Campus diversity offices, especially those at flagship universities, are often staffed with well-paid administrators who promote progressive causes in the name of “inclusivity.” But rather than foster peace and understanding among students, such administrators tend to fan the flames of racial and political hostility. That happened recently at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where diversity leaders stirred controversy by advocating the use of “gender neutral” pronouns and urging students to avoid Christmas-themed parties. In response, state legislators are debating defunding UT’s diversity office, which has a $5 million annual budget. George Leef, in today’s Pope Center feature, explains why that may be a good idea.
Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2008 despite, not because of, his most partisan voting record in the Senate. They were once willing to look past his earlier dubious associations with abject anti-Semites such as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, former terrorists like Bill Ayers, and unhinged characters such as ... Read More
‘It has to stop,” says Representative Ilhan Omar. No, it does not. Representative Omar, the Jew-hating Minnesota Democrat, is engaged in one of her usual games of misdirection, a pattern of hers that by now is familiar enough to be predicted: She says something outrageously stupid, offensive, ... Read More
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Over the weekend, American political discourse reached another one of its low moments — a moment of nearly record-level hypocrisy and absurdity. And once again, a low moment centered around one of the Democrats’ celebrity House freshmen, Ilhan Omar. The cycle went like this. First, Twitter discovered an ... Read More
The greatest Western of all time . . . isn’t. Though The Searchers is regularly hailed as the finest exemplar of its genre and one of the best movies of any kind (seventh-best of all time, according to the decennial Sight & Sound poll), John Ford’s 1956 film is mediocre for most of its run time. Nearly ... Read More