An adjunct professor at the University of Virginia is under fire after likening the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
Douglas Muir wrote in a Facebook comment that Black Lives Matter is the "biggest" racist organization since the KKK, according to the Washington Post.
The comment was reportedly written in response to a Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter event in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the University of Virginia is located.
Calls to boycott professor's business
Muir has since taken leave, according to the university.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy criticized Muir on Instagram and called for people to boycott his restaurant business.
"The notion that #BlackLivesMatter can be comparable to the Klu Klux Klan is not only incredibly misguided, but goes to show the lack of cultural awareness that still plagues many professors at our universities across the country," Bellamy wrote.
'Systematic oppression and racism'
Bellamy added that the Black Lives Matter movement aims to bring people together to "address systematic oppression and racism" and is not a terrorist organization.
The Washington Post reached out to Muir for comment, but those calls were not returned.
Muir's comment, which has since been deleted, was in reference to an event that featured the movement's co-founder Alicia Garza.
Black lives matter is the biggest rasist (sic) organisation (sic) since the clan (sic). Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!
A local real estate agent who attended the event posted a picture of Garza to Facebook and Muir responded to the post.
A Charlottesville resident took a screen shot of the post and reported it to officials at the university.
Tom Katsouleas, University of Virginia's executive vice president and provost, released a statement saying:
"I was disturbed and saddened to learn of Mr. Muir's recent statement on his personal Facebook page. This statement is inconsistent with the University of Virginia's values and with its commitment to the principles of academic freedom."
He added that the university "stands firmly against racism and social justice of any kind."