For John, BLUF: Self-censorship is still desired by some in the name of being politically correct. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is one of those terrible arguments where we hold the past to today's standards, and fail to understand the past in its own terms. In this case a University President, James W. Wagner, PhD, of Emory University, noted that the decision of the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to count slaves as three fifths of a person allowed the Union to be formed:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.Without the compromise there would have been no grand Union and perhaps slavery would have continued in the Southern States longer than it did. But, one of Dr Wagner's Department's is mad at him.
The linked blog post thinks this is PC run wild.
The alternative view is that Dr Wagner had lost the Department of History and African American Studies already and this is just a public example of it. He probably has an engineer's sensibilities about such issues and fails to understand the nuances of appeasing people. Fortunately, engineers build our bridges.
Regards — Cliff