“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
– William Shakespeare
While a rose by any other name may smell as sweet, it would seem that when a Massachusetts College Professor is called a Marxist, even though the Professor describes herself as a Marxist, it’s known as “Red Baiting“.
Wellesley College professor Julie Matthaei describes herself as a “Marxist-feminist-anti-racist-ecological-economist” on the college’s official website, but accused a pro-business group of “red-baiting” for citing this description in an advertisement opposing minimum wage hikes.
It was her description of herself that we put in the ad,” Michael Saltsman, research director for the pro-business group The Employment Policies Institute (EPI), said in an interview with Campus Reform on Tuesday.
EPI’s advertisement appeared in The New York Timeson Feb. 27 and included quotations from academic economists — including Matthaei — who had signed a petition supporting the policy.
“Suddenly you’re thrust on the national stage, and it was a shock,” Matthaei said in an article inThe Boston Globe. “I felt I was being red-baited.”
Saltsman said he does not think the ad is red-baiting, but simply offers insight into the backgrounds of those who signed the petition.
“She acts as if she is sort of shocked by this ad, but it’s your description of yourself,” he said. “So, if you’re offended by your own words, that’s fine.
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