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Carnegie Mellon won't let Uju Anya stay there because of what he said about the Queen's death.

Carnegie Mellon university won't let one of its professors get away with saying that Queen Elizabeth II should feel "excruciating" pain as she dies on Thursday because she ran a "thieving, raping, genocide-committing empire."

Dr. Uju Anya, a Nigerian-born American professor who teaches at a college in Pittsburgh and teaches applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies, criticized the late monarch in a series of tweets while she was under medical care and only hours before she died.

"I heard that the leader of an empire that stole, raped, and killed people is finally dead. May her pain be unbearable," Anya said in a tweet that was later taken down because it was against the site's rules.

Associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Uju Anya (CMU Modern Languages/Screengrab)
Associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Uju Anya (CMU Modern Languages/Screengrab)

Twitter also deleted the following tweet from the professor: "That wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have f*** generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she oversaw a government that paid for the genocide that my parents and siblings survived." May she suffer and die."

In a statement posted on its official Twitter account, the university said, "We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages that Uju Anya posted today on her personal social media account."

Higher education is based on the idea that people should be free to speak their minds. However, the views she expressed have nothing to do with the values of the institution or the standards of discourse we want to encourage.

A tweet by Carnegie Mellon professor Uju Anya that has since been erased. Tens of thousands of people shared the post before Twitter took it down because it didn't follow the rules.
A tweet by Carnegie Mellon professor Uju Anya that has since been erased. Tens of thousands of people shared the post before Twitter took it down because it didn't follow the rules.

Some people didn't like what Anya said, and it caught the attention of one of the richest men in the world.

"This person is supposed to be making the world a better place? I don't believe that. Wow," tweeted Jeff Bezos, the CEO and chairman of Amazon, who is said to be worth around $136 billion.

Even though Bezos's response to the tweet was deleted, one of Anya's tweets was not.

"If anyone expects me to have anything but contempt for the monarch who led a government that supported the genocide that killed and displaced half of my family and whose effects are still being felt today, you can keep wishing upon a star," the tweet said.

She is talking about when the British took over Nigeria in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Thousands of Nigerians were arrested, moved, and killed by the British.

Even though many people love the British Royal Family, their harsh rule over the British Empire has also drawn criticism. Even though Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday afternoon in Scotland at the age of 96, knew that the empire did bad things to the colonies, she never said she was sorry for them.

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