Phi Beta Cons

Re: Boiler Maker

It is great to see Dorothy Rabinowitz, who regularly exposes high-level villainy, take up the demented Purdue case.

Just a couple of additional comments. First, isn’t it grand that Sampson’s union stood up for his rights? Oh wait — it didn’t. It went along with Purdue’s Diversity Inquisitors in telling him that he couldn’t read the book during his break time. I suppose that if he had been doing almost anything else, the union might have told the university to leave the guy alone, but this involved an “issue” concerning race so it couldn’t even be troubled to say that Sampson’s reading couldn’t possibly offend anyone who wasn’t looking for an excuse to be offended.
And that leads to the second point. University “affirmative-action officers” desperately need to justify their existence, so they’re constantly looking for anything that can possibly be turned into an issue. How depressing that student and taxpayer money is spent to employ these useless people.
UPDATE: I have been asked by a reader who is on the Purdue faculty to make a clarification. The Sampson incident did not take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette. Rather, it was at IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis), which is mainly under IU administration.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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