What’s going on at Columbia? Update: Columbia turns over the tapes

posted at 3:52 pm on October 11, 2007 by Bryan

You’ve probably heard the basic story: A black professor at Columbia University found a four-foot noose hung on her office door Tuesday. Pretty soon, the US Department of Justice started investigating.

The DOJ joins the New York City Police Department hate crimes task force in trying to determine who could have hung the 4-foot-long hangman’s rope on the doorknob of Madonna Constantine, a professor at the university’s graduate education school.

“The Department of Justice — including the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division — has opened an investigation into this matter, and we will coordinate with the New York Police Department hate crimes task force, which is already investigating,” a source within the DOJ told FOXNews.com in an e-mail.

The noose was discovered Tuesday by one of Constantine’s colleagues. A police official told The Associated Press that investigators were looking at whether a fellow faculty member at Teachers College with whom Constantine had a dispute or an unhappy student might have been responsible.

Detectives were testing the twine noose for DNA evidence, according to Deputy Inspector Michael Osgood, commander of the NYPD hate crimes division.

There has been a rally on campus denouncing the noose, with signs comparing it all to Jena, LA and so forth. And the police are pursuing one lead involving the possibility that a fellow professor with whom Constantine has had an ongoing feud could have placed the noose.

But now there’s a curious development. Columbia has a surveillance video that ought to show who put the noose on the professor’s door. But the university isn’t releasing it to the police.

Columbia University has refused to turn over security videotape that could help identify who hung a noose on a black professor’s office door, police said Thursday.

Investigators began asking on Wednesday for tapes from cameras in the building, but have been rebuffed by administrators, said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department’s top spokesman.

He said police will have to get a court order to force the school to provide video they believe could crack the case.

“It’s unfortunate because it adds a time-consuming step to the investigation,” Browne said.

That’s odd behavior, all things considered. If the perp is on the tape, and the university has the tape and wants the police to find the perp, you’d think that the university would hand over the tape. And if the perp isn’t on the tape, hand it over anyway so the police can rule that line of evidence out as quickly as possible. To not hand over the tape is, potentially, to protect a racist who is threatening one of the university’s professors.

Columbia president Lee Bollinger has already gone on record that the noose incident is horrible:

“This is an assault on African-Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us,” Columbia president Lee Bollinger said in a separate statement. “I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action.”

It is indeed an assault, and whoever did it ought to be found out and punished. So why not turn over the tape and help police get to the bottom of all this as soon as possible?

Update: CU flip-flopped and is handing over the tapes. And now there’s been an incident of anti-Semitic graffiti on campus, too.


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O C’Mon! We all know what’s going on here! They all think we are a bunch of rubes out here in central America…we aren’t!!!

sabbott on October 11, 2007 at 3:55 PM

It’s got to be someone who was vocally liberal, or otherwise a well-known spokesman for some cause that is in line with Columbia.

This is reprehensible. How can the college get away with stalling like this and not get the weight brought down on them???

MadisonConservative on October 11, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Me thinks me smells a rat!!!!!

Winebabe on October 11, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hit again with the random and baffling moderation hold on my comment. W.T.F?

Mindcrime on October 11, 2007 at 3:58 PM

O C’Mon! We all know what’s going on here! They all think we are a bunch of rubes out here in central America…we aren’t!!!

sabbott on October 11, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Wouldn’t that make you Latino? Although I do detect a Fwench accent.
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LakeRuins on October 11, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Hit again with the random and baffling moderation hold on my comment. W.T.F?

Mindcrime on October 11, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Profiling. Random searches. The Patriot Act has even hit Hot Air!

MadisonConservative on October 11, 2007 at 4:00 PM

that they don’t want to give up the video tape of what occurred there makes me feel this is another Kerri Dunn or YAF situation. I have no proof of it, and its an opinion, but you don’t usually refuse to turn over a piece of evidence that could solve the case in half the time.

Defector01 on October 11, 2007 at 4:00 PM

It’s probably a FERPA thing. Any record that contains personally identifiable information that is directly related to a student is an educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The university is probably waiting for a court order so they’re legally clear on this.

