Form Follows Function: Columbia Professor Arrested for Punching Female University Employee

lionelMcintyre-1160px-Cu-shieldWell-known Columbia architecture professor Lionel McIntyre, 59, was arrested yesterday in a Harlem bar after punching a female university employee, Camille Davis, in the face at a Harlem bar. The argument was over race relations (McIntyre is black and Davis is white) and the two got into an argument over “white privilege.”

This certainly adds a new meaning to C.A.D. architect.

McIntyre is the director of the Urban Technical Assistance Program (UTAP).

Davis works as a production manager in the school’s theater department and, like McIntyre is a regular at Toast, a popular university bar. Mac, as the professor is known, first shoved Davis and then, as others tried to intervene, he slugged her.

When another patron yelled, “You don’t hit a woman,” McIntyre allegedly threw a punch at him and missed. Another man said that McIntyre hit him as well and had become angry because he was accusing everyone of not doing enough about “white privilege.”

The punch left Davis with a black eye. McIntyre stated after his arraignment that “it was a very unfortunate event.” Now, that is a restrained response under the circumstances.

Notably, McIntyre’s bio heralds his work on the “People to People Friendship Delegation” to the People’s Republic of China. Some things appear lost in translation.

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42 thoughts on “Form Follows Function: Columbia Professor Arrested for Punching Female University Employee”

  1. There is to such a thing as white privilege. If you can afford to and not just financially to use cocaine then you are.

    I am just a cowboy, roll me over ….

  2. “One more thing, anybody who says white privilege doesn’t exist must also agree that privilege based on gender, sexuality, religion (just ask the Muslims),etc. do not exist.”

    erykah,
    Of course you are correct and the evidence backing you up is really incontrovertible. However, this Professor acted like a jerk. The ability to act like a jerk runs across all racial, religious and sexual human lines. Many in the Jewish community would for years worry about Jewish crooks and thugs like Bugsy Siegal, Dutch Schulz and Meyer Lansky giving Jews a bad name. After a while Jews came to realize that those bigoted towards them were immune to evidence. Now naturally, Jews are mainly white and names like Schwartz can be changed to Smith, which is a large edge in eliminating prejudice.

    To my mind what makes it different for Black people has been the systematic denial of the fact of American Racism still existing since the 1964 Civil Rights Bill and the faux end of segregation. White privilege is a fact of American life, only today it is hidden under a polite veneer of hypocrisy.

  3. “His boorish conduct, however, can only serve to reinforce the belief of racists that a Black man can never be a true gentleman and strengthens their preconceived ideas of the stereotypical of the Black race in general.”

    So dprosenthal,
    What stereotypes can we presume from Bernie Madoff being Jewish? John Gotti being Italian-American? etc. bigots need no evidence to affirm their beliefs, their minds have already been made up. There is no negative counter-evidence that would suffice.

    “If you want to see Black racism in action, go to work for the Prison System in any state with urban centers. Preferential treatment in hiring and promotion for Blacks as a reward for belonging to a race with a high incarceration rate. Black privilege, if you will.”

    Toledophil,
    So the whole imbalance in sentencing of whites and black in this country is really a plot by Black people to get themselves prison jobs? How cunning. would I be wrong in thinking that you personally don’t like black people, or will you reply that some of your best friends are black. Hmm.

  4. Peoples! Send your little girls to traditional martial arts classes!

    Done that. My daughter can break a 2″ board with one kick. Imagine what could be done to Mr. McIntyre’s “nads” (assuming he has any), if he was foolish enough to tackle a woman with those kinds of skills.

  5. erykah,

    There is such a thing as racism, but privilege has always been about money and resources. To call it “white privilege” is not only racist terminology proper, but inaccurate as well. That historically there are more poor blacks than poor whites as a percentage in this country is indeed a reflection of racism in other facets of life, but the nature of privilege has not changed since one caveman realized he had more meat than the others and could leverage it to get what he wanted. But if you think there is such a thing as white privilege, go sit a rural Southern courthouse for a day or two. The consistently screwed over by the system? The poor. Their skin color notwithstanding. Yeah, there are a lot of crappy things done on race based “reasoning”. But if you choose to fight such things by using inaccurate and biased terms yourself? I can’t see I agree with your choice, but that’d still be your choice.

