For Halloween, the administration at Yale issued dictates about Halloween costumes, lest anyone be offended. A lecturer, who along with her professor husband, is “master” of a residential college, responded with a learned e-mail pointing out that it might not be so bad for a little blonde girl to dress up as Mulan, Disney’s Asian princess (apparently one of the forbidden costumes) and that Yale college students should be able to dress up however they wish. For this, she and her husband are being accused of racism, among other thought crimes, and hundreds of students are rallying to get them fired. Those who disagree are getting harassed and spit upon.
Now Conor Fridersdorf of the Atlantic has published an in depth expose of the incident and the climate of bullying, intolerance, intimidation, and anti-intellectualism at Yale. It’s a must read. (I post the introduction and a link after the jump.) [Read more...]