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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Can I Teach at UW?

The University of Wisconsin has once again proven why folks on the right snicker about it and call it Berkeley East at times.

Kevin Barrett will be teaching Islamic studies there this fall, even though he's got some interesting ideas, to say the least.

Kevin is a 9-11 denier, who's claimed that Dick Cheney orchestrated the attack killing 3000 people, among some other rather distasteful things.

As many pundits better than me in the Badger state have pointed out, if Barrett were a holocaust denier he'd be run out of town on a rail. But in this case, even though there have been dozens of investigations into 9-11, the name of 'academic freedom' is why he's being allowed to teach.

About the same time I was thinking about that, I received this link in my e-mail; about the slavery reparations movement gaining momentum, and of course got to thinking.....

What would happen if an instructor of African-American studies decided that as a small part of his or her class, they required students to write an essay on why African American's were better off because of slavery?

Empirically it can be shown that the average US black family is much better off than the average family in the areas of Africa where slaves were abducted. Child mortality rates, disease, and 'weath', even for our worst off blacks in this country are all much better than those in most of the underdeveloped areas of Africa.

Would the UW Regents decide, when pressured by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton that the professor should still be at UW? Or would they cave in the name of political correctness, and let us know how insenstive, and full of crap that individual is?

My guess is the person would be gone. While the regents are defending their current position by saying they won't bow to political pressure, the truth is they already have, by keeping Barrett around. It's just pressure from the extreme left instead of the mainstream of the public.

By hiring this guy UW isn't defending academic freedom, they are espousing lies, and conspiracy theories, but just ones that happen to fit the regents own political bent.

More about Barrett at:
Marquette Warrior
Sykes Writes
McBride Media Matters
Hot Air
From Where I Sit
Disguntled Chemist, a "lefty" who believes Barrett is a problem for their side of the issue.

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Blogger James B. said...

We have been covering the "scholars" for some time. The sad thing is, he is one of the more sane ones, you should see Jim Fetzer or Judy Woods.

1:13 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

To many scholars inconvenient facts that don't fit their political template are irrelevant. I have heard more than one speaker say words to the effect of "Don't let mere facts distract you from the truth." (Usually they are leftists but I have heard a very few misguided rightists say it too.)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

07 11 06

Well CP;
You are right. One thing that I have noticed is that many universities are more caught up in feel good appeasement politics than real progress. Just ask my husband why when he proposed building a cluster for research they told him, there was no interest there. He works for the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. UCSF is a sad example of a place where progress has been replaced with so called progressivism...

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Barrett is only scratching half of the truth.
The rest is here:


6:00 PM  

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