tv In Depth Heather Mac Donald CSPAN April 28, 2019 7:14pm-7:26pm EDT
washington post is working, pulitzer prize-winning biographer robert karen's account of his experiences researching and writing his books. all of these authors that i have or will be appearing on book tv and you can watch them online at booktv.org. now on booktv, a portion of a recent program the manhattan institute's heather mac donald takes a critical look at political correctness in higher education in her most recent book "the diversity delusion: how race and gender corrupt the university and undermine our culture". >> there has never been a more tolerant, more opportunity filled environment in human history then the college campus. it is filled with the most well-meaning faculty who want all of their students to succeed in particular societies traditionally oppressed groups and students are being encouraged by this growing diversity bureaucracy to think of themselves as victims and celebrate the victimhood. there is a worthless
competition underway on every count college campus today to be the top dog victim. these days that position glorified, sought after, is occupied by trans individuals but that won't last. anybody who can guess the next top dog victim is more pressing than not to get surprised because the students are desperate to find some way to trump the current totem pole of victimhood. >> helen mcdonald isn't there some legitimacy in women's studies african-american studies to tell those stories in history as well? >> i don't think there should be separate disciplines. we tell them all the time, and almost told the story of women, of blacks, with extraordinary empathy. huck finn does. i just ãbincredible insights
into female sexual competitiveness of course we should open our history, we should understand the reality in its great and flawed way as possible but the reality is this, those separate studies departments, whether black studies, they have become grievance factors. they are not about openness, they are about cultivating a very particular mindset which is one that is at war with the accomplishments of western civilization. >> when you speak at a college campus, what's your reception at times it's been a hostile, physically so brute force. other times it merely tense.
other times students have listened respectably and ask questions. university of pennsylvania recently there was a challenging audience but they were all respectful. there was no interruptions. i was recently at university of colorado boulder there was faculty there that were insulted by the fact that i actually said that there are no bigots in the university of colorado. this is a very weird thing about our current moment, there is nothing more insulting you can say to a college administrator then "your institution is filled with good people there are no bigots there" because they want to say this is a bigoted environment. it is a very perverse
situation. you have elite liberal institutions voluntarily embracing the narrative that they discriminate when this is empirically demonstrably false. i was at the university of colorado they did a wonderful job inviting me nevertheless for me to say that this is an open-minded institution was seen by some people there as an insult. go figure. >> what's the advantage to saying it's not open environment? >> that's a fabulous question. if one was starting from scratch not knowing the whole victim ideology that we live in, it's absolutely puzzling. yet there is a bureaucracy in every university today and it's not confined to the elite colleges, now trickling down
sadly into community colleges that's invested its entire well-being is dependent upon the idea that there is institutional racism on college campuses. there are people whose identity that if you are doing black studies, possibly you are reading ralph ellison and the boys. with an ear for their language and greatness but the far greater likelihood is what you are telling students is that the enlightenment and self, which is all about tolerance, is a source of racism and bigotry. which is historically false. but these departments are invested in this narrative that america remains endemically permanently racist and sexist.
he is beloved by every college administrator because his message is that the identity of america, not just 200 years ago but today, is to destroy the black body and that's the message which colleges perversely welcome and encourage and they don't want to hear a counter narrative. >> back to the diversity delusion, you quote peter lubin, vice president of academic affairs in the claremont mckenna college in california. "i fully understand that people have strong opinions in different often painful experiences with the issues heather macdonald discusses. i also understand that words can hurt, why did you include that? >> i guess i wanted to give a full picture of what happened at claire matt mckenna.
>> what happened? >> which was a blockade the student blockade of about 250 students that surrounded the auditorium where i was supposed to speak about my previous book, the war on cops. which simply tries to give voice to the hundreds of people whom i've had the privilege to meet in high crime neighborhoods whether it's south-central los angeles or central harlem who are law-abiding they want their children to succeed and they support the cops. they want public order, they want the same freedom from fear that people in other neighborhoods can take for granted and they say to the cops, why are you getting the kids off the street by getting drug dealers off the corner? i wanted to give voice to those people to give nacho move story to the black lives matter narrative. this was viewed as something that was not tolerable, not
allowable on claremont mckenna campus by the students and those from the neighboring claremont colleges like pomona and pitzer harvey mudd, hours before i was supposed to speak students started congregating outside of the auditorium. it was so, this is just classic of students wallowing in their self-pity their rule for the blockade was that the black students would be on the inner ring because otherwise they were so at risk from claremont's feckless police force that somehow they come in with billy cubs and be beating them. the students believe that my presence there as a racist,
sexist, transfer, and whitney of substitutions for thoughts and engagement. that fascist mcdonald had to be shut down. peter rubin one of the deeds was trying to read the needle and throw the facade to say somehow this is threatening rhetoric or make people feel unsafe which is ridiculous. we should not be playing into this absurd conceit. there are millions of students abroad in asia right now who are studying night and day for the privilege of attending an american college this alleged ã of hatred. there are students of color, why do they want to come here?
because they understand that american college today offers boundless opportunities, you can read every book that is ever been written. this is something that would have driven the renaissance humanist mad with envy and desire. yet these students are being taught to think of themselves as victims. it is educational malpractice. >> that was heather mac donald, author of "the diversity delusion: how race and gender corrupt the university and undermine our culture" on book tv. you can watch the rest of this program by visiting our website and searching heather mac donald book at the top of the page. you are watching booktv, here's our prime time lineup. first up, nick adams argues that the american dream can be achieved without college. then pulitzer prize-winning author robert caro details how he researches and writes his
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