Geopolitics

Chicago Vs. Smith College

It is well known that you must not criticize Black Lives Matter (even less offensive than “All Lives Matter”), Critical Race Theory or any other aspect of transgenderism. And it seems increasingly difficult to criticize the Orthodoxy of “Diversity, Justice and Inclusion” (DEI) in any way.

Hear the case of Dorian Abbot, a professor of geology at the University of Chicago who criticized DEI orthodoxy. He talked about it and offered some presentations with slides which you can find here, here, here and here. Here are four of them as an example if you don’t have time to track down these links:

And Prof. Abbot’s three-page report on the matter is here.

You can imagine what happened next: outrage that Prof. Abbot made the campus “unsafe”. A statement denouncing Abbot received 162 signatures (mostly from PhD students, each of whom made sure to include their preferred pronouns), including “The content of Professor Dorian Abbot’s videos compromise the safety and belonging of all underrepresented groups within the department and serve to undermine initiatives for equity, diversity and inclusion driven by the Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Coordination Team (EDICT). ”

As a full-time professor, Abbot cannot be fired, but the Declaration requires Abbot to face numerous penalties, each serving as “protection” for students who now feel “unsafe” if they are around such a bigot are located.

Fortunately, the President of the University of Chicago Robert Zimmer got none of this and made a statement that in part reads:

From time to time, faculty members at the university exchange views and scholarships that lead to heated debate and disagreement, and in some cases offensive to members of the university community.

As formulated in the Chicago Principles, the University of Chicago is deeply committed to the values ​​of academic freedom and freedom of expression, and these values ​​have been consistent throughout our history. We believe universities play an important role as places where novel and even controversial ideas can be proposed, tested and discussed. For this reason, the university does not limit faculty members’ comments, apologize, or impose other disciplinary consequences for such comments unless there is a violation of university policy or law. Faculty is free to agree or disagree with any policy or approach of the university, its departments, schools, or departments without subject to discipline, reprimand, or any other form of punishment.

In other words, throw it up, you neigh students. BTW – Memo to Academic Departments and Corporations: Have this student list handy to help you figure out who you definitely don’t want to hire.

In contrast, Smith College in Massachusetts follows the usual pattern. Jodi Shaw, an administrative clerk for Smith, rejected the ideological fanaticism of the critical awareness training based on critical racial theory required of all employees. Mrs. Smith appeared at Tucker’s not so long ago. Here is the short segment:

Here are some of Shaw’s original YouTube videos that sparked this controversy.

Aaaannnnd You can imagine what happened next: Smith College President Kathleen McCartney discharged Shaw with a formal statement:

Last week, a college employee posted a personal video expressing concern about the college’s programs to promote racial justice. Since the video was released, members of the President’s Cabinet and I have heard from many members of the Smith community who disagreed with the content of the post. This employee is not speaking for the college or any part of the college. Additionally, we believe the video misrepresents the college’s important, ongoing efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive living, learning and working environment.

You should know that the employee has not violated college guidelines by sharing their personal views on a personal channel. The National Labor Relations Act protects employees who engage in concerted activities, including speeches, regarding working conditions. All members of a workplace, including Smith College, have the freedom to criticize their employer’s policies and practices.

Even so, I am writing to affirm that the President’s Cabinet and I believe we have a moral responsibility to promote racial justice, justice, and inclusion at Smith College. Please know that our commitment to the people of color in our church is unwavering. And especially for our color students, please know that we are always there for you.

Translation: We can’t fire Shaw, but she should indeed be considered a pariah on campus.

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