In the interests of achieving an even higher degree of ideological homogeneity, universities have been requiring faculty to make “diversity statements.” These are essentially loyalty oaths to leftism:
These statements have strong ties to liberal ideology, such as the assumption of group victimization and claims for group-based entitlements, effectively making them “partisan litmus tests” to “weed out non-left wing scholars,” the [Oregon Association of Scholars] states in its report.
As you might expect, these loyalty oaths require approval of sexual depravity and disapproval of white people and Western Civilization.
The association notes that many schools now link to articles explaining how to craft a diversity statement, which include affirmations that a professor will “keep the white students from dominating all classroom discussions,” or “reflect a commitment to queer visibility,” or teach students “not to thoughtlessly reproduce the standard white and Western model of legitimate knowledge.”
A focus on “racial oppression, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other commonly recognized forms of oppression” has also been outlined as good fodder for diversity statements, according to a column in Inside Higher Ed.
The use of diversity statements to weed out the ideologically noncompliant is widespread.
A quick google search of a school’s name and “diversity statement” reveals that many institutions require such statements for entrance into PhD programs or application for faculty positions.
Characterizing the intellectual Stalinism leftists impose in academia as a commitment to diversity is Orwellian, when you consider that education is about ideas, and eradicating the last vestigial traces of diversity of thought is the point of diversity statements.
This story indication how much tolerance can be found for diversity of thought on college campuses these days:
The University of California at Berkeley’s College Republicans have received several death threats in recent weeks, with unidentified vandals posting stickers across campus calling for members of the group to be beheaded or lynched. …
A College Republicans spokeswoman also said that members had been “pepper sprayed, sucker-punched and verbally and physically assaulted for voicing their opinions and beliefs” on campus.
Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA calls for some meaningful diversity on college campuses:
On tips from J.