Duke professor makes controversial comment on New York Times editorial
Posted May 17, 2015
Durham, N.C. — Duke University responded Saturday to a controversial statement made by a professor about an editorial in the New York Times.
Duke political science professor, Jerry Hough disagreed with the editorial titled "How Racism Doomed Baltimore."
The article focused on the notion that poverty and isolation of the African-American community in Baltimore were major causes of recent riots after Freddie Gray's death.
In the comments section, Hough said, "blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves. So, where are the editorials that say racism doomed Asian-Americans? They did not feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard."
In a statement issued by Duke University, the institution called the comments "offensive."