Dear Professor Ohmann,
Professor Schwarcz’ assertion that President Roth’s denunciation of the ASA took “courage” – when scores of his colleague heads had signed the same letter – you found “a bit much.” I agree: no hero of nonconformity, he.
As for the rest of your verbal belch, I found it every bit as “much,” but nothing unexpected from a nave of the Church of Latter Day Te Deum, the English Department. Here’s your money bite:
“The boycott movement is not about the political structure of Israel but about Palestine: about Israel’s taking of land and water, its bulldozing of villages, its restriction of movement, its military reprisals and collective punishments, and so on through the endless list of oppressions, privations, and indignities inflicted on people of the West Bank and Gaza during more than 45 years of occupation.”
Oh yes! “As everyone knows…” old whopper-tellin’ Stalin would say. What I would say? Words fail me: no bon mot can I lay upon your late upon a Friday afternoon cartoon dump.
You add: “I learned much from Vera, years ago…” Years ago, when then-Maoist Vera, before she saw the body count, was still on the secular humanist Road to Nowhere (Utopia).
Utopian Roth prefers to call it the Road to Perfection. World-beater Roth, who humbly took upon himself the onerous task of perfecting the world and relieving himself of the wholly more onerous task of perfecting himself. Visionary Roth, who clearly sees the road ahead and strives to drive the students (“Hi HO! Hi HO! It’s off the map we go!”) in his geared-up Agenda. Who gave that nut case the car keys? is what I’d like to know.
And had you not taken a turn at the wheel? Had you not built your construct, your altar to idol Marx, on High? The idol requires tribute payment: sacrifice. The student body fills the bill.
Poor Richard, take your fact-eclipsing almanac – your airhead-feted bull dump – and shuffle off to Buffalo.
And count your blessings while (royally speaking) we convey the weathered vein of OUR clime: “Had we but shovels enough, and time…”
Benjamin is a member of the class of 1957.