Libel per se

college.jpegGlenn Reynolds, writing about the dustup at Brandeis over this letter (“marked up” here):

And I think that false charges of racism aimed at a professor today are like false charges of unchastity or “loathsome disease” aimed at a woman in 1890 — libelous per se.

I like his thinking here a lot. But why only professors?

UPDATE: “A personnel matter” — the last refuge of scoundrels.