Colleges have become breeding grounds for the worst ideas infecting the country.
Many alumni and some faculty members are not happy about it.
And an elite university lost financial support for one jaw-dropping reason.
For decades, radical leftists have systematically taken over universities and spread their bad ideas.
A handful of conservatives and honest liberals has been sounding the alarm for years, but they were met with arguments like “college kids will outgrow the radical phase when they enter the real world,” “the corrosive far-left views are only confined to universities,” and “the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields will be immune to the madness.”
All of those predictions were gravely wrong.
The woke college kids have taken their ideas into the “real world” and turned it into Clownworld, and the STEM fields are being infected all the same.
That’s why two alumni of MIT are withdrawing their financial support and rebuking the school in an open letter.
Tom Hafer, who worked in missile and drone technology, and Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, wrote an op-ed outlining all the ways MIT has gone “woke.”
The two wrote in City Journal:
The most vivid illustration of how far the university has sunk is the disgraceful cancellation of University of Chicago professor Dorian Abbot. When MIT invited the distinguished geophysicist to give a public lecture, he seemed a natural choice, “a scientific star who studies climate change and whether planets in distant solar systems might harbor atmospheres conducive to life,” in the words of the New York Times. But Abbot had committed the mortal sin of arguing, in Newsweek, that the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives on college campuses “violates the ethical and legal principle of equal treatment” and “treats persons as merely means to an end, giving primacy to a statistic over the individuality of a human being.”
The disinvitation of Abbot was only one data point.
A Catholic Chaplain at the university was fired for stating that George Floyd “had not lived a virtuous life,” even though he explicitly said he should not have been killed.
MIT also began a compulsory diversity, inclusivity, and equity program for entering students.
The preeminent math and technology university in the country is bending the knee to wokeness, and that’s a bad sign for the country.
Math and sciences are supposed to be the backstops to lunacy, but those fields have been politicized by radicals.
Hafer and Miller concluded their letter with potential remedies to the problem:
First, facts are not racist, and stating facts is not racism. Second, a person’s ethnicity or skin color does not define him or her as a racist, oppressor, or victim. Third, intellectual ability and achievement are the principal requirements for admission as a student or faculty member to any university. Fourth, diversity of opinions is desired and supported. Fifth, a just, democratic society requires equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal responsibility; it does not require equal outcomes. And finally, adherence to the statements above must not be sacrificed for political, social, or public relations considerations.
The Left appears to have gone too far down the road of wokeness.
The MIT alumni’s warning will likely fall on deaf ears among the administration.
It appears even MIT is on a slow trajectory of inevitable decline.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.