Having milked all they could from their anti-lacrosse jihad—and refusing, of course, to engage in any critical self-reflection about their actions—extremists among the Group of 88 and their allies are moving on to other protesting endeavors.
Today’s N&O reveals that Anne (“Group of 88 for Credit”) Allison and Orin Starn were recently cited for trespassing and given a court date on the misdemeanor charge. They allegedly planted protest signs in the landscaping outside an exhibition at the Southpoint Mall. (Yes, this is the same Orin Starn who suggested that the lacrosse players’ citations for underage drinking implied some sort of moral flaw.) Their new cause? Opposition to “Bodies ... The Exhibition.”
Several other protesters, including Starn’s wife, Robin Kirk, were quoted in the N&O article as celebrating the professors’ flouting of the law. It’s good to see that—as in their dealings with the Duke Faculty Handbook—the anti-lacrosse extremists continue to believe that they don’t need to follow the rules when engaged in politically correct crusades.
When the guard asked for my name to write a citation, I refused to give it. At the time, I was seated at one of the pleasant outdoor tables reading Marshall Meyer’s “You Are My Witness,” a book of this famous Argentine rabbi’s thoughts on human rights and the Argentine dirty war.
Believe me, nothing could have been more fun or satisfying!
Once he trotted off for reinforcements, I collected the teens who were the cause of my delay and skedaddled. ]
Meanwhile, people at Vanderbilt are awakening to the realities of Houston Baker’s performance in the case, thanks to a piece by Justin Offermann. Offermann asks an unanswerable question: how could Vanderbilt describe the person who called lacrosse players “farm animals” and penned the racist March 2006 open letter “one of the most wide-ranging intellectuals in America”?
Hat tip: T.K.