“I characterize you as Dartmouth’s greatest mistake of all time”

In the January/February 2014 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Abbye E. Meyer, D’02, wrote about her lasting issues with the Dartmouth community — namely the exclusivity inherent in the social structure of Greek houses and senior and secret societies.

Then on Valentine’s Day, Judge Quentin L. Kopp, D’49, got in the spirit of the holiday and wrote Meyer an ode, of sorts:

“You claim feelings of ‘…loyalty and shame.’ I am ashamed of you.”

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Greetings! Yale Alum Hopes You’re Well, Wants to Tell You About His Racism

Those Yalies! Iconoclasts, the lot of ’em. Seems like they never miss an opportunity to turn some heads and ruffle some feathers, usually with unfortunate results. To wit: Politico’s Ben Smith tweeted today about one such Eli, who wrote a letter to the university’s alumni magazine this month — you know, just to catch up and stuff.

His name is Sam Taylor. He’s Class of ’73. And, he’s what some might call a casual racist. (By “some” we mean the Southern Poverty Law Center, who know something about the subject.) But that’s no problem, because it doesn’t seem to bother Sam all that much. In fact, he gets a big ol’ kick out of it, and he thinks you will, too.

The letter opens:

Did you know that one of your classmates is officially considered a “hate-monger” by the Southern Poverty Law Center?

… Go on.

I believe this is a first for Yale.

(Unlikely, but whatever.)

You can judge for yourself whether I am a “hater” if you read my just-released book, White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.

The book argues, by the way, that: “If [white people] do not defend their interests they will be marginalized by groups that do not hesitate to assert themselves, numerically and culturally.”

Oy. So we’re really going there? Fine. Tell us more. (After the jump!)

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