by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In recent months and years, liberal students have turned to activism to pressure administrators to adopt a slew of left-wing policies.
Last week, at the University of Chicago, a student group demanded that the university spend $1 billion over 20 years on affordable housing in the South Side of Chicago as reparations for slavery.
The demand is the latest example of a student organization attempting to pressure administrators to acquiesce to a series of demands, from the firing of faculty deemed objectionable, racial quotas in university admission and hiring processes, and reparations like those demanded at the University of Chicago, to the cancellation of speaking events by conservative lecturers.
Recent pressure campaigns have been conducted at several institutions. …
… Georgetown University
Law school students at the prestigious Washington, D.C., university held a sit-in protest earlier this month to demand that the school fire constitutional law professor Ilya Shapiro over a tweet criticizing President Joe Biden for promising to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court seat currently held by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
In addition to demanding Shapiro’s ouster, the students also requested that the law school furnish a space for them to cry because “we’re at a point where students are coming out of class to go to the bathroom to cry.”
Dean of Students Mitch Bailin sympathetically replied that “it is really hard to walk out of class or a meeting in tears, and you should always have a place on campus where you can go.”
University of Washington
The student government at the University of Washington passed a resolution in early January demanding that the university implement an admission quota of 24% for students from Native American backgrounds and attain that goal over the next eight years.