Volume 94, Issue 61
Thursday, January 11, 2001
Former prof talks politically incorrect
Zeller: Affirmative action is evil
"The big losers in this are blacks," he said, explaining the minority winner who meets the white standard is never given equal credit and that many of the minorities who are admitted have a higher chance of failure. "Despite compelling arguments in favour of affirmative action, I conclude affirmative action is evil. It hurts the people it tries to help. "
The crowd of approximately 35 students, professors and London residents also reacted strongly when Zeller said he did not believe in privileged parking spaces for the handicapped. "Anytime you give someone a break, you make someone else a second-class citizen."
King's psychology professor Heinz Klatt, who invited Zeller to speak on campus, said academics are afraid to contradict politically correct issues for fear of harassment, sanctions or a bad reputation. "We must challenge these issues," Klatt said.
"I didn't agree with everything he said," said fourth-year health sciences student James Ho. "But he did delve into some of the darker areas of academic truth."
"He dealt with many issues people are afraid of," said April Peters, also a fourth-year psychology student. "A lot of professors are scared to be labeled as sexist or racist."
Dianne Humphrey, chair of psychology at King's College, said professors deserve academic freedom to pursue topics as they see fit. "We need to be free to disagree. If we don't have that, we don't have anything."
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