Creating Conflict Isn’t Going to Win Converts to Conservatism
Conservatives face enough issues on college campuses without creating conflicts.
Late last week, conservative writer Kassy Dillon, of Campus Reform, reported that an employee at a Fordham University coffee shop asked students to leave because they were conservatives. The facts …
UC–Irvine: Have ‘Fall, Winter, or Spring’ Parties Instead of Christmas Parties to Be ‘Inclusive’
Guidelines from the University of California–Irvine advise the campus to avoid Christmas celebrations — and to celebrate “seasonal themes such as Fall, Winter, or Spring” instead.
“Focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday,” states a …
Social-Justice Blog Asks if Asian Americans Can ‘Appropriate Their Own Culture’
According to an essay in the social-justice blog Everyday Feminism, it actually “might be” possible for Asian Americans to appropriate Asian culture — yes, even though it’s their own culture.
“There are two main reasons why we might be …
Beware of Running with the Al Franken Story — Consider Where That Leads
‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” Who could suppress at least a smirk of pleasure at the news of Senator Al Franken’s being caught up in the sexual-harassment scandals that have been breaking ever since …
Last summer, National Review published the following little editorial:
Announcements on London’s Tube have always referred to riders as “ladies and gentlemen.” No more: The phrase is being scrapped because authorities believe that it makes some people feel excluded. …
The Tangled Message of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The speech that is likely to earn Frances McDormand an Oscar nomination next winter for her showy turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is set up when her character, Mildred, a grieving mom whose daughter has been raped and …
UC Student Op-Ed: America Must ‘Reevaluate Free Speech’
A student at the University of California–Santa Barbara wrote an op-ed calling for the United States to do away with the First Amendment.
“In today’s age, with the third KKK movement and the kneeling during the national anthem, …
Professor: ‘Mathematics Itself Operates as Whiteness’
A math-education professor at the University of Illinois wrote about some of the more racist aspects of math in a new anthology for teachers, arguing that “mathematics itself operates as Whiteness.”
“Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who …
South Park, in Video-Game Form
There is perhaps no better antidote to the current resurgence of political correctness than South Park. Born amid the previous PC wave of the 1990s, the show has never relented, through 20 years of comedic ups and downs, in slaughtering every …
Students Crash College Republicans’ Meeting, Claim ‘Fascists’ Don’t Have ‘Right of Free Speech’
A group of students at University of California–Santa Cruz crashed a College Republicans’ meeting at the school — demanding that it be shut down because “fascists” don’t have the “right of free speech.”
“White supremacist, fascist sympathizing College …
In 2009, we published a piece called “My Kingdom for a Safe Zone.” I was talking about the intrusion of politics into places where it really didn’t belong: concerts, sports events, and the like. Was there no refuge from politics …
Student Protesters: Defending the First Amendment Is ‘Violent’
A group of students at Western Washington University used their own right to free speech to disrupt a pro–free-speech lecture — calling the idea of complete free speech “violent” — and apparently, they don’t understand the irony.
My alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, is having a “discussion” about whether to abandon the Crusader as its mascot. Alumni who want to keep the Crusader can only hope that the process will be characterized by open-minded …
Professor: Add ‘Weight-Based Microaggressions’ to School Diversity Curriculum
A sociology professor at the University of Alabama has called for “weight-based microaggressions” to be added to the school’s diversity curriculum.
The professor, Andrea Hunt, surveyed 13 overweight college administrators and found that many of them reported having experienced “fat …
Lehigh County, Pa., Fights the Courts to Keep the Cross in Its Seal
In 1944, Lehigh County established its seal, which includes a large yellow cross to honor “Christianity and the God-fearing people” who founded the county, according to Harry Hertzog, a commissioner at the time. Now, in 2017, a federal court is demanding that …
College Employs ‘Safe Space Marshals’ to Patrol Speeches for Offensive Content
King’s College in London is paying people £12 per hour to police speaking events on campus and take “immediate action” if they hear anything that might offend the audience.
The marshals also put up posters and hand out leaflets reminding …
Halloween, Elsa and the Index Simulacrorum Prohibitorum
Kyle has already discussed the controversy over Halloween Moana here, concluding as follows:
The Left used to insist on seeing people as individuals, not as members of groups. The goal used to be that kids of different races would play …
Go Ahead, Let Your Girl Dress as Moana
In 2014 at my kid’s school, so many girls dressed up as Elsa from Frozen that a group photo was taken of all 20 or so of them — including lots of black girls, Asian girls and Latinas, all of them thrilled …
Why To Kill a Mockingbird Belongs in the Classroom
‘Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.” So begins a 1966 letter penned by Harper Lee, author …
The War on Halloween Comes to Campus
Editor’s Note: The following piece was originally published by Acculturated. It is adapted here with permission, and has been amended since its initial publication.
It’s that spooky time of year when ghouls and goblins are getting ready to …