Tufts University Committee on Student Life head compares mockery of affirmative action preferences to”spray painting a swastika on a synagogue.”
Perhaps we should have given the CSL a hammer and sickle as well. Per “Stalin-Esque Show Trial at Tufts University,”
On Monday evening at Tufts University, I attended a long, grueling show trial — the kind of show trial that doubtless will be repeated at campuses across the United States. This show trial was convened with the sole purpose of punishing The Primary Source, Tufts’ lone conservative periodical.
What was The Source’s sin? On December 6, 2006, The Source printed a tasteless parody carol entitled “O Come, All Ye Black Folk.” The carol was written from the perspective of an admissions officer, admitting students solely based on racially discriminatory stereotypes: “All come! Blacks, we need you, / Born into the ghetto. / O Jesus! We need you now to fill our racial quotas.” The point of the carol, the editors later said, was that affirmative action is inherently degrading to racial minorities. After the carol was misinterpreted, the editors repeatedly apologized for printing it.
In the April 11, 2007, issue, The Source printed a page entitled “Islam: Arabic Translation: Submission.” The page carried quotes from the Koran juxtaposed with facts about certain adherents of Islam — their involvement with terrorism, discrimination against women, and the slave trade, among others.
…So the CSL held a hearing to determine whether The Source ought to be punished. The show trial was closed to outside media; I was only present because members of The Primary Source editorial board asked if I would give a closing statement on their behalf.
…Barbara Grossman, the radical left chair of the CSL, compared printing the carol to spray-painting a swastika on a synagogue. Another CSL member stated that labeling Islam violent was unacceptable in any way, shape or form.