Diaz ‘ha­rass­ment’ up­sets au­thors

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Au­thor Re­becca Walker and some two dozen ed­u­ca­tors from Har­vard, Stan­ford and other schools are protest­ing what they call a “me­dia-ha­rass­ment cam­paign” against Junot Diaz. In a let­ter to the ed­i­tor pub­lished on Mon­day on the web­site of The Chron­i­cle of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the sig­na­to­ries cited “at times un­crit­i­cal” cov­er­age of sex­ual mis­con­duct against the Pulitzer Prizewin­ning nov­el­ist. Diaz has said he ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for his be­hav­iour. In Mon­day’s let­ter, Walker and oth­ers say they don’t dis­miss the al­le­ga­tions, but worry about a “sen­sa­tion­al­ist” por­trait of the au­thor, one that re­in­forces stereo­types of blacks and Lati­nos as sex­ual preda­tors. They also con­tend that the dis­cus­sion rules out such ex­ter­nal fac­tors as racism and colo­nial­ism and how they af­fect “the most in­ti­mate spa­ces.”

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