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December 21, 2006 - 4:46 am

In my a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/12/scarlet-r.html”post on the Scarlet R/a, I noted that Republicans are often called vile names in response to their political leanings, especially in institutions of “higher learning.” Here is a a href=”http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_12_17-2006_12_23.shtml#1166639678″prime example at the Volokh Conspiracy /aof the type of denigrating behavior professors get away with at these paragons of diversity for the sole reason that the recipient is the wrong color and political orientation:br /br /blockquoteWashington State University Professor Calls Student “White Shitbag” at Demonstration: The WSU investigation report is here. The College Republicans organized an anti-illegal-immigration event, featuring a “24-foot, chain-link, cyclone fence, later established as a representation of a ‘Wall of Immigration.’” Professor John Streamas showed up, got into an argument with Dan Ryder, a College Republicans member, and in the process called him a “white shitbag.”/blockquotebr /br /Now imagine the tables were turned and a white professor called a black student Democrat the same type of derogatory name in reverse? Would that professor still have a job? Maybe, but you better believe that the professor would be a pariah and the repercussions a lot worse than a reprimand.

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