September 17, 2009
"We have found a witch! May we burn him?":
From FIRE comes this remarkable tale:The abuse of campus sexual harassment policies to punish dissenting professors has hit a new low at East Georgia College (EGC). Professor Thomas Thibeault made the mistake of pointing out — at a sexual harassment training seminar — that the school's sexual harassment policy contained no protection for the falsely accused. Two days later, in a Kafkaesque irony, Thibeault was fired by the college president for sexual harassment without notice, without knowing his accuser or the charges against him, and without a hearing. . . .
Thibeault's ordeal started shortly after August 5, 2009 when, during a faculty training session regarding the college's sexual harassment policy, he presented a scenario regarding a different professor and asked, "[W]hat provision is there in the Sexual Harassment policy to protect the accused against complaints which are malicious or, in this case[,] ridiculous[?]" Vice President for Legal Affairs Mary Smith, who was conducting the session, replied that there was no such provision to protect the accused, so Thibeault responded that "the policy itself is flawed."
Two days later, Thibeault was summoned to EGC President John Bryant Black's office. . . . Black told Thibeault that he "was a divisive force in the college at a time when the college needed unity" and that Thibeault must resign by 11:30 a.m. or be fired and have his "long history of sexual harassment . . . made public."
As of today, the college has still not provided any evidence to support its sexual-harassment charge.
Of course, it could have been far worse. They could have had hard evidence against him:
Sampson's troubles began last year when a co-worker complained after seeing him reading a book titled Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.
The book's cover features white-robed Klansmen and burning crosses against a backdrop of Notre Dame's campus. It recounts a 1924 riot between Notre Dame students and the Klan in which the students from the Catholic university prevailed.
Sampson, a 58-year-old white janitor and student majoring in communication studies, said he tried to explain that the book was a historical account.
"I have an interest in American history," Sampson said. "I was trying to educate myself."
But Sampson says his union official likened the book to bringing pornography to work, and the school's affirmative action officer in November told Sampson his conduct constituted racial harassment.
"You used extremely poor judgment by insisting on openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your black co-workers," Lillian Charleston wrote in a letter to Sampson.
Whenever I see this degree of tiptoeing through the tulips, trying to redress slights that occurred largely in someone's overactive imagination, or right wrongs that occurred long before any of the participants were born, I begin to suspect there is way too much estrogen in the room. It's even funnier when you see grown men getting their Hanes UltraSheers all in a wad.
Kinda reminds me of that whole intersex fish deal. Where is the Brawny Man when we need him?
Posted by Cassandra at September 17, 2009 02:34 PM
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The abuse of campus sexual harassment policies to punish dissenting professors has hit a new low at East Georgia College (EGC).
That wasn't abuse of the sexual harassment policy -- that was an *exercise* of it, as written and promulgated.
Posted by: BillT at September 17, 2009 04:52 PM
Where is the Brawny Man when we need him?
Fishing. Golfing. Sailing. Clubbing baby seals. And generally waiting until this whole "feminist" thing finally blows over and we can look forward to being served a decent meal, on time, for taking out the garbage, on time.
Posted by: The Brawny Man at September 17, 2009 05:29 PM
Feminazis are a joke. I'm going to tell one of my favorite jokes. What's the difference between a Berkeley lesbian and a Blue Whale: 20# and a flannel shirt.
Posted by: Mark at September 17, 2009 07:41 PM
I seem to have always worked in offices where, if we had someone super-sensitive working there, lots of people would have gotten in trouble for sexual harrassment for things they said... I generally didn't contribute, but I might find what was sad amusing.
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 17, 2009 08:10 PM
Obviously, his counterrevolutionary thoughts and revanchist questioning of Party-approved Truth was incompatible with his expected place in the vanguard of the Revolution with the other academics. A spontaneous uprising of workers and peasants, in solidarity with progressive intellectuals, denounced his crimes against the People to an ever-vigilant Kommissar. The show trial was completed and he is being "processed" for re-education.
This is America as it should be in the wet-dreams of the Left.
Posted by: a former european at September 17, 2009 08:11 PM
Miss Bug, you've touched my soul.
Posted by: spd rdr at September 17, 2009 10:41 PM
NCIS, I believe, had the definitive word on sexual harrassment.
Unfortunately, workplace blocks Youtube, so no linky. But go find the clip. It explains ever so much clearer than I ever could how normal people view the whole issue.
Posted by: Gregory at September 18, 2009 02:33 AM
Hot Button topics - The new rhetorical bludgeon. When the visceral use of "racism" doesn't work then plan B allows for the default "Sexism" to be inserted as needed.
When all else fails, just take exception to anything said, heard, or thought to be heard/said by someone else and fire for cause. Non-lefties don't need no stinking first ammendment if they are going to abuse it to disagree with the far-left.
