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    anonSep 15, 2023 at 8:05 AM

    This responds to this well-written letter as well as the other letters on related topics.

    One idea I take away from this is that you (and the wider CASE group) are advocating for having broader viewpoints included in the Sept. 18th event. I agree and I congratulate you for articulating this position. It is what a public institution should do to serve the greater good.

    I wonder if CASE took the same position this past summer when OU invited Nikole Hannah-Jones (I assume at some astronomical cost) to speak on campus. Hannah-Jones’ work is controversial (disclosure: I respect and engage with it), and reasonable scholars have disagreed with various parts of her argument (comments won’t allow links, but you can search easily for the letter from several prominent scholars to NYTimes). I don’t think any of these people spoke at the event. Did CASE ask for a more inclusive panel in that circumstance as well, ensuring a broad debate from opposing voices? If not, is there some special reason why the Snyder panel deserves such representation?

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      James W. PerkinsonSep 16, 2023 at 8:58 AM

      Yes, there is a reason. The history of devastation of the black community through enslavement, racialization, Jim Crow exploitation, enghettoization, impoverishment, incarceration–all granting economic benefit to largely white-owned corporations and white communities–has never, even now, been adequately heard, much less redressed, by dominant white society. That someone such as Nikole Hannah-Jones finally got a platform at OU is so long overdue as to be laughable if it were not so lamentable.

      In the broadest historical sense, viewpoints opposing hers have been speaking—and enforcing their point of view socially, economically, politically, etc.—for hundreds of years. Last summer finally(!)—a view opposing theirs got a brief moment in the sun. The point however is that her positions have had no adverse economic effect on white society. Snyder’s policies have had all the demonstrable and continuing economic, health, housing, and communal effects previous writings here have indicated. The problem is not one of different arguments and ideas, but different lived realities and real damage on the part of Snyder that simply doesn’t apply to Hannah-Jones. And the inability to recognize that difference on the part of the comment above is exactly what CASE is concerned about. The issue is not words, but real woe visited on one community yielding damnable weal for another.

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        yousefSep 26, 2023 at 8:53 AM

        NHJ is a far left race baiting grifter who made up fake history (The 1619 project) about the united states. She was given a pulitzer prize for it too! The fact you’re elevating her to any level of regard demonstrates how lacking in discernment you are.

        She is a liar, a fraud, greedy, and an evil human being. She is preying on the ignorance of the crowd to raise money by selling a fictitious rendering of history.