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If This Is Social Justice?
Should the history of America’s decline be written one day, front and center in the narrative explaining events will be America’s greedy, intransigent, protective-of-incompetence teachers unions. A prominent figure in the union movement is Karen Lewis ‘74, recently in the press as the leader of the 2012 teachers strike in Chicago. Tonight she will receive a social justice award at the College.
I take the “(in absentia)” notation — one usually used to denote criminals who were tried despite not being in the custody of the court — to mean that Ms. Lewis will not be attending the awards ceremony. What a curious use of this phrase by the College’s copywriter.
As a public service the to Dartmouth community, we offer this video of Lewis speaking at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference on October 1, 2011. (Warning: contains vulgarity, homophobic slurs about the Secretary of Education, references to drug use at Dartmouth, and other indecencies):
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…