Slublog on October 11, 2007 at 4:01 PM

If the perp is on the tape, and the university has the tape and wants the police to find the perp, you’d think that the university would hand over the tape.

Me thinks the perp is on tape and the university doesn’t want us to find out who he/she is because it would be so embarassing to the university. They’re just postponing the inevitable.

Entelechy on October 11, 2007 at 4:02 PM

It’s too convenient… leftist professor stages event, gets caught, claims it was to “raise awareness”, of an issue that only exists because of their staged event.

Lather, rinse, repeat. ad infinitum

DANEgerus on October 11, 2007 at 4:02 PM

I totally agree with Winebabe…I smell a rat here and it not one of the four legged kind you normally find around Columbia .

DoctorDentons on October 11, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Me thinks the perp is on tape and the university doesn’t want us to find out who he/she is because it would be so embarassing to the university. They’re just postponing the inevitable.

Entelechy on October 11, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Yep, Imagine how embarrassing it would be if the perp is…I shudder to even suggest this…Black….

doriangrey on October 11, 2007 at 4:06 PM

I quibble, but it’s not an assault.

It is a threat, certainly, but threats are a whole category below actual assaults.

And quite frankly — when was the last race-lynching, or lynching of any sort? At what point is this protected speech?

Don’t get me wrong — I think the act is despicable, but considering the rhetoric and outright threats and assault coming from the left that falls under the protection of the first amendment (for me, but not for thee), I’m finding it hard to get worked up over stuff like this.

I suppose when they finally find the perp, he/she can go free using the “satire” defense?

krakatoa on October 11, 2007 at 4:07 PM

It is indeed an assault, and whoever did it ought to be found out and punished. So why not turn over the tape and help police get to the bottom of all this as soon as possible?

Could the tape reveal that the perpatrator is not white? Possibly Middle Eastern? What if it was *gasp* staged?. If it was just some white kid that belongs to College Republicans it would be on CNN already.

Theworldisnotenough on October 11, 2007 at 4:08 PM

maybe she planted the noose on her own door? just throwing out theories

Kaptain Amerika on October 11, 2007 at 4:09 PM

It’s probably a FERPA thing. Any record that contains personally identifiable information that is directly related to a student is an educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The university is probably waiting for a court order so they’re legally clear on this.

Slublog on October 11, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Slublog could be right. I don’t want to jump the gun on this one.

forest on October 11, 2007 at 4:10 PM

CBS 2 in NYC:

University officials are handing over the surveillance video that could help them identify a suspect who left a noose on the office door of a professor, and say an Associated Press report claiming they refused to assist police is incorrect.

So, did the AP botch it, or did Columbia figure out it was going to be forced to provide it, with whatever embarrassment to follow?

Karl on October 11, 2007 at 4:10 PM

I agree with you all here, and said so at NB. I think it’s a hoax. Columbia refusing to release the videotape only heightens my skepticism.

Darksean on October 11, 2007 at 4:10 PM

Or could be FERPA, I s’pose, though I haven’t read it in decades.

Karl on October 11, 2007 at 4:11 PM

Sorry — should have written “fear of FERPA”

Karl on October 11, 2007 at 4:12 PM

What is it with chicks named Madonna?

KelliD on October 11, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Good point Slubbo, that could be it too.

Bad Candy on October 11, 2007 at 4:12 PM

The only thing that would be embarrassing if the perp were…the professor herself.

That said, there have been quite a few noose incidents on campuses around the country lately; probably as a result of Jena (pinheads are notorious copycats). The only reason this one is notable (to the MSM) is because it occurred at Columbia.

baldilocks on October 11, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Kaptain Amerika on October 11, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I see that we’re thinking along the same lines.

baldilocks on October 11, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Bearing in mind slublog’s very good point, this still sounds more like the Duke “rape” case and the Tawana Brawley affair than it does anything else. Call me a cynic or whatever. Or maybe I am an idealist. I just cannot believe people that racist, or that stupid actually exist, much less on a college campus in east Harlem.

