Malachi Byrd Lawrence Rosen

A Princeton professor is catching heat after students in his classroom walked out because he repeatedly used the word “ni–er” during his lecture.

The incident happened on Tuesday when Professor Lawrence Rosen, who teaches a class titled Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography, asked students what would be worse, a white man punching a black man or a white man calling a black man “ni–er”.

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.

At that point, Bryd stood up and walked out of class. He was followed by several other black students.

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.

Byrd and the other students eventually returned to class, and Byrd pressed Rosen for an apology,

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

The students filed a complaint with the university’s director of studies for Rockefeller College at Princeton, and director Justine Levine told the Princetonian in an email that she will work with students to resolve the issue.

In response to the controversy online, social media users note that black people give tacit approval to others to use the n-word when they allow white rappers such as Tekashi69 and Lil Pump to utter the word without repercussions.



  • Shakia Whitehurst

    what in the devil is going on here…. Enough is Enough already

  • sunni_daze

    The answer to your question is : Both will get him fucked up.

  • TawnyDelux

    the thing is, well to me…black people get mad at shit part time.
    Tekashi69 and Lil Pump…always using the N-word…yet their “music” still gets played

  • casiepriest33

    Well we begged our way into their institution’s, so we asked for it.

  • You Could Never
  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    What’s worse, a black student punching his racist professor in the face or a black student kicking a steel toe boot into his racist professor’s ass?
    I do agree though we be sometimes mad at that word. Depends on environment and who we feel like dealin with.

  • tintin

    this teacher clearly doesnt watch or read the news because with all that’ s in the media, it’s common sense not to go there.

  • Queen B

    Ur stupid

  • Noirluv45

    “In response to the controversy online, social media users note that black people give tacit approval to others to use the n-word when they allow white rappers such as Tekashi69 and Lil Pump to utter the word without repercussions.”

    I’m so sick and tired of this lame excuse. Black people do not represent those who allow White rappers to say the n-word. The students in the class did not cosign with the professor using the n-word, so the above argument is fallacious.

    That’s like saying, “So and so says such and such, so why can’t I say it? Each person is responsible for what comes out of his/her mouth.

  • jujumanji

    In an academic setting, especially in a class entitled “Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography,” I understand the prof using the word once, maybe twice. But after the situation has been established, he needed to move on to his next point and just say “the N word” from then on out. Not keep saying it over and over like an asshole. I think his students are intelligent enough to put 2 and 2 together. No need to beat a dead horse.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I actually didn’t have a problem with this, up and until he refused to apologize. Given the name of the class, I am assuming that it is a sociolog y type class. As the professor, he should know the way class systems and white supremacy work. Simply by being white he benefits from an oppressive, racist, white supremacist system.

    I hate people.

  • MissHarlem

    I’m a PROUD HBCU alum current returning student so I don’t know about these problems ??

  • HIS4EVA

    by who? really , who is their fan base?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Please…there are racist white teachers at HBCU’s as well. There racism is just more tacit.

    P.S. Rode by an HBCU the other day and I would have sworn it was a HWI/PWI from looking at the student population

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    In other news., my tax refunds were approved today. Can’t wait to go to PacNSave and pay for the first family I see in line with some kids. Woot!
    PayItForward

  • A D N

    It’s a cultural class. I would allowed him to finish to determine if it was necessary to use the word. He may have been trying to make a point. Sometimes we have to let a person speak everything out without interruption to get a full picture of intention and meaning.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    These damn demons done got loose with it… Folks pay attention …. SMH

  • Noirluv45

    Why is it that some Black people like to lump all Black people into one basket? We are not monolithic, so we need to stop blaming ourselves for what others say.

  • Cannelle

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

    But it only delivers the gut punch to black people, and not the ones who need it: white people. He is paid to lecture, I get that, but it reminds me of white liberals in general that want to lecture black people (and Jews) on oppression, when it isn’t black people that need the lesson.

    They stay punching down. (ETC)

  • A D N

    I was in a class when we had several books to read including Uncle Tom’s cabin. The teacher (white male about 35 years old) asked us to read the book aloud in class. The excerpts we ONLY read were Uncle Tom’s “broken English”, which were read by the black male students, as the teacher laughed loudly. Unforgettable…

  • JV

    I appreciate that he didn’t give a half-hearted apology, i.e., “I’m sorry I offended anyone, BUT..,” however everything you just said. It was unnecessary, uncalled for and ultimately distracted from the conversation.

