Professor takes heat over wetbacks stance

January 24, 2008

Brandeis University declared a professor guilty of racial harassment and placed a monitor in his classes after he criticized the use of the word "wetbacks" in his Latin American politics course.

Professor Donald Hindley, a nearly 50-year veteran of teaching, was threatened with termination without being granted a formal hearing by Brandeis.

"Brandeis' actions demonstrate a fundamental disregard for academic freedom and for fair, rational fact-finding procedures," said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is seeking justice on Hindley's behalf...

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