White University Professor Sent On Leave For Pretending To Be ‘Woman Of Color’

KEY POINTS

  • A UNH professor was put on leave for allegedly posing as an immigrant woman on Twitter
  • Craig Chapman allegedly created a fake Twitter account to hurl racist and sexist comments on social media
  • A University spokesperson said Chapman was “on leave and not in the classroom”

A white University professor found himself in the hot seat after he was accused of posing as a “woman of color” and hurling racial remarks on social media.

Craig Chapman, a Chemistry educator at the University of New Hampshire, was sent on leave after allegations of his derogatory actions on Twitter surfaced.

Chapman is suspected to have operated a faux Twitter account, “The Science Femme,” with the handle @piney_the. He allegedly posed as an immigrant woman and posted racist and sexist comments.

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“We are deeply troubled by what we’ve learned so far and immediately launched an investigation,” University spokeswoman Erika Mantz told ABC News.

The school’s paper, The New Hampshire, reported that Chapman, using the fake account, made a string of tweets in June and boasted that he was “successful in killing my dept’s woke statement on recent social unrest” and that it is a “toxic ideology that cannot be given an inch.”

The “Science Femme” allegedly claimed in several now-deleted posts that they were a “WOC,” or woman of color, and “POC,” or person of color. At the same time, the account allegedly credited themselves in “removing all woke terminology from the statement including anti-racism, white supremacy, white privilege and claims of systemic racism.”

Chapman also allegedly posted “revealing images” of an unidentified woman while using the fake account, said Fox News.

Chemistry Department chairperson Glen Miller, “refused to discuss the case.” Miller allegedly condemned Chapman’s actions, but added that he supports the assistant professor “as a person,” said The New Hampshire.

“I’m disgusted but not really surprised,” said Toby Santamaria, a plant biology graduate student at Michigan State.

Santamaria, who was attacked online by followers of The Science Femme, recalled how the account would often suggest that trans people, didn’t exist and that sexism and racism in STEM were not an issue, according to ABC News.

“Every time people would criticize the account and say that we do know racism exists in STEM and we do know sexism is a problem, it would say I am a woman of color so there, it’s not an issue,” said Santamaria.

 

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