Penn's Gain, Duke's Loss

Having made an ass of himself for years at Penn, “professor” Houston A. Baker continues the tradition at Duke.

Kathleen Parker writes:

Of all the questions still unanswered in this shameful saga [the “Duke Rape Case”], among the most perplexing is: How did so many smart people allow things to reach the level of hysteria we’ve witnessed in the past several months?

The answer is implicit in the question. Notwithstanding the rich brain trust created by the three points of North Carolina’s “Triangle” — Duke in Durham, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh — university communities are fertile breeding grounds for the totalitarian mindset known as political correctness.

Between a perverse form of liberation feminism that sanctifies strippers, prostitutes and porn stars — and a dogma of victimology that places blame for all things at the feet of the white patriarchy — the players were instantaneously presumed guilty by virtue of their being white males and privileged jocks.

By the same reasoning, the dancer was assured victimhood by her status as a black single mother/student, reduced by centuries of white-male oppression to stripping for food and tuition.

…the Duke faculty formed the “Group of 88” — a coalition of 88 faculty members representing 13 departments — and ran an ad demanding that the lacrosse team players confess.

It’s been quite a spectacle. It also has been a damning indictment of an intellectually dishonest culture that pretends to the virtue of enlightened tolerance, but only for a select few. White males are the last remaining group approved for public vilification.

In a March 2006 letter to the Duke administration just days after the alleged rape, English professor Houston A. Baker Jr. brought clarity to the anti-white male, anti-jock bias that is today entrenched on many college campuses. It reads in part:

“How many more people of color must fall victim to violent, white, male, athletic privilege before coaches who make Chevrolet and American Express commercials, athletic directors who engage in Miss Ophelia-styled ‘perfectly horrible’ rhetoric, higher administrators who are salaried at least in part to keep us safe, and publicists who are supposed not to praise Caesar but to damn the unconscionable … how many?”

And he teaches English?

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