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Religion professor upset white people receiving MTV awards, issues racial tweet

Anthea Butler
Anthea Butler

Apparently upset that white people were receiving awards at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony Sunday, Anthea Butler, a professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, issued a racially-charged tweet, The Blaze reported. She later deleted the tweet after coming under fire, but not before the message was captured.

“First they shootin (sic) us in the streets, and then they taking all the video awards for sorry songs y’all,” she said. She deleted the message, saying she doesn't "have time for BS."

Late Sunday, The Blaze said she deleted her Twitter account. Oliver Darcy later said on Twitter that Butler did not delete her account, but simply made it private in an apparent attempt to keep critics away.

According to Darcy, Butler said she would not lose her job over the tweet. Butler, Darcy added, claimed the tweet was similar to what she teaches in her classroom.

"Kids, I’ve been around enough to know the game," she reportedly said. "I’m not going to lose my job over something I teach in classes everyday."

It's not the first time Butler has made racial statements, and Sunday's incident, while offensive, was not the most controversial thing she has said or written. In 2013, for example, she expressed her outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict by calling God a gun-toting white racist chasing young black men.

Butler, however, wasn't finished. While appearing at the 2013 Harlem Book Fair, she continued her attack on conservative Christians, falsely claiming they worship racism and white supremacy.

“I was coming after their god, I was not coming after the God of the scriptures, the God that we know, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” she said. “I was coming after the god they worship, Mammon; the god they worship, racism; the god they worship, white supremacy.”

“I got attacked by the Right,” she whined. “I got attacked by Fox, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh — I’m saying all y’alls (sic) names out loud — Daily Caller. All of them came at me this week.”

Butler holds a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.

According to, Butler has an overall quality score of 1.5 out of a possible five, a drop from 2013, when she scored 1.7 out of five. By comparison, another professor in the same department received an overall quality score of 4.2 out of a possible five.

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