It’s not a ‘tight-rope issue’ – its a four-lane highway issue!
In “Penn furor stirs debate on limits of free speech” (12/10/23), The Washington Post states that “the resignation of the University of Pennsylvania’s president following her testimony over how to handle calls for the genocide of Jews has highlighted the tight-rope school leaders are walking as students protest the war in Gaza.” Calling for the genocide of Jews is not a “tight-rope” issue, it is a four-lane highway! Easy to handle – it’s harassment! And that’s why the presidents of the elite schools received such a backlash. Everyone knows that – but the presidents.
Interestingly, Harvard had no trouble concluding that using the wrong pronoun could constitute abuse, making it even more remarkable that not one among the three top university presidents could recognize abuse in a call for the genocide of Jews.
The Washington Post apparently feels the need to stand behind the elite school presidents by saying they were “walking a tight-rope”. That is short on substance, wrong by precedent, and downright amoral!