There’s an interesting update on Harry’s Place. It states that Joe Quinn, author of the article to which Jenna Delich linked on a UCU email list and thus precipitated the now well-known squabble that has spread across the net, has responded to HP’s allegations. Apparently he claims not to be a racist and to have no time for David Duke, and that his article has been removed from Duke’s site.
Well, the second point is factually true, but as to the first, does he think the rest of the world came down in the last shower? Anyone on the left who shows the likes of Quinn any time at all is a hopeless arse at best, and an example of left anti-semitism at worst.
That having been said, I’m inclined to agree with Dave Hirsh of Engage about the treatment of Delich herself. He says that the issue is not one of her actions personally, but of an institutionally racist culture within swathes of the UCU. This, of course, is a point which could just as easily be made about the wider left. It is that, and not the humiliation of a single academic (who may or may not be a racist, but is certainly a fool), which should be the focus of our attention.