James L. Sherley, an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, is threatening to go on a hunger strike after being denied tenure from the university. He feels that the decision was largely based on racism (Sherley is an African American).
He stated in a letter to MIT faculty:
“I will either see the Provost resign and my hard-earned tenure granted at MIT, or I will die defiantly right outside his office. This is the strength of my conviction that racism in American [sic] must end. What better place to kill a small part of it than at a great institution like MIT.”
If his demands are not met, the hunger strike will begin on February 5.