A few weeks ago I mentioned an employee at the oppressively named Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis being disciplined for reading a historical book about the KKK. IUPUI backed off eventually, muttering angrily that it couldn't prove he was trying to harass people by reading.
The university suggested in a statement, though, that the book's anti-racism themes were not at issue: "Regrettably, that has focused attention on the book he was reading, rather than the conduct of Mr. Sampson, which his co-workers believed to be deliberately hostile."
The statement says co-workers had felt Sampson was trying to create a "hostile atmosphere of antagonism."
Congrats to IUIPI for continuing its anti-book, pro-ignorance stance. Not many institutions of higher learning are willing to go out on that particular limb.
Look, IUIPI, you got caught acting like jack-booted cretins. Cease this embarrassing self-justification. There will always be people who think that reading is somehow mean or hostile or uppity or aggressive, and none of them should be taken seriously. Apologize.
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