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2/24/2004 02:43:00 PM | Timothy

Columbia Grad Student Bubble
Boy, when you're a grad student preparing a lecture on Adam Smith, you sure can miss a lot. This afternoon, I picked up a copy of the Columbia Daily Spectator on my way out of Philosophy Hall and saw this article on a silent protest by Columbia students over a Cartoon printed in The Fed. (See their apology here. I cannot find the cartoon on the web, but the Columbia Daily Spectator reprinted it today curiously with a small caption.) I then walked onto Columbia's 'green' and saw that students were again protesting, and many were walking around with signs saying "I am being SILENCED". The protesters also passed out fliars that talked about:
1) a December Columbia Marching event, which according to the fliar, there was "an overtly prejudiced attack in which they vilified people of color, women, and members of religious groups as well as demonstrated explicit homophobic remarks and antics in advertising what they consider to be a 'traditional' Columbia student event." One of the replicated pictures has a picture with Edward Said "X" ed out, and the caption "Mess with the Jews, will you?" and "Yaweh: 1, Said: 0." [sic] Another one had pictures and drawings of Michael Jackson.
2) a February Conservative Club Affirmative Action bake sale "during which no practical or factual discourse surrounding Affirmative Action legislation was facilitated. The event focused solely on debasing and trivializing the qualifications of entire ethnic and cultural groups."
[The only relevent Spectator article I could quickly find was an article on a Young Democrats counter-protest]
3) The fliar said of the Fed cartoon about Black History Month: "A 'flippant ad abrasive disclaimer' set the tone for a comic strip which reduced the history of Black Americans to being 'invented in the 1700s as a cheap form of labor."
Further panels of the cartoonhad Blacks playing basketball, discovering Funk, rapping, and the last panel ended with 'black people do even more crap crap, but don't worry about it until next February... and 'til then remember-- KILL WHITEY!'

Here's an article on Columbia President Bollinger's reaction, and the Spectator's editorial, which I haven't read.

I report, you decide: I must return to xeroxing readings by Lenin, Hobson and Schumpeter.



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