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Leftist Hostility Makes University Of Chicago’s Intellectual Diversity Pledge A Joke

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A July statement by the University of Chicago English Department faculty announced “For the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English Department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black studies.”

The English Department’s move to block other areas of intellectual exploration was picked up this week by major news outlets, creating a lot of negative press for the university. While many were shocked by the English Department’s statement, as a third-year student at the University of Chicago, I was not.

Ironically, the University of Chicago prides itself for what they call the “Chicago Principles,” a mission statement claiming a commitment to protecting free speech and encouraging open debate. The publication of the Chicago Principles garnered the university a lot of media attention, kudos from parents concerned with leftist orthodoxy, and set the University of Chicago apart from other elite universities in its efforts to create an environment of political and ideological tolerance on campus. The principles have even been adopted by other schools.

Unfortunately, in practice, the University of Chicago is hardly a bastion of free speech and political tolerance. It socially and academically rewards groupthink. This summer university departments and administration officials have imposed their politics on the campus community, further emboldening a left-wing mob of students who routinely bully conservatives into silence.

The faculty letter from the Graduate English Department is akin to a June email from the Physics Department Chair, Young-Kee Kim, sent after the death of George Floyd, a man who died in police custody while resisting arrest with a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his system, according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Kim wrote that the “Physics Department is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.” Kim continued, writing, “each of us needs to learn about the Black experience, study the systemic barriers, examine implicit biases, and take concrete actions to eliminate those barriers and biases.”

Kim then asks members of the Physics Department to join her and the EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee in dedicating June 10 to support the “#Strike4BlackLives,” “#ShutDownAcademia,” and “#ShutDownSTEM.” The June 10th “strike” website Kim........

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