Freedom of speech would also protect Nikole Hannah-Jones
This account is correct, and the interference of GOP lawmakers should concern anyone who cares about the First Amendment and academic freedom. But Republican support for university autonomy has waned for a reason: As many see from the right-wing, an absence of political pressure will not result in campuses without discrimination in point of view, but campuses on which administrators heavy handed and overwhelmingly Democratic faculty members are cooling off. dissent from the mainstream orthodoxy.
The evidence supports these concerns. A 2019 survey of undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill found that in classes where politics come into play, the overwhelming majority of self-identified liberal and conservative students said instructors encouraged participation. on both sides, but also that derogatory comments about the Conservatives were common on campus. Almost 68% of conservatives said they censored themselves in class, along with about 49% of moderates and 24% of liberals, in part because of a large faction in school – larger on the left than on the right – which favored the suppression of speech.
Last year Mike Adams, a conservative Christian professor at UNC Wilmington, was forced into early retirement because of offensive tweets. Years earlier, that system had violated his constitutional rights by denying him promotion to full professor, a decision the courts overturned on First Amendment grounds.
Although many Republican politicians and some right-wing intellectuals who condemn the cancellation culture are hypocritical in not standing up for Hannah-Jones, many of his supporters never spoke for Adams or did not speak for Adams. never seen discrimination against non-progressives.
Across the academy, academic Eric Kaufmann found that “75 percent of conservative social and human sciences academics in the United States and Britain say their departments are an environment hostile to their beliefs. In the United States, seven in ten conservative academics in the social sciences or humanities say they censor themselves. More than 90% of academics supporting Trump would not feel comfortable sharing their views with a colleague, and 85% of their fellow Democrats agree that Trump supporters should remain silent.
In an August 2020 survey, Kaufmann found that four in ten academics in the United States would refuse to hire a known Trump supporter. And various public university systems, including the University of North Carolina, require formal declarations of diversity when hiring or considering incumbency, with barely a principled concern on the part of progressives. Although seemingly neutral, these statements institutionalize the discrimination of points of view in practice. Candidates who tout their commitment to color blindness and individualism as Lodestars would likely be penalized for having a view that the academic left sees as racist.