Identity of Speakers
James Livingston is a tenured professor of history at Rutgers University.
Incident Political Orientation:
University investigation not issuing in sanctions
- No protest Occured
- Did not involve Speech Codes
James Livingston is a tenure history professor at Rutgers University. On May 31, 2018, Livington posted comments on Facebook that included the line, “OK, officially, I now hate white people. I am a white people, for God’s sake, but can we them—us—us out of my neighborhood?” The comments were widely shared on social media and covered by local and national news media. Members of the public complained to Rutgers, prompting an investigation by the Office of Employment Equity.
The university concluded that Livingston violated its discrimination and harassment policy. Livingston faced disciplinary action up to and including discharge. However, in August 2018 Rutgers President Robert Barchi asked administrators to reevaluate the ruling, noting that “few values are as important to the University as the protection of our First Amendment rights—even when the speech we are protecting is insensitive and reckless.” In November 2018, officials notified the professor that they had reversed the decision.