“Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster,” the Pittsburgh university said.
The Pittsburgh college has not said whether it will sever ties with Anya.
The petition defending Anya criticizes CMU’s statement as “unacceptable,” “dehumanizing” and “deplorable.”
It also claims that previous donations Bezos has made to CMU may have influenced the university’s response to the controversy.
“CMU had a choice and their response was a deliberate betrayal against one of their own highly regarded and respected scholars,” the petition reads. “It has further exposed her to threats of violence.”
“Professor Anya’s Twitter clearly states: ‘Views are mine,’” the petition adds. “Yet her institution took up the charge to admonish a Black woman professor, calling her response to her lived experiences of the realand tangibleimpacts of colonialism and white supremacy, ‘offensive and objectionable.’”
“We call on universities to stop being reactive when issues of structural oppression are called to their attention and take seriously its impacts on staff, faculty, students and families,” it reads.
Anya and CMU did not immediately respond to requests for comment.