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4/20/2005

Attention conservative academics:

Just because someone doesn't publish your article or give you a job does not mean you were discriminated against because you are conservative.

The other side of the coin

Remember the proclamation of 29 professors at the University of Denver College of Law denouncing the inquiry into Ward Churchill because "the critique of conventional wisdom, or the accepted way of doing (or seeing) things, is essential to fostering the public debate that is necessary to prevent tyranny"?

Remember the ringing declaration of 199 faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, also in defense of Churchill, on the importance of an "environment in which ideas may be exchanged even in the face of widespread doubt, incomprehension and hostility"?

Does such an unfettered intellectual environment actually exist on any Colorado campus?

In the journal Academic Questions, former Gov. Richard Lamm recounts an incident that suggests, once again, the answer is emphatically no.

Lamm, who is a tenured professor at DU, tried to publish an article in The Source, a newspaper run by the administration there, "in response to a particularly offensive screed on white racism by one of our affirmative action officials."

Yet despite personal pleas he took up the DU ladder right into the chancellor's office, his essay was repeatedly rejected.

It is now online at educationation.org/blog/?p=51. Provocative? Undoubtedly. Offensive? Obviously to some. But if Churchill can call for violence and the destruction of America, surely Lamm can argue that the cultural component in personal success is much larger than many of us wish to concede.

Or can he?


Did it ever occur to the guy that maybe his article just sucked? For Christ's sake: journals don't always publish every paper they get; departments don't hire every person who applies. This is the case for everyone. It is not a left-wing conspiracy. It is just the way things work. I'm sorry you can't always have whatever you want, but try to deal without getting hysterical and running to David Horowitz with your tales of liberal bias.

Link.

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