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MY 'RACIAL HARASSMENT' NIGHTMARE
NY Post ^ | May 9, 2008 | KEITH JOHN SAMPSON

Posted on 05/09/2008 11:19:11 AM PDT by lowbridge

IN November, I was found guilty of "racial harassment" for reading a public-li brary book on a university campus.

The book was Todd Tucker's "Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library.

Tucker recounts events of 1924, when the loathsome Klan was a dominant force in Indiana - until it went to South Bend to taunt the Irish Catholic students at the University of Notre Dame.

When the KKK tried to rally, the students confronted them. They stole Klan robes and destroyed their crosses, driving the KKK out of town in a downpour.

I read the historic encounter and imagined myself with these brave Irish Catholics, as they street-fought the Klan. (I'm part-Irish, and was raised Catholic.)

But that didn't stop the Affirmative Action Office of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from branding me as a detestable Klansman.

They didn't want to hear the truth. The office ruled that my "repeatedly reading the book . . . constitutes racial harassment in that you demonstrated disdain and insensitivity to your co-workers."

A friend reacted to the finding with, "That's impossible!" He's right. You can't commit racial harassment by reading an anti-Klan history.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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The book sounds like a good one, and is available on Amazon

1 posted on 05/09/2008 11:19:12 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
...$106,000-a-year affirmative-action officer...

Ugh. Whadda world...

2 posted on 05/09/2008 11:21:40 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: lowbridge
Are they trying to top the stupidity of a university board for firing a guy who used the word "niggardly"? I forget the details, but the outcome was that the ignorance of the administration in failing to understand the meaning of a perfectly good word did not excuse how it made them feeeeeeeeel.
3 posted on 05/09/2008 11:22:51 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: lowbridge

Weren’t Klansmen Democrats???


4 posted on 05/09/2008 11:23:03 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Liberals learning curves are pretty flat,)
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To: TheWasteLand

I hear there’s a hospital in Chicago that’s got an Affirmative-Action officer they pay in excess of $300,000 per year.


5 posted on 05/09/2008 11:23:58 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: lowbridge
The Klan owned Indiana politics in the early 1920s. It took a bunch of brave Irishmen at Notre Dame to break the Klan's grip. I wonder what it will take to break the grip of Political Correctness?

This is a great book, and it made me even prouder that my son is a student at Notre Dame.

6 posted on 05/09/2008 11:24:21 AM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Dedicated to the preservation of American Exceptionalism)
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To: Vigilanteman

You would think that the administration of an institution of “higher learning” would be somewhat more intelligent thatn demonstrated.


8 posted on 05/09/2008 11:25:14 AM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: lowbridge

I’m sure every liberal library has many truly racist tomes for every palate. This was just stupid but it does illustrate the intolerance and the mindset in these institutions. It doesn’t matter if the charges are credible it is the seriousness of the charge that matters to them and the feelings of those involved. I’m glad this worked out well for the guy. Just thinking about it raises my blood pressure.


9 posted on 05/09/2008 11:27:47 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Never confuse polite defferment for submission.)
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To: TonyInOhio

I’ve read this book, I’m Irish Catholic subway alumni from southern Indiana. It is anti Klan history. Tells the story of their huckster grand dragon in Indiana. It was overwhelming a money making dues scam for him.

I remember my grandfather telling me ofthe Klan in Daviess County Indiana burning crosses & parading through Montgomery Indiana. He called the marchers out by name. He could tell who they were by the shoes they wore.


10 posted on 05/09/2008 11:29:50 AM PDT by wordsofearnest ("That government is best which governs least" & Zachary Taylor s/h finished the job.)
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To: TheWasteLand; lowbridge
106,000-a-year affirmative-action officer

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

H. L. Mencken

Otherwise known as "job security" by the $106,000/yr affirmative-action officer.

11 posted on 05/09/2008 11:30:23 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Vigilanteman
Are they trying to top the stupidity of a university board for firing a guy who used the word "niggardly"?

