An online petition launched on the website Change.org calling for dismissal of Priyamvada Gopal, a reader at Cambridge University, has already garnered over 13,000 signatures. This happened after Gopal said on social media that "white lives don't matter" and called to “abolish whiteness”.
Gopal, who is designated as Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures in the Faculty of English and Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, tweeted on Tuesday evening, “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives”.
She also tweeted, “Abolish whiteness”.
The online petition reads:
"Cambridge must move to immediately discontinue their relationship with Ms Gopal in the best interest of all students and the community at large.”
“Her statements are racist and hateful and must not be tolerated by Cambridge University leadership. Cambridge must move to immediately discontinue their relationship with Ms. Gopal in the best interest of all students and the community at large.”
Responding to criticism over her incendiary tweets, Priyamvada Gopal later defended her position by calling for “abolishing Brahmins and upper caste.”
Priyamvada Gopal has earlier called for the persecution of Hindus and branded them ‘sickos’.
The Cambridge University however appeared to defend the contorversial tweets of its faculty member claiming that academics have right to express opinions and has condemned personal attacks and abuse.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is, all in all, a reader-subscription-backed business model and in order to make sure we build a media platform with only the best interests of India at heart, we need your backing.
And in challenging times like this, we need your support now more than ever—to continue bringing you stories that are often shrugged off.
For us to invest in quality reporting and continue bringing you the right stories, it takes a lot of time and money.
Partner with us, be a patron or a subscriber. We need your support, throughout.