tv Heather Mac Donald The Diversity Delusion CSPAN December 30, 2018 4:40pm-5:31pm EST
some of the programs include "after words" with economist stephen moore on the economic policies of the trump administration. and we look at members of the nixon administration who challenged the 37th president. all that and much more on this holiday weekend of booktv, it's for serious readers -- it's television for serious serious readers. visit booktv.org for a complete schedule. [inaudible conversations] >> if i could have everybody's attention, we'd like to get under way. thank you. good afternoon. i'm city journal editor brian anderson. it's, as it always is, my enormous pleasure to introduce my colleague, heather
macdonald. heather is the thomas w. smith fellow at the manhattan institute, a contributing editor of city journal and a 2005 recipient of the prestigious bradley prize. from the moment she started writing for the magazine back in the early '90s, she's been a seismic intellectual force whether writing about philanthropy or crime and punishment or welfare reform or one of her passions, opera. it's always exciting when one of her stories lands. i invariably learn a lot, and that's in part because heather is a great and truly fearless reporter. if there were any justice in the world, notes new york times columnist david brooks, macdonald would be knee deep in pulitzer prizes and national magazine awards for her pioneering work. and if you know heather, she'll walk into a jail or police station or community meeting or university bureaucrat's office and simply start asking
questions. her writings always rich with detail and full of human voices. and it uncovers realities that vested interests and politically correct world views want hidden. health e may be best known for her work on policing and crime. her last book, "the war on cops," sparked a national debate on policing and became a new york times bestseller. attorney general jeff sessions recently called her the greatest thinker on criminal justice in america today. [applause] but another major theme of her reporting over the years has been the plight of higher education, and it's the crisis of the campus and its effects on the broader culture and society that is the focus of her brand new book "the diversity delusion" just out from st. martins, and it's the focus of her talk today as well. thickly reported, like all of
her work, "the diversity delusion" shows that the university obsession with racial and gender diversity is helping no one. indeed, it's creating a generation of purported victims who will bring their pathologies into the workplace. it's squandering enormous amounts of money, and it's destroying the great western ideal of a humanistic education and replacing it with a gray ideology and thought control. it's a book that couldn't be more timely and is already generating massive media attention. joshing will has devoted -- george will has devoted two columns to it, and heather's been doing nonstop tv and radio for the last ten days. she's written frequently for "the wall street journal," the los angeles times, "the new york post," national review, the new criterion and many, many other outlets. she's also one several other books including "the burden of bad ideas."
with all that, and there's so much more, let me turn things over to heather macdonald. [applause] >> well, thank you so much, brian, for that extraordinary generous introduction. it's been my great honor to write for city journal under both you and myron magnet, and i could not have done what i've done without your insights and support. and thank you, larry, as well. and thank you for coming today. this is a different experience. i've been speaking on college campuses recently. [laughter] so you know what that means. i've received the walkout, the storm the stage strategy, and at claire month mckenna in southern california, the blockade that prevented anyone from actually attending my talk. so-called students of color at nearby pomona college announced that i was a, quote, fascist
white supremacist, warhawk, transphobe, queer phobe, classist and ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions urn which oppressed people are forced to live. end quote with. [laughter] so to actually have an audience still in its seats and apparently willing to listen is an unusual experience that may take me a while to get accustomed to. now, we've been hearing a lot of late about the crisis of free speech on college campuses but not much about its root cause. the narcissistic victimology that is rapidly spreading from academia to the rest of culture. in a word, the american university is in the grips of a mass hysteria. students actually believe that they are victims of oppression, at risk of their lives from
circumambient racism and sexism. the degree of caterwauling is impossible to overstate. at brown students of color occupied the president's office and complained about i having to meet such academic expectations as attending class when they were so focused on, quote, staying alive at brown. [laughter] at yale a mob of minority students surrounded a highly respected sociologist and cursed and screamed at him for three hours because his wife had sent an e-mail suggesting that students could choose their own halloween costumes free from the ministrations of yale's diversity bureaucracy. among the shouts of shut the f up -- and i'm censoring that -- and you are disgusting that were directed at this mild-manneredded, left-wing professor was a cry of we're
dying from one offers referring to the -- of the ranters referring to the end dangered standard of yale's minority students. but my favorite moment came from princeton. in 2015 princeton's black students chanted, "we're sick and tired of being sick ask tired." now this phrase was fist used by fannie lou hammer, a civil rights activist who was beaten in the 1950s for trying to vote. fannie lou hamer had grounds aplenty for being sick and tired of being sick and tired. but any princeton student, i don't care if he's green, purpling or orange, who thinks of himself as oppressed is in the grip of a terrible delusion that will encumber him for the rest of his life.
