Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"A Confession of Liberal Intolerance" - and reactions against his wanting to hear all voices - NYT

On May 7, 2016, Nicholas Kristof wrote a critique of the prejudice that Liberals on universities have towards "conservative thinking".

Read it all.

What Kristof wasn't prepared for was the immense push-back received for his attempts to show the "blind spot" that exists: "I wondered aloud whether universities stigmatize conservatives and undermine intellectual diversity. The scornful reaction from my fellow liberals proved the point."

And another quote from the NYT article: "Yancey, the black sociologist, who now teaches at the University of North Texas,  conducted a survey in which up to 30 percent of academics said that they would be less likely to support a job seeker if they knew that the person was a Republican.
The discrimination becomes worse if the applicant is an evangelical Christian. According to Yancey’s study, 59 percent of anthropologists and 53 percent of English professors would be less likely to hire someone they found out was an evangelical.

“Of course there are biases against evangelicals on campuses,” notes Jonathan L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard. Walton, a black evangelical, adds that the condescension toward evangelicals echoes the patronizing attitude toward racial minorities: “The same arguments I hear people make about evangelicals sound so familiar to the ways people often describe folk of color, i.e. politically unsophisticated, lacking education, angry, bitter, emotional, poor.”

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