Malachi Byrd Lawrence Rosen

A Princeton professor has “reluctantly” canceled his “freedom of speech” course after being making headlines for uttering the word “nigger” during a lecture.

Professor Lawrence Rosen, who taught a course titled “Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography,” sent an email to his students informing them of the course cancellation.

“I think it only fair that you be free, before too much of the semester has passed, to move ahead in another course of your choosing,” Rosen wrote in the tersely worded email.

The Daily Princetonian reports the professor used the racial slur twice before students interrupted him.

“All the black students were looking at each other, as if asking whether he actually said that,” student Destiny Salter told The Daily Princetonian.

Malachi Byrd, a black, third-year student (pictured left), asked Rosen if he was going to keep using the n-word during class.

“Yes, if I think it’s necessary,” Rosen replied, according to the Princetonian.

Another witness claimed a male student stood up and approached Rosen, yelling “FUCK YOU,” in his face. A female student of color then shouted at Rosen, “do you feel safe right now?”

Bryd and several other black students walked out of class, but they eventually returned and demanded an apology.

“I don’t think I need to apologize; I did not oppress anyone,” said Rosen.

Senior Devyn Holliday told the university paper that Rosen defended his use of the word after the students walked out.

“It’s supposed to deliver a gut punch, so that’s why I used it,” Rosen reportedly said.

Calls and emails to Rosen went unreturned according to the Weekly Standard.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    A gut punch to whom? The white students?

  • RespectSelf

    At some point black folks are going to let that word go and stop giving it so much power. Seriously, a white person can just say the “n” word (not even remotely using it how it was used before) and you done… you in your feelings. It’s time to build that bridge. That “word” should not have that much power over folks.

    Furthermore, what class are you in again??? smh. The bigger problem is that if a black teacher had the same class, said the same thing, and for the same reason… it wouldn’t even be a problem. They probably wouldn’t even blink.

    I hate to see that black folks will unite when a white person using the word (even if they are not even remotely “racist”) but are QUICK to go in on black folks that really about “fighting the power”

  • Noirluv45

    Yeah, it’s always, “Black people, quit being so sensitive.” Black people, just let the White man say what he wants, and blah, blah, blah.” That word has power and it’s one of the last words many Black men, women, and children heard before the noose was around their neck. It doesn’t matter if a Black teacher said the word. That’s not the issue here. A White teach said it and kept repeating it. There was no need for that, so don’t ever think Black folks will just sit back and “let stuff go” because we won’t.

  • Mac Jones

    Shut the fuck up

  • MoniquetheGeek

    At some point black folks are going to have to let that word go and stop giving it so much power. Seriously, a white person can just say the “n” word
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    Never will I ever.

  • Monique B

    SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HITLER AND SHE HOW THE JEWS REACT. KICK ROCKS !!!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Good job standing up for yourselves and not just do anything. That is why we are in the state we are in of fear because we just let things go and slide and we have slid right into free oppression. We are free as long as the oppressors feel safe. We sit quiet and be “good” and we get to live.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    It is said the biggest trick of the Devil is to make people believe he doesn’t exist. The biggest trick of the oppressor is to make people believe oppression doesn’t exist, that racism isn’t prevalent, that injustices is a coincidence and not target specific, that all lives matter and they don’t..

  • You Could Never

    Why are they even offering a class with ” Hate Speech” in the title? Did he say other offensive stuff in this class about Hispanics, Jews, and other ethnic groups? None of the articles I have read have answered this quesion. None of it is OKAY if so. I still have so many questions.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    See I really couldn’t be in that class because I would have verbally gut punch his ass right back. If asked that question I would have responded “Depends on which cracker said it..see if its a an everyday racist trailor trash bucket ass honkey..his ass will be well whipped..Now if its say an EDUCATED DUMB ASS CRACKER WHO THINKS BECAUSE THEY TEACH A FREEDOM OF SPEECH CLASS..and can just let it roll out their mouth..Im still weighing my options..but continue saying it a few more times to see the conclusion of my thought process…

  • You Could Never

    I think its safe to say we know what class WILL be taken off the class offerings for spring semester 2019. On a perm. basis.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    It probably would have been a good class with great conversation surrounding society hate issues. There is a way to effectively teach this class without using the actual hate words. He just chose to see if it would fly. He had been dying to use that word in public without consequences..failed his own class…

  • Ryan

    Not that any of it’s OK, but I wonder if he used other slurs. For some reason racists love to try to use the n-word in public but go mute when it comes to people like Jews.

