2001 'Campus Follies' Highlights Liberal Bias in Higher Education
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's largest conservative outreach organization to America's college youth says there is a "complete disconnect between the American people ... and what the university infrastructure, particularly professors and administrators believed following the September 11th attacks."
Ron Robinson, president of the Young America's Foundation (YAF)
says most American taxpayers have no idea what kind of "teaching" goes on at colleges and Universities across the country.
As an example, YAF cites an official statement, overwhelmingly approved by the students, faculty, and staff at Hampshire College, condemning America's war on terrorism. The statement reads, "The 'War on Terrorism' is symptomatic of the racism of American society, in its disregard for the lives of people of color overseas, encouragement of racial, ethnic, and religious 'scapegoating' and violence, and practice of law enforcement 'profiling.'"
Students attending YAF's National Conservative Student Conference at American University were threatened with removal from campus for debating homosexuality, according to the report. The discussion allegedly took place outside the dorms where the students were staying.
The university later wrote YAF, stating, "We will ask guests involved in any incidents like this in the future to vacate the premises and they will be removed from the residence halls." Even though the Foundation has held its conference at the school for four consecutive years, the university refused to rent YAF its facilities for 2002.
Another item on the list explains how students' Residence Hall Association at Texas A&M University reportedly voted against allowing students to hang American flags outside their residence hall windows. Normally, only banners identifying the buildings to new students are allowed to hang from the residence halls.
The association believed an exclusionary environment would be created on campus and claims of student diversity would be nullified if only American flags were allowed to be flown.
Robinson says university professors are "interested in promoting what they define as 'diversity,' but is diversity minus any outward displays of patriotism."
The number one item on the list is very telling about the ideological insecurity of liberal thinkers on American college campuses, Robinson says.
Students at Brown University, the University of California at Berkley, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, allegedly stole thousands of copies of their student newspapers in protest of an advertisement, written and paid for by David Horowitz. The ad was titled, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery Is a Bad Idea and Racist Too."
The editors of the Brown Daily Herald and the Badger Herald cited "freedom of the press" in refusing to apologize for the ad's content. But, the Daily Californian editor supported the "removal" of the newspapers and issued an apology to readers in the paper. The apology read, "We realize that the ad allowed the Daily Cal to become an inadvertent vehicle for bigotry."
Robinson says both the incident and the response of the Daily Californian editor reinforce his belief that college liberalism is not a confident ideology.
"It really is afraid of conservative ideas being heard and considered. And they are trying to create an atmosphere where really only one side of a set of issues will be heard," Robinson concluded. "If I felt the only way I could defend my ideas was to throw away the publication of somebody else's, I would start to rethink my ideas."
He says parents and students have two avenues of response.
"Clearly parents and students should be looking at conservative schools like Hillsdale, Grove City, and Thomas Aquinas if they want to get an education where they don't have to deal with professors who will keep them from flying the American flag, or others who will steal their newspapers," he said. "But there's also a need for the average American taxpayer who's funding these universities to realize how far out of the mainstream they've become."