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Prof Claims There Are Few Liberal Havens in Academia

Prof Claims There Are Few Liberal Havens in Academia

“many will be too exhausted to protest if we managed to land a tenure-track job”

The entire field of academia is a liberal haven. What is this professor thinking?

Campus Reform reported:

Prof complains there are ‘few liberal havens’ in academia

An anonymous professor insists that contrary to their reputation as “liberal ‘havens,’” college campuses are actually hotbeds of “institutional racism.”

The anonymous professor, who describes herself as “a black woman faculty member at a HWCU (or historically white college or university),” claims in an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed that she entered academia with high hopes that it would provide “social protection, professional stability, and financial freedom,” but has since concluded that “I was wrong.”

Disputing the notion of “colleges as manufacturing plants for little liberal soldiers” as “a fairy tale created by political conservatives to reconstruct classism around education rather than political affiliation,” she declares that she has “found few liberal havens in academic spaces,” and speculates that her experience is far from unique.

Comparing her treatment in academia to “death by a thousand cuts,” the professor asserts that most faculty of color spend their days “ducking microaggressions, hurdling stereotypes, and navigating emotional distress,” adding that even after enduring those difficulties, “most of us will be denied tenure, and many will be too exhausted to protest if we managed to land a tenure-track job at all.”

Noting that “I came to the academy to create platforms for change,” the professor says that “instead I found an institution where skepticism permeates discussions of inequality and willful ignorance of prejudicial rhetoric perpetuates discrimination.”

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Colleges and universities were once all liberal institutions. That changed. I am a liberal. I have been since the early ’60s. “Liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade. I would add, it includes a recognition that our society needs change—particularly in the area of enhancing civil, social, and personal liberties.
The universities gave up ‘Liberalism’ and became socialist, authoritarian, and fascist. All of which are antithetical to liberalism.(As the fascist-left defiles our language they destroy the foundations our country.)

She describes the stresses of all faculty but adds a racial lens…so typical.

Further, she can’t argue with the statistics of political affiliation in higher ed…but she does, and she’ll get a pass because of that racial lens.

This chick is delusional. Academia is a LEFTIST haven, but shows absolutely no traces of classical liberalism. Conservative students, from undergrads to doctoral candidates, are bullied, slandered, and ostracized. I’ve been on the receiving end of that nonsense.

OleDirtyBarrister | November 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

She is indeed delusional and should be forced to receive a real world education by working 30 years in the base sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and construction. Then she will know the difference between the real world and a liberal haven.

Socialist rat’s nests. Remember Dr. Jenny Traschen of UMASS Amherst, who had the extremely bad timing to describe the U.S. flag “”It’s a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and repression,” to the Select Board in Amherst about flying the flag in request of veterans (http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/14/rec.flag.dispute/index.html?_s=PM:US) on 9/10/01.

She still enjoys a position in the physics dept.

“I came to the academy to create platforms for change,” the professor says that “instead I found an institution where skepticism permeates discussions of inequality and willful ignorance of prejudicial rhetoric perpetuates discrimination.”

In other words, nobody is buying your BS and the butthurt is deep. Wah.

    pilgrim1949 in reply to fxdwg69. | November 28, 2017 at 10:41 am

    “I came to the academy to create platforms for change,” the professor says…

    Golly gee willikers. Here all along I thought that people entered the teaching profession primarily to — well, I don’t know, just maybe — TEACH???

    Silly me. Now I see the errors of my way.

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