An adjunct professor at the prestigious University of Virginia is facing criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement because of Facebook comments he made that compared the leftist group to the infamous Ku Klux Klan. Lecturer Douglas Muir, who teaches at UVA's engineering and business schools, wrote a Facebook comment that said Black Lives Matter is the “biggest” racist organization since the KKK. It was written last week in response to a Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
University officials blasted Muir's remarks and distanced themselves from him. He has since taken a leave of absence, according to the university. Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy interjected comments into the academic affair, denouncing Muir on social media and calling on citizens to boycott his restaurant business in Charlottesville. In addition, he demanded that Muir received cultural re-education.
“The notion that #BlackLivesMatter can be comparable to the Klu Klux Klan is not only incredibly misguided, but goes to show the lack of cultural awareness that still plagues many professors at our Universities across the country,” Bellamy wrote in an Instagram post. “You have my number Frank Muir, I’ll await your call so that you can get the cultural training that you need. We can make a day, a week, a month, or however much time of it to get you where you need to be!”
Bellamy, a Democrat, had to answer to a local court in 2013 on charges of failure to appear in court and driving on a suspended license. At the time, Bellamy was running for City Council. At the time, Bellamy's defense attorney, Ron Tweel, said that Bellamy is active in the NAACP and is "one of the most engaged African-Americans in this community in a generation."
In response, local conservative radio host Joe Thomas tweeted "If @ViceMayorWesB wants 2 lead protest marches against area taxpayers, shouldn't he have to resign his elected office first?" Thomas hosts a morning talk radio host on WCHV
1260 AM and 107.5 FM and hosts The Afternoon Constitutional radio show in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Bellamy did not tarry in his responses.