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Breaking: College President Finds a Spine

Added 10-21-20 11:31:01pm EST - “As I've long joked, I think truth in advertising for college presidencies would require the job qualification clause, 'Spinal removal surgery necessary.' And among university presidents I have regarded suspiciously (which is nearly…” - Powerlineblog.com

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As I’ve long joked, I think truth in advertising for college presidencies would require the job qualification clause, “Spinal removal surgery necessary.” And among university presidents I have regarded suspiciously (which is nearly all of them) is Northwestern’s Morton Schapiro.

I may need to rethink my attitude about Shapiro. Unsurprisingly there is a critical mass of radical students and leftist hangers-on who are demanding that Northwestern University abolish its campus police department. The mob decided to take their protest to President Schapiro’s residence in the middle of the night, shouting obscenities at Shapiro. There have also been predictable breaches of the “mostly peaceful” protests involving arson and vandalism. President Schapiro has sent the following letter to the Northwestern community:

Over the weekend I received many messages of concern about protests organized by some of our students, among others, who are demanding the abolition of the Northwestern University Police Department.

We, as a University, recognize the many injustices faced by Black and other marginalized groups. We also acknowledge that the policing and criminal justice system in our country is too often stacked against those same communities. Your concerns are valid and necessary, and we encourage and, in fact, rely on your active engagement with us to make your school and our society equitable and safe for everyone. That said, while the University has every intention to continue improving NUPD, we have absolutely no intention to abolish it.

Northwestern firmly supports vigorous debate and the free expression of ideas — abiding principles that are fundamental for our University. We encourage members of our community to find meaningful ways to get involved and advocate for causes they believe in — and to do so safely and peacefully. The University protects the right to protest, but we do not condone breaking the law.

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