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Cambridge professors in public debate over whether word ‘eloquent’ is racist

An argument broke out between two professors at Cambridge University over whether it was racist to use “eloquent” to describe a black presenter.

David Abulafia, a best-selling Italian author and historian, has written about protesters acquitted of property damage after toppling the statue of famous slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston in Bristol in 2020. Alubafia’s article, published in the Telegraph, spoke of “the eloquent David Olusoga”, who testified on the career of Colston.

Protesters throw a statue of slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol Harbor during a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Bristol, England on Sunday June 7, 2020 in response to the recent murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, United States, which led to protests in many countries and across the United States.
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The editorial drew a strong reaction from Priyamvada Gopal, an Indian professor of postcolonial studies at Churchill College, who criticized Abulafia for writing a “weak” article that “few undergraduates produce.”

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“Calling writers / scholars / intellectuals of color ‘eloquent’ or ‘articulate’ – eg Abulafia on Olusoga – can very often be a little sleight of hand,” Gopal tweeted. “‘Yeah yeah yeah, you talk about a good game, people are going to like it, but you’re just stoking passions, not substance’.”

Priyamvada Gopal

Priyamvada Gopal
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Abulafia responded to the accusation in an interview with student newspaper Varsity, saying Gopal’s tweets were “insulting or potentially defamatory”.

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“I have never heard the eloquent word being linked to racism,” Abulafia said.

The University of Cambridge said it is putting all of its face-to-face lectures online for the following academic year.

The University of Cambridge said it is putting all of its face-to-face lectures online for the following academic year.
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“David Olusoga has a wonderful ability to communicate, I admire that tremendously,” he added. “On the other hand, he’s further on the spectrum when it comes to his acceptance of critical race theory, much further down the spectrum towards Professor Gopal obviously than I am, so I don’t agree. with him.”

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“I think the word eloquent is the perfect word to use.”

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“I am concerned about the deep divisions that seem to have opened up in history between those who espouse militant views and those who do not with huge numbers in the middle who feel intimidated,” Abulafia said.


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