is an author of ten books, including the most recent, Beyond Woke. He was Professor of Liberal Arts at NYU from 2008 through 2019. Follow him on Twitter @TheAntiPCProf
The American academy, once deemed “the envy of the world” by some, is anything but that. Far from the bastion of robust intellectual inquiry for the production and transmission of knowledge and wisdom, the American academy is a veritable indoctrination camp for activism and an echo chamber that allows only the prevailing orthodoxy of “social justice” ideology to be voiced, while dissident views, professors, and students are silenced, persecuted, exiled, and excised.
Forget about “safe spaces” as merely occasional comfort zones for minorities and others; universities themselves are now safe spaces for silencing dissident speech. The teaching at top universities, where this dross is initiated and from which it metastasizes, is that institutions of knowledge production and dissemination are racist to the core and need to be “decolonized.” As such, the works of “white men” are gutted, not only from literature curricula, but also from all other fields as well.
History is treated not as a record of the past, open for debate and investigation, but according to the dictates of what should have happened or what might have happened, rather than what did. Inside the classroom, history is decolonized, which means that it is sanitized and distorted. Outside of the classroom, for example, murals of WWII veterans are slated for removal for “lack of diversity.”