by George Leef
Originally published: May 10, 2017
Back in the in 40s and 50s, Americans could be blackballed, expelled or otherwise punished if they wouldn’t declare their national loyalty. The ideological fervor for conformity abated for decades, but has recently returned on our college campuses in the form of mandatory “diversity statements” by current and prospective faculty members.
The difference is that instead of having to pledge support for America in its battle against communism, the new pledge is support to the “diversity” agenda in its battle against a color-blind nation where people are evaluated on their own merits rather than group membership.
This recent paper by the Oregon Association of Scholars illuminates the problem of mandatory diversity statements. While it focuses chiefly on schools in the Oregon higher education system, it observes that more than twenty major universities and systems across the nation now require diversity statements for hiring or promotion, including the University of California, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Virginia Tech.