Noble Reading Week
In his career, professor David Noble was living proof of Noam Chomsky’s hypothesis that if you serve power, power rewards you with respectability; and if you work to undermine power, whether by political analysis or moral critique, you are “reviled, imprisoned, driven into the desert.”
In my view, professor Noble was a prominent victim of a culture of oppression and retaliation by the York administration (see the Sept. 16 and 23, 2009 issues of Excalibur).
I believe an independent review is needed of some systemic issues and conditions that may lead to discrimination and retaliations of the type David Noble suffered at York.
I also believe the fall reading week at York should be named the David Noble Reading Week in recognition of his vigorous and life-long campaigning for the effective enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code.