Yale honors students who led witch hunt against profs who defended Halloween costumes

Yale honors students who led witch hunt against profs who defended Halloween costumes

[Ed. – A followup to this story.]

A new class of social-justice warriors is graduating from Yale — and to celebrate, the university honored two students who led a Halloween witch hunt against administrator Erika Christakis in Fall 2015.

If you recall, Christakis had sent students an email defending free speech and asking, “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?”

In response, students vehemently protested, accusing Christakis of racism and cultural insensitivity. When Christakis’ husband, Nicholas, a professor at Yale, defended her, students shouted him down, screaming at him that he was “disgusting” and demanding that he and his wife resign. Both ended up leaving their Yale administrative roles that spring. Ms. Christakis also left her teaching role, while her husband continued on as an endowed professor.

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Now, Yale has awarded its Nakanishi Prize—given for academic achievement and racial activism—to Alexandra Zina Barlowe and Abdul-Razak Zachariah, graduating seniors who were “two of Yale’s most prominent Christakis critics,” the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman reports.

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