March 26, 2006

Leeds professor now persona non grata

Back on March 8th I included a bit about Leeds (UK) Professor Frank Ellis who holds rather detestable views on race. But, amazingly (then), the university refused to remove him because "A spokeswoman said that there was no evidence his extreme theories had affected his teaching." Now however, Ellis "was sent home on full pay by the University of Leeds, which accused him of breaching its obligations to promote racial harmony under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000."

"It is the first significant test of academic freedom since the introduction of the Act, which places a duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between different races."

"He voiced support for the theory set out in The Bell Curve, a book published in 1994 by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, that white people had higher average IQs than blacks. He said the study had 'demonstrated to me beyond any reasonable doubt there is a persistent gap in average black and white average intelligence'.

"Dr Ellis also told Leeds students that women did not have the same intellectual capacity as men and that feminism, along with multiculturalism, was “corroding” Britain. His views outraged students, who staged a campaign to have him dismissed from the university.

"Leeds responded initially by stating that Dr Ellis had a right to express his views, although they were 'abhorrent to the overwhelming majority of our staff and students'. Officials said that they had no evidence that his beliefs had led him to discriminate against students or colleagues.

"Yesterday, however, it announced that the ViceChancellor, Professor Michael Arthur, had suspended Dr Ellis and that disciplinary proceedings had begun. Roger Gair, the University Secretary, said that in publicising his views Dr Ellis had 'acted in breach of our equality and diversity policy, and in a way that is wholly at odds with our values'.

"The lecturer had 'recklessly jeopardised the fulfilment of the university’s obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000'. Mr Gair said: 'As a public body, the university is required under that Act to promote good relations between people of different racial groups. That is a requirement we are happy to accept.'" (Link.)

Hey, what was it that UK Greenie Pete Tatchell said in Rhodey's previous post from today? That

" ... the truth is that is that some of the left would rarely, if ever, rally to defend freedom of expression because they don’t wholeheartedly believe in it. Mired in the immoral morass of cultural relativism, they no longer endorse Enlightenment values and universal human rights. Their support for free speech is now qualified by so many ifs and buts. When push comes to shove, it is more or less worthless.”

But hey, at least Ellis is getting full pay, eh? That has to be some consolation, right? I'm sure it assuages those PC leftists.

Posted by Felix at March 26, 2006 03:50 PM | TrackBack

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Ok, it's official, bad thoughts are now a crime in England.

Double plus ungood.

We have always been at war with Eurasia...

Posted by: Duffy at March 27, 2006 10:45 AM

He sounds a bit like the former President of Harvard!

Posted by: binky at March 27, 2006 01:26 PM

Who, Summers? How?

Summers merely said there was a dearth of women in hard sciences and wanted to know why that was.

Posted by: Duffy at March 27, 2006 01:38 PM

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