South Florida University: dedicated to segregation?
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Professor Andrew Bugajski was forced to resign after three years of teaching at the nursing school at South Florida University because, according to his lawsuit, he was subjected to racial harassment by his dean because of his white skin color.
Bugajski was on track to be a tenured professor, but said he resigned because of discrimination and harassment he faced at the hands of Usha Menon, Dean and Senior Associate Vice President for USF Health. “Shortly after being hired, Plaintiff (Bugajski) immediately recognized his supervisor Vice Dean Usha Menon exhibiting hostility towards Caucasian men,” wrote Christiane L. Nolton, Bugajski’s lawyer. “Indeed, Plaintiff witnessed this disconcerting behavior which also occurred in front of other employees on multiple occasions. Specifically, Vice Dean Menon told Plaintiff and others that USF’s upper administrators were ‘a bunch of f***ing white male conservatives.’”
…Bugajski said Menon “openly held a deeply rooted disdain for Caucasian men” and he picked up on it almost immediately. In addition to comments about upper administration, Bugajski said Menon would make comments toward him like, “you’re a man, you don’t understand,” or “no offense, you’re a White man and you don’t get to weigh in on this,” and “you’re a man, you wouldn’t understand.”
Because I have not been able to view the actual complaint, it is unclear how legitimate Bugajski’s case is. That neither he nor his lawyer would respond to emails or calls from the College Fix about the lawsuit does not work in Bugajski’s favor.
At the same time, Bugajski’s story sadly matches too many recent other cases in academia where administrators favor minorities in all things and treat whites as second class citizens, inferior beings who must always go to the back of the bus. That Menon, also according to the lawsuit, was apparently also aiming to remove another white employee because of his race suggests there is truth to Bugajski’s claims. Menon’s own research, which appears overly focused on racial and ethnic matters, also suggests Bugajski’s claims have validity.
Regardless, this story illustrates the loss of good will and the level of anger, hate, and bigotry that now permeates our culture, especially in the academic world. Race is seen everywhere, by everyone. No one appears capable any longer at looking at each individual as an individual. Their skin color or ethnicity has become paramount in all things, and is now used as a guide for how one treats each person.
The result is resentment and envy and lawsuits such as Bugajski’s. And the biggest loser in the end is the search for truth, since no one is looking for it any longer. All that matters is skin color.
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