Propelled by an academia that believes what you write or say is more important than what you do, civil rights is being increasingly defined by semiotics and physical symbols such as signs rather than by substance. A case in point:
Hit & Run - A University of Kansas
assistant professor, [Andrea] Quenette is on leave while the administration
completes its review of her allegedly inappropriate behavior.
Quenette made the unfortunate mistake of trying to speak candidly
about race after her students prompted her to address the recent
protests on campus. She conceded that as a white person, she had trouble
putting herself in the shoes of activists.
"As a white woman I just never have seen the racism… It’s not like I
see ‘Nigger’ spray-painted on walls," she said, according to a
student-initiated petition to get her fired.
Instead of seeking a dialogue with Quenette, her students undertook a
campaign to run her off campus.