“Cancel culture is a phrase but what happens to the real people who are canceled?”
Students are not the only ones on campus who are sometimes deprived of due process.
The New York Post reports:
Northwestern professor Alec Klein: ‘Unfounded #MeToo accusations destroyed my life’
When college professor Alec Klein learned that accusations of sexual harassment and bullying against him had gone public, he curled up in a fetal position in a darkened room in his home in Glencoe, Ill.
“I understood there was nothing I could do about what was happening,” Klein, 53, writes in his new memoir, “Aftermath: When It Felt Like Life Was Over” (Fidelis Books), out now.
“I was a realist. My life was destroyed … The pain was particularly excruciating because I wasn’t driven by things like money and glory; what I did mattered. It was who I was.”
In March 2018, Klein officially landed in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement. He was — unfairly, he says — accused of sexual misconduct by students and staffers at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he had taught for almost 10 years and where, he said, he had received only stellar evaluations from his students.
After resigning under pressure from the school where he led the Medill Justice Project for 7 years, Klein said he “lost everything.”
Once a Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee who had investigated cases of people wrongfully accused of crimes, Klein said he suddenly became the kind of person he used to write about.
“Cancel culture is a phrase but what happens to the real people who are canceled?” Klein asked The Post. “Even very high-profile individuals have for the most part just up and disappeared. It’s dangerous. Anyone can get canceled over anything. It’s the weaponization of the Internet and it’s scary.”
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