Political correctness

Accountability for Oberlin [With Comment by John]

Featured image Oberlin College in Ohio may be one of the most egregious politically correct campuses in the nation. Back in 2013, the campus closed down for a day of “racial sensitivity training” despite the fact that the administration knew that the supposed “racial incident” that prompted this “crisis” (someone spotted wearing Klan robes on campus) was a hoax. Then in 2016, Black Lives Matter and a number of super-woke Oberlin students »

Renaming Mania Curbed In Minnesota

Featured image Across the country, left-wingers are demanding that politically-incorrect statues be taken down and buildings and landmarks be renamed. Here in Minnesota, the most notorious such instance is Lake Calhoun, the largest of the famous chain of lakes in Minneapolis. Hardly anyone knew it until a few years ago, when leftists began agitating, but the lake was named in the early 19th Century after then-Secretary of War John C. Calhoun. We »

A crooked line at Villanova

Featured image I wrote last week about the new Maoist student evaluations adopted at Villanova University in “Villainy at Villanova” and in “Feel the truth, unity & love.” My object here is to support the message sent to the world from inside the belly of the beast by Professors Colleen Sheehan and James Matthew Wilson in their Wall Street Journal column “A mole hunt for diversity ‘bias’ at Villanova.” If you are »

Dinosaurs and Liberal Fossils

Featured image Lots of interest right now in a New Yorker article, “The Day the Dinosaurs Died,” about a paleontological find in North Dakota that purports to encapsulate the moments and hours after the dinosaur-killing meteor struck 66 million years ago. It’s a fun read, though some scientists have been expressing skepticism—perhaps borne of jealousy? The research hasn’t been published yet in a peer-reviewed journal! What—do we need to replicate an asteroid »

Northam, Fairfax, and Herring hang tough in Virginia

Featured image The Washington Post notes that all three of Virginia’s top three elected officials have remained in office despite the scandals that rocked them. The Post observes that the scandals are losing steam. Two of the three officials, Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, wore blackface decades ago. The third, Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax, has been accused of two instances of sexual assault. I’m glad that Northam and Herring »

Struggle sessions

Featured image Peggy Noonan advises us to “get ready for the coming struggle session.” What’s a struggle session? The term comes from Communist China’s cultural revolution of the 1960s. Noonan explains: In the struggle sessions the accused, often teachers suspected of lacking proletarian feeling, were paraded through streets and campuses, sometimes stadiums. It was important always to have a jeering crowd; it was important that the electric feeling that comes with the »

Donors don’t take kindly to political correctness at Yale

Featured image Peter Salovey is the President of Yale University. His presidency has been a craven one — too craven, it seems, for the University’s major donors. Michael Rubin finds that Yale is paying the price for Salovey’s willingness to accommodate the “social justice” crowd. Salovey has repeatedly yielded to the demands of that mob. As Rubin reminds us: [Salovey] threw respect for free speech and decorum under the bus when he »

The Yearbook Purges Begin

Featured image You just knew that a full-scale Maoist ideology struggle session would break out amongst college administrators in the aftermath of Governor Moonwalk’s yearbook fiasco. And behold American University: To:                  American University Community From:             Daniel Myers, Provost, Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life Re:                  Yearbook Review Dear American University Family, When the issue of yearbooks and past student conduct emerged in the national conversation last week, AU »

Facebook PC Censorship Rolls On

Featured image See if you can spot what is wrong with this Facebook ad: If you zeroed in on the word “colonial,” you win the prize. Apparently “fusion” cuisine is by implication verboten (oh wait—that’s a foreign word!) if it includes any possible favorable reference to the era of European colonies. Because here’s how Facebook dealt with this ad: To be more specific: The irony here is obvious: we’re imposing American PC »

Literary Outrages, With Pushback From the Sane

Featured image Here in Minnesota, we are witnessing two instances of the collapse of our educational institutions, both having to do with “controversial” literature. One year ago in Duluth, the public school administration banned both Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird–two indisputably great American novels–from the classroom. Now, sixteen brave Duluth teachers have protested the administration’s decision. My colleague Tom Steward has the story. The teachers’ letter is here. The letter »

Breaking: Northam Heading South? [Updated]

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s extraordinarily shocking open embrace of infanticide, and this afternoon the story is breaking about this image from Northam’s medical school yearbook page (see the upper right): It is not clear yet whether Northam is the person in blackface, or the person in the Klan hood (nice choice). The Virginia Senate Democratic leader Richard L. Saslaw  told the Washington Post: “While it’s in »

The Left Strikes Where It Hurts–Debate

Featured image I had a misspent youth. Not primarily because I haunted South Dakota pool halls, although I did some of that, but because I devoted most of my energies to high school and college debate. Paul did, too: we became friends as members of the Dartmouth debate team. Competitive debating had its faults, but there was never any doubt that facts, evidence and logical argument were all that counted. So this »

Orwellianism, privatized

Featured image This post by Jim Geraghty at NRO is so timely and so well-put that I’m taking the liberty of quoting it in its entirety and without comment: There is no sinister, government-run mass-surveillance system watching our every move. The vast majority of us chose to carry around smartphones with cameras, and some of us chose to livestream so much of what we see, whether it’s dramatic or not. Big Brother »

Baby, It’s Dumb Outside

Featured image The silly season has returned, with radio stations (do they still exist?) declining to play “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because #MeToo or something. The best takedown of this silliness remains Michele Bregande’s great article about it a year ago over at American Greatness. But a couple of merry pranksters have given it the old YouTube try: And from the great J.P. Sears: Of course, maybe the left has a point, »

Reuben Foster, Colin Kaepernick, and leftist sportswriting

Featured image Reuben Foster is a linebacker who starred at the University of Alabama and was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Battling injury, he played in 10 games for the 49ers last year, his rookie season, and 6 games so far this year. In February, Foster’s girl friend accused him of domestic violence. Police arrested Foster. However, she later recanted, claiming that she made up the allegations to »

Our Rotten Liberal Arts Colleges

Featured image I have a hypothesis that I’ve not yet published anywhere, but it seems like the propitious time has arrived. My hypothesis is that while places like Berkeley, Colorado/Boulder, the University of Wisconsin, etc. have the rap for being the most politically correct and radical institutions of higher education, in fact they are relatively sane compared to small, elite private liberal arts colleges. I believe that most small private liberal arts »

Cindy Hyde-Smith holds Senate seat for GOP in Mississippi

Featured image Tonight, Cindy Hyde-Smith easily defeated Mike Espy, a member of President Obama’s cabinet, in a run-off election in Mississippi. The margin of victory looks to be about 8 points. Hyde-Smith’s win means that the new Senate will consist of 53 Republicans. Consequently, President Trump may be able to nominate (and see confirmed) highly conservative judges and cabinet members he might have shied away from during the past two years. Contrary »