Speaking at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, conservative Michael Knowles was assaulted by a student who apparently objected to his opinion that “men are not women.”
The President of the college, C. Mauli Agrawal, was forced to issue a statement condemning “physical disruptions of peaceful activities.”
But before Chancellor Agrawal got around to those words, he wrote this: “A student group brought a speaker to campus – a speaker whose professed opinions do not align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our goal of providing a welcoming environment to all people, particularly to our LGBT community.”
How very virtuous.
The headline should have been violence against a speaker will result in expulsion. Instead Mr. Agrawal buried that lead under a pile of political correctness.
Many college administrators know they have to do that in order to keep their jobs. No longer are American higher learning institutions places where the free exchange of ideas is encouraged. Nope, now “social justice” is mandatory and dissent from the far-left line is punished.
The situation is so extreme that the President of the United States had to issue an Executive Order informing colleges that federal money will be denied if freedom of expression is denied.
Right now academic fascism dominates many college campuses. There are no longer two sides to a story. If you depart from liberal thought, a student or professor may very well be punished, shunned, or both.
The acceptable narrative goes like this: white men are the oppressors and just about everyone else is a victim. Minorities and women are routinely persecuted and exploited by a corrupt capitalist system that denies “justice.”
The economy is fixed and white rich guys get all the stuff. Therefore, every person should be provided with health care, a free education, a good paying job, and cradle-to-grave security.
In addition, black Americans must receive cash payment for the slavery legacy, all migrants should be admitted into the country, and climate change danger should allow the federal government to mandate how we live on a day to day basis.
If you are not “welcoming” – you are not welcome on campus. And Chancellor Agrawal will decide who is inclusive and who is not. All hail, C. Mauli Agrawal, our champion of “diversity.”
Hey, George Orwell, thanks for the heads up on the “Thought Police.”
They have arrived.