A Carnegie Mellon University professor who drew the ire of many including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for her sickening tweet wishing Queen Elizabeth II an excruciatingly painful death prior to her passing has doubled down with another smear of the beloved British monarch.
Uju Anya’s bio states that she is a “university professor and researcher in applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies primarily examining race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new language learning through the experiences of African American students.” She followed up on her controversial social media missive in an interview with “The Cut,” defending herself and taking another nasty shot at the queen.
In her inflammatory tweet which has since been taken down by Twitter, Anya wrote, “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,”
Among those responding was Bezos, “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow. https://t.co/2zoi6CdFMq
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) September 8, 2022
Undeterred, the angry “woke” professor snapped back, “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.
— Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) September 8, 2022
In the piece featuring the interview, which is entitled “I Won’t Cry Over the Death of a Violent Oppressor,” Professor Anya didn’t back down one inch.
@UjuAnya spoke with the Cut about her feelings on the queen and her passing as well as the backlash she has faced for speaking frankly about colonialism https://t.co/Wkt6iGZst7
— The Cut (@TheCut) September 9, 2022
“Queen Elizabeth was representative of the cult of white womanhood. There’s this notion that she was this little-old-lady grandma type with her little hats and her purses and little dogs and everything — as if she inhabited this place or this space in the imaginary, this public image, as someone who didn’t have a hand in the bloodshed of her Crown,” she said. “How did she have that Crown? Even the crowns she wears are looted, plundered from the lands they exploited and extracted from. The entire treasury is a legacy of thievery that was achieved by murder, by enslavement, and it didn’t stop after independence.”
Anya also played the victim, accusing Bezos of putting her safety in peril.
“Jeff Bezos incited violence against me. He rarely tweets in his own voice, but he took the time to single me out when literally half the planet rejoiced over the news. I can’t ignore the racism and misogyny — the emails I’ve been getting all start with the N-word, bitch, genetically inferior, all kinds of things. I don’t open them, but I see the subject lines,” she said.
Carnegie Mellon was compelled to issue a tepid statement addressing the hateful message from its professor, “We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account. Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster.”
A statement regarding recent social media posts by Uju Anya. pic.twitter.com/NinpPa4rZg
— Carnegie Mellon University (@CarnegieMellon) September 8, 2022
“In my tweet, I did not wish her death. I did not tell anyone to kill her. I said nothing except wishing her the pain in death that she caused for millions of people. There’s not going to be any apology from me. I stand by what I said,” Anya added.
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