A professor who works for a Catholic university in Pennsylvania is seen in a video discussing the virtues of a claim about how it is ethical for white people to kill themselves, according to a Thursday report.
Fox News cited a presentation slide during a course hosted by Duquesne University psychology professor Derek Hook that said, “White people should commit suicide as an ethical act.”
In his presentation, Hook was quoting Terblanche Delport, a philosophy professor from South Africa who has written in the past about whites committing suicide in his country before going on to discuss comments regarding Hook’s statement, adding his own view that “there was something ethical in Delport’s statements.”
“The reality [in South Africa] is that most white people spend their whole lives only engaging black people in subservient positions,” Hook said during his lecture as he quoted Delport in the slide.
Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University Derek Hook, defends the quote “white people should commit suicide as an ethical act” as an “opportunity” to “castrate whiteness”.
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“My question is then how can a person not be racist if that’s the way they live their lives? The only way then for white people to become part of Africa is to not exist as white people anymore,” said the quotes.
“If the goal is to dismantle white supremacy, and white supremacy is white culture … then the goal has to be to dismantle white culture and ultimately white people themselves. The total integration into Africa by white people will also automatically then mean the death of white people as white as a concept would not exist anymore,” the quotes continued.
After reading through the quotes, Hook then said, “I want to suggest that psychoanalytically we could even make the argument that there was something ethical in Delport’s statements.”
The professor went on to say that Delport may have amplified his remarks, adding that he’s a “fighter academic.” However, he continued, “I want to make the argument that there is some kind of ethical dimension to his, his provocations.”
“I think that Delport took his white audience to the threshold of a type of symbolic extinction … he took them to a proposed end of whiteness,” Hook noted further, adding that the South African professor “offered his white audience the opportunity to” think about “the castration of whiteness.”
The lecture clip has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times, and many social media users reacted very negatively, including some who wondered how a Catholic university could employ a professor with such “evil,” “racist” opinions.
Regardless of what he meant…..talk of "suicide" even if symbolic, deserves the deaf ear. End of discussion.
— Shayn Wallace Roby (@RobysCollgSprts) September 1, 2021
My Alma Mater. I’m ashamed of them. Same place that offered students “counseling” when Trump won. This is wrong on so many levels.
— BrianB (@newshutr) August 26, 2021
Good leaders lead by example…
— Sir Farticus 🚶💨 (@Sir_Farticus) August 26, 2021
What hellfire is this!? Is this video on ffw or is he high?
— Ava (@javalavaava) August 26, 2021
These people ought to be arrested for encouraging people to commit suicide! Pure evil! https://t.co/WItw50Z3KX
— tjguy (@tjguy500) September 1, 2021
Officials at Duquesne University defended Hook.
“He did not make a statement advocating anything like what was suggested,” a statement from the institution said.
“In fact, he said that the statement in question was ‘crazy.’ He also said that the provocateur who used this example was wrong in suggesting any such radical action. The words being circulated were simply lifted out of context to distort the actual comments. Saying that Professor Hook called for anything like the words in question is false,” the statement added.
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