Cornel West (117466)

Author and racial justice activist Cornel West said Harvard University denied his request to be considered for tenure, calling the school’s decision “political” in tweets published early Friday morning, reports the Huffington Post.

“After being tenured at Yale, Harvard, Princeton & Union Theological Seminary, the recent Harvard denial of a tenure process strikes me as a political decision I reject,” the prominent social critic tweeted.

West, a professor of the practice of public philosophy, with a joint appointment between the Harvard Divinity School and the department of African and African American studies, also suggested in an earlier tweet that the school’s decision was influenced by his outspoken criticisms of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

“Nothing stands in the way of my profound love for and solidarity with oppressed peoples wherever they are!!” he added.

West has indicated that he has considered leaving the Ivy League school over the situation, according to the Boston Globe.