A Duke University professor’s online comments have caught up to him and he is now on leave.

Jerry Hough posted a comment on the New York Times article “How Racism Doomed Baltimore,” and said that“the Asians” were discriminated against just as much as “the blacks,” but that Asians “worked doubly hard” while African-Americans just “feel sorry for themselves.”

“Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every Black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”

Duke University got wind of the comments and took immediate action.

“The comments were noxious, offensive, and have no place in civil discourse,” Duke University said in a statement reported by ABC.“Duke University has a deeply-held commitment to inclusiveness grounded in respect for all, and we encourage our community to speak out when they feel that those ideals are challenged or undermined, as they were in this case.”

Hough has since been placed on leave, according to multiple reports.

Hough is now defending his comments and told the News & Observer that he was misunderstood.

“Anyone who says anything is as racist and ignorant as I was called by a colleague,” he said. “The question is whether you want to get involved in the harassment and few do. I am 80 and figure I can speak the truth as I see it. Ignorant I am not.”

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