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Professor Compares Blacks to Asians: ‘Asians Didn’t Feel Sorry for Themselves’

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*A white Duke University professor criticized for an online post comparing blacks and Asians said Monday that pointing out his view of how the groups have performed in the U.S. over the past decades does not make him a racist.

Political science professor Jerry Hough has been dragged for a response he posted in the online comments section of the New York Times editorial “How Racism Doomed Baltimore,” dated May 9.

In his online comments, Hough wrote that Asians have been described as “yellow races” and faced discrimination in 1965 at least as bad as blacks experienced. Of Asian-Americans, he wrote: “They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.”

The posting goes on to say: “I am a professor at Duke University. Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”

In an email Monday to The Associated Press, Hough defended his comments but said it’s difficult to be subtle in a post on a newspaper’s comments section with a limited word count.

“I only regret the sloppiness in saying every Asian and nearly every black,” he wrote in the email. “I absolutely do not think it racist to ask why black performance on the average is not as good as Asian on balance, when the Asians started with the prejudices against the ‘yellow races’ shown in the concentration camps for the Japanese.”

Hough described himself as a disciple of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s who supported integration. In his lifetime, he said, he’s observed prejudice ranging from the World War II-era internment camps for Japanese-Americans to segregation in the South, and he’s dismayed that more progress hasn’t been made.

“My purpose is to help achieve the battle of King’s battle to overcome and create a melting pot America,” he said.

Hough has been on an academic leave unrelated to the comments, according to an email from Jack Knight, the chairman of the university’s political science department. Knight said Hough was granted academic leave for the 2014-15 school year under a standard policy for faculty.

Hough’s comments on the newspaper site were met with strong criticism on social media and in the Duke community. A statement released to several media outlets over the weekend by Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said: “The comments were noxious, offensive and have no place in civil discourse.”

A professor in Duke’s African & African American Studies department, Mark Anthony Neal, posted an image of Hough’s comments last week on his blog under the title “#DearOldDuke: The Unchecked Racism of a Tenured Duke Professor.”

On Monday, Schoenfeld said that Hough’s standing as a professor hasn’t changed. He also pointed out that the school’s faculty handbook gives a professor the right “to act and to speak in his or her capacity as a citizen without institutional censorship or discipline.”

Hough said he plans for 2016 to be his last year of teaching, and he’ll retire in 2018 after four decades at Duke. His resume on the Duke website lists several degrees from Harvard University, including a doctorate, as well as a dozen books about Russia and the Soviet Union.

“Except for Schoenfeld’s email, which I think hurts Duke more than me (it only helps me spread my ideas and maybe get more book contracts), Duke has been fine through this,” Hough said.

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  1. I said it.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Two totally different histories. This professor is preparing apples and oranges. They are both fruits, but don’t taste the same.

  2. Sarah

    May 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Anybody would get over their experience with racism if their hurt, pain, humilation, families being torn apart ETC, is compensated. Asian have been and are still getting a running start from the United states of america. Now lets level the playing field and get African Americans their just due. REPARATIONS!!!
    By the way Asian’s feel they are justified in their behavior toward African Americans…for 1 they are not held back due to a lack of opportunities, financial gain ( which america is providing) but it gives the world a reason to look down on African Americans. ( held down and held back). Asian’s are rude as f**k, they treat African american like trash, they do not want to near or touched by African-American
    The professor comments have absolutely nothing to do with African-American, its a ignorant baseless personal feeling of his…that is polluting social media or the media period.

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‘Life After Lockup’ Exclusive Clip: Lamar Reunites with Daughter Shante [WATCH]

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*WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all new epsiode that finds Lamar reuntiing with his daughter Shante reconnect.

“Growing up without my dad was really hard for me,” says Shante in the clip. “I only had one little picture to show me what my dad looks like. I missed out on a lot. I didn’t know who I was.”

Will old feelings come up when father and daughter reconnect or can they move forward?

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Meanwhile, this season on “Life After Lockup,” the couples will face plenty of firsts in their new lives together – from new marriages to divorce, new homes to new children, all while living under the challenges of their parole. Possible restrictions abound: early curfews, random check-ins, drug tests, travel prohibitions, consorting with ex-cons combined with the temptations of alcohol and drugs, the stakes have never been higher. Will they stay together and stay out of prison? 

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‘I Don’t Need Practice Shots. Against You?’ Colbert Challenges Obama to a Game of ‘Wastepaper Basketball’ (Watch)

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Scotland Aims to End ‘Period Poverty,’ Becomes First Country to Make Tampons/Pads Free [VIDEO]

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*Scotland aims to end ‘period poverty’ by becoming the first country to offer free menstrual products in public facilities. 

On Tuesday, the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously in favor of the Period Products bill, CNN reports. Women across Scotland will now have universal access to products such as tampons and pads in public buildings, including schools and universities. 

“The campaign has been backed by a wide coalition, including trades unions, women’s organisations and charities,” Monica Lennon, the lawmaker who introduced the bill last year, said ahead of the vote. “Scotland will not be the last country to make period poverty history.”

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After the vote, Lennon said the decision was “a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved.”

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The bill’s accompanying financial memorandum estimates it could cost around £8.7 million a year by 2022, depending on the number of women who will take advantage of the free products.

The new law was praised by a number of equality and women’s rights groups as well as politicians from across the parties represented in the Scottish Parliament.

“Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on her official Twitter page after the vote.

Local authorities and education providers across Scottland will be required to ensure that menstrual products are available for free. 

Last year, England and New Zealand launched initiatives to provide free sanitary products in schools.

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