Florida State University criminology professor Eric Stewart
This is shocking.
I can’t believe that racism was a hoax this whole time.
It seemed so real…
Florida State University criminology professor Eric Stewart was a guru of the claim that “systemic racism” infests America’s police and American society.
Now he’s out of a job on account of “extreme negligence” in his research.
The academic was fired after almost 20 years of his data — including figures used in an explosive study, which claimed the legacy of lynchings made whites perceive blacks as criminals, and that the problem was worse among conservatives — were found to be in question.
College authorities said he was being fired for “incompetence” and “false results.”
Among the studies he has had to retract were claims that whites wanted longer sentences for blacks and Latinos.
To date, six of Stewart’s articles published in major academic journals like Criminology and Law and Society Review between 2003 and 2019 have been fully retracted after allegations the professor’s data was fake or so badly flawed it should not have been published.
The professor’s termination came four years after his former graduate student Justin Pickett blew the whistle on his research.
Pickett said they had worked together in 2011 researching whether the public was demanding longer sentences for black and Hispanic criminals as those minority populations grew, with the paper claiming they did. But Stewart had fiddled the sample size to deliver that result when the real research did not, Pickett said.
When the investigation into Stewart began in 2020, he claimed he was the victim and that Pickett “essentially lynched me and my academic character.”
After sixteen years as a professor of criminology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Provost James Clark formally notified Stewart he was being terminated in a July 13 letter.
“I do not see how you can teach our students to be ethical researchers or how the results of future research projects conducted by you could be deemed as trustworthy,” Clark wrote to Stewart, who has been absent from his role since March.
Clark said as well as the six officially retracted studies, other work by Stewart was “in doubt.”
Stewart was a widely-cited scholar, with north of 8,500 citations by other researchers, according to Google Scholar — a measure of his clout as an academic.
He was vice president and fellow at the American Society of Criminology, who honored him as one of four highly distinguished criminologists in 2017.
He was also a W.E.B. DuBois fellow at the National Institute of Justice.
The professor received north of $3.5 million in grant support from major organizations and taxpayer-funded entities, according to his resume.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the National Science Foundation, which is an arm of the federal government, and the National Institute of Justice, which is run by the Department of Justice, have all funneled money into research Stewart presided over.
The National Institute of Mental Health, a branch of the NIH, poured $3.2 million into research on how African Americans transition into adulthood.
Stewart presided over that initiative as co-principal investigator from 2007 to 2012.
Meanwhile, he reportedly raked in a $190,000 annual salary at FSU, a public university.
While there he served on the school’s diversity, promotion and tenure committees, giving him a say over who got ahead on campus.
He even passed judgment on students accused of cheating and academic dishonesty themselves, as a member of FSU’s Academic Honor Policy Hearing Committee.
Yeah, this is the angle: they framed him to cockblock his important research into racism.
It’s a threat that will bring down our whole society: black people’s feelings being hurt by believing that whites said something mean about them.
🚨 Warning: Graphic video ⚠️
A group of young scholars decide to fight White Supremacy by… showing an unsuspecting Asian teenager the *REAL* reason the Black community is so disproportionately represented in the prison population.
Hint: is not systemic racism. pic.twitter.com/CXKM0ywEmB
— Alex ❎ (@AlexChecked) July 26, 2023