well, perhaps you're thinking at least the adults on campus are trying to give students a firmer grip on reality. to the contrary. the adults actively encourage the hysteria. a massive diversity bureaucracy is devoted to cultivating in students ever more arcane species of self-involvement and ever more preposterous forms of self-pity. do you want to know the reason for astronomical tuition? look no further than this bureaucratic bloat. sunts regularly act out oppression before ab appreciative audience of vice provosts of equity divisioning, who use the occasion to expand their vision. models presumably on active shooter response teams on the
assumption that discrimination is so ram poont and lethal -- rampant and lethal that a rapid defense force is needed. freshman o yenations and form sessions, students are taught they were either the oppressed or the oppressors. if you are not female, black, hispanic, gay or any of the 116 and still ma tsa sizing categories of gender, the only way you can escape being an oppressor is by becoming a, quote, ally. allies are something usually associated with war. and, indeed, the reigning thinking is that female students and students of color are literally in a war zone on college campuses and need allies from the opposing side to survive. am i exaggerating? i am not.
uc-berkeley's guess of equity and inclusion hung banners throughout campus reminding students of the university's paramount if mission; assigning guilt and innocence in the ruthlessly competitive totem poll of victim viewed hood. -- of victim hood. allow people other than yourself to exist. a message directed to berkeley's white students and faculty this is not hyperbole. they mean it literally. college presidents are the worst offenders in encouraging this victimology. after the three-hour expletive-filled tirade against the yale sociologist, yale's president actually thanked the thugs for making him proud of
his student body. yale subsequently conferred a racial justice prize on two of the most aggressive participants. the dean of the hard valider medical school recent id -- recently removed the portraits of its great scientists from the entrance hall to the school. you can guess the reason. they were all male. and, thus, looking on them would make his students feel uncomfortable and up safe. we can only wish these gudding doctors luck in the operating room. students are being given a license for ignorance. all they need to be told about a book is the melanin content and gonads of its author to know whether they can dismiss its
contents as thoroughly pug significant and not worth reading. shakespeare, will play toe plato. a columbia undergraduate groused about columbia's beleaguered core curriculum. quote, who is this mozart, this in this these superior white men? quote, it upholds the premises of white semily and racism. without adding some fueling qualification -- pewling qualification about respecting
diversity. academic identity politics are now rapidly spreading throughout the culture at large. every non-academic institution no matter how previously merit to accuratic is now vulnerable. and that means above all, the s.t.e.m. fields. exhibit a in our culture's descent into identity-driven immediate i don't mediocrity and thought control is the firing of computer engineer james demore from google in august 27. demore had written a carefully reasons end, fact-based memo, suggesting that the average career preferences of males and females may explain why there's not a 50/50 gender parity at google and other tech firms. the language that google's ceo used in firing mr. demore was direct import from dam deckic --
demore had dared to change the reigning feminist otter box citily what follow was even scarier. a recent branch upheld the action. mr. demore's memo had made google's employees feel, quote, unsafe at work, according to the associate men counsel. the memo does tout et, crete, gym neigh and sexual a.. what this nlr rule. any economist who studies the different risk preferences and appetite for competition among neals and females is now at risk of his job.
these branches of science could hut down completely no matter what their findings are true. the thinking that got mr. demore fired is now the dominant character cannistic of our time. it holts at the on sent of various racial, ethnic and sexual groups in any institution is, by definition, a result of swimmation. to gus other groups have definite cultures, skills and behaviors that explan the welcome cannot just boo, it will get you fired. so proportionality in the workplace is accelerating, especially in the me too rare. from here on out everything you watch, everything you watch in the mainstream mid owe then
contacts. if you were a why is pail, you're going to peat a higher standard to get hired orr to moments,. proudly announced that its crusade to lower the number of whites on cam with us was succeeding. every college is, in's fence, doing the same thing. newsrooms are under enormous pressure to find reporters, select sources and origin late story that is will improve their diversity profile. book publishers are obsessively engineering their intrits to liar tie, quote, defence author it is on themes. , and thanks to media pressure and their own human resources departments, corporate boardrooms have made a felt everybody of nernd who no, sir namely. i voted against every female who
shows up on a proxy ball old, because i assume that she is there because of her sex, not her business experience. case in point, drew gillpen faust recently accepted a position on goldman sachs' board. who knew no left-wing american history professors were excellent in testament banking. [laughter] but university administrators and fact fullty may hate capitalism, but they dove hasn't lust tock dollars. even fast call music swg boyed city -- [inaudible] created outrage against the chicago and philadelphia orchestras this spring by tweeting they had program no female composers in their upcoming season. never meaned that at the very
end of process' tweet, the symphony was playing at carnegie hill, a work which they missioned go doubt at cost. it is absurd to expect gender parity in the concert hall. the reality is this. the greatest composers of all time whether box, mozart, shoe weather, cho pin or gram were male. let over it and be grateful for the pew they that they give us, worthy mortals. true? clackic move boards are also under tremendous amount p a classical music agent told me wistfully, if only i had a trans-kicker, i'd be rich!
