Precinct 333

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

What Is There To Investigate?

I guess I'm trying to figure out why a negative comment about lawbreakers would prompt an investigation.

Officials at Colorado State University at Pueblo are investigating a student's allegation that a professor complained about illegal immigrants during an anthropology class last week.

Victoria Watson filed the complaint against Dan Forsyth over remarks she contends he made during a class last Thursday.

Neither Watson nor Forsyth could be reached for comment Tuesday.

However, in a statement, CSU-Pueblo President Ron Applbaum described the investigation into the allegation as "active and ongoing."

"We want to assure both the public and the student population that the university takes seriously such incidents that may hamper a student's ability to express themselves freely or to gain the broadest possible perspective on an issue or a topic."

The investigation is being conducted by academic affairs officials and the university's affirmative action officer.

They plan to interview Watson and Forsyth, as well as other students who attended the class.

Imagine that -- someone might comment negatively on a group of people who illegally cross our nation's border and consume taxpauyer funded service to a degree that puts cities, counties and states in a huge financial bind. Assuming we are not talking about the use of an ethnic slur here, I don't see any grounds for there to be an investigation, much less punishment.

And I'm curious -- when will we hear all the Lefties who are defending Ward Churchill coming to the defense of Dan Forsyth? Is this investigation an example of a new McCarthyism? Does it violate his academic freedom?

Or are only America-hating Leftists entitled such support and protection?

UPDATE: This story contains more details.

Two students claim professor Dan Forsyth called Mexicans "lazy and bitter people." Forsyth also allegedly blamed illegal immigrants and Mexicans for filling up U.S. prisons and argued that they "raped the system."

Forsyth said the allegations are false. He said he gave students only an after-class reminder about an upcoming campus appearance by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who is an outspoken advocate for tighter immigration controls.

"I don't know why anyone would lay these falsehoods at my door," Forsyth said.

Freshman Victoria Watson filed a complaint with the university's affirmative action office Friday.

Watson, and the second student who did not want to be identified, said Forsyth became emotional and angry as he talked about illegal immigrants. During his speech he allegedly told students he would be willing to pay higher prices for food to keep illegal immigrants from working on U.S. farms.

"After listening to this for 10 or 15 minutes, I'd had enough and got up and walked to the door," Watson said.

Now hold on. When liberal professors go on political rants unrelated to their subject, it is almost never investigated, and even less often punished. Why should these remarks receive any harsher treatment. And I say this especially since the remarks are not nearly so outrageous or untrue as the usual rant of anti-American Leftist professors.

I gusess the attitude of the administration is that the expression of social and political opinions by professors is only wrong if they are Right.


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