  • TawnyDelux

    kids of crack babies

  • Renee26

    Nah sir….you could have said “N word” and been respectful in the lesson. Professors don’t get a pass fugg him!!

  • MissHarlem

    I am fortunate to not experience that. Just spe

  • A D N

    LMBO!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    What is really going damn on… And trying to insult their intelligence … That shyt don’t get no pass…

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. Love to see people give back and it is not even Xmas.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Why is it that when “woke white people” use the word they always say they were using it for a punch or a shock. The ish is still disrespectful and shouldn’t be said at all. Then they always have an excuse and say something like “I’ve been working for equal rights for 40 years” smh…I dont care if they was in a soul train line with Kunta Kente dont say the shit…

  • hottlanta

    I would have asked his azz how much money has Princeton made off slavery and did that track down those families and give them some of the money.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Professor should be glad he didn’t leave with his eyes dotted.

    I’m pretty sure somebody was in there practicing serious self control.
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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa179ba0c81ce1c987c11ac043e3b75cc2846fc7d3127b176ba5942b46897f2f.gif

  • dblogged

    Ladies and fellas,

    If you’ve recently noticed that your significant other is barely conversing with you, but when together he/she is constantly on her phone, phone facing down, and on silent – what does that mean?

    Are you wrong for bringing that to his/her attention?

    How would you approach the situation?

  • You Could Never

    Seems like you just stopped and hit post in the middle of a sentence.

  • SpiceGirl

    ive myself have never heard them say Ni$$ER….always Ni$$a…..which the difference is the ER is meant to hurt someone’s feelings(by calling them out of their name)….IMHO….that’s just me tho…..

  • You Could Never

    4 folks typing huh?

  • Trey

    but but…isnt that the nature of the class?

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    You already know the answer to that shitt.

  • klwbaby

    I don’t think we had to beg. I think it was more like we demanded to be treated with equality.

  • free

    you know white people will teach a class like that just to use the word.

  • dblogged

    Enlighten me

  • xenaD

    This is me ????? Is this bad?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Is this a trick question?

  • mona q

    Ha! I would bring it to their attention. Depending on the level of relationship. Dating…”exclusively”, YES. Dating….”casually”, NO. Married…YES, YES and YES. I’m the type to trust but verify so I necessarily wouldn’t say anything. I would do some background research first lol…

  • klwbaby

    They cheating on u. U approach this situation by saying Goodbye.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    No

  • mona q

    He’s trying to create a loophole…GTFOH.

  • dblogged

    Dating, yes. How would you do research?

  • dblogged

    No

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    “I don’t care if they was in a soul train line with Kunta Kente…” I got real tears flowing and can’t stop laughing! I know this is serious but that last part of your comment though…

  • free

    she’s either dealing with or dreaming about (checking out their social media) someone else. are there other signs of demise?

  • dblogged

    It depends. Who are you speaking with?

  • dblogged

    Short tempered. Gets tensed when I old her. Rolling eyes. Sucking teeth, etc

  • dblogged

    Thank you

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    All of those signs point to someone with something to hide. Those are not good signs. Someone/something else has their attention.

  • klwbaby

    No problem… :)

  • dblogged

    Exactly.

  • kkkjinx

    That is very thoughtful of you. You encouraged me to want to pay it forward for someone else! I get my refund on valentine’s day. Since I practically live in chick-fil-a i will buy someone some food. (I would give more but im a 26yr old single mom and daycare expenses are NO JOKE lol)

  • dblogged

    The person addressed it and the significant other responded by saying that they needed space.

  • free

    bruh, time to move on. she has given you all the signs. don’t waste your time confronting or researching. why is she still hanging on? are you taking care of her?

  • Rayne

    Raccoon eyes are needed.

  • free

    good. might hurt but there are plenty of fish in the sea.

  • dblogged

    This person is not taking care of her. I hear you tho bro.

  • klwbaby

    They need space to explore the other person and see if they want to be with them. Tell that person to move on.

  • free

    lol it’s princeton.

  • dblogged

    She pregnant tho ?????

  • MsPam

    All of this and more!?????? I’m sure Malachi didn’t/won’t have a problem with the pornography portion of the class.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    do you enjoy dating someone like that? what are you trying to save?

  • dblogged

    True. He told me that she’s pregnant with his child too. See how conflicting things are? ?????

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    is it yours? …or dude(s) she is seeing behind your back?

  • dblogged

    No. He doesn’t. Not at all. She’s having his child too.

    *speaking on behalf of someone. Idk y I said “I” smh ?????