[laughter] now, it is an unalloyed pleasure that hollywood is having forced to sacrifice its best box office judgment to meet the demands of the race and jenner bean counters. but it is in the sciences where the diversity imperative becomes actually dangerous. every academic science department whether physics, math or chemistry is in the victimologist's crosshairs. the federal government is demanding that science departments hire based on gender and race vermonter than asylum r scientific merit. an oncologist at an ivy league medical school was berated by
his dean for an exam in pharmacologying that was, quote, too fact-based. i don't know about you, but if i'm going for cancer treatment, ride like my doctor to know the facts about drug interactions. the national science foundation is spending billions of your taxpayer dollars on programs to boast -- boost diversity in science. .. . >> a human resources manager
sued youtube for firing him because he had refused to go along with the mandate to only interview females or hispanics or blacks for engineering jobs because they were of the wrong race or gender guess who does not care about diversity metrics? china. the best thing that trump could do to level the playing field was to airlift a few cargo planes of gender theorists from american universities and dump them on beijing university in china research lab until that happens china will pull ahead in science because it cares only about one thing in the science lab accomplishment.
academic identity politics is tearing our society apart teaching and people to hate to hate the greatest thinkers and creators of the past and hate their fellow americans so the diversity must we nipped in the bed the next time those occupy a office building demanding reparations hears of the college president should say are you kidding me? you are the most privileged individuals in human history at your fingertips what they sold their soul for. knowledge by libraries that would have driven the renaissance humanist mad with nbs desire you can read any
book that has been written access to scientific laboratories pursue languages literature and history everything is available. far from discriminating against minorities and females and hiring every faculty search to find remotely qualified underrepresented minorities that has not been endowed schools. we upload - - employee double standards for diversity i can assure you they are not big it's with those oppressed groups and they went those highest students to succeed those that study night and day
for the experience of this maelstrom of hatred. if you feel so oppressed, step aside and let them take your place better college president never says any of these things instead is silent with that narcissistic delusion and to promise to make amends for mistreating those oppressed students it is imperative to rebut that narrative it is not enough for impeach to borrow a term that even some liberals will back you up. so now we have to take on that victim apology narrative directly and racism and
oppression is not the dominant characteristic of society today. for all of the historical sins that has not been a more tolerant policy the preservation of freedom requires knowledge with the rule of law and the scientific method in the concept of individual rights. passing on that knowledge was a noble calling at the highest calling is to have the full glory of western inheritance to inspire them to get down on their knees instead of raising fist in protest. the beauty of the vast and rich tradition that could be discovered.
even with that conservative free-market as alumni. what could you suggest as a practical matter do not send another dollar tear elma matter unless you have done extensive due diligence i presume without such examination you should not keep funneling money into the beast. a lot of people want to understandably support scientific research but there are two problems with that but science is being colonized and money is fungible. give it to something specifically dedicated to non- politicized study of the past
we are making these institutions vulnerable. this is an extraordinarily important venture to try to hold the academy higher with the lack of diversity. this is a tactic of principal liberals for a very long time to dig into voter registration and know it one - - notice the ever growing divide democrat and republican registered faculty and it matters i suppose that my view of the academy and it wouldn't really
matter if everybody kept their politics out of the classroom and understood that their obligation is passing on this inheritance with gratitude and love. so the academy is hitting hard there is no ideological balance on campus it's worth pointing out the core problem in all of this is the unchallengeable idea that the society is fundamentally still oppressive and that oppression explains our world today. if you have any opportunity to hit back as long as that
remains the dominant narrative that is insurmountable because they have a logic they have risked their lives that is a threat to their very existence because they are surrounded by a tsunami of hatred. >> and with those practices that you describe with that brand value of the institution or do you see them floating above that and not being
affected? are the perpetrators of the diversity ideology as long as that remains what can i write about? that talented number of females and with that core competencies of institutions because gender is and irrelevant category if a scientific lab is all-female, great but if because they have the national final one - - science foundation of intersection
nullity and engineering and math, if any if you are so lucky to be protected from the intersection nullity phrase that is the latest phrase of the day of academic victimhood politics to discuss those that can check off numerous categories of that victim category d and step is to pay gender theorist to study intersection alley in the sciences. it is so mind blowing an institution founded 1960 so i think this is very much not to be ignored education as being
slow down in order that pedagogy is teaching there was announcement this summer from the university of akron computer science professor he was arbitrarily raising the grades of all-female students as part of his contribution to the equity sciences now there was an outcry that got him to back off but this is going on. so yes i think this is very threatening.
