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Rhodes hires U of M professor accused of sending controversial tweets

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A former University of Memphis professor under fire for her alleged controversial posts on social media took a position at another school in Memphis.

An official at Rhodes College said the college hired Dr. Zandria Robinson for a faculty position in the Anthropology and Sociology Department.

Robinson's tweets, including "Whiteness is terror," went viral.

Some opinion sites like SoCawlege out of Washington, D.C. picked up Robinson's tweets and had some strong words to say about them. Robinson fired right back on social media.

The writers at SoCawlege did not think her statements were appropriate at a taxpayer-funded university like the University of Memphis.
"I don't think that should be done, period, but especially if you are a professional," agreed Memphian Cheryl Obannion.

Rhodes College released the following statement Wednesday:

As a leading scholar and author in the areas of race, class, gender, culture, and the South, Dr. Zandria Robinson’s comments are sometimes provocative, controversial, and debatable.
Dr. Robinson was hired for a faculty position in the Rhodes Anthropology & Sociology Department that calls for expertise in particular areas, specifically gender studies and social movements. Her expertise in these areas, her extensive understanding of the complex problems of race in American society, her deep roots in the Memphis area, and many years of successful teaching experience, made her an attractive candidate for the position.
When Dr. Robinson was previously at Rhodes during the 2008-2009 academic year, she was well received by students who appreciated her ability to challenge them to think about society with fresh eyes.

Throughout her academic career, she has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentor all students.
Dr. Robinson has an extensive and impressive body of scholarship that provides clarity and context to the sound bite world of social media. This situation ultimately shines a light on Rhodes as a place where intellectual engagement and the exchange of ideas are among our highest priorities.

Robinson will not start teaching at Rhodes until the beginning of the semester in August.

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