There is an old truism about academia that goes, “There is no idea so idiotic that it won’t be believed by a college professor.” Though this notion has been spectacularly reinforced by countless geniuses of the faculty lounge, an English professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has set a new standard of proof for the truth of that statement.
As Professor Nick Bromell recently wrote in Salon:
“It is a fine thing that the Confederate flag will no longer fly above the South Carolina state capitol. But displaying the Confederate flag anywhere is, at bottom, an act of hate. It should be recognized as such, and punished as a hate crime. Given the millions who suffered under the whip of slave masters, and all the families separated as slave traders sold sons and daughters away from their parents, and wives away from their husbands, All Americans should recoil from the Confederate flag with the same horror we feel for the Nazi swastika.”With this statement, Bromell, who is listed as a teacher of American Studies, has not only revealed himself to be a bit of a cultural-cleansing Nazi thinker himself, but has also revealed a breathtaking ignorance of American history.
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