Cornell Professor Russell Rickford, who made controversial remarks calling the Hamas terror attack on Israel “exhilarating” and “energizing,” is now on a leave of absence until at least the end of the semester.
“It was exhilarating. It was exhilarating, it was energizing,” he was seen telling the crowd.
“I was exhilarated!” he said to applause.
After facing backlash and a petition demanding his termination, Rickford apologized for his choice of words, describing them as “reprehensible.” (Trending: Chilling Update On Biden Bribery Scheme)
Cornell University condemned his remarks and stated that they are reviewing the incident.
Professor Tamika Nunley will take over his course for the remainder of the semester.
“Professor Russell Rickford has requested and received approval to take a leave of absence from the university,” the Ivy League school confirmed to the campus newspaper, the Cornell Review.
Professor Tamika Nunley said, “Professor Rickford will be taking a leave of absence and I will assume teaching responsibilities for this course for the remainder of the semester.”
Cornell president Martha Pollack and board of trustees chairman Kraig Kayser said, “We learned yesterday of comments that Professor Russell Rickford made over the weekend at an off-campus rally where he described the Hamas terrorist attacks as ‘exhilarating.’”
“This is a reprehensible comment that demonstrates no regard whatsoever for humanity,” they continued. (Trending: Biden Completely Botches Iconic American Quote)
“The university is taking this incident seriously and is currently reviewing it consistent with our procedures.”
In his recent apology, Rickford said in a statement: “I apologize for the horrible choice of words that I used in a portion of a speech that was intended to stress grassroots African American, Jewish and Palestinian traditions of resistance to oppression.
“I recognize that some of the language I used was reprehensible and did not reflect my values,” he added.