No Benefit of the Doubt for Ratener
September 15, 2006
by Tara Sweeney
Greg Lukianoff, president of FIRE, said the discussion generated by Ratener's question, and his subsequent apology should have resolved the incident, making the suspension unnecessary.
“But when you have a state institution policing people's writing for being offensive, you're on a slippery slope," said Lukianoff, who wants BCC to drop Ratener's suspension.
“He said it was unintentional, but the benefit of the doubt flew out the window. It happens a lot in our hyperpolarized society. Under this environment, people don't conceive of the possibility that it may have just been a mistake.”