To the Editor:
There was one small but important error of fact in Philip Gourevitch’s otherwise accurate and insightful article on Leonard Jeffries [“The Jeffries Affair,” March] and, secondarily, myself.
Mr. Gourevitch omitted the third and most significant charge I brought against City College, namely, that the president had set up a committee to determine whether my writings might constitute “action unbecoming a professor,” the language in my employment contract which triggers discipline. (These writings, which the president evidently took to constitute prima-facie evidence of incompetence to teach, were a letter to the editor of the New York Times, a letter to the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Association, and a book review in an Australian magazine of opinion.) Not surprisingly, the court found this committee, which sat for nine months and produced at the end of that time a three-page report, an obvious attempt to silence and intimidate me.
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