NEW JERSEY (FOX5NY) - "OK, officially, I now hate white people" is how a Facebook post started that could cost a Rutgers professor his job.
The white professor violated Rutgers University's harassment policy when he complained about other white people in the post on Facebook according to a ruling by the New Jersey school.
The university says it prohibits discrimination and harassment and judged that history professor James Livingston, crossed a line with his comments.
In the May 31 post, Livingston slammed other white people, describing them as entitled, saying, "... this place (Harlem Shake) is overrun with little Caucasian a--holes who know their parents will approve of anything they do."
The school says it received anonymous complaints on a hotline about the posts but could not verify if they actually came from people associated with the university.
Livingston explained to school officials that investigated the post that he meant it to be satirical, as it is obvious he cannot "resign" from being white. He stated that he only wished to convey his
dismay at the gentrification of his Harlem neighborhood.
The following day, Facebook removed his post for violating its Community Standards on hate
Livingston responded with another post complaining that a Facebook algorithm conjoined the words "race" and "hate" and "designates the origin, which would be me, as a problem. OK, God knows I am. But not in this regard. I just don't want little Caucasians overrunning my life, as they did last night. Please God, remand them to the suburbs."
He says white supremacists sent him vile messages and he received a half-dozen death threats when his posts were reported on by national news outlets.
Rutgers found Livingston guilty of violating the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment and denied his appeal. A punishment has not been announced but, under the policy, he could face termination.
Livingston has been employed by the university since 1988 and he received tenure in 1990.