re donating to the campaign of President Trump.?

  19. sweetsuzee June 25, 2020

    It started when Angela Davis was acquitted on murder charges of killing Judge Haley and then immediately taught PHILOSOPHY at UC Berkeley. She was not the first but the most notable as a card carrying member of the communist party; she studied in EAST Germany amongst many other places. Prior to the shooting and acquittal she was a professor at UCLA. Our public school system has spiraled downhill ever since communists were allowed to teach in our public schools.

  20. Lou June 25, 2020

    University sucks! They are racist and two faced!

  21. Deejay June 25, 2020

    Can I sign the petition? Would be glad to.

  22. Judy June 25, 2020

    She should be removed from teaching as this is, totally, teaching racism. I thought colleges were suppose to teach on the subject of the classes. That is, afterall, what they pay very good money for. They, certainly, aren’t paying for the racist comments of some faculty member being paid WAY too much to give her opinions. Wasnt she taught if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all? The college should not condone that as it is not freedom of speech. It is flat out racism at it’s best. That racist is forgetting those white lives that don’t matter, in her words, are the ones paying her wages. The college doesn’t pay her because without students paying the college, they can’t pay her. Those standing behind her, shame for promoting separation, racism and HATRED. ALL LIVES MATTER!!! The college and the b$%&# need to remember that. She is a bad teacher to promote hate. I would never allow my kids to go to a college that stood behind someone like that. I’m sure most of the students ate white. Imagine if all of them pulled out because of her. They’d have to close. I bet the fools and that fool teacher aren’t thinking like that, are they? BLM, WLM……, ALL lives matter.

  23. Judy June 25, 2020

    Right. Most of the students ate most likely white. If they all pulled out because of her hate promoting, racist comments, they’d have to close down and then the c$%t would be out a job. No respectful college should employ those teaching hate, racism and their opinions instead of what the students and their families pay so much money for them to go there and ve taught. Stick to the curriculum, not her BS opinion. There’s a difference in freedom of speech and the right to an opinion than there is to spreading hate and promoting separation and violence. All lives matter, except those filled with nothing but hate. Those type aren’t needed. They bring death and destruction. Whites aren’t the ones that are the real racists if they really stop and think about it and look at statistics. Candice Owen’s pointed out that there are about 19 whites to every few blacks by cops each year, that the white population is about 60% to the 13%of blacks but yet, considering the population difference, blacks still commit 50%of all crimes, same as whites. Hmmm……60% whites with 50% crime rate but 13% blacks with 50% crime rate of all crimes committed. Now, she’s an intelligent, knowledgeable black woman and she’s telling us the whole BLM movement over a man that was a career criminal is wrong. What does that tell you? That whites aren’t the problem.

  24. vionne l freeman June 25, 2020

    I think it is really a disgusting thing when some woman can say we don’t matter. All lives matter and the racism she shows tells me that I would not want her teaching at any school that my children went to. Please fire this awful woman.

  25. Susan A Kraft June 25, 2020

    Hypocrisy at is best. It appears the petition was removed form Change.org.

  26. JESSY June 25, 2020

    Agree 100%,why dosen’t she do us all a GREAT FAVOR AND DO AWAY WITH HERSELF,THAT WOULD BE A GREAT START!!

  27. VaWhiteTailHunter76 June 26, 2020

    Surprise! Surprise! ……….. the Leftists at Change.org have deleted the petition evidently. If you click on the link in the story, you get the message that the petition has been removed. I also searched the site and found a similar petition, but it has less than a 100 signatures.

    How tolerant and DimmieCrap of you, Change.org.
    All I can say is PHUCKYOU Change.org, Cambridge and the POS professor

  28. VaWhiteTailHunter76 June 26, 2020

    Cambridge …. one of those bastions of Liberal GroupThink

  29. FedUpWithInsanity June 26, 2020

    WHY are you teaching in our schools. Yes. You need to go just as surely as if the ignorance came from a white mouth.
    Dont like whites? Find a country without them Obviously that is NOT America.
    And you sure as hell should not be teaching our white kids if you hate whites. This makes you UNSAFE. Possibly violent. And not to be around our children.
    Clearly a danger. Cambridge should not wait until you go off the deep end and start shooting like Cho at Virginia Tech. You are obviously racist. And unfit as a professor. Maybe your lessons have twisted your brain. I call for a Psych evaluation. For a professor to say such ignorant things aloud is irresponsible at least. Dangerously suspect at best.

  30. Jim Vodraska June 26, 2020

    Aside from the fact that Cambridge University is supposed to be a prestigious institution, yet their statement does not read well grammatically, there is the issue of the wording of the professor’s tweet. She may have intended something else, it seems to be read as its title implies “white lives don’t matter”. Yet ,the more correct wording might be that ALL lives matter, regardless of race, or in this day and age “sexual identification”.. This applies to the abortion industry killing fetuses of ALL races, creeds, etc., as well as police killing black victims and government interfering with the voting rights of any particular group or class. In short, it should be ALL-INCLUSIVE, ALL HUMAN BEINGS LIVES SHOULD MATTER, even in Communist and dictatorial countries. If not getting fired, she should at least not be promoted to full professor, but instead be reprimanded. The petitioners intended that to be a warning that this is not tolerated within thee scope of “free speech”.

  31. Cindy Murphy June 26, 2020

    “All Lives Matter” Jesus Love the Little children all the Children of the World. Red & Yellow, Black & White they are precious in His sight Jesus loves the children of the World.

  32. Don June 26, 2020

    Cambri9dge needs removed, period.

  33. moosegringo June 26, 2020

    Cancel Cambridge

  34. Clifford T. Shea June 26, 2020


  35. Susan June 26, 2020

    All lives matter including the unborn

  36. Frances Leard June 26, 2020

    We don’t need another deranged lunatic starting more wars in our country. There is enough violence without this idiot adding to it. Fire her on the spot.

  37. VJR June 26, 2020

    The link to the petition is not valid. Somehow Change.org moved the page. I searched for Gopal within the Change.org website and found the correct page; it said 82 people signed. Hmmmmm

  38. Olga Blanthorne June 26, 2020

    #1. She will not be fired
    #2. Everyone is making her a martyr
    #3. No matter what she says, according to science we all started somewhere in Africa from the same parents, therefore whether black, brown, yellow, red, combinations – we are all brothers and sisters – related to each other somewhere in the past.
    #4. As siblings we are in a big quarrel right now as to who is better than who.
    #5. Our maker is, no doubt, very upset with his children as He loves us all.
    #6. When children are naughty they get punished, or have to learn by their mistakes, which if we don’t learn, things will get worse.
    #7. We have free will, which can get us into a lot of trouble, if you don’t learn that free will comes with responsibilities to yourself and others.
    #8. Let’s hope we learn by our mistakes instead of compounding them.

  39. Kris Moulard June 26, 2020

    Agree! I think it is an absolute travesty that these racist, hateful academics can spew their Liberal bullshit yet if a Conservative academic said “Black and Brown lives don’t matter”, well, they wouldn’t get a full time professorship. Having graduated 3 years ago from college, at 60, I could tell you stories of the crazy crap that spews from their lips to your kids ears! I got in more than my fair share of some heated conversations. The only reason they passed me, I believe, is I could defend my position and I was an older student.

  40. Innocent bystander June 27, 2020

    I wonder if these educated idiots will change their tunes when All the White Money disappears maybe the black money can pay for more stupid teachers

  41. martin Stivers June 27, 2020


  42. Mary June 27, 2020

    She should be Fired for her Racism and Hate Speech! Shame on Cambridge University for Promoting Racism & Hate Speech!

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