Friday, March 7, 2008

I guess that makes ND students racists

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Via Phi Beta Cons comes this article about an IUPUI janitor getting in trouble with the Office of Affirmative Action for a racist act. His crime? Reading Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. Apparently merely holding a book about the KKK is a race crime -- never mind that the book is about ND putting a stop to racism.

If mentioning the KKK is enough to provoke censorship, then I guess that those ND kids who spent days with the KKK (fighting them) would be kicked right out of IUPUI.


Joseph Lawler said...

And although Tucker's Book might be thoughtcrime elsewhere, I recommend it to any Domer. Although it's not the most well written book, everyone should have a sense of how badass ND folks were at that time, and how large a role they played in ending the Klan's Indiana dominance

Christina said...

It's a pretty darn interesting book, although it does have some weak points. Being a Mississippian it was intriguing to read about another state's hidden history with the KKK. (To hear some people talk, you'd think we had a monopoly on racism!)

But yes, this is truly ridiculous. I hope the guy gets his job back.

laeva65 said...

Wow! I had no idea there was such a book. My dad (Class of '28) told me how the men of ND 'greeted' the Klan when they traveled to SB for a rally.

He said two students at a time would meet a Klansman coming off the bus and offer to show him where he needed to go. They walked the Klansman to a nearby alley where a number of the beefier Irish administered a good dose of tough love.

My dad(RIP) loved that story. Where does one get the book, by the way? Maybe I can find it by snooping around the site. BTW, I just discovered this site and it's great!

Jack in Phoenix - former Domer.