Dear Dr. Amott:
I read an article this morning alerting me to the vile public comments (isn’t Twitter a public social media outlet) your visiting professor Kwame Zulu Shabazz has made. While anti-Semitism is nothing new, it strikes me as odd that you and the College, a place of tolerance, would not roundly condemn these anti-Semitic statements. The university is a place of thoughts and ideas, not a dark home to conspiracies, lies and falsehoods parading as truths.
Two arguments I would like to make here:
My daughter is a sophomore in a suburban Chicago high school. Due to your administration’s inaction in confronting Mr. Shabazz’s hateful rhetoric I do not think that Knox College will be on her list of colleges to visit. Nor do I think her Jewish friends will find the College worthy of consideration. As a university president, it is your job to ensure civilized discourse and not encourage the dark lies of hatred and bigotry. I believe you must do what a President should do — you must lead.
Very truly yours,