Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Professor Quoted as Saying Slavery Was ‘Not So Bad’

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 12th, 2015

A professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans who was quoted in The New York Times as saying that slavery was “not so bad” has seen his libel lawsuit against the newspaper thrown out by a federal judge, reports The Times-Picayune.
Walter Block, who holds an endowed chair in economics at the private college, was quoted in an article in The New York Times last year as saying several controversial things, including that Woolworth’s had a right to deny service to African-Americans at its lunch counters.
Mr. Block subsequently defended himself, writing on a blog that he believed slavery was “vicious, depraved, and monstrous.” In the lawsuit, he contended that the reporter had taken his remarks out of context.

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