Thursday, July 13, 2006

A lecturer at the center of a race row has retired early from his post at Leeds University

BBC News:

Dr Frank Ellis sparked protests from students after he said that, on average, black people are less intelligent than white people.

He was suspended earlier this year while the university began disciplinary proceedings against him.

More than 500 students signed a petition asking for the Russian Studies lecturer to be sacked.

In a statement, the university said Dr Ellis left on 30 June.

It continued: "Dr Ellis was suspended on 23 March following remarks made in interviews which the university considered unacceptably racist.

"Dr Ellis, 53, retired on the same standard terms available to his colleagues.

"However, in bringing forward the retirement a year sooner than Dr Ellis wanted, the university agreed to pay him a year's salary and to make a contribution towards his legal costs."

Prior to his suspension the university said Dr Ellis' views were "abhorrent".

Dr Ellis has expressed support for the Bell Curve theory, examined in a book by Richard Hernnstein and Charles Murray, which concludes that ethnicity can play a part in IQ levels.

Labelling him a racist was "an attempt to close down any discussion" and an attack on his freedom of speech, he said.

Distasteful, discredited, dismissed

Race row lecturer gets 'golden handshake'


At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Ellis doesn't deserve a comment, but I'm distressed at the thought that he will receive his retirement and that his colleagues would pay for some of his legal fees. I guess it just goes to prove white is right no matter how oblivious he is.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oblivious to what?


Yeah, I know the feeling.

Those who may be more curious than the types who chant 'racist' in lockstep may want to read some of the BBC site, e.g. here and here.


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