Cornell University, an Ivy League school located in Ithaca, New York, boasts a commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, in its hiring practices. It clearly states: “Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.”
Yet, its professors disagree; claiming that one cannot be both educated and a political conservative or a member of the Republican Party. Additionally, at an Ivy League school, where one hopes debate and difference of opinion would be encouraged and taught, it appears that any professor who disagrees with specific liberally-minded policies is excluded from Cornell’s commitment to diversity.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature, Kenneth A. McClane, appealing to his vast background in science, recently claimed, “the anti-scientific rhetoric of many in the Republican Party to be troublesome.”
Likewise, Gary S. Davis, Professor of Government remarked, “I think many mainstream Republicans have views that are anti-intellectual and anti-science.”
Via Fox News Insider:
According to the Sun, government professor Andrew Little suggested hiring Republicans would compromise the quality of Cornell’s professors. He was quoted saying, “Placing more emphasis on diversity of political beliefs when hiring [would] almost certainly require sacrificing on general quality or other dimensions of diversity.”
“It is not surprising that faculty at Cornell find the anti-scientific rhetoric of many in the Republican Party to be troublesome,” Professor Kenneth McClane, English, said. “Many of us here are scientists — we believe in global warming, since we believe what the research tells us.”
“Our job is not to mold the minds of young students — they’ll go out into the world and do that for themselves,” Professor Richard Bensel, government, stated. “Cornell does not have to be a banquet that offers every viewpoint.”
How does “we do not have to be a banquet that offers every viewpoint” apply to Cornell University’s faculty– who are mostly Caucasian?
Is 82% Caucasian an example of diversity? And of this number, how many are “Republican” and/or “conservative”? Why is one’s political ideological preference even an employment factor, when non-discriminatory hiring policies exist under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
In light of McClane’s claim that, “we believe what the research tells us,” perhaps he should consider reading Yale University Professor of Law Dan M. Kahan‘s analysis of the “scientific comprehension of various political groups.” Kahan discovered that Tea Party supporters and activists are more scientifically literate than the non Tea Party population.
According to Kahan, the majority of liberal-minded professors are less scientifically literate than their minority conservative counterparts.
This column was first published on Mental Recession by its editor Rusty Weiss.