Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies and African American studies at the University of Pennsylvania, offers a sermon and the keynote address at Bates' Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. Photograph by Byron Maldonado.

Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies and African American studies at the University of Pennsylvania, offers a sermon and the keynote address at Bates’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. Photograph by Byron Maldonado.

Can you even, for one minute, imagine what would be happening in the media if a WHITE professor had said these things about Dr. Carson?

UPenn Professor Anthea Butler called Presidential Candidate Ben Carson a “coon” for claiming that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property.

The term is quite an offensive one for African-Americans, and “deriv[es] from the Portuguese word ‘barracoos,’ which is a hut-like dwelling used to store slaves during auctions,” according to Campus Reform.

Specifically, she said in a now-deleted tweet “If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award…” in response to Carson saying that NASCAR fans had a right to fly the Confederate flag at its races if they so desire.

The term is quite an offensive one for African-Americans, and “deriv[es] from the Portuguese word ‘barracoos,’ which is a hut-like dwelling used to store slaves during auctions,” according to Campus Reform.

In effect, then, Butler’s tweet insinuated that Carson is a metaphorical slave who belongs in a wooden shed.

Anthea-Butler

This is not the first time the religion studies professor made a racially charged comment on social media. Butler believes God is a “white racist…carrying a gun and stalking young black men” because George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the Trayvon Martin case, and also made bizarre remarks during the hype of Michael Brown’s death, referring it as a blood sacrifice.

Ironically, Butler has a Tumblr account called “nosecretsonthenet” where she reproduces critical, and sometimes racist, comments made about her on the Internet, presumably in an effort to shame those who make insensitive statements online.

Source: Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a ‘coon’