Fight the Battle that Counts

The New York Times Sunday Review carried an excellent article by Nicholas Kristof entitled, “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance.”

The first paragraph was very telling with, “We progressives believe in diversity and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table, so long as they aren’t conservatives.”

Mr. Kristof’s story focused on George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.  Yancey said, “Outside of academia I face more problems as a black, but inside academia I face more problems as a Christian and it is not even close.”

Kristof goes on, “I’ve been thinking about this because of Facebook. Recently I wondered whether universities stigmatize conservatives and undermine intellectual diversity.

“The scornful reaction from my fellow liberals proved the point.  One wrote, ‘Much of the conservative worldview consists of ideas that are known empirically to be false.’  Another wrote, ‘The truth has a liberal slant.’”

Speaking of Facebook, Michael Nunez just pointed out that Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section.

Several former Facebook “news curators” told the design and technology blog Gizmodo that they were told to artificially inject selected stories into the trending news module.

In other words, according to Nunez, Facebook’s news sections’ operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers.

Among the conservative news items that were deep-sixed or suppressed were topics about IRS official Lois Lerner who was accused of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; news from the Drudge Report; and Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was murdered in 2013.

It was also reported that stories covered by conservative outlets like Breitbart, the Washington Examiner and Newsmax that were trending enough to be picked by Facebook’s algorithm were excluded unless mainstream sites like the New York Times, the BBC and CNN covered the same stories.

Mr. Kristoff further observes that when perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when some kinds of thinkers are not at the table, classrooms become echo chambers rather than sounding boards and we all lose.

When one considers that Republican professors in the Humanities range between 6 and 11 percent and Social Sciences between 7 and 9 percent, is it any wonder why twenty something adults believe in Bernie Sanders?

One study found that only 2 percent of English professors are Republicans.  In contrast, some 18 percent of social scientists says they are Marxist.

The scarcity of conservatives seems driven in part by discrimination.

Even at the University of North Texas, where Professor George Yancey works, he conducted a study that found that up to 30 percent of academics said they would be less likely to support a job seeker if they knew that person was a Republican.

The article concludes with universities should be a hubbub of the full range of political perspectives from A to Z, not just from V to Z.

Republican governors and legislatures should pick more conservative administrators to correct this imbalance. In Oklahoma, nearly all the colleges and universities are run by Democrats. Political correctness will never be eliminated when conservatives attack one another – as in the presidential campaign – and allow those who have harmed the country for the last eight years to go scot free.