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Monday, August 29, 2005

A New Way to Increase Your SSRN Downloads: Antagonize Local Racists and Rednecks!

Some will recall the controversy that ensued when legal historian Alfred Brophy (Law, Alabama) drew attention to the University of Alabama's involvement with slavery and the University eventually issued an apology.  Local racists and rednecks were not at all pleased by this development, and took their ire out on Professor Brophy.  But there is a silver lining in every cloud, it turns out, since on one of the racist chat boards they discovered Professor Brophy's work on SSRN!  Not only did Professor Brophy get downloads, he even got "helpful" feedback on his work.  Here is the posting that started it all:

RE:  No Reparations Without Repatriation- Ever Wonder Why You Are Such A Miserable Failure? I robert register to abrophy
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=561441

Al,
After reading that DePaul article, I figured out what your problem is.  I am sure you have heard of reincarnation. Well, I believe a past life is at the root of your problem. See, back in one of your many miserable past lives, you were a mean old white woman who was called "Ole Miss" by her servants. Every time your husband went down to Mobile to sell his cotton, you took out all your frustration on his servants and when he returned from market he found all his field hands whipped bloody by overseers who were ordered to do their devilment by YOU.
This explains why you have chosen to abort the truth and to take the path leading to failure.Your defeat at everything you touch and your attempts to produce miscarriages of justice are simply the wheel of karma allowing you to pay reparations for the sins of your past life as an evil, sadistic hag.

This produced a follow-up posting as follows:

Re: No Reparations Without Repatriation- Ever Wonder Why You Are Such A Miserable Failure?

Roberto,
This boy is one of a long line of race pimps who trade on largely imagined and exaggerated racial infractions for money, power, sex, and, yes, even academic prestige. Examples of this genre are Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakan, Morris Dees, Alvin Holmes, etc. It is a huge industry in the country, apparently unstoppable, because any critics are labeled racist, which today is a label worse than murderer. Brophy attends these academic conferences where he presents papers about his "research" at his benighted southern university, where the neo-Confederates are so drooling, cross-eyed bigoted that they don't even realize that they should apologize and surrender the entire institution to the blacks who built it and rightfully own it. All of his "colleagues" from Madison, Boulder, Berkeley, while nibbling brie and sipping Merlot sadly shake their heads and ask why he stays there. And of course, the answer is, that he has it made, because the nutless administration of the University of Alabama is afraid to expose the little pinched-off turd as an opportunistic fraud and run him off to the next institution he'll victimize.
Yours,
Whit

All this prompted an e-mail to Professor Brophy from this fine fellow:

Subject :  Re: No Reparations W/O Repatriation

Mr. Brophy:
I'm just a 'sideliner' in that I'm watching what's going on. It causes me distress that you're espousing a concept that is not only impractical, but in actuality a 150-plus year-old 'bait and switch' rallying call. You do not come across to ears and minds that ponder solutions, but as an educated (do not read as "smart"), academic paranoid who believes if the fecal cauldron will not be kept in motion unless by your blatherings; thus you'll feel like you're insignificant. (Read that any way you wish, but do NOT make it out as a 'race' thing.)  Your biggest fear is in the end you'll be discovered as someone who needs to be heard -- on any subject as long as it attracts attention to you -- to justify your personal security blanket and one who really isn't convinced of the veracity of what you say.Best wishes for successful therapy,R. L. Wait

Mr. Wait had obviously cut to the heart of the matter:  Professor Brophy's goal all along was to increase his SSRN downloads!

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