  6. erykah…Even if she did call him a nigger, you don’t hit a woman. Not in the civilized world but maybe in yours. Apparently there were alot of witnesses and that word wasn’t mentioned, the man flipped out because he’s a frustrated punk and I hope she sues the shit out of him and he’s fired. Don’t try to justify this mans’ actions…that’s ridiculous.

  7. Budda:
    Please, that’s Bullshit! There is a such thing as white privilege. But those who reside on the privilege side of racism can easily deny it. Who knows, she might have called him a nigger and he slugged her. A conversation with a colleague on white privilege does not set a brother off like that. There is more to this story especially since there was alcohol involved. But we won’t know it because the narrative of a black male attacking a white woman will dominate the discourse. One more thing, anybody who says white privilege doesn’t exist must also agree that privilege based on gender, sexuality, religion (just ask the Muslims),etc. do not exist. To simply say it is all about “the Benjamins” is reductionist and oversimplifies the issue.

  8. Buddha:

    you are just saying that because you are green:)

    have you ever heard of a “Watermelon”?

    I think George Soros might fit that bill “Green on the outside but red on the inside”

    Can a female with martial arts training actually kick a mans ass? Assuming the man just has the average experience with fighting, some school yard brawls and no real training. What could the maximum size differential be?

  9. If you want to see Black racism in action, go to work for the Prison System in any state with urban centers. Preferential treatment in hiring and promotion for Blacks as a reward for belonging to a race with a high incarceration rate. Black privilege, if you will.

  10. Oh, please.

    First, there is no such thing as “white privilege”, only “green privilege”.

    Second, you’re biologically male. Unless a woman is REALLY attacking you – not the little slap fight hissy fit either but I mean either in a trained, psychotic fashion and/or wielding a weapon, there is no need EVER to punch a woman in the face EVEN TO STOP HER ATTACK. If she was a threat meriting punching, you couldn’t have simply held her until she calmed down? Perhaps you need to refine your punching guidelines, Lionel. Unless you’re Tom Cruise tiny perhaps and then you STILL shouldn’t be picking on girls because they just might kick YOUR ass. In an ideal world, Ms. Davis would have been a green belt and flipped Mac like a cheese omelet for his efforts. So I’ll just leave it with this advice:

    Peoples! Send your little girls to traditional martial arts classes! Help keep jackasses like Lionel in line and ensure a safer dating and social environment for your daughters! And think how much fun someone like Lionel would have in processing explaining to the Crips that he got busted up by a girl he was arrested for attacking.

  11. I’m not quite sure what white privilege is, but it seems to me that it has not adversely affected this particular black man. He has achieved personal and professional status that is the envy of thousands of other Americans, regardless of skin color.
    His boorish conduct, however, can only serve to reinforce the belief of racists that a Black man can never be a true gentleman and strengthens their preconceived ideas of the stereotypical of the Black race in general.
    It will be interesting to see how his employers handle the situation – had their colors been reversed, the story would have gained national coverage. Doed this qualify as Black privilege?

  12. “Mac, as the professor is known, first shoved Davis and then, as others tried to intervene, he slugged her. … The punch left Davis with a black eye.”

    Wow … doesn’t sound like she received any privilege from Prof. Mac … allegedly.

  13. Were I McIntyre I would be more concerned over Day Room privileges than “white privilege.” This is a jail-able offense in my mind, and his crime of striking a woman merits universal condemnation. One gets little sympathy for one’s position by beating it into the other side. Professor of architecture, indeed. He should work on building his character.

  14. AY,
    I hope you are right about “Mac” needing to dust off his resume. He should also be looking at his liability coverage to see how much his cowardly deed is going to cost him. I hope it is a large sum to make him really regret the so-called “unfortunate event”!

  15. “People to People Friendship Delegation” “Fist to Face” “Call to Arms.” Yes, I could see how one could call this event unfortunate. Columbia you did say, Professor was stated another university employee. Humm, looks like someone should be looking for new employment, soon.

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