Despite the lessons learned from the Ferguson incident, however, supposedly intelligent people continue to rush to make racism accusations in response to implausible yarns.
A website called Heat Street reports this story:
Two Babson College [in Wellesley, Massachusetts] students who were alleged to have yelled racial slurs at black women during a celebration of Donald Trump’s election victory have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
After the election [on November 8, 2016], Parker Rand-Ricciardi and Edward Tomasso decided to go out and celebrate their candidate’s win. They did so by driving onto the nearby Wellesley campus, an all-women college, with a Trump flag flying proudly.
Students at Wellesley, however, told a different story. Rand-Ricciardi and Tomasso, they said, spit on a student and shouted “racial and homophobic slurs while parked in front of the Harambee House, an on-campus gathering place traditionally meant for African American students.” As a result of that, the two students were told to leave the Babson campus and not return until Dec. 11.
But no one was ever able to prove that the two students did anything other than yell “Make America Great Again.”
On Monday, the school officially ruled that Rand-Ricciardi and Tomasso did nothing wrong. ....
[the article continues]Babson College immediately initiated a careful investigation of these two students and eventually issued its exonerating decision on December 19.
Meanwhile, however, more than 200 gullible faculty members rashly fell for the ludicrous accusation and signed the following statement, dated November 14, 2016.
To: The Babson Community: Students, Parents, Alumni, Staff, President, President’s Cabinet, and Trustees
From: The Babson College Faculty
In light of recent events in our country, the rise of insensitive and aggressive behaviors by members of our community on our campus, and the shocking affront to members of the Wellesley College community, the faculty of Babson College feels the need to remind everyone who we are, what we expect, and what Babson College stands for. Recent events demonstrate that we still have a long way to go to fully meet these expectations.
When interacting with one another, we expect everyone in our community to display:
* Mutual respect for differences,
* Honest and respectful discourse,
* Empathy towards others,
* An open mind to the concerns and experiences of others,
* A commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment, and
* The courage to speak up when others are violating community values.
Central to Babson College’s mission is the promotion of diversity and inclusion. [blah blah blah] The racist rhetoric, intimidation based on identity, and other demeaning ways in which some students are reportedly treating each other must end immediately. Regardless of personal point of view, political stance, race, gender, religion, or identity, it is imperative that we create an environment [blah blah blah] ...
We are emphatic that we must all treat one another with respect, civility, honesty, and open-mindedness, reflecting both our moral responsibilities and our academic mission. We look forward to strong action by President Healey and her cabinet [blah blah blah]
In this difficult time, we need to demonstrate leadership and to set a positive example. Let’s start together, right here and right now.The statement is followed by a long list of gullible faculty members who were supposed:
* to teach and model careful thinking
* to treat their White male students Rand-Ricciardi and Tomasso with respect and civility.
Fortunately, most people are not as reflexively gullible as these 200+ Babson faculty members. The Heat Street article was followed by 117 comments, including he following:
Now the students need to sue the school and the women who made the false allegation. Unless there is a price to pay for making a false report, and for the school immediately suspending the students without proof, there will be moreof these incidents. Then there is the crying wolf problem. If this conduct is allowed to go unpunished, when a real hate crime occurs, it may be dismissed as just another fake.and
I keep hearing these stories about roving groups of white males attacking black women and other minorities verbally and sometimes physically when Trump won. Then the stories don't pan out. A woman was just arrested on NYC for filing a fale police report. It just doesn't add up. People who supported Trump were happy, not angry and violent.and
islamaphobia and hate crimes are real, but the second that i hear (white guy in Trump hat, guy in a Trump shirt, the guy yelled Trump) there is a 99.5% chance its a hoax. the whole boogeyman Trump supporter is a myth.and
The professors should be disciplined. Taking action without proof is punishment without cause, and there has to be something in the school charter prohibiting that.
It'll also serve as a deterrent for other professors too eager to jump on the "Smear Trump Supporters at Every Opportunity" bandwagon.
Truly amazing that people with Ph.D.s, where dissertative analysis requires hypothesis and evidence, seem so eager to jump to unproven conclusions when it suits them.and
Yelling 'Make America Great Again" IS seen as racist and homophobic by the idiots on the Left who think they have carte blanche to do as they please including lying about others.and
It seems like the standards of proof are similar to the Salem witch trials.and
In America, people are INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty.
In La-La-Liberal-Land collage campuses, the accused is punished simply on the politically incorrectness of the accusation, long before even an investigation has occured, let alone anyone being proven guilty.and
The history of PROVEN false accusations by leftist liberals SHOULD have created an air of suspicion around ALL accusations by liberals, yet they still immediately believe their liars (then they have no comment when their lies are revealed). #HandsUpDon'tShootand
It would seem that this is a good opportunity to invite the faculty who signed the letter to equally publicly apologise to the accused Babson students and to the Babson student community ...Most of those commenters write in an uneducated manner, but they communicate more good sense than Babson College's faculty.