Duke University is one of America’s most elite educational institutions. It is a world class research institution. It is part of the illustrious Research Triangle, home to some of the great scientific advancements of our time. And, yes, they’ve got the best college basketball team in the nation. After all, they’re the reigning champion. And yet the university is not known for having the best race relations of all universities across the land. In fact, we’ll come out and say it: Duke University has a race relations problem and they’ve had this problem for years, predating the infamous Duke lacrosse case in which three Caucasian former Duke lacrosse players were erroneously accused of raping an African American woman. That case didn’t begin a fire in Durham, North Carolina. It simply ignited flames that had been on a low heat for some time.
Well, today, those flames are getting bigger again. As reported in an article on a Duke professor up on “Raw Story,” “According to WTVD, Duke University Professor Jerry Hough responded to a New York Times editorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore” by suggesting that the author’s attitude was what was “wrong” with the black community. ‘[T]he blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white,’ he wrote. ‘The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.'”
He really said all that. In fact, the Duke political science professor took it even a step further. Who knew there was a step further? He argued that the Asian students whom he teaches are hard workers and that’s why Asians have overcome discrimination in America. That and, according to Hough, Asians have American-sounding names, unlike many in the African American community. Again, these are Hough’s absurd points.
We’re not sure if Professor Hough has early onset dementia. Perhaps, quite simply, he’s just a bigot. But this man has no place at Duke University and we’re sure glad that the university has placed the political science professor on leave. He has no business educating Duke students. The man needs an education of his own. He seems to be without one. So long, Professor Hough.