Monday, January 27, 2014
Two UNC-related items in the news.
First, over at Minding the Campus, I have a piece on the continuing controversies at UNC, where the Afro-American Studies Department hosted a variety of no-show classes for student-athletes (and some non-athletes).
And today’s Chronicle brings news that the book penned by anti-lacrosse extremist Tim Tyson—who, among other things, suggested that it might have been “illegal” for the lacrosse players to have insisted on having attorneys before they spoke to Durham Police officers—was chosen as the required pre-orientation reading by the University of North Carolina (and, for good measure, by the Duke Divinity School). A reminder that in the academy, extremism of a certain type never causes a loss of credibility.
Tyson also revealed that he’s working on a new project, focused on the murder of Emmett Till. Unlike his colleague in the anti-lacrosse crusade, William Chafe, who infamously used the Till case to contextualize the lacrosse case, at least Tyson got the year of Till’s murder correct.