  • Ghost

    Well the class choices have certainly changed since I was in college! I wonder if this is a class requirement for a major or an elective? The name of the class would have made me stay away…I could see this was going to be a TRAINWRECK ! smh. Glad the class was canceled…

  • You Could Never

    Im just lost to all of it bc the article then said he turned the lecture to the porn part of the class, after the N word aspect went to pure shit (as it should have) and tried to show them pornography too. Sir. SIR.

  • GUY A LAICHE

    Rappers say the word all the time in a non-intellectual setting ,if the word is that offensive it should be off limits to be used by anyone.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    FFS! What a moron! I wonder if Princeton will let him keep his job… SMDH

  • I want to be free

    My nosey self went to Princeton’s course catalog to see what it said about the class – “Freedom of expression is always limited, both by the harm that may be said to occur if unbridled and by the constraints of the dominant culture. Using such topics as hate speech on campus, the cultural defense plea, the Mapplethorpe exhibit, the Supreme Court opinions on pornography, and the Salman Rushdie affair, we will ask how civility relates to free speech, how codes may channel expression without oppression, and how cultural difference can relate to shared values and orientations.”

  • SpillyNillie

    I said this in the initial post on last week. Did he spread the love? It’s safe to assume he did not.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    “Rappers say the word all the time” is always the comeback for white people.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Believe it or not, that word has two different meanings and it depends on who’s saying it that produces the meaning.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    So the nutty professor cancelled his own class huh? I’m still wondering why he has been terminated. Let me guess it’s because he’s white.

  • Liah

    They will longer save and do what they want…We ARE not having It!
    #THEYGONELEARN

  • Liah

    Now you know damn well the school did that….Dont be supervised if they make him resign

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    He’s Jewish. He’s not going to make any slurs against them.

  • RespectSelf

    I think the question he asked would have made for a great discussion in the class. I personally like when stuff is NOT filtered. So to ask if folks would be more offended if a white man hit a black man or called him the “n” word…. he got his answer. It goes to show that words have more power over folks than physical actions. Then the question would be why? It would have brought forth a deep conversation. Really saying the word does give it that punch as oppose to saying ” the n word”

  • RespectSelf

    Well then white folks will ALWAYS have that power over you.

  • RespectSelf

    lol that’s silly. It depends oh who is saying it as opposed to how it is being used that determines the meaning.

  • Yardgirl

    All of this right here!!^^^^^

  • RespectSelf

    He probably wouldn’t have been offended. You would have just been proving a point that he was clearly trying to prove. words hurt more than actions. “sticks and stone may break your bones, but words will deeply wound you”

  • RespectSelf

    I’m sure there were a lot more offensive things to be seen and heard aside from the “n” word. He would have lost me with the porn lol

  • Noirluv45

    So what do you suggest we do? Sadly, they have a lot of power because they have an infrastructure, and that infrastructure controls this country. They make the rules and change the rules at whim. As long as Black people have fight, even with guns at hand (Black Panthers/FBI), they still killed us and threw us a in jail. I’m not saying that we cow tow to them, but let’s be honest about the fact that they wield a lot of power especially over those who have no infrastructure or economic power. With all that said, we still fight and that’s what’s keep us strong for 500 years.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    ok..

  • jujumanji

    The crazy thing is, that was probably a really interesting course too. I would’ve definitely signed up for it. But he shot himself in the foot with his lack of sensitivity and critical thinking skills. Hopefully he and other professors learn from this.

  • IAINTMADATCHA

    Why did the teacher feel the need to “gut punch” the students tho?

  • Monique B

    PREACH

  • Monique B

    Not over me, because I just say I LOVE HITLER!!

  • Monique B

    Most white’s that keep the n word coming out there mouths are jews. So just say I LUV HITLER. SHUT THEM UP REAL FAST

  • RespectSelf

    I think is time for us to collectively accept (not forget) what has happened and move forward. We need to start “really” supporting each other. If black put forth as much emotional energy in supporting one another as they do when a white person says the “n” word while singing their favorite rap song lol… we would be further along.

    Like in Mo’nique case. If black folks would have put in all that emotional energy in being appalled at at what she was offered then we would be moving forward. I’m sure if folks were out here calling netflix racist they would have apologized publicly and she would have been offered a large amount of money to do a special somewhere else immediately.

    This wouldn’t have just been beneficial to her… it would have helped other black women get more money in the future. Cause they would know what would happen if not.

    But we programmed to bash black folks that think like Mo’Nique. I mean blacks folks went in on her… telling her she ain’t worth this and that…Black women went in on her…

    All I’m saying is let’s do something different. We get mad off stuff that don’t really move us forward. The “n” word is not moving us anywhere.

  • jazzysmith12

    nicely put!!!

  • GUY A LAICHE

    How racist of you,to me the word has one meaning regardless if a White or Black uses the word.

  • GUY A LAICHE

    I am not White,been Black all 65yrs. of life.