BillLalor on October 11, 2007 at 4:17 PM

west harlem. you get the point.

BillLalor on October 11, 2007 at 4:18 PM

Don’t know if this thing was staged – even by the professor herself – but, if so, it wouldn’t be the first time:

http://www.aztlan.net/professor_dunn_guilty.htm

CK MacLeod on October 11, 2007 at 4:19 PM

A statement is only outrageous IF YOU let it bother you.

The Constitution has this thing called Freedom of Speech… but I don’t see it anywhere written where your Freedom to not be angered, trumps my Freedom of Speech.

Stupid? sure… threat? possibly… protected speech?… tough one…

But Hate Crimes are all about intent… which you can’t know unless you suddenly have phychic powers…

Romeo13 on October 11, 2007 at 4:24 PM

slublog, I think you are absolutely correct. They need to cover their legal bases here, be it an employee or a student.

Pam on October 11, 2007 at 4:24 PM

“Unfortunately, I’m not surprised,” said one female African American doctoral student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Columbia is not a tolerant community. There is not only racism but classism. I feel voiceless and invisible at times, but I’ve learned to let my voice be heard.”

Invisible? I should be so lucky. I’m an upper middle-class, ethnically German, caucasian, female and I couldn’t get into Columbia if I stood on my head and recited Keynesian economics.

10:1 this goes down like Duke Lacrosse, or GWU YAF? ((I’m guessing the video shows she put it up herself.))

Sultry Beauty on October 11, 2007 at 4:30 PM

There were 10 minutes when Ahmadinejad was alone. He said he was going to use the bathroom. I don’t know. Maybe he saw a ghey.

JiangxiDad on October 11, 2007 at 4:34 PM

JiangxiDad on October 11, 2007 at 4:34 PM

Good one.

baldilocks on October 11, 2007 at 4:36 PM

I’ve got $50 here that says it’s a staged “hate crime” as I suspect most are.

Any takers?

Tom McLaughlin on October 11, 2007 at 4:38 PM

If there are going to be hate crime laws (which is stupid)
then there should be special laws for faking hate crimes.

If someone fakes a hate crime they should be caned.

TheSitRep on October 11, 2007 at 4:38 PM

maybe she planted the noose on her own door? just throwing out theories

Kaptain Amerika on October 11, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I see were all thinking along the same lines, since this has happened before.

peski on October 11, 2007 at 4:40 PM

I think the President of Iran did it.

LOL

ordi on October 11, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Apparently it is not that big of “an assault on African-Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us” that Columbia University officials are hindering the investigation and apprehension of the culprit.

I wonder, do the Board of Trustees also consider this uncooperative attitude appropriate?

Dusty on October 11, 2007 at 4:43 PM

OK, I live really close to the Columbia campus, and this strikes me as a little strange. Every day for the past few weeks, the campus communist organizations have been out on Broadway with their “Free the Jena 6″ tables and placards. As usual, they were pretty much unsuccessful with their propaganda, with few takers for their brochures. Now it’s morphed into this on campus thing , with the same tables in the same places, with the same placards and the same amount of OUTRAGE!!! I’m not dismissing this as a fraud, but it seems mighty convenient based on the recent activities of the student groups on campus, and the relatively low level of outrage they have been able to generate before this. Sure, maybe a student did it. However, it’s highly possible that someone did it to try to stir up controversy.

Big S on October 11, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Yep, Imagine how embarrassing it would be if the perp is…I shudder to even suggest this…Black….

doriangrey on October 11, 2007 at 4:06 PM

maybe she planted the noose on her own door? just throwing out theories

Kaptain Amerika on October 11, 2007 at 4:09 PM

baldilocks on October 11, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Remember all the clamor and peace rallies at Claremont McKenna before it was revealed that Prof. Dunn vandalized her own car? Then after she was convicted…nada. Same deal here.

The Race Card on October 11, 2007 at 4:52 PM

i’m officially calling a hoaxwatch.

get your money out.

jummy on October 11, 2007 at 4:53 PM

CBS article refutes AP article

CBS 2′s Magee Hickey contributed to this report.
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Columbia University officials are handing over the surveillance video that could help them identify a suspect who left a noose on the office door of a professor, and say an Associated Press report claiming they refused to assist police is incorrect.

