Re: Mr. Hicks, mad-ons, and strategy

Harriet Lyons (hlyons@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 11:41:30 -0500

Another strategy the can be very effective and take very little time was
employed by a colleague of mine at another university - she posted a
rather pussyfooting article on the Murray/Herrnstein/Rushton books which
appeared in our Canadian national newspaper of record on her office door
naming it
for what it was (backlash was one of the words used, and a phrase about
catering to racism) I doubt it took ten minutes, it reached quite a few
people, and wasn't dependent on the newspaper's decision to publish an op
ed piece (something my husband tried unsuccessfully to accomplish during
Rushton's last foray up here in Canada, though a local paper published
the piece-not all of the "silence" Lieber speaks of up here was
deliberate strategy, some was enforced ). But the general thread that
it's more important to speak to people who don't agree with us than to
those who share our opinions is important, and I thank Lieber for saying
it so forcefully.