Professor who wished Queen ‘excruciating death’ says it’s racist that Irish people are humored.
Carnegie Mellon professor who wished Queen ‘excruciating death’ now says it’s racist that Irish people ‘dancing the Riverdance’ are humored online while black people are ‘vilified’ for posting ill of the monarch – as 4,000 sign petition in support of her
Uju Anya, a black applied-linguistics professor, said it is ‘telling’ that she received backlash for her tweet wishing the Queen an ‘excruciating death.’
She pointed out in an interview with The Guardian that a video of Irish people river dancing in front of Buckingham Palace has gone viral
Anya said it is ‘racist’ that she is facing backlash for her tweet last Thursday, just hours before the Royal Family announced the Queen’s death.
Nearly 4,000 scholars have now signed a petition in support of her to Carnegie Mellon administrators
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A Carnegie Mellon professor who has come under fire for wishing the Queen an ‘excruciating death,’ now says it is racist that white Irish people apparently celebrating the monarch’s death are ‘vilified’ online.
In an interview with The Guardian, Uju Anya, a black applied linguistics professor at the Pittsburgh university, said it is ‘telling’ that she received backlash online for her tweet, while videos of Irish people river dancing are being widely circulated.
She was referring to a now-viral video of an Irish dance group called Cairde, in which five young men perform the River Dance outside Buckingham Palace to the song Another One Bites the Dust.
The video was actually taken back in January, and was unrelated to the Queen’s passing — but was given renewed attention in the aftermath when author Lauren Hough posted the clip with the caption: ‘Holy s*** Irish Tiktok doesn’t f*** around.’
Twitter has since flagged the video as being presented out of context.
Meanwhile, the Shamrock Rovers soccer club has condemned its fans for chanting ‘Lizzie’s in a box’ at a recent game.
‘I see it for what it is: racism,’ Anya told The Guardian. ‘Not only that, I’m a black woman who’s very vocally left-leaning who speaks very openly on antiracism, critical race theory, and queer rights.
‘Put it all together, and I’m definitely the juiciest target to rally Internet hate.’
Uju Anya, a black applied-linguistics professor at the Pittsburgh university, said it is ‘telling’ that she received backlash online for her tweet, while videos of Irish people river dancing are being widely circulated
She was referring to a now-viral video of an Irish dance group called Cairde, in which five young men perform the River Dance outside Buckingham Palace to the song Another One Bites the Dust @_cairde
Reply to @hannahd2906 dancing to ‘Queen’ for the Queen #cairde #queen ♬ Another One Bites The Dust – Remastered 2011 – Queen.
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