“The [Associated Press] reports were untrue,” Teachers College spokesman Joe Levine tells CBS 2. “We are giving the tapes to the police.”

Queasy on October 11, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Something similar happened about a year or 2 ago to another black female professor. I believe her car was vandalized with “N” word sprayed on or something and it turned out she did it herself. I’ve already heard that it was an inside job with the noose as well. The same way the YAF got blamed for the phoney flier.

roninacreage on October 11, 2007 at 4:55 PM

If there are going to be hate crime laws (which is stupid)
then there should be special laws for faking hate crimes.

If someone fakes a hate crime they should be caned.

TheSitRep on October 11, 2007 at 4:38 PM

It’s likely fake, just like the Tawana Brawley case and the Duke lacrosse party.

PRCalDude on October 11, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Anyone heard from the Justice Brothers Sharpton and Jackson?

Kini on October 11, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Ima add my voice to the broken record people here, that this sounds…at the first glances we have and may soon have more facts about…to be a possible case of Red on Red, or a self inflicted wound to curry favor among the Nutroots minions.

if it was a YAFer or Young Rep, or even the dude who works at Java World, who had done this, the Columbia Cops would already have the dudes bells in a fargin sling and he’d be halfway to a lifetimes worth of sensitivity training. It would also already be on every cable news net not named Fox, and on every blog left of Scoop Jackson.

more facts are needed, but this obviously bears watching, especially in light of the GWU kerfuffle.

Mike D. on October 11, 2007 at 4:59 PM

It’s getting a bit stinkier.

Prior to finally handing over the tape, it looks like Columbia gave the police a runaround. It sounds suspicious, but I guess we won’t know what really happened for a while.

Mr. Browne said that Teachers College security officials agreed, but told them the technician who could to download the tape would not be available until Wednesday.
Investigators agreed to wait till the next day, police said, but became impatient when the technician had not contacted them by Wednesday afternoon.

The commanding officer of the Hate Crime Taskforce, Deputy Inspector Michael Osgood, then called the Teachers College general counsel, Janice Robinson, to ask for her help in accessing the video, police officials said.

It was then that she informed investigators that Teachers College would not hand over a tape until police produced a subpoena, according to police. Mr. Levine could not be reached immediately to respond to that allegation.

forest on October 11, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Here are multiple examples of hoaxes posed as hate crimes.

http://www.vdare.com/francis/fake_hate.htm

roninacreage on October 11, 2007 at 5:01 PM

by the way, there’s always a third alternative in these things (though in this case, doubtfull).

1) hate crime
2) hoax hate crime
3) crime unrelated to hate, but nontheless framed that way by media and activists.

in chicago a couple summers ago there was a tiny fire in the GLBT section of a northside library. the local activists screeched and wailed that it was an obvious hate crime. they assailed the police as complicit because they didn’t organize their investigation as a hate crime. they blamed the illinois family institute for causing it.

it turned out it was some bum pissed off that she was told she couldn’t sleep there.

obviously this case is a bit less interpretable though.

jummy on October 11, 2007 at 5:02 PM

One of the Minutemen who was threatened, verbally abused (with racial epithets no less), and nearly physically assaulted last year was African-American.

Was an assault on him an assault on “every one of us” too?

Hawkins1701 on October 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Wouldn’t refusing to turn over the tape be considered obstruction of justice?

GogglesPisano on October 11, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Hawkins1701 on October 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Ha! I guess he forfeited his special protection status by having opinions he wasn’t supposed to have.

forest on October 11, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Don’t know if this thing was staged – even by the professor herself – but, if so, it wouldn’t be the first time:

http://www.aztlan.net/professor_dunn_guilty.htm

this is what everyones thinking no? she wouldnt make it that obvious would she? gotta be a colleague

bagadeez04 on October 11, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Wouldn’t refusing to turn over the tape be considered obstruction of justice?

