A taxpayer-funded professor at Old Dominion University has apologized for saying “SCREW YOU” in an email to students, faculty members and administrators who would not be attending at least one of four diversity-related events sponsored by the school.
“YOU ARE NOT AMERICAN,” the professor, Norou Diawara, also told email recipients who chose to skip diversity events.
He sent his biting email to Old Dominion’s Coalition of Black Faculty and Administrators on Monday afternoon. The list of recipients included graduate students in statistics, university staffers and other professors.
Diawara, who originally came to the United States from Dakar, Senegal, wrote that is “not happy at all, with the state of the affairs in the USA,” according to The Pilot.
“It is very sad we have come to this level,” the stats professor opined.
“BUT REALLY SCREW YOU IF YOU CANNOT GO TO ANY OF THESE EVENTS,” Diawara wrote in the closing paragraph of his email. “YOU ARE NOT AMERICAN.”
And then he signed off: “With Very Best Regards, Norou.”
Old Dominion’s administration has announced that it is reviewing the email.
“Old Dominion University nurtures a climate of care, concern and civility toward others,” provost Austin Agho said in a statement. “The reported statement does not reflect our values.”
Diawara is also the president of the Old Dominion Coalition of Black Faculty & Administrators.