  • Willette Capers

    He probably has tenure. It is next to impossible to get rid of professors and administrators with tenure.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Well good for you.

  • chaisun

    Exactly they don’t typically use other slurs for any other ethic group but Black people.

  • chaisun

    Never will I ever, too.

  • Cannelle

    Black folks get mad, move forward and act on many more things than just the N word. The Civil Rights Movement? Black Lives Matter? Anyone? Bueller? Its called multitasking. Black people are so effective at fighting for Rights that it seems non black people in general sit back and wait for black people to lead the charge.

    I will not let this go, and I will not allow them to say the word in my presence without problems. Never. They already have so much, they can let one word go.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Addressing the two groups saying the word is separate, in my opinion. White people saying it is like us saying Black Lives Matter where rappers saying it is like black-on-black crime. Both are problematic but not the same, in a sense.

  • Mimie

    The n word has no power over me whatsoever. It doesn’t affect me like that when white folks say it, it actually makes me laugh with condescention because I think whoever is saying it is a pathetic fool, lol. But, I do think we need to push back, because white people need to respect our people and most importantly the memory of all those who suffered because of that word…I am not a n***, never was, and never will be, however because our ancestors suffered a terrible plight because of that word, now those mofos CAN NO LONGER use it point blank. They had their time to use the n word and abuse it without any repercussions, well that time is OVA and long gone…they’re gonna have to learn to accept restrictions from US, graciously or by force looool

  • Mimie

    I think any Black person is allowed to say the N word, but any other “ethic” group CANNOT say it. We know that when we say it, it can never take on the meaning that other ethnic groups ascribe to it…And that’s pretty much it. It’s now OUR word, we claimed it back, and nobody but us can use it period. Now, you know whites can’t stand being denied anything, since they believe they’re the rulers of planet Earth. Well, they gonna have to learn to accept this one particular restriction lol

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    That N!gger word is thrown around so easily between white and black people, and in schools, you should hear the kids call each other N!gger. I don’t blame any white person in today’s world to freely use a word that rappers use, that hip hoppers use, that’s spoken on TV. WTH?

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Yeh, it did sound interesting.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    That course sounds really deep.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    he’s been waiting years for his moment

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    So, it’s a freedom of speech course where you couldn’t use freedom of speech? hmm….

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    But can’t we assume as logical thinking adults that a “freedom of speech” course will have moments where there is a lack of sensitivity? It’s a freedom of speech course…

  • Jamal Warner

    Freedom of speech is to limit government not to allow a suspect racist professor to spew racist rhetoric.

  • jujumanji

    Absolutely. But freedom of speech should have a logical endpoint in this situation. The prof acted like he was going to continue to the word regardless of the fallout. That’s just dumb.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    If you read what the original post quoted him as saying, there was no racism in it. He asked a question that included use of a word that Black people supposedly hate, but call each other constantly. The young people chose to be offended in a class they picked to attend themed: “Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography,”. I would expect some shock for any and everyone. But I’m sure they could have actually learned something had they paused and actually listened

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I agree! But I guess “freedom of thought” or “freedom of common sense” was not a prerequisite for attending… smh

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    It’s part of the point of a class like that. It creates dialogue for those willing to learn and actually understand more than they currently do.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I think it really could have given sound perspective if they had chosen to actually listen to what was said. There was no need for an Angela Davis or MLK moment in this case

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Based on the post, he never got the chance, but I bet he would have given the theme

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Agreed!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Though I would not have responded that way, that may have been an acceptable answer that he built on.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Hitler treated Jews, Blacks and anyone he felt was not “pure” the same way. You may want to stop professing your love for him. Frankly, that is just as offensive to me as a Black man

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Unless another Black person calls you that in anger . The meaning is then the same. It is a useless word. We should purge it 1st, then if we want to be upset when someone says it, so be it. Black people wanted the Rebel/Confederate flag removed because of what it USED to stand for. But the same Black people want to KEEP a legacy racist word to call each other. One is no different from the other. The legacy of that flag and the legacy of that word are one!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Funny, based on reading the comments, his class is doing it’s job…

    and we didn’t even attend!

  • Noirluv45

    I disagree about forgetting what happened to us (because it’s still happening) and moving forward (because it’s still happening). We must never forget. We didn’t do anything; they did. How can we move forward if we are still facing the same assaults, discrimination, and hatred we’ve been facing? I do; however, agree that we have to support one another and many of us do. How often do you hear of the positive and unity we have? If you base what Black people are doing on the media, you’ll never know the wonderful things we are accomplishing because they sure enough aren’t going to show that side of us. That’s why Roland Martin’s News One Now was a very necessary show because we NEVER hear or see anything from our perspective.

