March 31, 2008

Noose mania

I first wrote about this in early October, and I titled it "Place Your Bets." Columbia Professor Madonna Constantine first "found" a noose hanging on her office door shortly before; now, it's becoming more evident that the "incident" was an "inside job":

A Manhattan grand jury has subpoenaed the university records of the controversial black Columbia Teachers College professor who found a noose hanging from her office door - signaling that the investigation is broadening to examine possible links between the teacher, her closest friends and the racially charged incident, The Post has learned.

According to sources, the subpoenas obtained recently by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and prosecutors demanded the college hand over a laundry list of records pertaining to embattled professor Madonna Constantine, whose colleague found a 4-foot hangman's noose on her office doorknob last October.

The incident happened at the height of the school's probe of plagiarism charges against her.

Sources said the records would provide investigators with a timeline on the tightly guarded 18-month plagiarism probe and what Constantine - one of only two tenured black Teachers College professors - stood to possibly lose if she were found guilty and her job were threatened.

The revelation that Constantine had been under university review provides a possible motive for a sympathetic friend to consider placing a noose on her door - thinking it could whip up support for her, sources said.

Jammie Wearing Fool states what I think is the obvious: Prediction: Someone close to Constantine or Constantine herself will be found to have placed the noose there, and they'll somehow blame it on racism and a climate of intolerance.

That's indeed how it works. (Also see the very first link above!) Constantine and her supporters will state that "it's not really important who hung the noose" (even if it's Constantine herself) because the "overriding theme -- institutional racism -- needs to be highlighted at all costs."

Posted by Felix at March 31, 2008 05:18 PM | TrackBack

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