The University of Memphis fired a professor on Tuesday evening for controversial tweets the former employee, Zandria Robinson, sent out in the wake of the Charleston church shooting earlier in the month.
Zandria Robinson is no longer employed by the University of Memphis.
— UofMemphis (@uofmemphis) June 30, 2015
Zandria Robinson, who was an assistant professor of sociology at the university, went on a Twitter tirade explaining her thoughts on racial tensions in America. At the forefront of tweets the University of Memphis reprimanded her for was one in which she reasoned that white people are conditioned to commit mass murders, according to The Washington Times.
Robinson added days later that "whiteness," in general, is "terror."
Robinson's Twitter rant, which stretched from June 18 to June 26, also included tweets on what she thinks the confederate flag stands for.
"The confederate flag is more than a symbol of white racial superiority. It is the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism," Robinson tweeted on June 18."The flag thus is a direct symbol of race, class, gender, & sexuality oppression. We need a more nuanced intersectional reading of the thing."
She followed up that tweet with a clarification.
"This isn't to say that the American flag does not represent such things, but the confederate flag only represents those things for whites," Robinson added.
After receiving responses from many Twitter users, Robinson joked that she isn't racist because she has "a white friend."
Prior to being let go from the University of Memphis on Tuesday evening, Robinson deleted all of the tweets and made her Twitter account private, but not before the webiste SoCawlidge.com was able to screenshot them.