Phi Beta Cons

A Professor Admits She Hates Republicans

Elsewhere on the NRO site, Katharine Timpf reports on an article by Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan professor and head of the communications department. Posted on In These Times, the article’s title is:  “It’s Okay to Hate Republicans.” Its first line: “I hate Republicans.”

As Timpf explains: “Republicans now, [Douglas] writes, are focused on the ‘determined vilification’ of others, and have ‘crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.’  (Apparently, the irony of this accusation given the content of her own article was lost on her.)”

Timpf notes that the University of Michigan’s anti-discrimination policy bans creating a hostile or intimidating environment, which her views might create for Republican students. However, intimidated Republicans don’t constitute a protected class, so the policy doesn’t apply.

Jane S. Shaw — Jane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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