Duquesne U fires N-word dropping professor; at least two groups cry foul

He dropped the n-word multiple times. Nevertheless, at least one group says Duquesne University should not have fired Gary Shank.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Philadelphia-based FIRE disputed the university’s action, and the AAUP, headquartered in Washington, D.C., urged Duquesne President Ken Gormley to reinstate the professor while his case is adjudicated, saying he should not have been placed on leave without a hearing.

“We have 30 days to grieve the termination and certainly will do so,” Mr. Shank’s attorney, Warner Mariani, said Wednesday, reacting to Duquesne’s letter.

If you wish to defend a man who used the n-word in the way he did, don’t.

2 thoughts on “Duquesne U fires N-word dropping professor; at least two groups cry foul”

  1. This article, and the other article I read about this situation, leaves a great deal out. I don’t know what his goal was in using the word in class; I don’t know whether he warned the students that he would be using that word, and why; all I have seen is essentially “he said this word, students reacted negatively, he was terminated.” There’s got to be a reason he DID this (even if it’s only that he’s off his meds); I want to know what the reason is before I pass judgment.

    1. There should be two other stories that discuss how the situation unfolded. Look for them under the “related” link. Those provide details. If you can’t find them, send another reply and I’ll add include them in a follow up reply to you.

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