Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins has taken on Bill O’Reilly’s racist comments and has earned himself the resentment of The O’Reilly Factor host. Unfortunately, Syracuse University has takenĀ  Watkins’ disputes with O’Reilly in a negative light and the professor of Finance has lost his tenure.

You may recall, in 2007, the comments O’Reilly made after visiting a black-owned restaurant in Harlem:

O’Reilly spoke at length about how he “couldn’t get over” how the restaurant — black-owned, and primarily with black customers — was full of “respectful” people. He talked about how it was just like “going to an Italian restaurant” and how there wasn’t “any kind of craziness” or anyone “screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ “

At one point, O’Reilly sent a producer to Syracuse University to track down Chancellor Nancy Cantor and demand an apology for Watkins’ disagreeing with O’Reilly, who called him, “one of the worst race baiters in the country.” Cantor didn’t apologize, stating that Watkins was speaking as an individual, but that incited O’Reilly to claim that Watkins was hiding behind the university and that Syracuse University does not have academic standards.

For whatever reason the university did seem to single Boyce Watkins out, whereas they did not make similar announcement for other professors speaking as individuals at other venues. This is why, Watkins claims, his tenure request was treated unfairly. Whether or not it’s true, it does bring back to light O’Reilly’s apparent racism and some backstory of those events.

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