Adam Clark, nj.com, December 11, 2018
It’s the latest twist in a saga that many probably wish would go away: A Rutgers University professor who wrote f— white people on Facebook has now become the literal poster child for a white nationalist recruiting campaign.
James Livingston shot to notoriety after his f— white people Facebook post this summer, in which he also declared he was resigning from the white race. The post was a controversial rant about gentrification.
But now James Livingston’s face and words are featured on fliers posted on campus bulletin boards with the tagline “endorsed by Rutgers.”
“Can he be trusted to treat white students fairly in his own classroom?’ the group, Identity Evropa, wrote in tweet. “Rutgers must be held accountable for failing to protect its students.”
James Livingston has been reinstated to teach at Rutgers in the aftermath of his social media outburst this year.
Livingston, who later said his comments were satire, could not be immediately reached for comment. Rutgers recently cleared Livingston of wrongdoing, but President Robert Barchi called the tenured history professor’s remarks reckless, insensitive and “not at all funny.”
The green and white fliers, the size of a sheet of paper, borrow Livingston’s profile photo from his Facebook page next to the quote “I now hate white people… I hereby resign from my race. F*** these people.” They end with his name and “endorsed by Rutgers”.
The fliers are the latest development in the messy fallout from Livingston’s rant, which made national headlines and infuriated many conservatives, all while raising questions about whether a white public employee can say hateful things about white people and get away with it.
“Few values are as important to the university as the protection of our First Amendment rights — even when the speech we are protecting is insensitive and reckless,” Barchi said when he ordered the review.