Tweet of the Day: Ivy League professor calls Ben Carson what?

Maybe this is another one of those “i before e” rules that permit blacks to call each other a racial slur that, if uttered by whites, would turn into a federal case — literally. At issue is a tweet by University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler, who is black. In her message, which she since deleted, she called presidential candidate Ben Carson, who is also black, a “coon.”

The occasion for the defamatory tweet was Carson’s claim that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property. Here is a screen cap of the message.

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Butler’s tweet was in response to another tweet linking to a Sports Illustrated article in which Carson was quoted defending the right of NASCAR fans to fly the Stars and Bars during races.

Butler’s decision to — dare it be said? — whitewash her Twitter message might be seen as evidence of a lack of courage in her own convictions except that she appears to be enjoying her fifteen minutes of fame. This morning, she posted the following:

As Campus Reform notes, Butler is no stranger to controversy, having written a blog post after “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman was acquitted or murder in connection with the death of Trayvon Martin that contained the following:

God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.

Butler’s area of academic expertise, in case you’re wondering, is religious studies.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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