A controversy is breaking out at MIT over a professor being denied tenure. The professor is black and MIT has less than a representative number of black professors. The automatic assumption is that the hunger strike is over racism in the hiring process, but the letter Noam Chomsky signed said that the professor had been in an “openly contentious” relationship with someone on the tenure board. Nothing to do with race. So why are they protesting? If he was white would there be these complaints? The next time you accuse racism actually accuse racism.