An Iowa State University professor invited to speak at a “Diversity and Inclusion Panel” last month allegedly tweeted in the past that she limits her interactions “with yt people as much as possible.”
“Lately, I try to limit my interactions with yt people as much as possible. I can’t with the self-importance and performance esp during Black History Month,” tweeted Professor of Sociology Rita Mookerjee earlier this year, according to a screenshot shared by the university’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter.
Mookerjee was included in a list of guest speakers at the student government’s “Diversity and Inclusion Panel” on March 10, which YAF protested due to her history of controversial social media posts.
“ISUStuGov, do you still plan on hosting this professor for Women’s Week after she has made repeated racist claims against women of a different race,” YAF asked in one tweet that included screenshots of the posts.
In other unearthed tweets, Mookerjee disparaged “whyte men with dirty hair,” claiming they will always be “liked and higher ranked.”
Another tweet posted by Mookerjee lamented that “Someone called me white the other day so #NewProfilePic because I think the f— not.”
In response to the questions raised by YAF, Iowa State University’s student government released a statement saying that Mookerjee’s tweets “do not reflect the views of the student government,” but that the professor would still allow her to speak during the panel.
“Academic freedom and free speech are bedrock principles that must be upheld and encouraged,” the statement read. “Student government has consistently stood for the freedom of speech and expression. This includes all speech, even speech that could be considered offensive.”
“YAF might disagree with the content of the tweets, we firmly stand behind her ability to tweet out such things,” Klapatauskas said.
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