Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Martin Sewell, Cambridge Don, Urged To Resign Over 'Racist And Sexist' Views

Via Matthew

A Cambridge academic responsible for mentoring students has come under pressure to resign over his controversial views which have been dubbed by some as racist, sexist and pro-Hitler.

On his website, Martin Sewell, a supervisor in the university's Faculty of Economics, describes black people as having "lower intelligence" than whites and dismisses racism as "natural". But he has defended his views, telling the Huffington Post he is "neither racist nor sexist" and saying the right to freedom of speech should be respected.

The 43-year-old, who also works for a think-tank in Cambridge to develop policy solutions, believes feminism "harms women" and says perhaps it is time to "reconsider" eugenics, the study and belief synonymous with Hitler's Nazi state.

Cambridge's student union has now called for Sewell to resign, calling the academic an "unacceptable individual".

"Cambridge is a diverse, multicultural community which stands against - and, indeed, refutes -everything he stands for," a spokesperson told The Cambridge Student.

"Obviously, an individual who expresses such deeply racist views, such deeply sexist views and who explicitly endorses national socialism cannot remain as a supervisor for Cambridge students.

"This raises further worrying issues regarding how the university could employ such an individual - the university must give its community concrete assurances that its recruitment procedures will become sufficiently robust to prevent such an unacceptable individual from being employed in future."

Reading-born Sewell currently mentors 27 undergraduates at Homerton, Newnham, Queens' and St Edmund's colleges.

His website lists links to articles published on various subjects, including one on racism. In a piece published in 2010, Sewell states:

"So-called racism [sic] is a perfectly natural in-group bias which has been stigmatized by the politically correct West. The most likely reason for the high incidence of black crime is blacks’ lower intelligence and greater impulsivity, which themselves are probably biological in origin."

Sewell also turns his attention to gender equality, with one lengthy article hosted on the University College London's domain.

In the text, Sewell states: "Feminism not only harms men, but harms women. Indeed, women are less happy today than they
were in the 1970s.

"To assume equality is false, whilst attempting to enforce it is totalitarian.

More @ Huff Post

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Martin Sewell's blog

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