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MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE SANDBOX, FROM COLLEGE FIX:  Despite an apology and a suspension, Columbia University Irving Medical Center students still want a doctor fired for his controversial tweet that called a black woman beautiful. Leading psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman was suspended from his posts as chair of the department of psychiatry and psychiatrist-in-chief at Columbia University Irving Medical Center for his tweet late last month. “Whether a work of art or freak of nature she’s a beautiful sight to behold,” he had said, referring to a photo of Nyakim Gatwech, an American model of South Sudanese descent. In an email to peers before he was suspended, Lieberman apologized and called his tweet “racist and sexist,” adding he was “deeply ashamed” of his “prejudices and stereotypical assumptions,” the New York Times reported.
“An apology from me to the Black community, to women, and to all of you is not enough,” Lieberman wrote in the email. “I’ve hurt many, and I am beginning to understand the work ahead to make needed personal changes and over time to regain your trust.” Lieberman could not be reached for comment by The College Fix. Columbia University Irving Medical Center did not respond to a request for comment as well. Lieberman is world renowned as a leading expert on schizophrenia and well-respected in psychiatry. But psychiatry residents and graduates want him gone for good — as well as stricter diversity and inclusion measures instituted.  Compare please to what Ukrainian students are doing today – defending their country with their own blood.  If the Columbia "students" were mature adults, and not children, they could have handled this with a simple meeting with the professor, not calling for his destruction.  But that may be too much to ask.

March 15, 2022