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UK Universities Attack The ‘Olds’

Cultural revolutionaries coming to set old white men straight in UK universities (John Lock/Shutterstock)

This item from the UK is a shocking example of leftist identity politics in power:

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given “reverse mentors” to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hoped the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them “feeling quite uncomfortable”.

So they’re going to use tax dollars humiliate senior professors by assigning young commissars, no doubt fully educated in leftist identity ideology, to shadow them and undermine them. What a terrible idea — and a racist and sexist one.

Or … not, according to Chris Mohney, writing on the NBC News website, and contending that it is not possible to be racist against white people. 

Racism is a mechanism of maintaining an imbalance of power — making it literally impossible, by definition, to be racist against white people, or to tell a racist joke about a white person.

So, a culturally Marxist ideology that says an entire group of people have less dignity than others, simply by virtue of the color of their skin, is what is replacing old-fashioned liberalism within institutions. In some UK universities, you can be a distinguished senior professor, but because you are white, the Party has assigned a commissar to follow you to re-educate you ideologically. Shades of the attack upon the “Four Olds” feature of the Maoist Cultural Revolution.


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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