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Monday, November 14, 2016

Discrimination in the Academy

For John, BLUFI don't see it so much, but then I an in Continuing Ed at UMass Lowell.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is the opinion page of The New York Times, so perhaps the letter from Pinch is having an impact.  The Columnist is Mr Nicholas Kristof.

Here is the lede plus three:

WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious.  We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.

“Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me.  “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.”

That seems pretty strong. But, here is a broader look at the problem:
Four studies found that the proportion of professors in the humanities who are Republicans ranges between 6 and 11 percent, and in the social sciences between 7 and 9 percent.

Conservatives can be spotted in the sciences and in economics, but they are virtually an endangered species in fields like anthropology, sociology, history and literature.  One study found that only 2 percent of English professors are Republicans (although a large share are independents).

In contrast, some 18 percent of social scientists say they are Marxist.  So it’s easier to find a Marxist in some disciplines than a Republican.

This election is just making it worse, where those students (and faculty?) who were for Mrs Clinton are being given counseling.  What is that saying about those who voted for Mr Trump?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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