Will only told half the story

Regarding George Will's column entitled "The woke mob runs into a teacher who's fighting back."

In this column, Mr. Will wrote about the case of Gordon Klein at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The column gives the impression that the school's dean, Antonio Bernardo, represented the majority of the UCLA community epitomizing "the invertebrate academic bureaucrats who, oozing wokeness from every pore, pander to mobs clamoring for the unethical and hoping for the illegal."

The "mob" Mr. Will referred to was the 20,000 people who signed an online petition calling for Klein's dismissal.

What wasn't mentioned in the Will's column were these facts:

n The student who wrote the original e-mail that sparked the whole controversy, apologized.

n UCLA Human Resources specifically instructed the Anderson School administration not to take any action against Klein. In defiance of this instruction, Bernardo placed Klein on leave, however, within weeks he was reinstated.

n 75,000 people signed a petition in support of Klein's reinstatement.

More than a year after his reinstatement, Klein filed a suit against UCLA, as it is his right to do.

He lost valuable time and income, his reputation was blemished, and his relationship with the academic community was affected. In the October 2020 interview with FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), Gordon Klein stated, "The initial news has been widely disseminated and lives on the internet forever. When someone gets their reputation cleared, it rarely receives equal prominence in the media or online. So, it remains to be seen how horribly damaged my reputation is."

In his column, George Will was attempted to convince the reader that the academic community at UCLA is controlled by individuals determined to enforce "... conformity in the name of "diversity."

However, he could only do this by providing only half the story.

Nancy Gow


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