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A group of Yale faculty members have signed a letter supporting two colleagues at the center of massive campus protests.

Nicholas and Erika Christakis had been maligned on campus — even surrounded and shouted at by protesters — over an email that Erika sent prior to Halloween suggesting that students simply look away from costumes they deem offensive rather than creating a set of rules about what is and isn't acceptable to wear. Protesters demanded that Erika resign and then demanded the same of Nicholas because he defended his wife.

Now, 49 current or emeritus faculty members are defending the couple in a letter.

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