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Re: Plagiarizing Profs

Madonna Constantine’s statement is available in full at the Columbia Spectator; it’s more thoroughly unhinged than I’d even have guessed:

It is my opinion that this investigation, along with other incidents that have happened to me at Teachers College in recent months, point to a conspiracy and witch-hunt by certain current and former members of the Teachers College community. I believe that nothing that has happened to me this year is coincidental, particularly when I reflect upon the hate crime I experienced last semester involving a noose on my office door. As one of only two tenured Black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted.
There have been attempts by the Teachers College administration to intimidate and blackmail me into leaving the College by insisting that I sign a false statement related to the aforementioned investigation. I refused to sign it! I would never admit to doing something that I did not do. My due process has been violated repeatedly by the administration of Teachers College. In light of the hateful events to which I have been subjected this year, I am saddened by the hypocrisy of an institution that purports to stand for social justice and equity.

Obviously, all the race chatter is a preposterous obfuscation of the issue. And the conflation of her case with “social justice and equity” is just laughable. Constantine’s continuing employment is a giant favor to her. Try getting employed after you’ve plagiarized yourself into infamy and habitually accused your previous employer of systematic racism.

Travis Kavulla is director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners who held elected office as a Montana public service commissioner for eight years. Before that, he was an associate editor for National Review.

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