October 10, 2006

Have New Yorkers forgotten their manners?

What is it with academic-freedom news from the Big Apple recently, from the interruption of a speech by a Minuteman founder at Columbia to the cancellation of a speech by Tony Judt at the Polish Consulate? Is there something in the water? 

I can talk about this because my father was from Brooklyn (Flatbush, in fact) and my wife is from New York. My older paternal uncle was born and died in New York. I know what New York manners are:

First you let them speak.  Then you yell at them.

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Posted in Academic freedom on October 10, 2006 10:25 AM |