Rasheed Walters of Project 21 reports Dean of Nursing Leslie Neal-Boylan was described as an exemplary instructor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell before she was fired in 2020 for emailing her students that "everyone's life matters."
"It signals that educators must get in line with the philosophy of the Left and of the students, and if they don't, they could be fired," Walters tells AFN.
"Dear SSON (Solomont School of Nursing) Community," Neal-Boylan's email, provided to Campus Reform, begins. "I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color. Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country. I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE'S LIFE MATTERS."
The letter was posted to Twitter by a student who expressed disappointment in the dean's words. Within days, she was out of a job. University spokesperson Christine Gillette told Campus Reform that the university acted in the students' best interest.
Other faculty members have since feared their own careers may be at risk if they contradict "wokeism," but Walters believes anyone in Neal-Boylan's situation should sue.
"In going to the courts and making this public, they are saving so many other people that may be in the same situation," the Project 21 member submits. "I truly believe that she should do everything in her power to go after this, and I hope that there are good First Amendment lawyers and there are good discrimination lawyers that are going to step up to the plate and help this woman."
Campus Reform notes that the school's action likely ruined Neal-Boylan's 40-year teaching career.