A college professor found himself in hot water after likening the Black Lives Matter movement to the racism of the Klu Klux Klan.
Douglas Muir, an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia, wrote in a Facebook comment that Black Lives Matter is the “biggest” racist organization since the KKK. The comment was written last week in response to a Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter event in Charlottesville.
University officials later issued statements denouncing the comments and distancing themselves from Muir. The professor has since taken leave, according to the university.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy also took to social media to criticize Muir for his comments and call on people to boycott Muir’s restaurant business in the city.
“The notion that #BlackLivesMatter can be comparable to the Klu Klux Klan is not only incredibly misguided, but goes to show the lack of cultural awareness that still plagues many professors at our Universities across the country,” Bellamy wrote on his Instagram.