The campuses of American colleges and universities have been bastions of liberalism and political correctness for the last 50 years.
While nominally advocating for diversity and multi-cultural views, college campuses are in reality the least diverse places in the nation. Most college campuses embrace only one view of the world politically and culturally — and that view is through a very left-leaning prism.
The most recent example of how colleges block views that differ from their on liberal orthodoxy was the action by Brandeis University in Massachusetts in withdrawing a planned honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ali was raised in a very strict Muslim family and suffered at the hands of a radical culture that embraces violence against women through genital mutilation, beatings, and honor killings. She later escaped the torture of radical Islam and ended up as a member of the Dutch Parliament. From that position, she became an outspoken critic of violent Islam and of Middle Eastern countries that condone the abuse of women as part of their religious/cultural traditions.
Because of violence and threats against her, Ali eventually moved to the U.S. for greater personal safety. She has remained, however, an outspoken critic of violence against women in the Middle East that is excused as part of Islamic cultural traditions.
Although Ali is a strong advocate for women in a part of the world where women are treated as chattel, her strong words against Islam have won her few friends among left-wing liberals. It was liberal apologists for radical Islam that opposed Ali speaking at Brandeis and pressured its administration to withdraw its honorary degree for her.
Funny how liberals in this country talk about the “war on women,” but are opposed to hearing from someone who speaks against the real violence against women in the Middle East.
Political correctness run amuck.
Here are some other recent examples of how college campuses in the U.S. are intensely focused on not allowing any views but those that meet the liberal litmus test:
--At the University of Colorado last Halloween, university officials issued a memorandum asking students to be careful in how they picked their costumes to celebrate the occasion. Among the costumes that university officials opposed were those of cowboys, which college officials called a “crude sterotype.”
--A how-to guide by Washington State University designed to help Western journalists cover the Islamic world elevates ethnic sensitivity toward Islam over the U.S. First Amendment. It suggested that reporters should never publish images of Muhammed since doing so could be offensive to Muslims.
--The use of “trigger warnings” are a new wave on some college campuses where students are demanding that professors warn them in advance of class readings and topics that they might find offensive or troubling.
--Last year, the U.S. Justice Department issued a memo to colleges about sexual harassment that basically would have students suspended without any hearing or due process simply on allegations of harassment.
--A professor at Queens University in Canada had his career ended in 2012 after he read in a class from documents related to WWII. His course was about imperialism and neo-colonialism during WWII and in reading from contemporary documents of that era, the phrases “japs,” and “rag head” were used. A student complained that she was offended by the terms and the professor was forced out.
Barrow County government officials have long been accused of insider dealing when it comes to providing public jobs for friends and family. It’s often called the “good old boy network.”
This week’s story about how the county tax commissioner has set her husband up in a county office to do work for a private firm that collects back taxes only fuels that image of county leaders using insider connections for a favored few.
But the worst part of the deal may be that they apparently tried to hide the questionable work relationship by having the private firm pay him through a LLC set up in his daughter’s name.
In what public job would it ever be kosher to make a job for a spouse in the same office and then seek to hide the financial relationship by funneling money through another family member’s name?
Mike Buffington is co-publisher of the Barrow Journal. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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