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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Not To Be A Doubting Kevin...But...

Noose Found At Columbia's Teachers College
A noose was found at Columbia University's Teachers College on Tuesday morning, police said.

A black female professor found the symbol of hate dangling from her office door in a building on the Teachers College campus, on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.

Teachers College would not release the professor's name, but students said she teaches a class on social justice and is a vocal proponent of racial equality.

Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman issued the following statement to the Teachers College community:

"The police were here this morning because a hangman's noose was discovered on the office door of one of our African American faculty members. The incident has been reported to the New York City Police Department (Detectives Bureau of Manhattan) and is under active investigation by the Hate Crimes Task Force.

"The TC community and I deplore this hateful act, which violates every Teachers College and societal norm."

Teachers College officials planned a community meeting for Wednesday to discuss the incident. Authorities said the crime could be prosecuted as a felony.
I'm curious to see how this plays out. If this teacher was the target of this reprehensible behavior, it's shameful and the perpetrator should be punished.

Still, this isn't Ole Miss in 1957, it's Columbia University in 2007. COLUMBIA! for goodness sakes. My first instinct is that we're looking at another case like this, or this, or this. Not to say, or imply at all, that the teacher did it, but perhaps some "well meaning" leftist student who wants to make a point about how "hateful" right-wingers are. Remember, the left doesn't care if the act is genuine. Even if it isn't it still "speaks the truth" about "hate." Sort of like Dan Rather's story on W's National Guard service was based on "false" evidence but still "accurate."

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