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  • PC in the strangest places

       February 24, 2010

    I was reading the comments to a Chronicle of Higher Education article about Amy Bishop. Talking about the tenure process, one man noted that the politically correct culture of academia weeds out political dissenters like conservatives and Christians well before they'd ever be up for tenure. He says:

    As Marc Bauerlein has powerfully written in the pages of The Chronicle, political discrimination in the humanities and social sciences against anyone is not politically correct begins with the search committees, and the initial drawing up of candidates for positions in the first place. Open conservatives, and open Christians, have little chance making the short-list. There is real prejudice against them. The result is that I don't think there are a lot of oppressed secret political dissenters among the untenured faculty in the humanities and social sciences (though I know one or two). The system eliminated most of them much earlier in the process.

    It's interesting to read an obvious insider confirming what those of us who've suffered under ultra-liberal professors already knew. But then, in the very same comment, this guys notes that:

    I'm reserving my sympathy for the three senior faculty-members who were killed, two of whom were African-American and one an Indian-American, and their families, who must be so terribly distraught.

    What the? Why in the world is the ethnicity of the victims relevant to this guy? I've read some unhinged conservatives who are almost gleefully calling it a "racist" rampage, but that's it. Most of the evidence points to the fact that this woman was a sociopath and a time bomb (not to mention a pipe bomber).

    It's like he realized how un-PC his original comments were and quick had to write something PC to make up for it. So really, that comment makes me think that academics have gotten so politically correct that it's somehow worse to them to kill African-Americans or Indian-Americans or Latin Americans or anyone other than plain ole garden variety white people. I guess I shouldn't be surprised as it's the logical progression from hate crime legislation that states that killing someone for one reason is somehow worse than killing them for another. It's Murder Plus!

    Posted by at February 24, 2010 08:52 AM

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