Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The race of a waterbuffalo?

I picked up a bookreview on Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, a book of Donald A. Downs. With an interesting section on the race of the water buffalo:
In 1993, the Penn judicial system prosecuted a student for caling some noisy students “water buffaloes,” a term the system claimed violated the student speech code's prohibition of racist comments. But the term “water buffalo” was widely understood to have no racial meaning. History professor Kors took up the cause of the prosecuted student, turning the case into a national showcase of the absurdities of political correctness run amok. Using the public reaction as leverage, Kors was able to use the case to promote significant institutional change at Penn, including the abolition of the student code.


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