GogglesPisano on October 11, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Only if they refused to turn it over after the subpeona was issued. Or if they turn over incomplete or altered tapes.

forest on October 11, 2007 at 5:09 PM

I’ll tell ya why they won’t release the tape: because it shows a lefty lib as the perp. Undoubtedly another Kokesh-style attempted smear.

Splashman on October 11, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Wouldn’t it just be easier to shut that place down. It appears that there is no higher learning going on there anymore. The whole place has gone media-feevah whore.

awake on October 11, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Oh yeah HOAX alert alrighty!

Ex-tex on October 11, 2007 at 5:12 PM

DANEgerus on October 11, 2007 at 4:02 PM

My exact thought. Sulty Beauty has the same one.

But why? How can anyone be that stupid/self absorbed/delusional/pick one?

Jaibones on October 11, 2007 at 5:15 PM

I’m loving the photo with the Jewish Columbia lefty girls with their hair knotted up in RastaCurls. You go…

Jaibones on October 11, 2007 at 5:20 PM

About the Dunn YAF hoax, Bryan linked to it already.

baldilocks on October 11, 2007 at 5:23 PM

My money is on the professor herself being the perpetrator. It happens all the time.

peacenprosperity on October 11, 2007 at 5:32 PM

Jaibones on October 11, 2007 at 5:20 PM

rasta curls = lifting a really heavy spliff to your lips

The Race Card on October 11, 2007 at 5:37 PM

“The Department of Justice — including the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division — has opened an investigation into this matter, and we will coordinate with the New York Police Department hate crimes task force, which is already investigating,” a source within the DOJ told FOXNews.com in an e-mail.

I’m so glad that this incident is being treated with the seriousness it deserved. Some college kid threw a beer can in my front yard and I’m still trying to get the FBI to investigate this appalling homophobic act. Am I a victim of not being a preferred enough of a victim? How more oppressed can I get?

thuja on October 11, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Jaibones on October 11, 2007 at 5:20 PM

I dated a Jewish girl with dreadlocks. Her hair were purple and she was smokin hot.

The Race Card on October 11, 2007 at 5:46 PM

Is anybody else bothered by the existence of a “hate crimes task force”?

That sounds an awful lot like “liberal gestapo” to me….

unamused on October 11, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Watch and y’all will see.
Bush and Rudy planned it and executed it.

TheSitRep on October 11, 2007 at 6:04 PM

don’t joke.

remember the one where the girl wrote racially threatening letters to interracial couples at her campus so her parents would pull her out of school?

when they asked jesse jackson, who was camped out there until “justice” materialized, what his final thoughts on the hoax hatecrime was, he said that it’s unfortunate that the climate of white racism was so real that he was capable of being taken in by a hoax hate crime.

there’s always a way.

jummy on October 11, 2007 at 6:11 PM

I’ve got $50 here that says it’s a staged “hate crime” as I suspect most are.

Any takers?

Tom McLaughlin on October 11, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Not me, because that’s exactly what I suspect too. Just like the black woman that was caught slashing her own tires at some university about a year ago and reporting it to the police as a hate crime. There have been other instances too.

The LEFT foments racial unrest anyway they can. Then they try to pass more “hate crime” laws to shut down free speech. Destroying free speech is the only way they can win.

Maxx on October 11, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Somehow, somewhere, fried chicken and dry white toast will become offensive

Kini on October 11, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Then they try to pass more “hate crime” laws to shut down free speech

Thus committing their own ‘hate crimes’ against America

Ochlan on October 11, 2007 at 6:35 PM

I’ve got $50 here that says it’s a staged “hate crime” as I suspect most are.

