A Pennsylvania professor took to social media to wish Queen Elizabeth II an “agonizing” death after learning the British ruler was dying.
“I heard that the supreme monarch of a thieving, raping, genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,” tweeted Dr. Uju Anya, associate professor of second language learning at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), on Thursday.
The statement was released before Elizabeth’s death was announced the same day, The Independent reported. She was 96.
Twitter has since removed Anya’s tweet as the social media platform said she broke their rules.
Anya reportedly faced backlash for her message. The professor later followed up her original tweet with another post.
“If anyone expects me to express anything other than contempt for the monarch who oversaw a government that supported the genocide that massacred and expelled half my family and the aftermath of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can imagine keep wanting a star. ” She wrote.
CMU publishes a expression in response to Anya’s tweets.
“We do not condone the offensive and offensive messages that Uju Anya posted on her personal social media account today. Freedom of expression is at the core of higher education’s mission, but the views it shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to promote,” the statement said.
The nonprofit civil rights group Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) sent a letter to CMU on Thursday, urging the university to “reaffirm [its] strong commitment to freedom of expression.”
Anya’s speech is clearly protected by CMU’s promises of free speech, which are consistent with the First Amendment. CMU can of course exercise its own express right to criticize Anya’s speech – as she did. However, she must not investigate or punish Anya for simply speaking her mind,” FIRE wrote in its letter.
Anya was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and mother from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
Both countries were former British colonies. They later gained independence from the United Kingdom, but Elizabeth II remained their monarch and head of state until her departure from the British Commonwealth.
“This wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne cursed generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she oversaw a government that sponsored the genocide my parents and siblings survived. May she die in agony,” Anya wrote in another tweet.
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