September 18, 2021

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New Study PROVES Bigoted Leftists Discriminate Against Conservative Academics

According to a new study, 71% of American academics would feel uncomfortable or unsure about sitting next to a colleague who believes men and women have relevant biological differences.

Professor of Politics at Birbeck College, University of London Eric Kaufmann researched political discrimination among university faculty and students in the U.S., Britain, and Canada. In his articles for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, he explained the staggering results of growing fears among conservatives and the evident prejudices launched by the leftist super majority.

Using eight different surveys, Kauffman questioned graduate students and university professors, primarily in the Social Sciences and Humanities departments to determine both how conservative intellectuals felt about their work environments and how leftists perceived their conservative colleagues.

  • One-third of the conservative graduate students and professors surveyed claimed to have received either discipline or threats of disciplinary action for their political beliefs. 
  • 75% of conservative academics in the U.S. and Britain called their workplace “a hostile environment for their beliefs” 
  • 90% of the Trump supporters surveyed claimed they “wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing their views with a colleague.” As a result, conservatives naturally self censor themselves to avoid risking the very real possibility of losing social and professional opportunities. 

Discrimination is particularly problematic in university hiring and funding allocation for scholarly research.

  • Kaufmann observed that 40% of American scholars would refuse job offers to “a known Trump supporter” and a third of British academics would not hire a “known Brexit supporter.” 
  • Similarly “[b]etween a fifth and a half of academics would mark a right-leaning grant application lower.”

When it comes to cancel culture, Kaufmann uncovered a small glimmer of hope. 

  • Less than 12% of academics in the U.S., Britain. and Canada said they would 100% support canceling academic professionals who believe children thrive most in the traditional nuclear family model. 
  • And less than a quarter of responding academics committed to canceling colleagues who supported immigration restrictions.

The kicker is that about half of those surveyed remained unsure whether or not they would support the cancellation of a colleague based on his or her stance on certain policy issues. This leaves what Kaufmann calls a “permissive climate” for predominantly young activist scholars to push their agendas through the institutions they work for.

From his findings, Kaufmann concludes that it’s not so much that conservatives are any less biased than leftists but rather that, as a tiny minority group, their biases don’t matter in the grand scheme of the problem. And, this institutional network of discrimination towards conservatives is likely fortifying itself by deterring conservatives from continuing their education.

As many have suspected for a long time, the problem of political discrimination has grown exponentially worse every year. According to the National Association for Scholars, 2020 saw 66 Canadian and American scholars either disciplined or fired from their positions because of real or imagined beliefs they hold; this is a 300% increase from 2019 cancellations. So far, nine cases have arisen just two months into 2021, with remarkably sparse coverage from major news sources on both sides of the aisle. It’s refreshing to see outlets like Newsweek and WSJ giving a voice to Kauffmann’s groundbreaking study.

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