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Republican students at UMich: Your communications chair hates you

The University of Michigan is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to buffoonish attacks on anyone who departs from progressive orthodoxy.

Today’s gift, courtesy of National Review Online: The chair of the communications department has written an article explaining why “it’s okay to hate Republicans.”

I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”

Susan Douglas says “history and psychology” back her claim that Republicans are responsible for the “polarization” that now grips America.

Democrats are really only hating “back” Republicans who have hated them by promoting “a single-minded, uncomplicated, good-vs.-evil worldview that vilifies Democrats,” Douglas says in her column for In These Times, a left-wing magazine.

Katherine Timpf at NRO wonders how this unvarnished public loathing might affect Douglas’s students:

It seems as though, for a student who votes Republican, knowing you had a teacher who assumed you were an intolerant bigot and blatantly advocated for hating you would likely create an “intimidating” educational environment; however, the [school’s] anti-discrimination policy only protects against discrimination against someone “because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran’s status.” (Basically anything except for political affiliation.)

So, for Republicans in Douglas’s class: Keep your mouth shut or parrot what she says to make it through unscathed. (Here’s her article archive.)

Read the National Review Online article.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

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