(Washington Post) Earlier this month, someone left a hand-written flier on the door of a faculty member's office at American University's Washington College of Law that read, "All Lives Matter."
It didn't go unnoticed.
That phrase — to some, code language for a racist rejection of an important cultural wake-up call, for others, an idealistic appeal for a simple, more universal truth — set off a series of reactions.
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A large group of faculty were offended, saying the phrase was used by white supremacists. Students held a community forum.
And a couple of professors on a national civil-rights commission asked the dean, incredulously, "What is wrong with your faculty and staff members?"