It is surprising and revolting that on American campuses there have been practically no voices decrying the outlandish claims of the protesters. The only voices of reason come from outside the campus hothouses. (A good example here.) These Emperor-is-fully-clothed claims would require us to believe that American universities and colleges, – which have instituted racial preferences in admissions, scholarships, and faculty hires, special buildings for black students, programs in black studies, endless diversity programs including mandatory “training,” deans in new positions devoted to diversity and equity, speech codes to protect minorities from hurt feelings – that these universities are hotbeds of racism and racial injustice driven by a climate of racial oppression, the consequence of ubiquitous white privilege and the sin of “whiteness.” Nor have there been many voices on campus remarking that the other demands of the protesters usually come right out of the playbook of their radical professors. Few dare point out that the protesters, having been indoctrinated throughout their schooling, are being manipulated by these radicals, their student leaders, and interested outsiders.
The term ‘microaggression’ suggests that something very small or even non-existent is blown way out of proportion through a hypersensitive subjective lens distorted by the worldview of malevolent and omnipresent racism. (Racial is not the same as racist.) This view is so perverse that we wonder why academics bend over backwards to accept its premises and then confess – under compulsion – that they have learned from the demonstrators. President Eisgruber of Princeton avers in a letter to alumni that he has “learned a great deal” from the demonstrators occupying his office. Cravenly capitulation to campus intimidation is very much out of place in universities critical of their foreign colleagues under Nazism and Communism. Since there is essentially zero racism on American campuses, the least racist spots in America, no one really believes the white-privilege narrative, despite the sheepish confessions. Since real racism is so very rare, many instances have had to be faked to create something to protest. Often the hardest change to make is in one’s worldview, a lesson the protesters have yet to learn. If there is to be true intellectual freedom and diversity on campus, the radical mountebanks must be challenged. Demonstrations, threats, protests seeking to stop this debate should not be tolerated.
Giving in to the demands of the student protesters will only buy peace for a while. The more they get, the more distorted becomes their hypersensitive lens, the more cantonized, separate, and dissatisfied they and their fellow students become. Other groups then start to call for their own privilege. Thus at the University of Missouri some students are demanding the creation of an American Indian Culture Center, more Indian faculty, an Indian Studies department. Why not a Latino Cultural Center? Does anyone seriously think any of this this will create more “inclusion?” It is bad enough that the creation of new departments with “Studies” in their names has diluted the intellectual substance of American higher education.
Many seem to disagree with the protesters, but hesitate to express it because “something needs to be done about hate speech.” In our view this hate speech, when not faked, is much, much more about frustration with the preferences given to minorities and the demonization of the white majority than about hatred of an entire race. So what to do? Simply stop the favoritism and go back to equal treatment with zero privileges for any group. This would give no excuse for backlash. In a campus truly devoted to intellectual activity everyone already is equally included and equally tasked to truth. That this is not the case is cause for sorrow. We remember the dismembering of President Summers of Harvard University for alluding to the well known fact that the distribution of IQs is different for women than for men. His lèse-majesté before the naked Emperor cost him his job.