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Dec 25, 2006 9:33 am

Give Me Tenure or Death

Maybe if I had tried this trick about 13 years ago, I'd be a full professor by now:

A black professor at MIT has threatened to go on a hunger strike and"die defiantly" outside the provost's office if the university does not grant him tenure, which he said was denied because of racism.

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Protagoras - 12/28/2006

How bad must this guy's work be if, with all the enormous benefit of the doubt he must get because of his race, he is still not getting tenure? I say let this jackass conduct his hunger strike all the way to the bitter end.

Sudha Shenoy - 12/25/2006

I find this repellent & disgusting. What if this man were of any other appearance than 'black'? This is what happens once th principle of 'same rules for all' is breached.

Jonathan Dresner - 12/25/2006

Self-sacrifice is always morally distinct from the taking of other lives.

Something tells me that a hunger strike wouldn't get anywhere near that much attention if it weren't at MIT, so it's not an option most of us could really use..

Mark Brady - 12/25/2006

I found it rather ironic that he's prepared to take his own life yet he opposes research using human embryonic stem cells because he believes it amounts to taking human life.