Tom McLaughlin on October 11, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Agreed. Similar to the slander at GWU earlier this week.

jaime on October 11, 2007 at 6:35 PM

If this site is not the one with the most racists commenting, well, it sure looks like it. I don’t know what happened, but I have to say that I am surprised by all of the people attempting to justify why this couldn’t possibly be racism. Wow, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

sandman on October 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

sandman on October 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Kiss my hairy honkey ass

Ochlan on October 11, 2007 at 6:42 PM

If this site is not the one with the most racists commenting, well, it sure looks like it. I don’t know what happened, but I have to say that I am surprised by all of the people attempting to justify why this couldn’t possibly be racism. Wow, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

sandman on October 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

So, if it turns out to be a hoax, perpetrated by a lefty or the alleged victim, to “raise awareness,” then it’s BECAUSE OF THE RACISM! OK, now I get it.
I can hear them now, “Please let it be a redneck, oh, please, please, please!”

iurockhead on October 11, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Wow, sandman, you are right on, dude. It’s like, you know, really bad that so many crazies on this site are, like, not believing and, you know, not trusting the media and racist

I love the smell of cluelessness in the afternoon

Janos Hunyadi on October 11, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Perhaps the noose was left behind their esteemed guest speaker from Iran, they seem to have plenty of extras on hand.

Viper1 on October 11, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Maybe a dwarf was trying to commit suicide…but their stubby fingers just couldn’t get the other end of the noose tied around the doorknob so just quit in a huff?

That’s my 3 beer contribution

Ochlan on October 11, 2007 at 7:16 PM

The bigger story is the rash of incidents like this that have occurred since the march at Jena. ABC showed at least six states in which nooses had been left in public spots.

Bradky on October 11, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Wow, we’re in worse shape than I thought.

sandman on October 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Of course it could be racism. But average people have learned that reports from the media, the Sharpton/Jackson crowd, universities, etc. CAN’T BE TRUSTED. They’ve also learned that the same groups will hide inconvenient truths. That is not racism.

Furthermore, even though I’ve only read this blog for a little less than a year, I never hear anyone suggest that Hillary isn’t qualified because of her sex, or Obama because of his race. The left suggests that these right wing (I prefer centrist) sites are hate-filled. Any hate I see is directed towards despicable people for what they’ve said and done, not for who they are.

On this site, it’s the content of one’s character that counts, not the color of the skin. You’re barking up the wrong tree. The Left protects groups and group think. Individual behavior matters not a whit. Our side values the individual, and how he himself behaves. It doesn’t take a village, it takes character.

JiangxiDad on October 11, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Oh man, I knew this would be the angle today, after I saw this story on Hannity & Colmes last night.

The second on I saw the photo of the news I said “Why the hell isn’t there security video?” And sure enough, now we have Columbia refusing to release it. Now, I’m not prepared to go WAY out on a limb here, but does anyone else think this might be a sort of GWU situation. You know, those fake flier printed up, intended to look like they came from YAF to smear them as racists.

I think there’s more than a good chance that this noose was hung by either the black professor herself, or some far left black student, hoping to stir up a controversy. I’m not prepared to call it “likely” right now, but I’m saying 50/50, especially considering the fact that there is a tape and they won’t release it.

RightWinged on October 11, 2007 at 7:57 PM

It doesn’t take a village, it takes character

Stand up and take a bow for that gem, buddy :-)

Ochlan on October 11, 2007 at 7:57 PM

The saddest part of this incident to my mind is that the left has done so many dishonest, underhanded, malicious, deceitful things that instead of being instantly outraged that someone, especially in the 21st century, would do something as heinous as hang a noose on a black professors door, the first reaction of those of us who really are colorblind, who really do judge a man by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin, is to question the veracity of the claim and wonder who on the left might have orchestrated such a vile act to further the left’s agenda. Could they hurt their supposed causes any more?

deepdiver on October 11, 2007 at 9:11 PM

…hang a noose on a black professors door…

Maybe this professor has done something that someone considers being worthy of hanging…should we suppress their freedom of conscience and expression?

Jus’ sayin’

Actually…FWIW…I think this is all BS…choreographed conflict

Ochlan on October 11, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Yeah, it could be a white racist thug, but on the other hand, how many of them do you expect there are hanging around the halls of Columbia?

Bob's Kid on October 11, 2007 at 11:06 PM

“It is indeed an assault, and whoever did it ought to be found out and punished.”

Sorry, I don’t think it rises to the level of assault. And I’m not sure that it is even a “hate crime.”

