Apology Given

Here’s the lowdown: a white guy takes a book to work to read on his breaks. The book is a non-fiction account of the Ku Klux Klan, a group deservedly criticised by most for their abhorrent, nasty, despicable, disgusting and appalling racism and race-based attacks on innocent citizens. More specifically, the book “recounts a 1924 riot between Notre Dame students and the Klan in which the students from the Catholic university prevailed.”

The man, Keith John Sampson, works at a university, supposedly a place which has the aim of educating and informing people, and the book he was reading is available from the university’s library. So technically, there’s nothing wrong with the book itself other than it’s topic matter.

His judgment was off in choosing to read that particular book on his breaks in my opinion. It’s certainly a subject matter which still has an effect on some people living in the United States, and is close to the heart of many people.

Yet should he have received an official reprimand for reading the book? I don’t think so. I think he’s a mature, intelligent person and, in all likelihood, doesn’t support the KKK in any way. Most people certainly don’t, and I’m going to assume that he doesn’t. I think his aim in educating himself further about the history of his country is a good one. He certainly could have been more sensitive to the feelings of his colleagues and could have read the book at home.

But I think that rather than accusing him of “racial harassment”, the university would have been more responsible in having his manager take him aside for a quiet word and mention that it would be preferred if he not read such material on campus. Most employees are quite responsible if asked nicely. I think the university were wrong in how they handled this.

14 Responses to “Apology Given”

  1. bingbing Says:

    …and the school’s affirmative action officer in November told Sampson his conduct constituted racial harassment.

    Ahhh. Good ol’ affirmative action.


  2. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Probably on par with reading a Hitler biography, Byzantine history or a “birth of Israel” book at an immigration detention centre, all of which Ive done.
    The one time a supervisor pulled me up for the Hitler one I replied (quite truthfuly) “It was Stalin last week”.

    There wasnt much she could say after that….

  3. spot_the_dog Says:

    #2 TFM, what happened to your old Avatar?

  4. spot_the_dog Says:

    #2 And, TFM, any progress on the Fence Turtle front? 😉

  5. Dave Surls Says:

    “But Sampson says his union official likened the book to bringing pornography to work…”

    I agree. Any book about the Democrat Party or its sub-groups, like the KKK, ought to be kept away from impressionable young minds.

    As a matter of fact, the university probably ought to burn all their books, just to be on the safe side.

  6. bingbing Says:

    #5 Nice one Dave as there was a very cosy link between the Democrats and the KKK.

    In effect, the Klan defended the interest of the planter class and Democratic Party by working to curb the education, economic advancement, voting rights, and right to keep and bear arms of blacks. The Ku Klux Klan soon spread into nearly every southern state, launching a “reign of terror” against Republican leaders both black and white. Those political leaders assassinated during the campaign included Arkansas Congressman James M. Hinds, three members of the South Carolina legislature, and several men who served in constitutional conventions.

    And that’s from wiki, of all sources (although I really don’t think wiki is as bad as many Righties like to proclaim).

    More on the KKK. The problem I have with this one is that there’s no links and/or bibliography.

  7. spot_the_dog Says:

    If y’all really want to set Lefty heads to splodin’, start slipping into blogs some facts on the KKK, the innate racism of the Democrats and the quietly “openminded” Republicans from this excellent website,also here (thanks to friend, occasional commenter & NBRA member JD 😉 )

  8. thefrollickingmole Says:


    Lokked at the Sally army, toyworld and the Kalgoorlie Kmart. Nothing resembling a turtle to be found….

    Ive got the spraypaint, board and perfect location…

    Im considering something extremely michevous. Would any of our Aussie RWDBs consider a bulk order?? I will pay and post you all place and signpost them?

    Im pretty sure youd get a hundred or so for bugger all if I looked..

  9. thefrollickingmole Says:

    3# spot_the_dog

    Swapped between missus comp and mine…this should be the old avatar now..

  10. spot_the_dog Says:

    #8 I’d be up for that, and I’m sure there’d be some way for those of us who want to, to contribute. Maybe dedicate a post to your plan, get some input/ideas?

    #9 Ah, there’s our mole back again!

  11. Ash Says:

    I’ve got a day off tomorrow Mole, so I’ll hunt down a turtle for you. And one for me, because we need as many fencepost turtles as we can get.

    And with that, I bid you all a better night than I’m having.

  12. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Thanks Ash but to late. I just ordered a bunch from China. Will be a month or 2 till I get them. Anyone interested in 5 or so send me a parcel adress.
    This could be fun…

  13. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Apologies, but this went weird. After I placed the order it began to send me weird messages so Ive cancelled it… Will try tomorrow with a differnt mob..

  14. Angus Dei Says:

    MLK was a Republican. Try pointing that out to a modern black activist sometime… be prepared to run.

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