Gianluca Costantini
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My portrait of Uju Anya

Carnegie Mellon University has condemned social media posts by one of its professors after Dr Uju Anya wished the Queen an “excruciating” death and tweeted that she hoped the Queen would die “in agony.”

Dr Anya made the comments Thursday as reports emerged that the Queen was in her final hours at Balmoral.

“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,” the professor wrote before it was announced the Queen had died.

Twitter took down the tweet for violating its policy; it has not responded to The Independent’s request for comment.

Dr Anya faced a serious Twitter backlash for the seeming insensitivity – even from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who then came in for criticism herself – but the professor responded by doubling down on the tweet.

“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,” she tweeted.

She also responded to Bezos, tweeting at him directly: “Otoro gba gbue gi” – which roughly translates to an Igbo insult wishing someone death – “May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers.” Continue


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