  • free

    get the DNA test done. and don’t pay shyt until you do. by the way, i am female.

  • mona q

    Well, if you don’t have online access to their phone bill with the call/text history, it will be a little difficult but if you do, start there. Write down the numbers…then go to Facebook and type them in and see if any person comes up. Google too. Then pay attention to patterns. If they are late consistently then there is a specific day…you need to dig into that deeper. Light Surveillance perhaps.

  • dblogged

    Who knows at this point ?????

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    how old are you? serious question.

  • dblogged

    Word. Good look

  • free

    drop her and pray for a miracle.

  • dblogged

    Thank you. So, you know game already.

  • You Could Never

    These are my confessions…the dude on the side say she got one on the way….

  • dblogged

    Late 20’s

  • dblogged

    Shit

  • mona q

    But looking at all of that above, at this point it isn’t worth it…it could be cheating though…could be that she isn’t attracted while pregnant..hormones are crazy…it could be that she knows she is pregnant by someone else…too many variables…a straight up heart to heart – come to Jesus conversation is in order…no secrets, no lies…just truths even if it hurts…better to get it done now than waste any more time.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    well maybe someone else has advice because mine would be pretty asshole at this point. good luck.

  • dblogged

    Please share

  • Renee26

    Yep just to get a rise out of people knowing they are “protected” because they aren’t saying it on the street

  • You Could Never

    I am that asshole. But Imma stfu

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • dblogged

    True. True. Who knows

  • Vonn

    Sounds like she has new penis to me.

  • Renee26

    Why’d that come to my head too??!! DEAD

  • klwbaby

    Then that’s more a reason to be honest with this girlfriend. The girlfriend is constantly going to be stressed and wondering what he is doing. Stress is the last thing a pregnant female needs to be dealing with.

  • dblogged

    Yup

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    wait, so we not even here to help you? damnit…get cho ass off the keyboard! ha!!!

  • You Could Never
  • Vonn

    Being pregnant changes it a bit. May be hormones.

  • Vonn

    Lol.

  • dblogged

    But, he’s mindful of it and always checking on her well being. He does everything to make her not stress. He’s a GOOD dude. She may just like hood niggas instead. That’s how I see it

  • dblogged

    That what I was saying too: a lot going on

  • dblogged

    Go along with it…sheesh

  • Vonn

    He better make sure it’s his kid.

  • dblogged

    Forreal. Maybe it’s the pregnancy that’s causing all of this stress. But, he a good dude. And, she weird with him, but cordial and nice with everyone else. I don’t get it ?????

  • MissHarlem
  • Overpower Radio

    Except Tekashi and Lil Pump are both Spanish ni55as. We’re unified in our neigborhoods. We’ve never had a problem with Hispanics who live where we live using the n word. It is what it is. We don’t have to explain it. They’re still mad they can’t say it without it being taken as offensive. Too bad, it is.

    How can you teach a class about Cultural Freedom and hate speech, and use the n word freely in front of Black students. The fact that a white man, a professor, would use the word and be unapologetic is oppressive to any Black student subjected to his lecture from which they have to endure to earn a passing grade.

  • free

    it’s him lol!!!! help a brother!

  • 100milesperhour

    I wonder how many times he’s used the word “kike” in class to make a point? Yt’s like to offend blacks for sport, but know when not to cross the line w/everyone else.

  • free

    nah

  • MsVAllDay

    Ok judging from the type of class this is, I’m not mad at it’s use here. Can we stop being so super sensitive when we use the word soooo much.

  • Shira Harding-James

    ?????

  • SpillyNillie

    I giggle every time I see this…regardless

  • Yardgirl

    Me too! lol

  • SpillyNillie

    She got a new plumber…*sips tea*

  • Vonn

    I would still put my money on new penis. Lol. Chicks will get allll the way new, with new penis.

  • TOO REAL

    NO ONE CAN GIVE YOU PERMISSION OR A PASS ON USING A WORD. IF IT’S WRONG IT’S WRONG.

  • datjerk

    I don’t see the issue. He posed a valid question that is inline with the type of class he was teaching.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    i don’t have time for his maybe is maybe ain’t ass. late 20s… he has a few more years and he will be a real adult and will hopefully not have screwed up his life to the point of no return. i’m on to the next post and him and his cheating girlfriend carrying his brother husband’s baby better not follow us there.

  • free

    bro, if you want to hang in there, just make sure you don’t sign NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE until you have the test done.

