WHAT? PSU spikes conservatism course over diversity concerns

Portland State University denied a professor's course proposal on conservative political thought, stating that it failed to meet the school's criteria for diversity. 

PSU political science professor Bruce Gilley created a course on conservative political thought (Conservative Political Thought 485-585), Inside Higher Ed reported. The course’s purpose, according to its course description, is to “consider the main theories of conservatism and how they have been applied to political practice.” 

In the course, “emphasis will be placed on understanding the internal logic and the different strands of conservative political thought and the ways that it has responded to contemporary challenges.”

Conservative Political Thought’s syllabus states that the course will spend time covering Edmund Burke, as well as American, British, European, and black conservatism.

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But Portland State’s faculty graduate council shot down Gilley’s course proposal, saying “at this time there are concerns about the diversity questions as they have been answered” in a response, according to Inside Higher Ed.

“The responses to the diversity perspectives and engagement sections did not support the university commitment to access and inclusion, particularly in regards to providing accommodations to students to the standard set by the Disability Resource Center,” a curriculum coordinator elaborated to the professor in May.

Gilley has taught the Conservative Political Thought twice — the university has a policy that the course needs to be granted permanent status in order for a professor to teach it more than three times. Gilley plans to teach the course as a “temporary” class, but the lack of a permanent status prevents students from applying the course to a formal study track, dissuading them from taking it.

Gilley confirmed in a response to Campus Reform that he believes that the institution's ideological bias played a role in the rejection of his course proposal. 

“I’m at a stage in my career, however, where I don’t want to play these games anymore,” Gilley told Inside Higher Ed. “It’s wrong.”

Gilley called the university’s diversity standard a “political litmus t

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13358

Scholars declare Trump worst modern-era president for 'diversity,' 'overall leadership'

Northwestern University’s Center for Diversity and Democracy recently published a poll that lists President Donald Trump as the worst “diversity and inclusion” president in the modern era, seven places below President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who placed Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II.

The poll gathered results from 113 academic researchers around the country and oversampled professors from The Princeton Review’s “Top-20 Most Conservative" colleges. Those colleges included Baylor University, Wheaton College, and Texas Christian University. 

Northwestern University asked the 113 scholars to rank modern-era presidents based on how well they used their executive power to “protect the constitutional rights of” racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT Americans, and women, how well they used “inclusive rhetoric, and how well they included minorities in their administration.

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The academics then gave presidents a score of 0-100 in the categories “overall leadership ability” and “rhetoric on diversity and inclusion.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the highest “overall leadership” score (83) while President Barack Obama received the highest “diversity and inclusion” score (75).

President Trump received the lowest scores in both “overall leadership”  and “diversity and inclusion."

Franklin D. Roosevelt was ranked seven places higher than Trump on “diversity and inclusion,” despite Roosevelt imprisoning Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, an act that the History Channel declared “one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.”

Similarly, a majority of Americans (66 percent) said they believe race relations got "a lot worse" or "a little worse" during Obama’s two terms, according to Gallup. Despite this, however, Obama was ranked as the best leader for “diversity and inclusion” in America.

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Trevor Smith, research director of WPA intelligence, told Campus Reform that although he believes diversity to be important, Northwestern had “an agenda to push” with the poll. Smith also question

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13359

WATCH: Smug vandal rips out pro-life crosses, compares pro-lifers to flat-Earthers

A vandal ripped out crosses representing children lost to abortion on a Washington State campus in a video released Wednesday.

Students for Life of America had erected the display at Whatcom Community College as part of the group’s Planned Parenthood Truth tour, according to a press release obtained by Campus Reform. 

A vandal began removing the crosses individually on May 21, gathering them in his arms.

“I do not think it is worth it to talk to you guys,” the vandal said when confronted.

“So it’s better to violently act out, rather than to talk about something?” another person present asked him.

“Yeah because pro-life arguments have about as much merit as like flat-Earth arguments,” the vandal responded.


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After the vandal walks off with the display pieces, he is approached by a campus authority.  

A short interaction takes place, after which the student walks back over to the display, drops the crosses on the ground, and walks off.

“Even though this type of bullying is getting pretty common, it still takes me off guard that some people have the audacity to steal our stuff right in front of us…For all their talk of ‘open-mindedness’… they really need to practice what they preach,” Students for Life Washington Regional Coordinator Katie Lodjic said.

Students for Life spokesman Matt Lamb told Campus Reform that the group has tracked every documented case of anti-pro-life violence or vandalism on college campuses within the past eight years.  

“We have counted above 120 so far, and these are just the ones we know about and have documentation of,” Lamb said.

“I think a lot of this comes from professors, academia on campus who push this idea of there’s certain viewpoints that are not okay to discuss.  We have seen multiple incidents where professors have said things in the classroom telling students that pro-life ideas are not even worth discussing,” Lamb said. “A lot of this comes from the liberal ideology we see on campus, where people are not just against the pro-life ideology, but are against the people who have a pro life view."

“They have the idea that, because I’m pro-choice, anythi

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13360

Prof: 'Nasty, naughty little Republicans' try to 'pimp God'

A University of Louisville professor wrote in a recent op-ed that Republicans are trying to "pimp" God.

Ricky Jones, a professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, wrote an opinion piece published by the Louisville Courier-Journal in late May, headlined, "Support for Donald Trump and Matt Bevin proves America is a nasty nation."

 That prompted a response from the Jefferson County, Kentucky Republican Party, which read, “Once again, the Courier-Journal and Ricky L. Jones demonstrate their utter contempt for people who don't think or act like them. Rather than engaging in a debate of thoughts and ideas, Mr. Jones falls back on tired accusations of racism and xenophobia." 

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"I can’t speak for the Courier-Journal, but you’re certainly right about one thing," Jones wrote in a separate June 12 op-ed. "I have utter contempt for you...I have contempt for you because you seek out judges and legislators who try to weaken or destroy the Brown v. Board decision of 1954, the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 and other progressive milestones. In doing so, you attack black Americans. You then try to clumsily flip the script by labeling people who call you on your racism as 'racist.' That’s monstrous." 

Jones continued by saying that he also has contempt for Republicans because they, among other things he lists, "embrace dilettantes who would turn back the clock on Roe v. Wade," "take credit for national economic gains resulting from the efforts of the Obama administration," and "are the champions of voter suppression." 

"I have contempt for you because,  you pimp God — turning Her into a callous, homophobic, supremacist, gun-toting bigot to justify your nastiness," Jones writes, later claiming that he is "not a Democrat, and I am not Michelle Obama." 

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"Like you, I fight dirty. When you go low, I’ll go LOWER! And oh, by the way — that’s DR. Jones (not MR.) to YOU, nasty, nasty, naughty little Republicans," the professor added. 

Federal Election Commission public records show that in 2007, Jones made two small donations, one for $25 and one for $2.50, to Act Blue, which on its website states that it is "powering Democra

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13355

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