Plagiarist professor and symbolic-noose victim Madonna Constantine released a statement yesterday calling Columbia’s discplinary action against her “premature, vindictive, and mean-spirited,” the product of “institutional racism,” “a conspiracy and witch-hunt.” She writes,
I am left to wonder whether a White faculty member would have been treated in such a publicly disrespectful and disparaging manner.
It is my opinion that this investigation, along with other incidents that have happened to me at Teachers College in recent months, point to a conspiracy and witch-hunt by certain current and former members of the Teachers College community. I believe that nothing that has happened to me this year is coincidental, particularly when I reflect upon the hate crime I experienced last semester involving a noose on my office door. As one of only two tenured Black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted.
Now, we love damning the man as much as the next 20-something pipsqueak, but when Columbia takes a fine-toothed comb to your oeuvre and finds five years’ worth of academic dishonesty? Might be time to cut your losses, maybe update your resume and check out the listings on monster.com.
Or, you could hang out at the office, brainstorming synonyms for “persecution” and pretending it’s the Cultural Revolution and Columbia’s the Red Guard:
There have been attempts by the Teachers College administration to intimidate and blackmail me into leaving the College by insisting that I sign a false statement related to the aforementioned investigation. I refused to sign it!
Most peculiarly, Constantine’s statement circulated first as an email addressed to the “Teachers College Community” before reaching the Spec where you can read it now, alongside a the TC’s response and news coverage on the “embattled” professor. NYT’s coverage is here.