December 03, 2003


Robert Corr pursues a racism allegation at the University of Virginia earlier highlighted by Instapundit. The level of racial sensitivity at US universities is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies ... and that term itself is possibly anti-Semitic. Better quit this post before I say something wrong and get myself fired by MovableType.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 3, 2003 02:10 AM

Well, if you didn't get fired for saying "retard" in a headline...

Posted by: Mike G at December 3, 2003 at 02:49 AM

Having dealt with the unions at Ohio State University when I attended, they didn't do their work and were overpaid union members. The University is outsourcing all of the janitorial work to private companies. As far as the minorities being held down, as University employees, they pay very little for taking classes if they wish. Didn't know any that took the opportunity.

Posted by: paqman at December 3, 2003 at 05:15 AM


as a graduate of mr. jefferson's academical, now seemingly comical, village, i am rather distressed by this; it really is life of brian-esque, as volokh parodies. when i was there, 82-86, i must say that i was quite pleased at the distinct lack of racial tension. while it has admittedly been awhile since, i'd like to know where sr. corr comes off saying this issue is 'prevalent' on virginia's or any other us campus for that matter.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 3, 2003 at 06:21 AM

Without reaching any conclusion on the merits of pagman's post, readers unfamiliar with American higher education should be aware that even the most willing employee would be dispirited by the miasma that surrounds Ohio State University. The university--in fact the entire state--is beset by an antiintellectual gloom made heavier by the realization that no matter what they do, the students, faculty, and staff are still in Ohio.

Every so often ragged refugees do make it north to the clear, bracing air of Michigan, and a deserving few are even allowed to park their Ohio carcasses in the classrooms of the University of Michigan.

Posted by: Alex Bensky at December 3, 2003 at 06:32 AM

oops, my apologies to mr. corr; upon closer reading it is the 'cavalier daily' that uses the term 'prevalent'. clearly my bad.
i will still say that the term did not apply to my years at virginia. did racism exist? of course, but i've never before or since been in an environment where people of varied racial backrounds mixed so easily.
of course, all the alcohol may have played a key role here...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 3, 2003 at 06:41 AM

Jew-hating is not a sackable offense at unis these days.

Posted by: Andjam at December 3, 2003 at 02:42 PM

I have occasionally wondered why people such as this lady do not simply smirk when the word is used, since it shows that the person saying it does not know how to pronounce the Spanish word for black.

Of course, I do hear the word often. Every time I take a bus about the time school grades 6-12 get out. It seems to be a friendly greeeting/introduction (Hi n...! or, He's My n...) among those of more recent African descent than myself.

Posted by: John Anderson, RI USA at December 3, 2003 at 03:30 PM