UAB: 'Space archaeologist' Sarah Parcak calling Trump supporters 'bootlickers' was 'poor judgment'
A UAB archaeology professor who tweeted that late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was stronger "than any M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of" -- a reference to President Trump's supporters -- had her comments condemned by the university, saying she showed "poor judgment."
Sarah Parcak, an Egyptian archaeology expert at UAB and a professor at the university's Department of Anthropology who has a large following on Twitter and has appeared on national television, posted the tweets shortly after Ginsburg's death Friday at age 87. Ginsburg was a leading voice of the Supreme Court's liberal wing.
About an hour after her initial tweet on Ginsburg's death, Parcak, who used space satellites to discover the street plan of an ancient Egyptian city, wrote that the late justice "was stronger in her mid 80′s than any M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of. Take that energy with you [Friday night] and always into the voting booth, the polls, and online to donate."
On Tuesday, UAB said Parcak's tweets "reflect poor judgment and do not represent the opinions of our university. Our 45,000+ students, faculty, and staff often use social media to express thoughts that do not necessarily reflect the voice of the university."
The university would not say whether Parcak was disciplined for the tweets.
"If a public comment by a member of the campus community needs to be addressed by Student Affairs or Human Resources, it would be. However, personnel and student conduct matters are addressed privately between the individual and the institution," a UAB spokeswoman said.
Parcak has nearly 70,000 Twitter followers and has tweeted about her support for liberal and progressive causes before.
When protesters tried to take down Birmingham's Confederate monument in Linn Park during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, Parcak lent her expertise to suggest how the protesters could topple the statue, giving advice in a tweetstorm:
Those tweets, like the Ginsburg ones, remained on the professor's account as of Tuesday evening.
Efforts to reach Parcak for comment Tuesday evening were not immediately successful.
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