One semester, soon after a two-hour class devoted to the cases, I received an invitation to visit the Dean. After the requisite small-talk, the following colloquy occurred:
Dean: I've had a group of your con law students in here complaining that you're a racist.
I stared at him, dead silent.
At least fifteen seconds passed.
Holzer: Well what?
Dean: Well, what about what they said?
Dean: Well, don't you have anything to say?
Dean: If someone called me a racist, I'd sure want to deny it.
Holzer: No doubt.
More silence, longer this time.
Dean: So you're not going to deny it?
Holzer: Deny it? I'm not even going to acknowledge it.
Dean: Well, I guess that's it.
I stood up and left.
He never mentioned the subject again.
For those with the stamina to read my excoriation of the Heart of Atlanta and McClung cases, please see