The dean of a New England nursing school was recently thrown under the bus by her own institution for the crime of daring to write “Everyone’s life matters” in a mass e-mail about police brutality and racial injustice, Campus Reform reports.
Leslie Neal-Boylan of the University of Massachusetts Lowell was trying to address the concerns of Black Lives Matter supporters, but clearly bungled the job badly and was forced to fall on her sword.
In the June 2 e-mail to the members of the Solomont School of Nursing about nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, Neal-Boylan outraged some readers by including the phrase, “Everyone’s life matters.”
“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color,” she wrote. “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. No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe.”
That was it for the well-meaning virtue-signaler; screenshots of the email gathered attention online, with one person writing: “An upsetting statement made by the Dean of Nursing at UMass Lowell, including the statement ‘all lives matter’ was uncalled for and shows the narrow minded people in lead positions. A sad day to be a nursing student at UML. Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan your words will not be forgotten.”
Neal-Boylan was fired a few days after sending the email. A university spokesman told Campus Reform that the decision was necessary to make students feel at ease.