Thursday, November 02, 2006
I agree with Hugh that the student should not be the object of scorn. Nor do I think there's a debate to be had here over academic freedom. Whether or not President Guttmann wants to argue that it's a matter of free speech, there is still a question of propiety. I disagree with Eugene Volokh who thinks Halloween parties are fine for dressing this way, to make fun of them. I find it interesting that right after that post comes one of a bathroom stall defaced with anti-Semitic slurs on the UCLA campus; that, he says, is a reminder "that this stuff is out there." Yes, and that's the point. We need to be reminded that evil walks the earth. But do you pose with it and celebrate it? What kind of values does a liberal education at Penn uphold, and what is Guttmann's commitment to them?
If I'm ever invited to a Guttmann party, I'll come as the punchline of this joke, to despair of Penn's loss of morality.