Friday, August 20, 2004
Claremont McKenna's president pronounces herself "grateful to have a resolution." K.C. Johnson notes:
A former Claremont McKenna College professor accused of spray painting racist slogans on her car and then blaming students for the vandalism was convicted Wednesday of attempted insurance fraud and filing a false police report.
Kerri Dunn, 39, a former visiting psychology professor, showed no emotion as a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pomona rendered its verdict. Dunn faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment when she returns to court for sentencing Sept. 17.
The jury, which deliberated four hours, was not asked to determine whether Dunn vandalized her own car. Instead, the panel was asked whether she had made false statements to the authorities and her insurer about the damage.
At the time, Stanford sociologist Lee Ross said that regardless of who vandalized Dunn's car, "doing this may actually have accomplished some of her goals, if her goal was to make people feel that racism was present and that there was danger of white backlash." He continued, "Sometimes people invent facts because they believe that the conclusion that it would lead people to is true."
This is the educational philosophy of some extreme pro-"diversity" groups nationally, notably the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which argues that working-class and middle-class students need a college education designed to purge them of their ingrained sexist and racist beliefs. It's nice to see this line of thinking didn't carry the day in the jury room.
Let's repeat that: "Sometimes people invent facts because they believe that the conclusion that it would lead people to is true."
Christmas in Cambodia, anyone?