  • TheOwley

    I read about this guy. His class is titled Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography. Obviously the university approved the syllabus and here is my take. This is cultural anthropology, be prepared to listen to things you don’t like. It’s not there to trigger you, but to force you to discuss things as an academic sense. Why the pejoratives in our society. If you are advancing to becoming a clinical psychologist, you better hear this out.

    You bring your brains, not your anger. It’s an academic environment, a professor should be able to talk to all his students and say: Let’s talk about homosexuality, pornography, blasphemy from an academic world view. This is not a salacious take. There is not sneaking, laughter, hooting and hollering. These subjects are not comedy. Unfortunately our colleges are full of the easily triggered.

    In a classroom environment WITH ADULTS, the professor should be able to converse easily with all students. It does not mean the professor in his private life uses the N word, the F word, the C word for women, etc.

    I learned about health issues when discussing sex in a college health class. What are the effects of xyz activities on the rectal tissue, etc. No one was shocked because everyone was an adult learning about it for their patients. End of rant.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I had a class similar to this. My professor did not use the word, so the argument that the class calls for its usage is bogus imo.

    I’m with the students on this one. There’s no way in hell I’d be giving Princeton my $$ or getting in loan debt to be called a n***er LOL no sir and no ma’am.

    Also, to deflect by saying rappers use the term is bogus. Idk or gaf about Pumps and Hibachi!

    Those who make this analogy are coons who allow your massa to piss on your head and tell you it’s raining!

  • free

    sometimes people just fall out of love.

  • Blah Blahhhhh

    HE will get his

  • free

    cold blooded lol

  • SpillyNillie

    My question is, “did he use any other derogatory terms like cracker ass cracker, wet back, etc., during his lecture?” If he homed in on the N-word, then it was a problem. If we are considering the title and content of the course, then more than the N-word should have been used.

  • bella28498 .

    Go to school online if you really have to further indoctrinate yourself with the white man lies. Black people really shouldn’t keep subjecting themselves to b.s.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    No one should get a pass using the N word

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She’s having his child. Well…

    I would normally just say she’s is clearly being secretive for whatever reason and the dude should consider just walking away and making a clean break. But the “having his child” part really complicates things. Not good. Really tough call.

  • TheOwley

    In a class like this, he should have to be inclusive including the use of the word ‘kike’ spic, even whitey. He could have prevented this outcry had he covered the sensitive nature of his anthropology class from the start, and warned the students all these words will be up for discussion. I would have also added that the discussion is limited to the classroom and is not giving anyone permission to go use it against others. If you can’t discuss these topics as adults in a college setting we are worse off than I thought.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, some chicks are like that. Theyre so used to being with bad dudes, that when they get a really good dude they dont even know how to act.
    Really weird, but I’ve seen it a few times up close.

  • iWasteTime

    black people give tacit approval to others to use the n-word when they allow white rappers such as Tekashi69 and Lil Pump
    ———————–
    Daniel Hernandez and Gazzy Garcia aren’t white.
    They aren’t saying n****r and their millennial counter parts find it acceptable not I and probably not those Princeton students

  • dblogged

    Yea bro. It’s a shame

  • dblogged

    Exactly

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Good point.

  • dblogged

    What did I do?! I lost my way ? bro

  • Rayne

    What they don’t give out black eyes in Princeton? Lol

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Doesnt sound like you did anything wrong.

    But these people are giving you good advice though. I pretty much co-sign on most of it.

  • teather

    You know what, that argument is dead. There are some things you WHITE people just can’t do. And if this is one of the two, then so be it. What we do and what you do are two different things. You have the freedom to do ANYTHING else and BE anything else that you’d like, but you use that word and your teeth go down your throat. Simply. So try it and see. If we distribute passes to ppl to do it and you didn’t get one, end of story. Any questions? Keep using that word and watch what happens.

  • Brianna

    Lmao !! This is JUST like the episode of Boondocks. He even looks like Mr. Gipetto.

  • Hookedonblinds

    Shit gets played on the radio all the tine in Philly, but won’t play Eminem cause he called someone a black bitch. Priorities are all messed up round here

  • MissyJ

    Um the class is called “Hate Speech” you just might hear some hate speech. In the context its not inappropriate. Some professors wouldn’t make the choice but i have no outrage in this context

  • MissyJ

    In the course of a semester I’m sure its safe to say yes.

  • Trace da Ace

    ugh….no comment…I cant with this today…its friday and I am ready to go home….

  • Ms.Vanilla

    But then he used it again. Why?

