posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 08:10 AM
So far, I don't think anyone in this thread including the OP has fully read the article or if they have they don't understand what Korn is saying.
Before going further I want to make clear that I don't support her position. I'll explain why later. It's easy to see why so many of you are
frothing at the mouth though and it makes me sick but I'll leave it at that since leftists are getting banned so frequently these days.
In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that
“Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do
for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.
Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and
publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The
words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities.
If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of
Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or
justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue..
She feels that research and papers on such topics of White people being the most intelligent or women dressing in a manner that provokes rape,
violates justice. She is right, it does. Absolutely does. It's vile and without merit. In fact I think people such as pursue those or similar avenues
Regardless, in academia you fight back with knowledge and better research, in other words prove those assholes wrong. The result would be the same, a
Professor discredited would likely not be welcomed back.
The best way to fight racism, sexism, heterosexism and all manner of other ugly things is to let them stand in the light and wither under it. Not push
them back into the shadows where they can fester and breed.