Letter to the Editor | The Cornell Community Makes Final Remarks on Rickford’s Words

Re “Cornell Professor “Exhilarated” by Hamas’s Attack Defends Remark” (news article, Oct. 17)

To the Editor: 

I thank Professor Rickford for delivering his anti-Semitic screed without recourse to the jargon used by many on the post-structuralist left. He does not claim Hamas reimagined Eurocentric repertoires of contention or invited colonizers to engage in transversal grief. He has no need for obfuscation. He simply learned about a massacre of Jews and found it “exhilarating.” He doesn’t mask his views because he believes they are acceptable for a professor at an elite academic institution. Cornell’s administration will now let us know if he is correct.