Society & Culture

Double-Blind in Academia

There are many ways to commit suicide in academia today.  Bret Weinstein, a biology professor at Evergreen State College, opted not to take part in the school’s annual “Day of Absence” celebration.  Participation in the racially motivated festivity required white students and faculty to absent themselves from campus for 24 hours in order to reflect on the racist horror show masquerading as the United States.  Instead, in March 2017 Weinstein complained in a letter to the school’s administration that such a policy discriminated based on skin color.  After Weinstein’s missive leaked, student radicals denounced him in a viral video as both racist and intolerant for having the temerity to question their racialist orthodoxy.  In response, Weinstein resigned from Evergreen later that year.

In 2015 Yale professor Nicholas Christakis defended an email his wife, a fellow Yale instructor, had sent out advising students that they were mature enough not to be lectured by the administration as to which Halloween costumes passed p.c. muster and which committed the latest unforgivable sin of cultural appropriation.  Yale’s aggrieved mob argued Christakis had unforgivably placed “the burden of confrontation, education, and maturity on the offended.”

For his sins, Christakis lost his position as housemaster of Silliman College.  But one need not wade into...

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