Not a victimless false accusation.
The Yale campus erupted in protests after a claim that a fraternity held a party but allowed in female guests limited to “White Girls Only.”
It started with a Facebook post:
The frat denied the claims:
An investigation by Emily Shire at The Daily Beast also called the claims into question.
But none of that stopped the media from running with the story and campus tensions to rise. Combined with an overreaction about a faculty member’s mocking a Halloween costume warning from the administration, the atmosphere at Yale boiled over:
The Yale administration just finished its investigation about the “White Girls Only” claim. Verdict: Fake:
Yale investigation finds 'no evidence' of racism at frat party alleged to have been for 'white girls only' https://t.co/rnECFTHZ1d oops.
— Jonathan H. Adler (@jadler1969) December 12, 2015
It was the Facebook post heard across the Ivy League, if not the entire country.
On Halloween, Yale undergrad Neema Githere wrote that black friends of hers had been turned away from a fraternity party because it was for “white girls only.”
That accusation, combined with an administrator’s controversial email defending “offensive” costumes, ignited a firestorm of debate over racism on campus.
Students confronted the administrator and her husband who also holds an administrative post at the undergrad college, and then they confronted Yale College’s first African American dean. They packed protests at the prestigious university by the hundreds, using bullhorns to demand more diversity on campus and that the school rename buildings after people of color, rather than proponents of slavery.
Faculty members rallied to support the protesters. Students at universities across the United States marched in solidarity, as a wave of anti-racism demonstrations swept campuses from coast to coast.
There were troubling moments, too. A discussion on the importance of free speech on campus was, ironically, interrupted by protesters. Campus newspapers reported claims that people leaving the event were spat upon.
Now, more than a month later, Yale has finally released the findings of an investigation into the incident that set off the soul-searching series of events: the so-called “white girls only party.”
That the party might not have been racist after all.
In a statement sent out Wednesday, Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College, wrote that the university’s investigation had found “no evidence of systematic discrimination against people of color” at the Halloween frat party.
The University Statement read, in part:
A partial picture of what happened has emerged from these accounts. On the one hand, the investigation found no evidence of systematic discrimination against people of color. Students inside the party reported that early in the evening, before the party became crowded, guests were granted admission on a first-come basis; men and women of color were among those admitted. On the other hand, students also reported that as the event became intensely crowded, hosts restricted admission, applying subjective criteria and using harsh language. When the investigation focused on what hosts had said specifically, two students provided credible accounts that they were told, or heard either one or two SAE members say, “white girls only” as they were seeking admission to the party, although the SAE members interviewed denied making these statements and nobody else who was interviewed heard the statements.
So the only two corroborating witnesses may not even have been witnesses, as they “were told, or heard….” All other evidence, including that fact that the party was open to all races, contradicted the claim.
Verdict: Fake, Fake Fake Fake.
This is not a victimless false allegation. It not only smeared the frat, it contributed to the overheated reaction to the faculty member on the unrelated Halloween costume issue.
That faculty member just announced she no longer will teach at Yale.
Ms. Christakis has made a “voluntary decision not to teach in the future,” according to a statement from the university on Monday. Her husband, Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and a professor of sociology at Yale, will take a one-semester sabbatical, the university said. The statement said the administration hoped Ms. Christakis would reconsider.
“Erika Christakis is a well-regarded instructor, and the university’s leadership is disappointed that she has chosen not to continue teaching in the spring semester,” the statement said. “Her teaching is highly valued and she is welcome to resume teaching anytime at Yale, where freedom of expression and academic inquiry are the paramount principle and practice.”
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