Posted by: vet66 at September 18, 2009 09:04 AM
Sampson may have even used the word 'niggardly' at some time during his life...
his punishment certainly fits that crime.
Posted by: HammerNH at September 18, 2009 10:52 AM
On the topic of niggardly... The meaning of words evolves over time, often having no relationship to their original meaning. I wonder how that happens?
*Hears a knock at the door accompanied with an announcement of 'CandyGram for Mr. Hun'*
*opens the door to see an assembled crowd armed with uniformly printed placards all chanting RACISTS!*
Posted by: bthun at September 18, 2009 12:19 PM
I'd say in part because of ignorance of history and language. An associate learned that the reason a certain campus organization had "cook-outs" and "Bar-B-Ques" was because the word "picnic" was racist and came from lynchings. So we went to the Oxford English Dictionary and, nope, it came from French in the late 1700s, but no one is sure beyond that. But "picnic" has nothing to do with lynchings or racism.
Sort of like that good old Scottish term "blackmail." Not racist, even if you are English! ;P (Although I understand that in southwestern England, to be called a 'ginger' as in redhead, is a fighting insult.)
Posted by: LittleRed1 at September 18, 2009 01:13 PM
...the word "picnic" was racist and came from lynchings.
Actually, it's because they serve "Lynchburg lemonade" at picnics, and "generic white wine in a box" at cookouts...
Posted by: BillT at September 18, 2009 02:15 PM
"On the topic of niggardly... "
This term actually was banned at Ace of Spades. I can't remember if Ace or one of his idiot co-bloggers called the guy on the carpet. The word was pronounced "uncommon usage" and therefore not fit to print. I was amazed at the PC content of the post.
Posted by: Mark at September 18, 2009 02:15 PM
Hey Grim, it looks like Georgia is going hell bent for leather to create a Politically Correct State. California has nothing on these clowns. I guess there is no clowning if one's job goes up in smoke because of this idiocy.
Posted by: Mark at September 18, 2009 02:19 PM
The word was pronounced "uncommon usage" and therefore not fit to print.
Then it was mispronounced.
Posted by: BillT at September 18, 2009 02:22 PM
Note to self: PROOFREAD before clicking on "Post"...
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 18, 2009 06:04 PM
"Niggardly" has been deemed by the Party to be an outmoded artifact of bourgouis speech patterns inimical to correct Soviet thinking. Because such usages hamper the People from boldly striding forward into the Red Dawn of the Worker's Paradise, transgressors will be fined to 20 years of hard labor digging ditches in Yakutsk for the glory of the Socialist Revolution.
All correct-thinking Akademiks are encouraged to denounce transgressors to their local ACORN or ACLU Kommissar for "processing". Fear not, we have plenty of dank, underground cells lit by single bare light bulbs, for signings of confessions.
Oh yes, the term "ivory tower" has also been deemed an inappropriate artifact of capitalist, jingoist, revanchist attitudes. The new Party-approved term is "Red Tower".
This has been a public service announcement of KOMY, radio North Sverdlovsk. We return you now to our regularly scheduled show trial.
-- Comrade Oleg
Posted by: a former european at September 18, 2009 06:55 PM
...lit by single bare light bulbs...
Which must be of the correct proletarian CFL type, curled so as to reinforce glorious and triumphant twistedness of logic.
Posted by: BillT at September 18, 2009 07:45 PM
The University System of Georgia informed me today that I would have to pay out-of-state tuition if I wanted to return for further studies; apparently, though I am a natural born citizen of Georgia and absolutely considered a resident for the purpose of taxing me, for the purpose of determining in-state tuition they consider me to be a resident of the Republic of Iraq.
After all, it's been my primary place of residence these last several years...
Posted by: Grim at September 18, 2009 09:00 PM
I graduated from East Georgia College (and went on to attend the U. of Georgia. I'm in law school now at U. of Arkansas.)
Things must have changed on campus since I left. I remember being a loudmouth conservative (still am) and not being singled out.
But, maybe "hope and change" has taken over the place.
The best professor I ever had, Randy Carter, still teaches there. I wonder what he thinks about all this.
Posted by: Scott Williamson at September 18, 2009 09:19 PM
@Gregory 02:33 AM
NCIS - Sexual Harassment Meeting
Posted by: Ambrose at September 18, 2009 11:26 PM
Grim, are you sure you want to go back to school? You are certainly capable of it. My own advice is to carefully research programs and faculty. It can make all the difference between a thoroughly fulfilling experience and a drudge dodging conflict with tyrranical academics.
I can't believe the University Weasels want you to pay out of state tuition. That might be worth talking to an attorney.
Posted by: Mark at September 19, 2009 04:35 PM
Where are all the racist-hunters when La Raza comes around?
Posted by: ZZMike at September 20, 2009 09:37 PM
Ordering nachos and cerveza...
Posted by: BillT at September 21, 2009 04:13 AM