  • dreamofadream

    These honkeys are getting bolder and bolder as the year progresses I dont care what IVY LEAGUE you are in, it doesn’t make it right. Next time anyone hears the N term shoot back with DONKEY or call them Hitler.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    First of all, why teach a class about hate, etc? No class is going to change how another person is raised.
    Then he said the word was supposed to be a gut punch. Gut punch to whom? Certainly not to the whites that were in the class, that word will never be a gut punch to them. If not for them, then why deliver a gut punch to a black person using that word over and over? There are so many unanswered questions.

  • DroneRivers

    I’d raise my hand and ask a well thought out question every day. And every day the question would include the word ‘kike’. Let’s see how Mr. Rosen feels about a gut punch then.

  • bella28498 .

    question you do realize black ppl only been able to vote in this country for about 50 years and you do realize this small potatoes compared to what they normally do here? They are not getting bolder they been bold, the difference is the hate is being televised, thanks to smart phones and social media.

  • Jack Blakk

    They’re losing their country and resorting to what they’ve been taught for generations. That’s why I don’t get blacks joining any of these movements that says stop racism (if it’s not directly to or for blacks) it’s not in our best interest!

  • RespectSelf

    My thing is why take a class like that if you can not handle the word. I’m sure he probably uses other words that may offend other groups of people. And he has probably been doing this class for a while.

    He didn’t call one of them that word… he just used it as part of his teaching… ummm toughen up kids.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    IMO, No one should use that word. It should just be retired.

  • C Mack

    Thank you! Always tryna deflect and the info given isn’t accurate

  • Jamal Warner

    I don’t anyone melaninated would willing take a class if they know a white professor is going to constantly use the “n word”. Suspected white supremacist try to find slick ways to disguise their racism. I suspect this is just another attempt. There is many other ways he could have made his point without using that word.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    So apparently bringing called a N is worse than being punched. Sounds like an interesting class. I wouldn’t pay for it though.

  • Hmmm~?

    Huh? Neither 6ix9ine or Lil Pump are white, so I have no idea what that last bit had to do with anything.

  • Carolina Bandit

    By the poster above.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    They don’t even WANT to cross the line with everyone else. It never crosses their minds.

  • HTOWNPuffinBlockGameSoStrong

    They are always trying use us for their experiments, he should apologize, the students aren’t learning from this. Seems like it’s a lesson for him and whomever else is in on this mess.
    This is black history month, how about remembering those who fought for us, those who built this country for those lazy slave owners, and those things who invented oh so many things that we use to this day.
    ?

  • HTOWNPuffinBlockGameSoStrong

    THANK YOU!!

  • Yetunde

    Thank you. I’m glad somebody else has this opinion.

  • U SAY IT THEY CAN SAY IT!

    Well, we constantly use the word, whats the problem, as long as he didn’t put “er” at the end I don’t see a problem…..YOU STOP USING THE WORD LIKES ITS PART OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEN THEY WILL
    STOP SAYING, “NIGGA”……………..EVERYBODY STOP USING THE WORD…….HELL some of you don’t give a damn about your people, then want to get mad when other people do what you do….SHUT UP!!

  • ?Royalty?

    The class was titled “Hate Speech….” Seems like one would have to assume it was gonna be off the chain in there, right? ?
    I guarantee you that wasn’t the only slur on the curriculum roster.

  • 5000BlinK

    Peeling back the onion of White Civility can be ruff…..but thanks for the waring Farrakhan…
    #hewasright

  • AndSo

    Well, then we have A LOT of folks in our community, including many performers, who shouldn’t get a pass neither.

  • gro$$

    upvote!

  • gro$$

    theyre dealing with pornography too I wonder if the teacher said “she male” or “tranny” trust me he’d be apologizing profusely.
    remember a tranny porn star who calls self a woman attacked a FEMALE porn star in social media and the woman ended up committing suicide from the bullying. they (white professors) know who to mess with

  • Patricia

    “what would be worse, a white man punching a black man or a white man calling a black man “ni–er””
    well, i guess he got his answer.
    i know i use the word a good 50+ times a week myself so i guess i stay stepping on toes

  • Patricia

    hypocrites

  • TheOwley

    These days they have classes on just about everything and should be designed to educate, not titillate or offend people.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Right…no one. No exceptions

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    The name of the class: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography
    and given the CONTEXT, I don’t see the issue. He was not calling people that, he posed a question in line with the theme of the class. Stop being STUPID in the name of protest!! Actually LISTEN and maybe even LEARN from a class YOU CHOSE TO ATTEND!!

  • ThisIsWhat40LooksLike

    ????????Thank you!!!