by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
There was rare good news this month. On August 4, the front page of the New York Times published an article under the headline “College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink.”
According to the article, some alumni are awakening to the fact that their beloved alma mater is nothing like the decent, open, tolerant, committed-to-learning place they remember. Rather, nearly every college and university in America has become the least open, the least tolerant, the most hate-filled, and most anti-American (and, of course, anti-Israel) mainstream institution in America.
In the words of the article: “Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture.”
“Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics.”
Let’s put it more starkly: Colleges are America’s preeminent racist institutions. They encourage, for example, black dorms and black graduations; and they foment minority hatred of whites (through “white privilege” indoctrination seminars, ethnic- and black-studies courses, etc.).
“They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses.”
In addition, college students graduate without taking any courses that elevate their intellect or character — which was the original purpose of universities. You can get a B.A. in English at UCLA without reading a Shakespeare play.
“They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times.”
Most college graduates are taught to see the great men who founded America not only as not great, but as bad: After all, they were white, affluent, and male. And some were slaveholders.
“And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.”
Meek? College administrators give new meaning to the word. With precious few exceptions, they have no principle except keeping their job.