Cambridge University backs lecturer who tweeted “White lives don’t matter. As white lives.”

Cambridge University is standing by academic Priyamvada Gopal, despite her sparking outrage by a now deleted tweet where she wrote “I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.”

In a subsequent tweet, Gopal wrote “Abolish whiteness”

A defiant Gopal later wrote:

I would also like to make clear I stand by my tweets, now deleted by Twitter, not me. They were very clearly speaking to a structure and ideology, not about people.

Cambridge University addressed Gopal’s rhetoric, writing:

The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease.

DailyMail reports the University of Cambridge has spoken out in support of one of its lecturers who was hit by a wave of abusive messages and death threats for tweeting ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, 51, who teaches in the Faculty of English at Churchill College, took to the social media platform on Tuesday evening to write: ‘I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives.’

However the controversial message, which has since been deleted by Twitter, was met with a barrage of outrage, with many people responding both publicly and privately with death threats and racist abuse.

A petition titled ‘Fire Cambridge Professor for Racism’ was also launched on the petition site change.org on Wednesday demanding that Dr Gopal be fired by the university for the comment.

Dr Gopal later shared some of the hate speech she had received, including from a man sending her a picture of a noose and writing: ‘We are coming for you you n***er loving piece of s*it’.

As well as sharing some of the worst abuse she has received, Dr Gopal – who is also a journalist and activist – announced that on Wednesday night, the university promoted her to a full Professorship.