November 10, 2009


A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday.

Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille Davis, filed charges.

McIntyre and Davis, who works as a production manager in the school’s theater department, are both regulars at Toast, a popular university bar on Broadway and 125th Street, sources said.

The professor, who is black, had been engaged in a fiery discussion about “white privilege” with Davis, who is white, and another male regular, who is also white, Friday night at 10:30 when fists started flying, patrons said.

You can’t make this stuff up. (Via JWF, who wonders if it would be treated differently were the races of the parties reversed).

UPDATE: Related: Gallup: U.S. Waiting for Race Relations to Improve Under Obama. Sounds like Columbia has a ways to go yet . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Chuck Allen writes: “I would say that it is time for another ‘beer summit’, but it seems that was what they were having, and it all went horribly wrong!” Yeah, Ivy League profs who can’t hold their liquor? This country really has gone to the dogs. . . .

MORE: Reader Grayson Hill writes: “What’s the matter with these people? Grade school boys know better than to punch women.” Grade school boys know a lot of things they forget by the time they have Ph. D’s.

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