My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A tale of political correctness....

How ridiculous can it get???
The current controversy began last fall when Keith John Sampson, a student and university employee in his 50s, was reading Tucker’s book [Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan] during a break from his janitorial duties. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong book.

On the basis of the cover alone, a co-worker sitting across from Sampson complained that the book was offensive. The cover shows the Notre Dame dome and two burning crosses amid a crowd of robed and hooded Klansmen.

The pages inside tell the story of a 1924 street fight between Notre Dame students and Klansmen, who had gathered in South Bend purposely to terrorize the university’s Catholic students. The clash lasted two days, during which the fighting Irish prevailed, and is recognized as a turning point in Klan history.

But never mind. The co-worker apparently wasn’t interested in the content. The cover art was deemed traumatizing enough to prompt the shop steward to reprimand Sampson, saying that reading a book about the Klan was comparable to bringing pornography into the workplace.

A few weeks later, Sampson heard from the school’s affirmative action office that a racial harassment complaint had been filed against him. In a November 2007 letter, affirmative action officer Lillian Charleston told Sampson that he demonstrated “disdain and insensitivity” to his co-workers.

“You used extremely poor judgment by insisting on openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your black co-workers.”

The letter also noted that by the “legal ‘reasonable person standard,’a majority of adults are aware of and understand how repugnant the KKK is to African-Americans.” Sampson was ordered not to read the book in the presence of his co-workers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did it go from offending a co-worker (singular) to offending co-workers (plural)?
Did only one co-worker see the cover and then call other co-workers over to have a peek themselves or did the university just assume that if one co-worker was offended then all must be offended?
How can the sensitivity of one co-worker be declared the standard for all co-workers?
The book itself sounds very interesting. Just the sort of book an African-American (or anyone else who finds the KKK abhorant) might like to read as the bad guys obviously get theirs in the end.
Leave it to the Fighting Irish to kick ass where it really counts.

2:10 PM  
Blogger KURSK said...

“You used extremely poor judgment by insisting on openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your black co-workers.”

I would also like to see the same level of insufferable indignation pointed towards those 'minority' students who read books on campus advocating killing white men.

I cringe remembering all the black empowerment books, Marxist pamphlets and anarchist magazines i saw on campus in the 70's and 80's..

..or do these boards only exist to perpetuate the ongoing war against western white men and their society?

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People listening to rap music offends me. Who do I send the bill to?

8:23 PM  

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