Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Jun. 24, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

You can't make this stuff up: An ACTRESS who is pretending to be someone else played a role in a horribly racist film in 1915 ("Birth of a Nation). She was not racist herself. But @bgsu students demand her name be removed from a theater.  https://deadline.com/2019/06/lillian-gish-birth-of-a-nation-bowling-green-state-university-name-removal-1202636690/  via @DEADLINE 1/

Famous Hollywood figures (including @jamesearljones, Mirren, and Scorsese), rightly note that this is “unfortunate and unjust... A university should be a bastion of free speech. This is a supreme ‘teachable moment’ if it can be handled with a more nuanced sense of history.” 2/

Alas, the faculty & administration at the university, whose job it is to teach students to think & to reason, do not see fit to resist this demand. PSA: Actors pretend to be someone else & did not do the crime. Lawyers represent their clients & did not themselves do the crime. 3/


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