Professor Uju Anya doubles down on Queen Elizabeth’s comments

The Carnegie Mellon professor, who sparked a firestorm when she wished Queen Elizabeth II an “agonizing” death, has doubled down on her comments, saying she was trying to teach America about the monarchy’s role in an African genocide.

Uju Anya, a Nigerian-American associate professor of second language learning at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, sat down for an interview on Wednesday’s This Week in White Supremacy podcast, in which she took a defiant stance, telling the hosts, “I said what the hell I said.”

The controversy surrounding the 46-year-old educator and activist began to unfold last week when, in response to the news that doctors were “concerned” about the Queen’s health, she tweeted: “I have heard that the supreme monarch of a thieving , raping genocidal empire is finally dying away. May their pain be excruciating.”

Hours later, it was announced that Britain’s longest-serving monarch had died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96.

Anya told podcast hosts that her tweet wished for the dying queen "Suffer" was born out of her family's traumatic experiences during the civil war in Nigeria.
Anya told the podcast hosts that her tweet wishing the dying queen “suffer” was born out of her family’s traumatic experiences during Nigeria’s civil war.
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The Queen, left, died in Scotland last Thursday aged 96. Her son, right, then became King Charles III.
The Queen, left, died in Scotland last Thursday aged 96. Her son, right, then became King Charles III.
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Anya’s tweet was later removed for violating the social media platform’s rules, but she followed up with another, writing: “If anyone expects me to express anything other than contempt for the monarch who oversaw a government, who supported the genocide that massacred and displaced half of my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, one can still wish for a star.”

During her podcast interview on Wednesday, Anya said she has no regrets over her tweet, saying it grew out of her family’s difficult experiences in Nigeria during the country’s civil war.

In 1967 – seven years after Nigeria gained independence from the UK – and 15 years after Queen Elizabeth’s reign – conflict erupted between the Nigerian government and the Biafra separatists, who were fighting for autonomy for the Igbo, an ethnic minority which is being pursued in parts the country.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attacked Anya on Twitter and got a backlash from her.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attacked Anya on Twitter and got a backlash from her.
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Britain, trying to retain control of oil production in the region, sided with the Nigerian government and sent vast quantities of arms to be used against the rebels.

Two years after the fighting began, about two million Nigerians died, many of them from starvation, including children.

Anya’s mother, who then had two young children and was pregnant with a third, fled the war zone with her in-laws when Nigerian soldiers were destroying villages.

Anya, who was born six years after the war, said she blamed the queen for the slaughter of her people.

“I had an emotional reaction and an emotional outburst,” she told the podcast hosts. “I was triggered by this news. It went deep into pain and trauma for me because of my family experience of ruling this monarch.”

Anya claimed her tweet “wasn’t planned. It was very spontaneous,” and ultimately his goal was to enlighten her followers.

Before it was deleted from Twitter, the professor’s letter drew the ire of numerous users, including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who wrote: “This is someone supposedly working to make the world a better place? I do not think so. Wow.”

The outspoken governor said she blamed the late Queen for the massacre of her Igbo people during Nigeria's civil war.
The outspoken governor said she blamed the late Queen for the massacre of her Igbo people during Nigeria’s civil war.
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Anya clapped back at the billionaire, writing, “May all who hurt you and your merciless greed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers.”

She opened up about her online feud with the businessman on Wednesday, wondering aloud why he rebuked her, though she wasn’t the only person to express a critical opinion of the Queen.

“The Irish were river dancing all over the internet, literally half the planet was overjoyed so I was wondering why me? I never wished her death. She was already on that path,” Anya said. “I never said anyone should kill her. All I said was may she suffer as millions of people have suffered at her hand.

“I said that, and Bezos and his dusty A- come up to me and literally put a target on my back. He didn’t criticize my words. he criticized me.”

Queen Elizabeth II lies in an empty Palace of Westminster Hall.
Queen Elizabeth II lies in an empty Palace of Westminster Hall.
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Anya’s employer, Carnegie Mellon University, has backed away from her comments about the Queen but did not say if she would be disciplined.

“We do not condone the offensive and offensive messages posted by Uju Anya on her personal social media account today,” CMU said in a statement.

“Freedom of expression is at the core of higher education’s mission, but the views it shared represent absolutely neither the values ​​of the institution nor the standards of discourse that we aim to promote,” the statement added.

Thousands of students and academics expressed their support for the educator in a petition circulating this week, and Anya tweeted on Monday that her job at CMU was not in jeopardy.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/15/professor-who-wished-queen-excruciating-death-doubles-down/ Professor Uju Anya doubles down on Queen Elizabeth’s comments

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