What if You Were Saida Grundy and the Tweets Weren’t Actually Yours?

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It may sound far-fetched, but unfortunately it is not.

Today the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story on Noel Ignatiev, a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Ignatiev is the author of How the Irish Became White, and he publishes the journal Race Traitor, which focuses on the damage done by “the social construct known as the White race.”

Simply knowing that much, one might expect that Ignatiev has been the target of the sort of attacks that Saida Grundy has recently received. But in Ignatiev’s case, the primary impetus for the attacks is very surprising.

In 2013, Diversity Chronicle, which on its masthead warns that the “original content on this website is largely satirical,” published a piece purporting to describe Ignatiev’s inflammatory exit into retirement from his current faculty position.

He was not, of course, retiring, and the statements attributed to…

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