The National Association of Scholars, a self-described "independent membership association of academics," released a report last year on the effect of academic bias in the University of California system. Because of the lopsided domination in the number of liberal humanities professors vs. the small number of conservatives in the same field, the 10 UC campuses, they write, have become "a sanctuary for a narrow ideological segment of the spectrum of social and political ideas."
Recent UC, San Diego syllabi include history courses like "'Race, Riots and Violence in the U.S.' Exploring how different groups of Americans have constructed competing notions of race, gender, labor and national belonging by participating in street violence." And "African American History in the 20th Century," which covers the transformation of African America by "imperialism, migration, urbanization, desegregation, and deindustrialization." And "American Women/American Womanhood" includes topics in relation to "a dominant ideology of womanhood ... witchcraft, evangelicalism, cult of domesticity, sexuality, rise of industrial capitalism."
OK, that's far-left-wing California. But the Texas affiliate found the same thing. In its recently released report on bias in history classes at The University of Texas and Texas A&M University, NAS Texas found "all too often the course readings gave strong emphasis to race, class or gender (RCG) social history, an emphasis so strong that it diminished the attention given to other subjects in American history (such as military, diplomatic, religious, intellectual history)."
Our colleges and universities today find themselves stocked with '60s radicals, some of whom even committed acts of violence. They include:
Former fugitive Weather Underground co-founder terrorist Bill Ayers -- a now-retired professor who enjoyed tenure as a professor of education at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bernardine Dohrn -- Ayers' wife and a former WU leader, who declared war on the U.S., spent three years on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list and became an associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law.
Convicted murderer and former Weather Underground terrorist Kathy Boudin -- a Columbia University professor and scholar-in-residence at NYU.
Former WU member Howard Machtinger -- linked to a deadly unsolved bombing of a San Francisco police station, he enjoys retirement from his career as professor at North Carolina Central University and teaching fellows director at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's School of Education.
WU member Susan Rosenberg -- spent years on the run after her indictment for WU's Brinks robbery and triple murder, until apprehended for moving, according to The New York Times, "740 pounds of dynamite and weapons, including a submachine gun." Rosenberg spent 16 years in prison until President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence, after which she took a job teaching at John Jay College.
After the Tsarnaevs became suspects, the president of Chechnya said: "Any attempt to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, is futile. They grew up in the U.S.A., their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of their evil in America."
He is right. The search for the "why" starts right here.