When a one-time assistant professor of sociology posted her reaction to the mass shooting that left nine Charleston, S.C., churchgoers dead, word soon followed that she was no longer a member of the college’s staff.
On her personal Twitter account, which was linked to the University of Memphis website, Zandria Robinson opined that whites are “conditioned” to mass murder.
The controversial post suggests that she is waiting “for thinkpieces about how more mental health services could prevent white people from acting how they’re conditioned to act,” though this was far from her first foray into divisive rhetoric.
Days later, she followed up with a social media comment stating that “[w]hiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.”
A blog, New South Negress, linked in the bio of her now-protected Twitter profile contains rampant generalizations about whites in just the most recent entry. The post, which centers on the ongoing debate over the Confederate flag, states, in part:
Because of course white people do not talk about actual racial terrorism, its flesh, as it were–extrajudicial murders, police murders, racialized sexual violence, displacement of communities, food deserts, employment discrimination, unequal health treatment, chemical waste dumps, microaggressions–but rather the symbols, simulacra, and smoke of racial terrorism, and the backwards white folks who the other white folks think they are not. at. all. like because those backwards white folks cling to those symbols of racial terrorism and are poor and live in small towns and are on meth.
The backlash over her most recent comments prompted media outlets and critics to contact the University of Memphis, which confirmed Robinson is no longer an employee.
While the above statement led to some speculation that Robinson was fired due to her comments, subsequent social media updates indicate she had resigned prior to the recent controversy.
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth