Cornel West threatens to resign Harvard University after being denied request for tenure. The professor said he was ready to leave the school after his request for tenure was denied. This would be the second time he’s left the school for unfair treatment.
“It is once again this issue of just not putting up with being disrespected,” West, 67, said in an interview according to Boston Globe.
“It’s sad you have to go through this again,” West said. “But I wasn’t raised to put up with being disrespected or tolerate disrespect. I don’t try to negotiate respect.”
West teaches at the school in their law school, and Department of African and African American Studies. After a positive five-year review, West says his request for tenure was denied due to his substance of work.
“What I’m told is it’s too risky. And these are quotes. It’s too fraught. And I’m too controversial,” he said. Harvard spokesperson confirmed his request was denied, however, says the details around it aren’t what West described.
West is still waiting to hear back from a request to speak with Harvard presidentLawrence Bacow.
“If I cannot be put up for tenure, then it is clear they don’t think I’m worthy of tenure. And I will go,” the professor said. West first left the school in 2002 after a dispute with then-president Lawrence Summers over the school’s responsibility to affirmative action and his scholarship. West returned in 2017 after becoming a part of Princeton’s faculty and teaching at the Union Theological Seminary in New York.