Professor Priyamvada Gopal ‘cancelled’ by Home Office

Oct 14, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

Guido Fawkes highlighted earlier this week that Cambridge Professor Priyamvada Gopal had been invited to give a talk at the Home Office, to lecture civil servants as part of Black History Month:

The Home Office has invited Priyamvada Gopal to talk, an even more questionable move given she’s said that “Priti Patel is also a reminder that many Asians in British Africa had ferociously anti-black attitudes and were used by colonial administrations to keep black populations in their place. An attitude she brings to government.” She also likened the chair of the PM’s Race and Equalities Disparities Commission to Joseph Goebbels.

Yesterday, it transpired that Professor Gopal had been summarily uninvited:

A Home Office source tells Guido that Gopal was “cancelled for her having racist views” – and they had no idea how she got invited in the first place. A look at the Eventbrite listing shows references to the loony left lecturer have been removed…

And a row has broken out about ‘cancel culture’ and ‘no-platforming’ and right-wing hypocrisy and Professor Gopal’s right to free speech, which is curious, because the Home Office is perfectly at liberty to chose not to give a platform to an academic in postcolonial studies who expresses racist views about the Home Secretary; and one who also manifests a certain antipathy to Hindus qua Hindus.

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