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DePaul’s Shame

DePaul math prof Jonathan Cohen offers a detailed report of how the administration of his own school tried to blame campus conservatives for the appearance of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti–without a shred of evidence (of course):

What has occurred has been another example of political correctness run amok at DePaul. A small group of students engaged in a relatively innocuous public protest of affirmative action and as a result they were investigated for a possible case of harassment, had their organization censured and penalized by the university, were tricked into being subjected to a two hour public bashing at the hands of several faculty members and in front of about a hundred jeering students, were publicly scolded for the bake sale by the university president in an email to every member of the DePaul community, were the victims of a crude attempt to falsely brand them as the perpetrators of a nasty incident of racist graffiti and when they were cleared of this charge the school administration, knowing that this was a hoax, suggested to the media that their bake sale had contributed to the atmosphere that led to the graffiti.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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