Roland Was Railroaded
Rob Montz of Good Kid Productions recently released this J’Accuse vindication of Roland Fryer. Ideological bias and contra-contrarianism, though hard to prove, are indeed the most plausible explanations for the extreme harshness of the treatment he received.
What is crystal clear is that Harvard absurdly overreacted to what was at most a misunderstanding. Equally clear is that Roland would have been safe if he hadn’t treated his co-workers like friends. As if universities weren’t doing enough to promote paranoid isolation already.
My modest proposal to carve out a discrimination law exception for jokes might have saved Roland, but probably not. The case against him rested on gaffes, not jokes. The price of these gaffes was national humiliation, the shuttering of his lab, and over a million dollars in lost salary.
Enjoy the video, which gives a fine survey of Roland’s research before recounting his Kafkaesque ordeal.