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Hillsdale College Rejects Pressure From the Left to Virtue Signal Over Black Lives Matter

Hillsdale College Rejects Pressure From the Left to Virtue Signal Over Black Lives Matter

“Any student who has spent any time in any classroom at the college knows that we deal with the dignity of the human person in all of his/her manifestations”

Hillsdale College is one of the few colleges in the United States that could be considered conservative and the left despises them for this.

Campus Reform reports:

Hillsdale College rejects calls from ‘leftist mob’ to ‘virtue signal’

Across the campus of Hillsdale College stand statues of figures including Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and a Union soldier. For a school that sent a higher percentage of its students to fight for the Union in the Civil War than any other western college.

Despite the school’s history, Hillsdale has faced mounting pressure in recent weeks to comment on current race issues. Online postings and letters have said the “college’s silence is deafening.” On June 18, the administration posted a statement explaining its silence — and outlining the decades of action it’s taken in the realm of race equality.

The letter, released in the Hillsdale Collegian, says “the College is pressed to speak. It is told that saying what it always has said is insufficient. Instead, it must decry racism and the mistreatment of Black Americans in particular.”

Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable section on June 21, the letter goes on to say that these ideas are exactly what the college has always stood for, not just in recent times for the sake of conformity like some school’s recent statements.

“Everything the College does, though its work is not that of an activist or agitator, is for the moral and intellectual uplift of all,” the letter says.

“Any student who has spent any time in any classroom at the college knows that we deal with the dignity of the human person in all of his/her manifestations, attempting to see the essence of the person, rather than the accidents of a person,” Hillsdale Professor of History Brad Birzer told Campus Reform. “If a student does not know this, the student wasn’t paying attention.”

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My own alma mater has been taken over by the “woke” administrators and faculty and the mobs. I’ve donated to it every year for the last 50 years. The President just issued a letter saying they will hire a Diversity VP (with his/her expensive retinue) and will mandate that all freshmen take a political indoctrination course.

This year, my donation will go to Hillsdale College, the only one that seems willing to stand up against the anarchists. I will continue this until my own “woke” college resumes its emphasis on quality education for all, without the expensive virtue signaling. I don’t expect that to happen in the near future.

    Hieronymous Machine in reply to OldProf2. | June 25, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Hillsdale, St. John’s in Annapolis, a few others are all that’s left for school’s protecting and fostering an environment of open dialogue, of testing, changing, and refining world views.

    My alma mater is unrecognizable to me these days. Bazillions spent on tangibles to coddle the soft-bottomed, another few mil on protecting the soft-shelled from “violent” words.

    One example: I, too, used to heckle the fundie street preacher, but I didn’t call the cops (both campus and city, in this case), and had I, I *certainly* wouldn’t have gone all scream-scheiss when the cops (first campus then city) explained that preacher-boy’s speech, delivered from the sidewalk, was just as protected as the snapping-fingers candlelight-vigil speaker series.

MattLauersNob | June 25, 2020 at 11:31 pm

Hillsdale refuses all federal funding so they don’t have to bow to the Wokey McWokes. Stand firm, Hillsdale.

A Punk Named Yunk | June 26, 2020 at 11:28 am

A breath of fresh air in a lunacy-polluted atmosphere!

Too bad it’s still a liberal (pardon the expression) arts college. I would want my kids in the hard sciences (I do have two EE sons) with some obligatory US and world history and communication skills.

This idiocy could (and should) have been stamped out in the 60’s when students first started thinking they own the universities and administration did nothing to disabuse them of their delusions. How in blazes will we ever dig ourselves out of this snake pit?

Bring back [Chicago] Mayor Daly’s cops to all campuses!

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