Actually, he was the diversity guy for Washington, D.C...and, IIRC, he qualified as "diverse" because he was gay but not diverse enough after using  the term "niggardly."



12 posted on 05/09/2008 11:30:47 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Vote for the Dim in the primaries that leads to a brokered convention and chaos)
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To: lowbridge

PC INTREP - or should it be IGNORAMOUS INTREP?


13 posted on 05/09/2008 11:33:23 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: goodnesswins

DemoKKKlansman

14 posted on 05/09/2008 11:33:39 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: lowbridge

His judgement from the lawsuit and the proceeds from his book should make him rich


15 posted on 05/09/2008 11:35:54 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The Bitcons will elect a Democrat by default)
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To: Madame Dufarge
Nice Mencken quote. When I read stuff like this Post article, it makes me think of this Mencken quote as well.

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

H. L. Mencken

16 posted on 05/09/2008 11:36:28 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: lowbridge

“I was found guilty of “racial harassment”

Guilty in a real court or a trumped up college court. I’d sue their Irish arses off. Calling the ACLU!!!


17 posted on 05/09/2008 11:38:56 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: TheWasteLand

Just a small preview of coming attractions in a Barry Hussein administration. Everything the left finds offensive will become a hate crime. This will, of course, include all of the facts which leftists consider dangerous to their agenda. Get ready to toss the 1st and 2nd ammendments.


18 posted on 05/09/2008 11:40:27 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: TheWasteLand
Yes indeed, another excellent Mencken quote.

I've been collecting black flags for some time now.

19 posted on 05/09/2008 11:44:12 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Resolute Conservative
I’d sue their Irish arses off

The book was about Notre Dame; the idiotic college is IUPUI. You'll find the diversity push at Notre Dame, too, but they aren't this stupid. :)

20 posted on 05/09/2008 11:44:12 AM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Dedicated to the preservation of American Exceptionalism)
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To: Madame Dufarge

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

I would dispute an assertion that the left and PC forces are imaginary.


21 posted on 05/09/2008 11:44:17 AM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc
I would dispute an assertion that the left and PC forces are imaginary.

I apologize if I didn't make myself clear.

The left and PC forces are the poison, their endless series of hobgoblins are the delivery system.

22 posted on 05/09/2008 11:47:59 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: lowbridge

In no sense could these quacks at ND consider themselves liberal, liberals having degenerated into cult minders. Put the two accusers up on a dais to explain their world view would be akin to putting a crazy street preacher up there, same difference.


23 posted on 05/09/2008 11:48:54 AM PDT by junta (It's Poltical Correctness stupid! Hold liberals accountable for their actions, a new idea.)
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To: lowbridge

Oooooh......”charges” eh? Come an arrest me then @sshole!


24 posted on 05/09/2008 11:55:49 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: DuncanWaring

Yeah...

What was her name, again?


25 posted on 05/09/2008 11:56:38 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: lowbridge
You can't commit racial harassment by reading an anti-Klan history.

You can if you're white.

26 posted on 05/09/2008 12:10:19 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Vigilanteman

Niggardly is a Norwegian word. So is ombudsman but it is being changed to ombuds-person so as not to offend all Americans except for those of Norwegian descent. Who should “my peoples” complain to now to make this grave injustice right? I’ve written a song about this and the words we can’t say anymore. I really let it out about all sorts of stuff, like being warned by an NPR host I was listening to last week that the word fag was coming up. It was ok for the homosexual author to use it in his essay, he told us, but we should be warned because we may not want out kids think it was ok. Just before that the host called himself a “grown ass man” Now kids all over America are talking about what they want to be when they become “grown ass” woman and men too.
I really express myself, tell it like it is in my song, it’s a sort of auditory memorial to the first ammendment. It’s an instrumental piece. I say all the words in the privacy,freedom and safety of my head as I play it on the baritone sax. Does anybody know if NPR accepts those kinds of contributions for their show “This American Life”?


