Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ummmmmmm . . .

Wow. That's it. Just wow:

[Keith] Sampson is in his early fifties, does janitorial work for the campus facility services at IUPUI, and is ten credits shy of a degree in communication studies. He is also an avid reader who usually brings books with him to work so that he can read in the break room when he is not on the clock. Last year, he began reading a book entitled Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. The book, which has garnered great reviews in such places as The Indiana Magazine of History and Notre Dame Magazine, discusses the events surrounding two days in May 1924, when a group of Notre Dame students got into a street fight in South Bend with members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an historical account of the students' response in the face of anti-Catholic prejudice, the book would seem to be a relevant and worthwhile read, both for residents of the state of Indiana and for anyone interested in this chapter of American history.

But others at IUPUI clearly did not see it that way. First, a shop steward told Sampson that reading a book about the KKK was like bringing pornography to work (apparently this holds true in his eyes regardless of the context in which a book discusses the KKK, the position it takes, and so on). Likewise, a co-worker who happened to be sitting across the table from Sampson in the break room remarked that she found the KKK offensive. On both occasions, Sampson tried to explain what the book was really about. Both times, the other individual refused to listen.

A few weeks later, Sampson was notified by Marguerite Watkins of the school's Affirmative Action Office (AAO) that a co-worker had filed a racial harassment complaint against him for reading the book in the break room.


Blogger stewdog said...

Reminds me of a long flight to Boston years ago when I was re reading, for the 3rd time or so, Rise and Fall Of The Third Reich. I admit that I felt a little unease reading it it public, what with the large Swastika emblazoned on the cover and spine of the book. There was a couple sitting next to me who happened to be Jewish. The response when they saw what I was reading? "It is great that you are reading that book. EVERYONE should read it!". They obviously were not from Indiana.

March 06, 2008 6:47 AM  
Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

I can't wait till I get my copy of Liberal Fascism (yellow smiley face w/Hitler mustache on the cover). Now, where should I be seen reading it. Hmmm....

March 06, 2008 8:24 AM  

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