Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Friday, March 8, 2013
A Man and His Dog
Steve Miller and Bones at the Secane Station Tavern. My print column is up.
UPDATE: Though the reaction to this column was generally positive there was this email:
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Campus Hate and the People Who Fake It
UPDATE: Michele Malkin is also on the story and has even bigger doubts about it than I do. She has good reason.
The truth is that Oberlin has been a hotbed of dubious hate crime claims, dating back to the late 1980s and 1990s, when I was a student on campus. In 1988, giant signs reading "White Supremacy Rules (Kill All Niggers)" and "White Supremacy Rules, (F**k (slashed out and replaced with 'Kill') All Minorities)" were hung anonymously at the Student Union building. It has long been suspected that minority students themselves were responsible.
In 1993, a memorial arch on campus dedicated to Oberlin missionaries who died in the Boxer Rebellion was defaced with anti-Asian graffiti. The venomous messages -- "Death to Chinks Memorial" and "Dead chinks, good chinks" -- led to a paroxysm of protests, administration self-flagellation and sanctimonious resolutions condemning bigotry. But the hate crime was concocted by an Asian-American Oberlin student engaged in the twisted pursuit of raising awareness about hate by faking it, Tawana Brawley-style.And so it goes...