Florida professor fired for saying ‘white Americans are under siege’ files lawsuit
A University of Central Florida who said ‘white Americans and white culture were under siege’ has filed a lawsuit accusing the board of trustees of violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Associate psychology professor Charles Negy was fired and then later reinstated in his job at the university after making several comments about ‘black privilege.’
An arbitrator ruled last year that he did nothing wrong, and he is now claiming that he suffered ‘severe emotional distress’ at their hands.
Negy also accused the board of negligence and abuse of process in the lawsuit that he filed last week.
UCF unsuccessfully tried to fire him after he made several posts online, with his lawyer saying he was ‘persecuted with a relentlessness and cruelty that is rare even among university administrations.’
Associate psychology professor Charles Negy was fired and then later reinstated in his job at the university after making several comments about ‘black privilege’
Negy also accused the board of negligence and abuse of process in the lawsuit that he filed last week after he was fired for making comments on ‘black privilege’ on Twitter
Negy is claiming that he cannot be compensated for the massive losses at the hands of UCF, and say that they ‘mistreated him’.
In a statement, his lawyer Samantha Harris said: ‘When Charles Negy dared to express views at odds with the university’s sacred orthodoxies, UCF persecuted him with a relentlessness and a cruelty that is rare even among university administrations.
‘While Dr. Negy has since been reinstated thanks to his union and the decision of a wise arbitrator, that alone cannot compensate him for the massive losses he suffered due to UCF’s mistreatment of him, and it cannot undo the profound chilling effect UCF’s unconstitutional actions had on his speech.
‘He is asking a court to ensure that UCF will never again be able to persecute a professor for protected speech the way it did to him.’
A spokesman for UCF said that they do not comment on pending litigation.
The white professor said in a now-deleted tweet: ‘If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?’
Negy, author of ‘White Shaming: Bullying based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance’ said in follow-up tweets: ‘Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. Action, special scholarships and other set-asides being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much-needed feedback.’
He continued: ‘This subgroup of Blacks has *lots* of problems (many likely missing fathers, having dysfunctional, uneducated mothers, surrounded by peers with sociopathic tendencies). Lots of obstacles in life. No one knows what the solution is to this complicated situation.
A spokesman for UCF said that they do not comment on pending litigation, but confirmed that Nege is continuing to teach this semester
UCF initially released a statement on Twitter slamming the professor’s remarks but stressed they would need to be ‘mindful of the First Amendment
Many eviscerated the professor, who was granted tenure by the university in 2001, for the racist stereotypes he tried to push off as proven data.
He claims that he became the ‘target of a Twitter mob that demanded he be fired’ and he was forced to seek police protection following several protests at his home and on campus.
The investigation by the school lasted for seven months, and Negy says he was ‘interrogated’ for nine hours at one stage.
In the lawsuit, he states: ‘Forbidden by the First Amendment to explicitly fire him for his tweets, UCF administrators publicly solicited people to come forward with complaints of discrimination and harassment against Professor Negy and then launched a malicious, pretextual investigation into every aspect of his 22-year career at the university.’
He argued that as a tenured faculty member, he should have received six months’ notice of termination but was immediately fired – which he says resulted in him losing his home.
The professor, author of ‘White Shaming: Bullying based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance’ said in follow up tweets: ‘Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much needed feedback’
Court documents state: ‘As a result of this sudden loss of income, Negy — who is the sole caretaker of his mentally and physically disabled brother — was forced to sell his home and move in with a relative.
‘The award cannot compensate Negy for the massive loss he incurred on the sale of his home; for the out-of-pocket medical expenses he faced after UCF’s destruction of his life led him to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression; or for the severe emotional distress he suffered for nearly two years at the hands of UCF administrators who, because they disliked his political views, treated him as less than human.’
In his lawsuit, he identified himself as a minority, saying he was Hispanic and gay and was hired by the university in 1988.
The associate psychology professor is getting paid $114,399 a year and is currently teaching this semester, according to Florida Politics.
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