Top Canada university official quits after liking anti-Black Lives Matter tweets
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A senior official from the University of British Columbia resigned after liking a series of tweets criticizing the anti-racism campaign against Black Lives Matter, the university and local media said.
Michael Korenberg, chairman of the university's board of governors, resigned after a "deeply hurtful" incident, said UBC vice chairwoman Sandra Cawley in a statement released late Saturday.
"His decision comes after information released last week about his social media interactions that appear to support regressive voices on the Internet and undermine legitimate protest," she said.
Korenberg resigned after The Ubyssey, the student newspaper from UBC, reported that he liked a number of tweets from conservative U.S. personalities that belittle the Black Lives Matter campaign and Antifa, an umbrella term for primarily leftist anti-authoritarians.
Many Canadian cities have been the scene of rallies against racism in the past few weeks, shortly after similar protests in the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians need to do more to combat "systemic racism".
Last week he supported the leader of an opposition party who was expelled from the lower house for branding a member of another party as a racist. [nL1N2DV17E]
Global News said Korenberg made a statement saying, "Although I do not support violence, I understand how my actions raise questions about who I am and what I believe in."
Korenberg, an experienced company manager and lawyer, was appointed to the UBC board in 2016, elected chairman in 2018 and reappointed in 2019.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Nick Zieminski)
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