Some will recall me called a liar for saying academics write me constantly in fear of The Elect scotching their careers. Here’s a report on that supposed extended hallucination on my part - and why, yes, what these academics are dealing with does matter.
"It is now no longer 'Why aren’t you on the left?' but 'How dare you not be as left as we are.'"
Academics Are Really Worried About Cancel Culture - The Atlantic - I've had approx 200+ emails in last year, majority from senior academics, and from Russell Group, saying the same thing. Pervasive fear and it's now getting worse.
“More than half the respondents [in a recent ⁦⁩ survey] consider expressing views beyond a certain consensus in an academic setting quite dangerous to their career trajectory.”
If you had told me when I was an undergraduate in the 1980s that American universities would be like this in 2020, I would not have believed you: Actually, I wouldn't have believed you in 2002, when I moved from Oxford to NYU.
All the talking in hushed tones - how long can that continue in a free society? Who wields control over our thoughts? A must read by
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
Important piece by on the oppressive pall of orthodoxy in higher ed. Like him, I hear from people almost daily who fear for their jobs if they express even the mildest disagreement with the prevailing dogma
"The majority of my fellow instructors and staff constantly self-censor themselves in fear of being fired for expressing the 'wrong opinions.'"
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
Progressive academics, will you keep ignoring or dismissing your colleagues who say the campus climate you've created is intimidating, stifling, and draconian? shares some of their accounts. I get the same sorts of emails.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
John McWhorter's new piece in about professors' fear of bucking orthodoxy is terrifying. I defend these professors and hear their stories every day. It's what I do for a living. And this is still terrifying. A must read.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
"Academics Are Really, Really "Worried About Their Freedom" is right, but why tell us? If academics lack the guts to fight for their own academic freedom, they made their own bed.
Modern-day struggle session: The university administrators "tried to make [the professor] sit in a 'listening circle,' in which his job was to stay silent while students explained how he had hurt them" writes
"The issue is not the age-old one of left against right, but what one letter writer calls the 'circular firing squad' of the left: It is now no longer 'Why aren’t you on the left?' but 'How dare you not be as left as we are'." @JohnHMcWhorter
“Overall I found it alarming how many of the letters sound as if they were written from Stalinist Russia or Maoist China.”
Academics (more than most think) Are Really Worried About Cancel Culture - - The Atlantic
McWhorter's latest piece on academic freedom makes a point which rings true to me. It's the academics who are left wing but insufficiently radical, rather than Conservatives, who are bearing the brunt of allegations of white supremacy and anti-blackness.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
. cites our friends on how academics fear for their career if they do not conform to orthodox views. Thank you for bringing attention to this important issue.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
Increasingly, liberals in good standing are frightened — alarmed, aghast — at the Jacobinite spirit around them. I hope they band together and say, No. Enough. We must have freedom of inquiry and expression. (Thanks, .)
Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom
Every paragraph of this article from is like a symphony. Read it to understand how serious the threats to academic freedom and and inquiry are right now.
1/ “I have been receiving missives since May almost daily from professors living in constant fear for their career because their opinions are incompatible with the current woke playbook.”
As I keep saying you should worry about cancel culture, not because it attacks famous writers, they can look after themselves, but persecutes Stalin style ordinary people without money or influence
That Karen Studies major is going to pay dividends in the future.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
This problem is getting way out of hand. Students are being hauled before administrators because their peers have complained that hearing non-woke opinions has harmed them.
John McWhorter: Academics Are Really Worried About Cancel Culture - The Atlantic
The thing about the narrowing in political culture is that its main target actually isn't conservatives, it's largely liberal on liberal violence
"[W]herein it is white students who are 'woker' than their Black classmates, neatly demonstrating the degree to which this new religion is more about virtue signaling than social justice." --John McWhorter
I get why many didn't want named but I'm totally ok with people knowing I'm the one quoted regarding the community/friendship motivation. I have talked to a number of academics who aren't afraid of being fired but really just want to avoid social problems.
Listen to the voices of our scholars, which reflect reality and span the ideological perspective, and not the race-hustlers who want to control the debate. This is a must-read from #1776Unites Scholar ! ⬇️👏🏾 #FreeSpeech
Academia seems uncomfortable sleeping in the bed they've made for themselves
Academics Are Really Worried About Cancel Culture - The Atlantic
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
John McWhorter on how cancel-culture in academia is leaving academics terrified of saying the wrong thing, lest they be reported for crimes against woke-orthodoxy.
"No one should feign surprise or disbelief that academics write to me with great frequency to share their anxieties. In a three-week period early this summer, I counted some 150 of these messages," writes
"the truth is that over the last few years, this new norm of intolerance and cult of social justice has marginalized me more than all racism I have ever faced in my life"
There's this piece from John McWhorter
Colleges, today. The world of #philanthropy, tomorrow? The latest from