A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday.
Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille Davis, filed charges.
McIntyre and Davis, who works as a production manager in the school's theater department, are both regulars at Toast, a popular university bar on Broadway and 125th Street, sources said.
The professor, who is black, had been engaged in a fiery discussion about "white privilege" with Davis, who is white, and another male regular, who is also white, Friday night at 10:30 when fists started flying, patrons said.
McIntyre, who is known as "Mac" at the bar, shoved Davis, and when the other patron and a bar employee tried to break it up, the prof slugged Davis in the face, witnesses said.
"The punch was so loud, the kitchen workers in the back heard it over all the noise," bar back Richie Velez, 28, told The Post. "I was on my way over when he punched Camille and she fell on top of me."
The other patron involved in the dispute said McIntyre then took a swing at him after he yelled, "You don't hit a woman!"
"He knocked the glasses right off my face," said the man, who would only give his first name as "Shannon." "The punch came out of nowhere. Mac was talking to us about white privilege and what I was doing about it -- apparently I wasn't doing enough."
McIntyre had squabbled with Davis several weeks earlier over issues involving race, witnesses said. As soon as the professor threw the punch Friday, server Rob Dalton and another employee tossed him out.
"It was a real sucker punch," Dalton said. "Camille's a great lady, always nice to everybody, and doesn't deserve anything like this."
Davis was spotted wearing sunglasses yesterday to conceal the black eye. Reached at her Columbia office, she declined to comment on the alleged attack.
McIntyre was released without bail at his arraignment last night.
"It was a very unfortunate event," he said afterwards. "I didn't mean for it to explode the way it did."
by Sarah Makuta
The only saving grace is that he attacked another minority with some victim status, but I think black victimhood trumps woman victimhood on the PC scale. I just think it's ironic that what set him off was "white privilege" but it's victim privilege that is going to allow him to get away with this unscathed. The charges will be dropped, or if not, he'll get some pansy-assed misdemeanor and given no sentence; he'll keep his job, and he won't even get fined or disciplined by the school or anything.
Is there any doubt that had he been white the story would've been the lead on NBC, MSNBC and CBS every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. the next morning until at least Monday at 11 p.m.? Seriously. And if the woman had been black? Jeeeeeeee-zus, he would've probably been sentenced and executed by now.
The New York Times ran a story too, and here's the only thing that rag mentioned about race:
"The encounter happened in Toast, a popular, noisy bar and restaurant on Broadway north of campus, where the chatter often runs to current events and politics. Professor McIntyre liked to engage fellow patrons on the subject of race, according to one regular customer, Daniel Morgan, who considers himself a close acquaintance of both Professor McIntyre and Ms. Davis."
Nowhere in the Times story was the victim or perps' race revealed. No, there's no double standard there.
Since this story hit a month ago (Nov. 11), I did a news search on this guy again to see what follow-up there's been. The NY Post ran an editorial about Columbia U. in general Nov. 30 that mentioned the incident, and that's the last it's been mentioned. Disgraceful. The double standard that is acceptable in the United States is ridiculous.