Africans boycott uni over 'racist' professor Greg Roberts July 29, 2005
AFRICAN students have initiated a boycott campaign against Sydney's Macquarie University over what they claim is its failure to discipline senior academic Andrew Fraser over his allegedly racist public comments.
The move came as Professor Fraser, associate professor in public law, said he was worried about his physical wellbeing because he was tipped off yesterday that students from Sydney's University of Technology were planning to disrupt his classes.
"A group called Smash Racism is planning to come out to Macquarie and smash up my classes," Professor Fraser said. "I have good reason to be concerned about my safety."
An email being circulated among student groups by University of Technology student Muyoyeta Simasiku calls for a boycott of Macquarie University by prospective international and "right-thinking" local students.
It said the university had failed to discipline the "racist" Professor Fraser, who had made the "worst repugnant public remarks ever".
These include his claim to The Australian that people from sub-Saharan Africa were a high crime risk because they had low IQs and high testosterone levels.
"Due to Fraser's remarks, now even white supremacists that used to operate in the dark have gained momentum to operate in the open," the email said.
"They have now been reported to be harassing innocent Sudanese refuges in Toowoomba."
Mr Simasiku, a Zambian, told The Australian he and other foreign-born students were deeply offended by Professor Fraser's remarks. "Since coming to Australia, we had never heard anyone in public saying those things," he said.
Mr Simasiku said he had heard that fellow students were planning action against Macquarie University but was unaware of the details.
The university has offered to buy out Professor Fraser's contract.
Professor Fraser said Mr Simasiku's campaign supported his claim earlier this week that the university had threatened to sack him if he rejected the offer, because his comments threatened to deprive it of income from foreign-born students.
Lecture ban for 'racist' professor Greg Roberts July 30, 2005
SYDNEY'S Macquarie University has suspended controversial academic Andrew Fraser from lecturing after he vowed to defy its direction to stop teaching.
The move came as Professor Fraser paved the way for his sacking by also declaring he would ignore an edict that he cease using his position as the university's associate professor in public law to express his views on race, which have included a claim that Africans have low IQs and are therefore a high crime risk.
Professor Fraser yesterday rejected an offer by the university to buy out his contract and launched a bitter attack on Vice-Chancellor Di Yerbury, describing her as an "intellectual coward".
Professor Yerbury responded by suspending Professor Fraser from teaching, citing a report in The Australian yesterday in which he claimed a group called Smash Racism was planning to disrupt his classes.
Professor Yerbury said her office had also received threatening telephone calls and email messages.
"We have a duty to act decisively to protect his safety and that of others on campus," she said.
When Professor Fraser responded by declaring he would turn up for classes on Monday regardless, Professor Yerbury advised his students that his classes would be suspended while the university considered its next move.
Professor Yerbury told The Weekend Australian late yesterday that Professor Fraser could continue his research until his retirement next year, but she would seek legal advice if he made further unauthorised public statements.
She said Professor Fraser had breached university policy by speaking publicly outside his area of special expertise. "It is inappropriate for him to identify himself as an associate professor of the university when doing that," she said.
An angry Professor Fraser said he would continue publicly expressing his views on race.
"It seems that anyone who stands up for the interests of white Australians is going to be intimidated and harassed and hounded," he told The Weekend Australian last night.
"It seems we have just become a dictatorship in Australia."
Professor Fraser said he had rejected the offer to buy out his contract because the university had refused to give him the post-retirement title of honorary associate usually extended to retired academics. This was the equivalent of a "dishonourable discharge".
He said Professor Yerbury had erred in apologising to African community leaders earlier this week for his remarks.
"She has sacrificed the time-honoured traditions of academic freedom to the illegitimate demands of ethnic pressure groups and political extremists," he said. "Her apology is an appalling display of intellectual cowardice."
Professor Fraser said the Vice-Chancellor had seized upon yesterday's report in The Australian as an excuse to sack him.
Professor Yerbury said she was not bothered by Professor Fraser's personal attack on her.
"I will wear that as a badge of honour," she said. "I made the apology because I was distressed and ashamed he had associated the university with views which so fundamentally contravened its position."