27 posted on 05/09/2008 12:22:08 PM PDT by KPfromDerryNH (Hillary Clinton is a traitor to the ideals of feminism.)
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To: lowbridge

George Orwell was a prophet.


28 posted on 05/09/2008 12:31:48 PM PDT by Spok (Ignorance is no excuse-it's the real thing.)
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To: lowbridge
The Campus Left wanted to keep him from reading even a politically correct book because it thought it was a book that incited racism. Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 05/09/2008 12:34:20 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Bon mots
His Union Rep was in the tank. There is a concept in Labor Law called "Fair Representation." This requires the Union to represent you in any grievance and be informed of the particulars of that grievance.

My kid has a similar lack of representation from the Teamsters, I filed a complaint with the NRLB in his name, I wasted 16 years as a Union Activist in a Large Electrical Union and an Assistant Business Agent before I got disgusted and jumped into management. The kid won.

30 posted on 05/09/2008 12:34:26 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: goodnesswins

I recall reading that the KKK was created by the Democratic Party in the 19th century to use intimidation tactics to keep black voters away from the polls; at the time, support for the Republicans among black voters was close to 100%.


31 posted on 05/09/2008 12:36:19 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: peyton randolph
Ah, yes. The DC diversity guy. I remember the details now. The clip I recall was from a DC diversity council woman who wouldn't accept his apology. I don't remember her exact punchline, but I recall it was something like "It doesn't matter what the word reaaally means. What matters is how it makes me feeeeeeeeeeel."

So we aren't only banned from saying words which some ignoramaus might misunderstand, we are also responsible for how we make them feeeeeeeeeel.

32 posted on 05/09/2008 12:40:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: KPfromDerryNH

I thought “niggardly” was Dutch and “ombudsman” was Danish- if I were a Dutchman or a Dane your claim would seriously offend me ;-)


33 posted on 05/09/2008 12:41:09 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Squawk 8888

Klan power in the South didn’t wane until Blacks became a consistent Democrat Party vote in the late ‘60’s. If blacks start voting over 30% black again, look for a Klan resurgence.


34 posted on 05/09/2008 12:43:30 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: Vigilanteman

It was DC city govt. and the guy resigned quickly because there was such a firestorm from ignorant morons who don’t know that the word “niggardly” has absolutely no etymological connection with that “other” word .....


“I used the word ‘niggardly’ in reference to my administration of a fund,” Howard said in a written statement yesterday. “Although the word, which is defined as miserly, does not have any racial connotations, I realize that staff members present were offended by the word.

“I immediately apologized,” Howard said. “ . . . I would never think of making a racist remark. I regret that the word I did use offended anyone.”

When Howard, who is white, noticed the reaction to his use of the word, he apologized to his three-member staff, which is made up of two blacks and another white. It is unclear which two employees he was addressing when he used the word.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/daily/jan99/district27.htm


35 posted on 05/09/2008 12:45:39 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I need to find that history somewhere.....I think it is SO powerful....and unknown.


36 posted on 05/09/2008 12:45:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Liberals learning curves are pretty flat,)
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To: Squawk 8888
From same WaPo article I linked above:

"The Barnhard Dictionary of Etymology traces the origins of "niggardly" to the 1300s and the words nig and nigon, meaning miser, in Middle English. It also notes possible earlier origins in languages including Old Icelandic, Old English and Middle High German. There is no mention of any racial connotation."
37 posted on 05/09/2008 12:47:52 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: Enchante

OK, you will- IIRC Old Icelandic was a dialect of Norwegian.


38 posted on 05/09/2008 12:52:50 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: lowbridge

Typical liberal jumping to conclusions and then being too stupid and arrogant to retract when they err.


39 posted on 05/09/2008 12:53:36 PM PDT by Old Mountain man (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: lowbridge

Political Correctness is destroying us. It might just get us the most leftist, incompetent, anti-American president in our history.


40 posted on 05/09/2008 12:54:25 PM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: lowbridge
After months of stonewalling, the university withdrew the charge, thanks to pressure from the press, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.

