OU professor compares ‘OK, Boomer’ to racial slur in class

OU professor compares ‘OK, Boomer’ to racial slur in class

NORMAN, Okla. — UPDATE: On Feb. 14, OU’s Gaylord College announced that professor Pete Gade agreed to step down from teaching the affected class for the rest of the semester. He will also attend training sessions on diversity and culturally competent communication.

Quick Facts:

  • A University of Oklahoma professor compared the phrase “OK, Boomer” to a racial slur in a senior journalism class on Tuesday, according to the university.
  • A statement released by interim president Joseph Harroz Jr. condemned the professor’s actions, but said the comments are protected by the First Amendment and academic freedom.
  • He said the professor failed to meet the standard set by the university.
  • Read the full statement below:
“Today a professor stated in his senior journalism class that there is an equivalence between the offensiveness of “OK, Boomer” and the use of the “N-word,” using the actual word itself. While the professor’s comments are protected by the First Amendment and academic freedom, his comment and word choice are fundamentally offensive and wrong. The use of the most offensive word, by a person in a position of authority, hurt and minimized those in the classroom and beyond. Our University must serve as an example to our society of both freedom of expression and understanding and tolerance. His words today failed to meet this standard. #WeAre speaks for our community; his words today do not.”
Joseph Harroz Jr.