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Prof. McKinney: Ousted

... by the voters of the Fourth District in suburban Atlanta, that is. The professors and administrators behind her appointment as a Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor? Well, they're still behind her. At least on paper: Cynthia McKinney, the soon-to-be-former Georgia House Democrat, is still listed as an "academic" in Cornell's directory.

Ms. McKinney's antics may delight her cheering section in the Ithaca faculty lounges, but even those professors must realize that scholarly work entails reason, insight, and measured argument rather than blunt vitriol, crude rantings and violence. Her academic work thus far has been limited to one appearance on campus in which she was nearly laughed off stage by students on both the right and left; allegations that President Bush had foreknowledge of 9/11; statements suggesting that Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was a conspiracy; and punching a Capitol police officer.

By all means invite her to campus to speak -- but keep her under the auspices of a student group! President Skorton, will you remove this stain of ignorance from our campus roster?

Andy Guess | Posted on August 09, 2006 (#)

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