Thwe underlined is a surprise. Probably like the broken clock that is right once in a while.

41 posted on 05/09/2008 1:12:34 PM PDT by Oatka (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Dionysius

BUMP!


42 posted on 05/09/2008 1:13:38 PM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: Dionysius

re: political correctness

When PC-insanity gets to the point where everyone is afraid to say anything, the racist racialist left has us all exactly where they want us — THEY get to be the arbiters of everyone’s speech and thought. Many/most campuses are already this way, almost completely. No one wants to cross the PC-fanatics because it’s just too much grief.

I’m surprised the PC-police have not managed to ban many “great works” of literature, philosophy, etc. because there are often more than a few “incorrect” thoughts found almost anywhere. They do go after Mark Twain now and then, even though he was quite a progressive thinker in the context of his era, because his use of language and dialect can certainly disturb people now. Joseph Conrad also comes under quite a bit of attack.

Some years back Jesse Jackson led some hordes at Stanford U. chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western culture’s got to go!” If it doesn’t meet the demands of charlatans like Jesse then it must not be taught or even discussed.

Another example: in some ways the uber-liberal philosopher of the past 200+ years is Immanuel Kant (although he doesn’t fit easily into contemporary liberal/conservative definitions). He has a famous sentence that would get these PC nuts into a lather, if they had ever actually read it (Kant manages to offend both the ‘niggardly’ objectors and also stepmothers!!):

“Even if, by a special disfavor of fortune or by the niggardly provision of a stepmotherly nature, this will should wholly lack the capacity to carry out is purpose.....”

http://markelikalderon.com/teaching/kants-groundwork/the-value-of-a-good-will/

Of course, Kant wrote in German (I don’t know what word is being translated by the word ‘niggardly’) but that word ‘niggardly’ appears in various English translations of Kant. Maybe it’s just the translators and commentators who have to be banned.


43 posted on 05/09/2008 1:16:26 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: DuncanWaring
"I hear there’s a hospital in Chicago that’s got an Affirmative-Action officer they pay in excess of $300,000 per year."

Just goes to prove that "Affirmative-Action" is really just a giant shake down racket. As in "Start shoveling the money or I'll start screaming discrimination!"

44 posted on 05/09/2008 1:39:43 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: Enchante
His first and worst mistake was apologizing. It is a perfectly good word, connoting exactly what he meant to say. He was not responsible for ignorance and feeeelllings! His apology gave credence to the accusation he had done something wrong.

Until people start standing up to these "victims" and their "feeelllings", it will get continually worse.

In the early 70's this junk was just getting a good start. Teaching 8th graders in middle school in TX, I called some boys down in the back of the room for being noisy(English class). They grumbled that I could not call them boys--it was insulting. I said it might be insulting to their fathers if I said "Hey you there, boy"..but it could not be insulting to them because they were boys, unless they were girls. I told them they would not correct my language and dictate what words would be correct for me to use. People need to do more of standing up against this mess of PC sewage flowing thru the ed. system.

vaudine

45 posted on 05/09/2008 1:40:24 PM PDT by vaudine (RO)
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To: WayneS

It slips my mind right now, but there’s rumors about that she got the job because she’s married to a two-bit Chicago politician/rabble-rouser.


46 posted on 05/09/2008 1:43:17 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
I hear there’s a hospital in Chicago that’s got an Affirmative-Action officer they pay in excess of $300,000 per year.

Yeah but she only got that bump of 50% after her hubby brought home a nice 10 million dollar slab of pork for the university hospital....
47 posted on 05/09/2008 1:46:44 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: lowbridge

I think it is time for the mockingbird to avenge Huck Finn.


48 posted on 05/09/2008 1:59:52 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: wordsofearnest
He could tell who they were by the shoes they wore.

Was it Scout in "To Kill A Mockingbird" that did that?

FMCDH(BITS)

49 posted on 05/09/2008 5:22:19 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: wordsofearnest
Never mind.

FMCDH(BITS)

50 posted on 05/09/2008 5:23:24 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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