If you want to see a perfect example of the blaring double standard when it comes to race in America, look no further than this Duke University professor’s story.
Jerry Hough commented on aÂ New York TimesÂ editorial titled â€œHow Racism Doomed Baltimoreâ€. His comments were controversial and bold. He highlighted the key differences seen between races, such as Asians and African Americans saying,
“In 1965 the Asians were discriminated against as least as badly as blacks. That was reflected in the word “colored.” The racism against what even Eleanor Roosevelt called the yellow races was at least as bad.
So where are the editorials that say racism doomed the Asian-Americans. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.”
Houghs feels that the mayor of Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was given special treatment because of her race, and her incompetence did a disservice to the city. He wrote,
“blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white. The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.”
Houghs said that race even plays a factor in the way a child is named.
“Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.
Were his comments “racist”? That is up to you to decide. Hough told both the local ABC and Fox affiliates that he was put on leave after his comments. Where was the outrage last week when a black college Professor at Boston University made racist comments about white people?Â Saida Grundy, an incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at Boston University, tweeted,
â€œWhite masculinity isnâ€™t a problem for americaâ€™s colleges, white masculinity is THE problem for americaâ€™s collegesâ€
She also wrote about not wanting to spend a dime at “white owned” businesses. In another tweet, she tells white people that they need to ” deal with their white sh*t” and “slavery is YALL thing”. Instead of treating Grundy like Duke University treated Hough, Boston University rallied behind their staff member, citing her right to free speech. Apparently, when a white person voices their opinion about a different race, it’s hate speech, but when a black person gives their opinion about a different race, it’s free speech. Something is wrong in this country when insisting that we all be treated equally is considered racist.