Michael Marrus has announced his resignation as Senior Fellow at Massey College after using anti-Black speech towards a Junior Fellow at lunch on September 26th. Marrus addressed the Junior Fellow with “You know this is your master, eh? Do you feel the lash?” when the Head of College, previously referred to as “Master,” had asked to sit with the group.
A Junior Fellow who witnessed the event wrote a letter to Head of College, Hugh Segal, with a list of demands to take place after the incident. These demands included Marrus’s resignation, a formal apology from Massey College, replacement of the title of “Master,” mandatory anti-Black training for all Massey College Fellows, and a meeting with Segal to discuss further measures.
Segal responded to these demands, immediately suspending the title “Master” and enforcing training with Fellows at the college. This was stated in his public apology letter.
It was announced October 1st that Marrus would resign, and he states, “What I said was both foolish and, I understood immediately, hurtful, and I want, first and foremost, to convey my deepest regrets all whom I may have harmed.”
Marrus explains that, out of loyalty to the college and its reputation, he will resign immediately and vacate his office on the campus.
Marrus has been a Fellow with Massey College for over 20 years. “I have been honoured by my association with them, enjoyed their company, learned from them, and thereby enriched my life at the University of Toronto,” Marrus states in his resignation letter.
Segal responded to Marrus, gratifying his work for Massey over two decades. “The presence of distinguished senior scholars such as yourself and others at Massey is of huge value to the mix of generations, disciplines, and life skills that enrich the very nature of the Massey experience at its best,” Segal states. Marrus’s achievements in Holocaust studies, History, International humanitarian law, and other studies were praised.