UK Woke Asylum: Jew Has Liberal White Academic Fired for Saying Jews Are Clever
AS A young engineer, Stephen Lamonby was taken under the wing of an elderly colleague and given a piece of wisdom he has never forgotten – ‘Knowledge not passed on is knowledge wasted.’ Over the next half century, Mr Lamonby, now 73, designed Navy torpedoes, satellite-carrying rockets, oil rigs and special effects for Hollywood blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator.
Generous with his time, he was true to his mentor’s maxim, and when semi-retirement loomed he became a part-time lecturer in special effects and mechanical engineering at Solent University in Southampton.
Before his arrival, students were apt to complain that the course was on the dry side, too dominated by theory. But to their delight, Mr Lamonby, drawing on rich experience, enlivened lectures with practical demonstrations on how to build such things as wind generators and prosthetic heads.
He says he enjoyed a ‘fantastic relationship’ with his students. But the pensioner turned lecturer was navigating an unfamiliar world of safe spaces, trigger warnings, anti-White politics, and obsession with real or imagined “cultural appropriation” and “forbidden” or mandatory made-up pronouns — all, unbeknownst to Lamonby, Jewish-instigated and almost impossible for a White man to navigate without breaking the ever-changing “rules.”
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Mr Lamonby fell foul of the strange rules, though few could have foreseen how his teaching career would end.
He was sacked for “gross misconduct” for remarking during a private conversation with his course leader — a Jew, Dr Janet Bonar — that Jewish people are “among the cleverest in the world.” He had enthused about his “heroes from the world of physics,” all Jewish. Albert Einstein and American theoretical physicists Robert Oppenheimer and Richard Feynman. Then he casually asked Dr Bonar, a physicist herself: ‘Are you Jewish?’
At this, the US-based Jew accused him of “racism” and stormed out of their meeting.
The conversation was initially ‘relaxed’, with Mr Lamonby characterising it as at times resembling an ‘intellectual argument’.
He adds: ‘We then started talking about physics and her background in the subject for which she is highly qualified. I explained I had an interest in astrophysics since I was a schoolboy and in the world I grew up in, Einstein was always said to be the cleverest man in the world.
‘I spoke of the Manhattan Project [the mission to develop the world’s first atomic bomb] and expressed admiration for the physicists involved, who all happened to be Jewish, and I pondered whether they were predisposed to be good at physics because of the way their minds work.
‘Nothing has come close to what these people achieved – to me they are superheroes.
‘I said to Dr Bonar, “You’re an American physicist, are you Jewish?”, and then she jumped up screaming and shouting. It was an off-the-cuff remark, an involuntary comment. To me it was like saying, “My father plays the bagpipes every Burns Night and someone asking, “Is he Scottish?” It was not meant to be hurtful in any way.
‘But that’s what she objected to. She jumped up and said that’s a racist statement and made a fuss and stormed out. So I drove home in high dudgeon.’
Dr Bonar made a complaint to her boss, saying that ‘on reflection I do feel concerned about our students being taught by someone with his entrenched racist views.
‘I accept I cannot change the way he thinks, which is totalitarianism, but I can be professionally concerned about the way he acts towards our students.’
She says that he ‘asked if I was Jewish because I was good at maths’, adding that his views were ‘abhorrent to me’. And she also claims that Mr Lamonby ‘felt sorry for black students as they didn’t have the heritage in their DNA to be able to do engineering’.
This, insists Mr Lamonby, was untrue. ‘I never said this – it was wrong and unfair to claim this.’
Mr Lamonby had also observed that Germans, Americans and Japanese are good engineers and acknowledged: ‘I have a soft spot for young Black males. I do think that they are underprivileged and many [are] without fathers etc. Need all the help they can get.’
These remarks would also be used against him. After an ‘investigation’ by the university authorities, it was decided that he ‘created an offensive environment for Dr Bonar’ and his views posed ‘a risk to the university community and student and staff experience’.
‘Until this point,’ Kamonby adds, ‘there had been no complaints about me in six years, only praise. As things developed, the university seemed to be creating a case against me, pointing out that I was using forbidden pronouns such as “they” to describe a nationality. It was all so petty.’
Lamonby is no hero, of course. He’s a sycophantic leftist on race, who simply doesn’t understand that the new rules don’t permit Whites to notice racial differences. He stated that some of his observations were “clumsily expressed.” He was willing to apologise and accept a “letter of warning.” But this option, he says, was never explored.
‘By sacking me, the university has ensured that I will never be able to teach anywhere again,’ says Mr Lamonby. ‘It was all very spiteful. I still wake in the night, angry at the outrageous injustice of it all. How has it come to this? It’s unbelievable.’
‘One thing I have noticed is that people are the same wherever you go. They might be a different colour because of the density of the sunlight but they’re all the same — same needs and hopes and aspirations. To me there is only one race and that’s the human race and we’re all members of it.’
Solent University said: ‘We are pleased with the outcome of this hearing and its reflection of Solent’s commitment to our university values and to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for everyone who works and studies with us.’
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Source: Daily Mail and National Vanguard correspondents