09 February 2017

Political Correctness & Fragmentary History in Academia: No Longer Deniable

Beginning in the 1960s, from Boston to Berkeley, the teachers of America’s teachers absorbed and taught a new, CliffsNotes-style sacred history: America was born tainted by Western Civilization’s original sins—racism, sexism, greed, genocide against natives and the environment, all wrapped in religious obscurantism, and on the basis of hypocritical promises of freedom and equality. Secular saints from Herbert Croly and Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama have been redeeming those promises, placing America on the path of greater justice in the face of resistance from the mass of Americans who are racist, sexist, but above all stupid. To consider such persons on the same basis as their betters would be, as President Obama has called it, “false equivalence.” ~ Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University
And . . .
. . . instead of writing full-scale narrative histories, the new generation of historians has devoted itself to isolating and recovering stories of the dispossessed: the women kept in dependence; the American Indians shorn of their lands; the black slaves brought in chains from Africa. Consequently, much of their history is fragmentary and essentially anachronistic—condemning the past for not being more like the present. It has no real interest in the pastness of the past.  ~ Professor Gordon S. Wood
And . . .
The belief in these certain things—life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, equality. All of the great notions that are part of the American Dream or American ideology come out of the Revolution. These are our highest aspirations, our noblest ideals. That’s why the Revolution is the most important event in our history. It’s too bad it’s not being taught everywhere. The people who came out of the ‘60s are currently in control of the profession and it’s has become essentially race-class-gender issues.  ~ Professor Gordon S. Wood
And . . .
Well, this is the same people who claim they’re seeking diversity. The last thing many of these students want is real diversity. Diversity of ideas. They may want superficial diversity of gender. Superficial diversity of color, but they don’t want diversity of ideas. We’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend over many college campuses. You know, I don’t want to make analogies to the 1930s but we have to remember that it was the students at universities who first started burning books during the Nazi regime. And these students are book burners. They don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses. ~ Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz
And . . .
". . . in these dreariest of days in Academia . . . American history has largely become a plaything for canting ideologues . . . our times call for a correct ideological line, which at its increasingly popular extreme regards the Old South as a rehearsal for Nazi Germany and calls for the eradication of all traces of the conservative voices that have loomed so large in southern history . . . [There is a] step-by-step domination of departments of history in our southern as well as northern universities by those who regard what Richard Weaver aptly called the Southern Tradition and all its works as an evil past to be exorcised by all means, fair and foul." ~ Professor Eugene D. Genovese (The Southern Front - History and Politics in the Cultural War, page 25.)

Note to readers: The only words in this post that I authored are the title and, "and", "and", "and" & "and."


Mike said...

Oh you are right. There is no diversity on Campus. At the college where I work as a librarian I attended a faculty talk on the Electoral College. It was more like a meeting of the Democratic Party. The sole theme was "we have to change it because He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named was somehow elected.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"It was more like a meeting of the Democratic Party."

No, it was not "like" - it WAS a meeting of the Democratic party.


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