There is an article each week about some left-wing professor spouting some nonsensical theory that denigrates American society, portraying a dystopian nightmare filled with a white patriarchal system of oppression, hell bent on terrorizing women, minorities, and anything else non-white male. Townhall has written multiple articles about such professors.
One reader asked why is it that we highlight these stories. In other words, “Who cares? We don’t attend these colleges, so why should we be concerned with what a crackpot professor says?” But, these stories are important to highlight because they show a larger problem within our society. One that can be changed, but only if light is shed on the problem in the first place. As Conservatives, it is our job to not only show these issues, but also offer a better alternative than what the left is producing.
Take the latest story from the bizzaroland of higher education as a prime example. Stephanie McKellop is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier this week on one of her social media accounts, she proudly proclaimed her system in choosing who answers what questions in her class. “I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second-tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” she said.
Understandably this story caught fire in right-wing media for her blatant discrimination, at which point McKellop was in some way reprimanded by the university. She tweeted, “Penn thinks I’m racist and discriminatory towards my students for using a very well worn pedagogical tactic which includes calling on [people of color].” Further showing her supposed liberal tolerance, she went on to call those who criticized her “white nationalists” and “Nazis.”
In a series of tweets, McKellop highlighted what she called “progressive stacking.” Progressive stacking is the idea that due to their history of bigotry and oppression, white men should be picked on last in the classroom to give equal education opportunity to women and minorities. It lacks any credibility because one would assume that if all the students are attending the same college and are in the same class, they all at least met some minimum standard of entry and are already all equally qualified in that regard to be at the university.
In her mind as a teaching assistant, it is her duty to impose discrimination against white men as a form of social justice.
But in truth, this story is not that bizarre in terms of what to expect on a college campus. None of the stories should be surprising. Higher Academia is obviously liberal. It always has been.
Increasingly though, it seems that higher academia is instead moving away from arguing for communism or a larger federal government and instead, as McKellop does, views its purpose as ingraining in our society the idea that America is an inherently evil place.
The important thing to recognize is that it is happening now and happening in places such as U-Penn where they actually are producing the future leaders of our government.
To those on the left currently in academia, we are a nation of white men who have contributed no benefit to the world whatsoever. They see it as their job to pass this on to the next generation.
This is dangerous for many different reasons.
These progressives in the classroom are currently training their students that America is a “bad team.” In their mind, it is not even worth fighting for and should be fundamentally transformed. That is why we must continue to show these stories so that more conservatives will be emboldened to stand up on campus, become professors, and fight back against the campus craziness that will ultimately doom America if we do not stop it in its tracks right now.