. >> recently at the president at the university of chicago made a statement that addressed to the effect if you don't feel safe here then go to another college because we here we respect all places are there other universities? . >> yes said the deed and the provost have come out with a letter to the freshman class that safety is not our goal intellectual debate is. however i have to say in the article that has been published recently that draws into question for peers
scientific research that explored from a mathematical perspective that what got summers fired from harvard university to explain why there is not gender proportionality is the hard sciences. and that extreme of the curve of the stupidity and foolishness that is male-dominated. otherwise to have those that are the most brilliant investigators and the united states.01 percent
mathematical. males outnumber females two.five. with those distributions of mathematical ability and it was accepted by premier mathematical journals and feminist got wind of it but not any old feminists but those that said that scientific research was dangerous. it was threatening. and it was rejected and actually disappeared. it had gone online and disappeared so the author is
in a bind he cannot publish it elsewhere because he doesn't have the copyright. it was there and now it is gone. so that main crusader to have a different take on gender equity is a and an appeal made and did not respond directly we don't find any intellectual fraud but it wasn't a fraud claim that was made it's very hard to contain a place that is not somehow st. john's college to western canon are admirable institutions and those that take no federal
money that our impervious to the federal demands to check off those various boxes. i think next will be homeschooling for college or get a tutor with the white male classic who cannot get tired because he's not doing lesbian face painting and then take your child around to the rest of the roman empire believe me he would learn more than in most colleges today. . >> with that crybaby syndrome let my mentor calls that human
intellect of past racism in that the institution for those that file a double standard. so to move beyond a protest and to see this as the best and the brightest the best and brightest of the administrators of the best and brightest of the trustees. to be a failure of the human intellect. by have this prejudice.
not the students but the faculty. and they are the best and the brightest. >> michael, i can see if we have discrimination going on that must be eradicated completely i have asked many university proponents of the theory of implicit bias that has been leveled against corporations give me one example of a competitively qualified faculty candidate or a corporate employee or underrepresented minority who is not been hired or promoted or even overlooked because of gender and race. i have never gotten an answer.
there is no question that the country lived in the most grotesque violation of the fundamental principles of that awareness of hypocrisy and it took decades and decades to get over that and it is understandable to be skeptical but you can go to every faculty search today and far from discriminating that's all you talk about the problem is in the pipeline there were 16 phd in computer science that is zero.1 percent of the total.
and with those candidates every computer science department will show parity in the same is true for females but as for beating back stereotypes i would submit there is nothing more dangerous in the perpetuation of stereotypes and racial preference that is offered to students to diversify the student body that are one standard deviation or to in that particular college. nobody says minority students should go to college of course, they should but they should go for which they are qualified so now put into the
category of gender. m.i.t. sadly is obsessed with gender so if they admit me as a freshman to fill their gender quota if my math sat is 650 all my peers have eight hundreds which is the top , what will happen to be my freshman year? i will flounder an advanced calculus, my other classes, i would have done perfectly well if i went to boston college which is perfectly respectable. but having cult - - catapulted into an environment i am less qualified then i will struggle and could switch majors and
because of those perverse racial preferences and also that happens at law school , that does not help these stereotypes it is the result on the part of universities. they are not necessary to perpetuate the stereotypes. . >> time for a more questions. . >> now brown is in the middle of another controversy of gender do story but that leads to my larger question are there any organizations social scientist or hard scientist
that are worried enough about the trend to speak up because of what they see happening to research discipline? we make you would think. the american association to have panels galore with the sciences gender discrimination very few are willing and ucla has the requirement with the incoming faculty applicant has to fill out a form and of diversity and inclusion of underrepresented minorities.
ucla would rather prioritize a professor's diversity contribution than science we could hope there is an approach to be set out but to my friends that are engineers. half of the engineering department that every faculty search is reckless putting the competitive edge at risk because generous philanthropist inevitably the measure for their programs how
many students are going to college? that's not necessarily a good idea it turns out the more education somebody has the more likely they are to think of themselves as oppressed. the engineers in these departments are the product of the diversity academy so we reach the point where it will be very hard to break out of this. >> i wonder how you would answer the paradox of the private elite university area? the alumni is giving more and more money. they are electing the trustees
and to appoint to the president and given that system we seem to have behavior in those institutions that is directly attacking the people that is the huge body of alumni that support the university and that's a paradox. >> it's the same paradox that henry ford pointed out with his own foundation attacking the system that made it possible. it's the privilege of wealth. in by generous alumni, it is an admirable instinct. it is unique in the world. but you have to start doing your due diligence of course, don't just stop giving money, tell them that you are.
we have got to support the non- politicized study of greatness because that is what the university is therefore. if you have any clout with your university, look at the course catalog see if they are teaching constitutional history. does the english require shakespeare? probably not. we can give up it's not worth giving up. we are in the dead of the thinkers who went before to give beauty and greatness you just have to fight as hard and as long as you can. >> that's a good note to end on. thank you for coming. [applause]