Grant Farred, Cornell Professor, Under Fire For Calling Students 'Black Bitches'

06/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Cornell Daily Sun

Two months after an Africana professor allegedly called two black graduate students "black bitches," members and allies of the Africana community -- undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni alike -- have begun to speak out more fervently about the issue.

Earlier this year, Prof. Grant Farred, English and Africana studies, invited two of his advisees -- both female graduate students who wish to remain anonymous -- to attend a Feb. 5 and 6 conference at the University of Rochester entitled "Theorizing Black Studies: Thinking Black Intellectuals."

The two students arrived late to a conference panel, after which Farred walked over and thanked them for making it out to the conference. According to one of the two students present, Farred then lowered his voice and said, "When you both walked in, I thought,

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