    I think you need to broaden your horizons. I also don’t like the “We” aspect of this conversation. I cannot reiterate that you cannot base what Black people are doing on sound bites and Internet blogs. How often do you venture out and read or seek other venues to get your information? In the real world, Blacks are doing fine. Are we perfect? No. No one is. White America has a HUGE Opiod action problem and did you know White men commit suicide at an extremely high rate? When those facts are mentioned, the next thing is, “I don’t care about what White people do, blah, blah, blah” and that’s because it’s easier to excuse their pathology to shine the spotlight on Black people’s supposed imperfections. Everyone does it, including some of us.

    What’s more, we are entitled to our opinions and just because someone is Black doesn’t mean we have to line up with them. We are as vast and global as anyone. We are not monolithic, so those who had harsh opinions about Mo didn’t bother me. They are entitled to their point of view.

    With that said, I will not and never will allow the N word to be overlooked or glossed over. If a White person calls you an N word and you choose to look the other way, that’s your business, but most of us will never allow it to be used in our presence (even though many of them use it anyway).

  • Monique B

    EXACTLY!!

  • Monique B

    I wouldve said I love HITLER, THEN SEE HOW HE FEEL

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    its so obvious, they’re obsessed with us

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Then you would be considered anti-semitic and every Jewish organization in the country would be demanding you to apologize. Facts.

  • Jamal Warner

    Learned what? The guy stated that he was going to continue using the “n word”. You are acting as if he used it one time. He repeatedly used it. It is acceptable for melaninated people to use the “n word” and white race of people to not use it. If you are white, then why would you want to say it.

  • Jamal Warner

    White people should not use the word period. It still is not acceptable to use it. It is not “hip” or whatever you want to make it out to be to use that word. This is not something that should be freely used. You are trying to downplay racist and racism as if it is in the past and that word has no meaning. It mean “victims of racism white supremacy”.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Have you walked the halls of our high schools? The white and black & Hispanic kids use the word freely. You can think it’s not free to use, but they do and think nothing of it.
    Just sit in on a classroom or a hallway when the kids are talking. N!gger is like the word “you”. Used everyday. And have you seen the number of white kids rapping and saying the word N!gger?

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    No, I’m not. I pointing out that the class (an elective that THEY chose) was designed to shock and start conversation. People are letting the use of ONE WORD determine the whole class. The way he used it was to pose a comparative question, not to be racist.
    I find it funny that people are judging this man to be a racist Jew for posing a real life question with what is an offensive word when really the responses to him by the students and many on this blog are more racist than anything he said.

    I’m sure the justification will include something about white people and how every single one is prejudiced because they are white and so on and so on…

  • Jamal Warner

    I don’t for a second anyone remotely understanding of the term will find it acceptable to use, especially by non-melaninated people. The word should not be used by non-melaninated people period. It is not acceptable in any way whether one says its “hip” or whatever. I have not seen any white rappers using it.

  • Jamal Warner

    So just because someone is a practicing jew they can not be racist? This guy used a racial slur more than once in an open class room. It is not acceptable at all. He could have been more tactful in his approach and got his point across.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Again, you’re missing the point (according to the title and synopsis) of the class.

  • Jamal Warner

    I guess the synopsis of the class gives him a pass to continue to use a racial slur. You are making excuses for this guy poor actions.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Again, take a minute to see past his race/color. If a black man had said this it wouldn’t be an issue.

    My point is YES he used the word, but not calling anyone that. He asked a pertinent question that used the word. Anyway, we’ll agree to disagree. I respect your position on it.

  • Jamal Warner

    First, it would be acceptable if he in fact was classified as being black. It is acceptable for anyone black to say such a word, but unacceptable for non-black people. Secondly, he did not have to call anyone than name in order for it to be considered unacceptable. You are leaving out so much to present the story of a jew saying the “n word” one time, which is factually false. He used the word multiple times and refused to stop using it. He could have presented his points without using that particular word in that manner.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Again I’ll agree to respectfully disagree and here is partially why “It is acceptable for anyone black to say such a word, but unacceptable for non-black people.”
    To me, we as Black people adopting a word that was used to demean and belittle us and holding on to it so voraciously is like buying the gun that killed a family member and mounting it on your wall.

    It wasn’t good then and to me, it’s not now. I don’t appreciate being called that and when it does come to mind for someone else it’s because they are acting ignorantly. Do I understand how it’s used? Of course.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Your réponse is a fail because the professor canceled the class. Carry on.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    You keep saying that but that is not how the students felt. What’s the purpose of the gut punch and to keep repeatedly using the word after the first time without an explanation that drove the point home where he did not offend? It’s one of those you had to be there things but something is amiss regarding usage as an example.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    No, closed-mindedness is once again the fail