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IUPUI apologizes to janitor

July 14, 2008
How did we get to the point where someone can be accused of racial harassment for reading a scholarly book about the Ku Klux Klan â?? a book in which the good guys, Notre Dame students, whip the bad guys, the Klan?

Thatâ??s what happened at IUPUI in a flare-up that both the university and the accused say came to a close late last week.

Janitor Keith John Sampson was told by IUPUI last year that he had insulted black co-workers and all but carried pornography to work by reading â??Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klanâ?? during a break â?? a book, coincidentally, carried in the university library.

After civil rights groups, including the ACLU, pressured IUPUI, the university began to backpedal and finally â?? after being shamed by a Wall Street Journal columnist earlier last week â?? sent a letter of apology to Sampson.

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