Buffaloed

Risking political incorrectness, Penn rescinds its speech code

"Shut up, you water buffalo." Those words, shouted in January by Eden Jacobowitz, an Israeli-born freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, sparked one of the more bizarre incidents in the annals of political correctness. Jacobowitz was reacting to the noise being made by five black sorority sisters outside his dorm room. The women summoned the campus police. And though Jacobowitz, an Orthodox Jew, explained the epithet as a translation for the Hebrew behemah, slang for "fool" or "dummy," he was charged with racial harassment under Penn's hate-speech policy and threatened with suspension. The case became a symbol of correctness run amuck,...

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