Skip to comments.Outrage at Duke
Posted on 01/17/2003 1:21:34 PM PST by Interesting Times
OK. Just when you think you've heard it all, along come the left-wingers with an even MORE outrageous stunt. Get this...
On March 3, 2003, a certain Laura Whitehorn is scheduled to speak for the African and African-American studies program at Duke University in North Carolina. Here's how the university is billing Ms. Whitehorn on their website:
"Laura Whitehorn is a revolutionary anti-imperialist who spent over 14 years in federal prison as a political prisoner. An out lesbian, she initiated and worked in HIV peer education and support projects in each of the three federal prisons in which she did time. Since her release, she's worked with POZ Magazine, a national monthly for the communities affected by HIV. She is now writing about HCV/HIV co-infection in the prisons. She has also researched the many cases in the U.S. of HIV positive people locked up for supposed 'crimes of transmission.' She is also involved in work toward the release of all the remaining political prisoners in U.S. prisons, and she lives in Manhattan with her lover, the writer Susie Day."
Judging by the cover, you'd think this was just another run-of-the-mill anti-American gay activist...hardly anything unusual for today's university campus.
But, as they say on late-night TV, there's more...MUCH more.
As James Taranto of OpinionJournal.com revealed yesterday in his "Best of the Web" e-newsletter, Ms. Whitehorn isn't exactly the "political prisoner" victim her PR flaks are trying to make her out to be.
A documentary uncovered by Taranto titled, "OUT: The Making of a Revolutionary," tells the rest of the story...
"Planting a bomb in the U.S. Capitol Building in 1983 was the culmination of a lifetime of radical protest for Laura Whitehorn, and 14 years in federal penitentiary have only solidified her stance as a committed American revolutionary. . . . More than simply a life and times story, OUT: The Making of a Revolutionary is a powerful indictment against the incarceration system, where still today over 100 political prisoners remain imprisoned for speaking out against the U.S. Government."
Whitehorn is no "political prisoner" who was persecuted for "speaking out against the U.S. Government."
She's a frigging TERRORIST BOMBER!
And Duke University is rolling out the red carpet for this woman and giving her a platform of legitimacy?
To be fair, it's quite possible - maybe even probable - that the university president, Nannerl O. Keohane, knew nothing about this woman's true past and identity. Nevertheless, he knows now. And he should be rolling up that red carpet and immediately canceling this terrorist radical's appearance.
I'm all for free speech - and this wacko is free to spout her views on the street corner 'til the cows come home. But she has no *right* to mouth her bile from a lectern at one of the nation's great institutions of higher learning. Duke should tell Ms. Whitehorn to take a hike and get lost.
If you agree, you can contact Mr. Keohane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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She enjoys moonlit walks along the cellblock, serious discussion of the dialectic over a crisp chardonnay, and vigorous struggle against the running dogs of late-stage imperialist capitalism. Now let's say hello to Bachelorette Number One...
Nannerl Keohane appears to be female.
Of course, these days...
I wonder if the professoriate would take a different view of such matters if someone blew up a few faculty lounges?
now there's a novel idea; fags being held responsible for the disease they spread!
Probably not. Authentic revolutionary rage, you know.
Laura Whitehorn is available for speaking engagements...
I believe I'll pass.
According to Duke's webpage
...you are hosting a visit by Laura Whitehorn. Your website bills her as a 'revolutionary anti-imperialist who spent over 14 years in federal prison as a political prisoner'. Well, not exactly. Ms. Whitehorn was convicted in 1983 of planting a bomb in the US Capitol building.
In the future, will you be extending invitations to Osama Bin Laden, or perhaps Saddam Hussein? How far does Duke's antipathy to your country and its democratic institutions go?
This seems more like a UNC-type speaker, doesn't it?
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