Disorderly conduct might be a valid charge for this because hanging a noose on the doorknob could be considered behaving in a disruptive manner causing fear and alarm. But assault? I not so sure. I’m not sure what NY state considers to be “assault.” Usually the crime of “assault” is acting in a threatening manner that puts the victim on fear of immediate harm, and immediate means right then and there, not at some time in the future. This doesn’t seem to be the case here.

As to it being a “hate crime?” The state will have to prove that act was a “biased motivated crime,” that the victim was chosen because she was part of a targeted group and that the act was meant to intimidate or threaten that group. I’m not sure that this is the case here, and frankly, this sounds like an attempt to inflate the charges against the person responsible.

But, then, we are talking about New York, and Columbia University. And like Islam, Liberalism is a religion of perpetual outrage.

georgej on October 12, 2007 at 2:44 AM

I first heard about this on the radio station KSOUL here in Dallas. And I immediatley thought “It was probably done by the Black professor”.
Now I hear Coulumbia was stalling.
I love being right. Why else would they stall?

SuperManGreenLantern on October 12, 2007 at 3:30 AM

Could you imagine if the professor hung it herself just to cause an incident? Wild speculation, I know, because Columbia is a veritable nirvana of free speech, tolerance, diversity, and truth. [gag]

JustTruth101 on October 12, 2007 at 8:53 AM

If there is any type of retaliation (and I do doubt there will be any) it would be solely COLUMBIA U’s fault.

Witholding the tape only furthers speculation, and causes finger pointing. Stop playing games and be honest. Geez, whose feelings are you trying to protect? WTF?

flipflopper on October 12, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps this is simply the work of a prankster who knew it would get an enormous rise out of the illiberals. I can see such a guy sitting back watching CNN and laughing himself silly over the breathless condemnations and calls for cultural introspection. It’s all quite silly, if you ask me.

Memo to Columbia: It’s a piece of freaking twine tied in a knot, people. Wake me up when there’s an actual threat of some sort, and stop acting like it’s an actual lynching instead of….well, twine.

Pablo on October 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM

BTW, is Hang ‘em High a racist hate film now? I really liked that movie.

Pablo on October 12, 2007 at 9:31 AM

^I know it’s hard for most to understand, but some derogative symbolic gestures really do dig deep. Sure it’s not a direct threat, and it only effects you as much as you care to let it… but I cannot agree that it’s easily brushed off. It’s like if some punk raised their middle finger in my mom’s face, I doubt I’ll just walk it off with a grin, even though no physical thread was induced.

flipflopper on October 12, 2007 at 9:44 AM

But that’s simply offensive, flipflopper. Like Piss Christ.

As we’re so often reminded, offending people is not a crime. Classless, juvenile, even repugnant? Yes. But not criminal, and not something we have a right to be free from.

Pablo on October 12, 2007 at 11:17 AM

This may end up like the professor at the Claremont colleges in So. CA. This radical political speaker claimed her car was defaced by conservatives…turned out she dissed her own car to make it look like conservatives.
Wonder if “18 minutes” is missing? Or did they have to review it first to make sure it wasn’t like the Claremont radical?

right2bright on October 12, 2007 at 11:39 AM

http://www.funnysnaps.com/imoosewire.html
Maybe this is what they meant.

right2bright on October 12, 2007 at 11:42 AM

you don’t usually refuse to turn over a piece of evidence that could solve the case in half the time

Well, considering the knee-jerk reaction many liberals have to withold information on a crime unless forced to turn it over, I’m not too surprised.

Kind of like the librarian who refused to allow the FBI to search a publicly available (for students and facutly) computer that may have been used to send a (bomb?) threat. That forced the FBI to get a subpeona taking several hours while the threat was still ongoing.

taznar on October 12, 2007 at 12:41 PM

JiangxiDad on October 11, 2007 at 7:53 PM

WORD!!

What ever happened to that Sandman character, anyway? He’s probably trying to put some other bloggers to sleep. Or soaking his smoking a** in the tub. Sic semper trollius.

smellthecoffee on October 12, 2007 at 1:10 PM