Spineless Hawkeyes

Some law students at the University of Iowa are up in arms because a professor in a "negotiations class" assigned and read passages "containing racial slurs".

The passages were—and once again, I am not making this up—"from Robert Caro's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of former President Lyndon Johnson and … a 1964 speech by a black sharecropper named Fannie Lou Hamer." You can read Ms. Hamer's speech here.

It's ludicrous to think this is true outrage, of course. No sane person believes it's racist to quote a prizewinning book or a famous civil rights speech. It's just a handy lever opportunistically used by activists for pushing the UofI administration around. And (equally obviously) the UofI administration lacks the backbone to respond to these challenges with the short shrift they deserve. (Via Protein Wisdom.)