Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh issued a statement on Thursday after associate professor of second language acquisition Uju Anya wrote a hateful tweet expressing her gladness that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away and hoping that she had suffered an “excruciating” death.
“We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account,” the school declared in the statement. “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.”
Anya’s tweet was quickly pulled down by Twitter for violating the platform’s rules. It read, “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
In a follow-up tweet, Anya doubled down, saying, “I only wish my hatred had the effect on her that her monarchy had on my people.”
And in another post, Anya wrote, “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
In previous Twitter posts, Anya has been critical of Republicans, white women and effectively anything else that doesn’t align with her worldview.
A tweet earlier this year, posted shortly after the Supreme Court draft leak that would eventually lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, claimed that “Not all religious women vote for Republicans to destroy women’s rights. Black Christian women literally carry the Democratic Party and pro-choice politicians on their backs into office. Trump got 3 SCOTUS Justices, because white women consistently vote to protect white supremacy.”
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away on Thursday at the age of 96 years old after she had been seated on the throne for over 70 years.
Figures from across the U.K. and world at large had praised the monarch’s influence and impact. New U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss called the queen “the rock on which modern Britain was built.” The queen’s eldest son, Charles, has become the new monarch, King Charles III.
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