by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
It seems, on many, if not most, college campuses in this era of extreme cultural Marxism (political correctness) the only way for conservative and patriotic students to survive is to keep their heads down and their thoughts totally to themselves about anything political–and cultural as well. There is no one on campus that will go to bat for them if they dare to utter anything but the most recent interpretation of Leftist dogma.
There was a recent article on https://www.dailywire.com for October 17th of this year that dealt with the extreme liberal/leftist leanings of not only professors, but also of school administrators. An American Enterprise Institute scholar Samuel Abrams wrote a report on this that was published by the New York Times, of all papers. I don’t know how long the report is, but you can find it at https://www.aei.org/publication/think-professors-are-liberal-try-school-administrators/
Abrams observed that: “I found that liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by an astonishing ratio of12-to-one. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal. It’s no wonder so much of the nonacademic programming on college campuses is politically one-sided. The 12-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative college administrators makes them the most left-leaning group on campus…” And you thought the professors were bad! Well, they were–and are–but the administrators are even worse! Keep in mind, many of those that identify as “very liberal” are probably socialists of some kind, and if they’re not they are kissin’ cousins. Whatever they are, they are on the left, and that fact alone bodes ill for any poor student that does not hew their line of class struggle, white privilege, identity politics, or whatever the Marxists are pushing for their agenda at the present.
Abrams noted that the most severe liberal to conservative administrator ratios were among schools in guess where–New England–where the Unitarian/socialist influence has been at work in this country the longest. The ratio there was 25 liberals to one conservative amongst college administrators. Years ago, I worked at one college in New England, with still another college right next door to it and so I saw students from both schools. You’d have been hard put to find any conservatives in either school as far as faculty. And if there were any they kept their mouths shut about it.
Even the Left Coast (known to the naïve as the West Coast) didn’t have a ratio that bad. There’s was only 16-1, while the ratio in the Great Lakes area was a mere 10-1. The other university I worked at was in Indiana and while it wasn’t quite as liberal as the one I worked at in New England, there was still enough leftism to go around. Abrams stated that the closest to a “balanced” ratio existed in the Southwest, and the liberal to conservative ratio there was still 2-1.
The Daily Wire article said: “Abrams notes that the severity of the bias ranges by two-thirds by average in public and Christian schools to three-fourths in private secular schools, but the bias is always overwhelmingly left-wing.
And Abrams has said: “While considerable focus has been placed in recent decades on the impact of the ideological bent of college professors, when it comes to collegiate life–living in dorms, participating in extracurricular organizations–the ever growing ranks of administrators have the biggest influence on students and campus life across the country.”
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