Jerry Hough landed in hot water after posting a controversial comment about blacks and integration.
Here is what the 80-year-old Duke University said:
“Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration,” he wrote on May 10. “Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”
Even amid growing controversy, however, Hough is refusing to back off from his views.
Instead, he wrote an e-mail to ABC News and various other outlets saying this:
“I am strongly against the obsession with ‘sensitivity,'” Hough wrote. “The more we have emphasized sensitivity in recent years, the worse race relations have become. I think that is not an accident. I know that the 60 years since the Montgomery bus boycott is a long time, and things must be changed. The Japanese and other Asians did not obsess with the concentration camps and the fact they were linked with blacks as ‘colored.’”
He also pointed out that he was not being racist, he was just telling the truth, which he can, because he is 80 years old.
“I don’t know if you will find anyone to agree with me,” he told the News & Observer after his post stirred the racial pot. “Anyone who says anything is [called] a racist and ignorant, as I was called by a colleague. The question is whether you want to get involved in the harassment and few do. I am 80 and figure I can speak the truth as I see it. Ignorant I am not.”