A Harvard University feminist student writing in the campus newspaper The Crimson recently posited this:
“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 “academic freedom”?
The column was titled “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom – Let’s Give Up On Academic Freedom in Favor of Justice.”
Its author, senior Sandra Y.L. Korn, a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality major, called for the end of academic freedom and in its place “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 wrote. “The power to enforce academic justice comes from students, faculty, and workers organizing together to make our universities look as we want them to do.”
Uh huh. She went there.
The column has been circulated among conservative circles, including on Facebook’s Best of the Web, whose poster pointed out that “if college (or any level of school, for that matter) is no longer a place to discover truth, and is only extant for the purposes of opposing a list of -isms, what is the purpose of attending such a rotten, decrepit and decadent place?”