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June 09, 2003

Diversity on Campus -- NOT


One of our correspondents sends an interesting tidbit about ideological “diversity” on campus:

Professor Mike Adams at Univ of North Carolina tried an experiment. He put up a bumper sticker for Clinton-Gore on his office door, which stayed there for 2 years. Even though there is an official policy at UNC that faculty cannot actively campaign for candidates on campus, nobody said a word about this bumper sticker. Then he took it down, and put up a bumper sticker that said "Bush-Cheney". It took one week for several faculty members to lodge a complaint. He sent out a memo to his fellow faculty that said "You have been involved in an experiment in tolerance, one which several of you have failed..."

But just remember, the idea that there is an ideological tilt to American’s universities is just another fantastical notion of the vast, right-wing conspiracy.



P.S. A fairly humorous discussion of “socially acceptable” bigotry both on and off campuses can be read here.

posted by Friedrich at June 9, 2003


Diversity on American campuses is embraced, preached, and practiced as long is it is limited to skin color and does not involve diversity of opinions.

Posted by: Jonathan Wilde on June 9, 2003 2:09 PM

Good tidbit. But one point about diversity here that you and the author of the article you link to do not make is that political affiliation is a matter of choice. Race, sex, and sexual orientation are not.

Posted by: Chris on June 9, 2003 3:34 PM

Some would say that sexual orientation is not a choice, but that sexuality is. If so, it is a "Hobson's choice" -- that or nothing. Still, even a Hobson's choice is no less real a choice for being such an extreme case.

If diversity is to have any meaning at all, it must extend beyond physical or physiological difference, and apply to different choices, preferences and temperaments as well. Which is to say that, if we're to be menschen on this prickly issue of diversity, we must accept not only the differences we can assimilate, but also the differences we can't.

Posted by: Tim Hulsey on June 10, 2003 1:43 AM

Oh no, we did this one to death on Critical Mass, but by all means run with it!!

Prof. Adams is a hoot, I believe he has tenure, but still, somebody needs to tweak the nose of these people!

Posted by: David Mercer on June 10, 2003 1:43 AM

Yes, "done to death", that it is.

I like this blog except for this kind of political sniping. Honestly, who gives a shit? The only thing comments like this say to me is: "Hey, I've stopped noticing anything new about the world. Instead, I offer you a stale, chewed-over piece of political one-upmanship instead of any insight."

Posted by: Ari on June 10, 2003 9:01 AM

Ari, if you live in a college town and are male and white, this issue is very old, never goes away, and constantly impinges on day-to-day conversations, to put it politely. This suppression (and villification) of dissent must be dealt with, whether through dialogue or, eventually, something darker.

Was the Civil Rights Movement "political one-upmanship," "stale" and "chewed over" because the Jim Crow south had been around for a century?

You may not like it. Fine. Some of us live with it constantly, whether we like it or not.

Posted by: Ian on June 10, 2003 10:35 AM

Err, drop the last "v" from that address:

Posted by: Ian on June 10, 2003 10:36 AM

Too good to check, eh? A quick search of the UNC directory shows that the only Mike Adams is an Hvac technician: no Prof. Adams at all, let alone one with tenure. I challenge anybody reading this page to give me any indication this person actuallly exists.

Posted by: Felix on June 11, 2003 2:45 PM

Dr Adams is a professor at UNC at Wilmington. If you look on the website for UNC Wilmington, you will find his name listed as a professor in the criminal justice department.

Felix, your mistake is understandable -- Erin truncated Dr Adams' place of employment in that weblop entry. She had a fuller description in an earlier entry.

Posted by: andy on June 11, 2003 7:02 PM

I saw Prof. Adams interviewed on MSNBC a few weeks ago, and he is at UNC-Wilmington. He was id'd on that show as a professor, they showed his office, and interviewed him.

Posted by: annette on June 12, 2003 9:17 AM

I saw Prof. Adams interviewed on MSNBC a few weeks ago, and he is at UNC-Wilmington. He was id'd on that show as a professor, they showed his office, and interviewed him.

Posted by: annette on June 12, 2003 9:17 AM

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