Clemson poli sci professor stands up to activist bullies

This is a reminder that not all university professors are committed Marxist ideologues who side with protesters making ridiculous demands.

There was a nine-day sit-in at Clemson that ended when the school administration caved in to most of the demands made by activists belonging to the group "See the Stripes." 

An angry political science professor penned a blistering critique of the protesters that was published in the daily student newspaper.

Washington Times:

A nine-day sit-in outside Sikes Hall ended Thursday after theuniversitycaved to most of the demands made by the “See the Stripes” student organization, which included doubling the number of minority faculty by 2025 and instituting mandatory diversity and inclusivity training for faculty and staff, Campus Reform reported.

But in a letter to The Tiger, Clemson Professor J. David Woodard blasted the group as uninterested in facts “that run opposite to an ideology.”

“Instead the individuals involved want power over many things, including the curriculum, admission, buildings, hiring practices and the atmosphere on campus,” he wrote.

Mr. Woodward argued that contrary to the See the Stripes group, King “had a moral premise for his actions” and “emphasized forgiveness, not retribution.”

“As a scholar who has taught Southern Politics for years on the Clemsoncampus, and has a book in the field, I find the curriculum of the ‘See the Stripes’ people to be: shallow, narrow, uninformed as to historical events and unworthy of scholarly consideration,” Mr. Woodson wrote. “I know of no journal in the field that would even consider it for publication or distribution. Yet, the ‘See the Stripes’ curriculum is on the verge of becoming a required course at Clemson. If that happens, we should change the name of this place from ‘University’ to ‘Indoctrination Center.’

“The ‘See the Stripes’ group is fixed on revenge, on embarrassing theuniversity and they have little or nothing to fear from the administration,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, the rest of the campus is persecuted by their antics, which have virtually no intellectual or scholarly merit. Their words and actions have none of the markings Martin Luther King Jr. had when he said, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish as fools.’ We’re perishing, and the ghosts of 1,500 students who decided not to attend the University of Missouri next fall in reaction to the antics of the faculty are watching to see what Clemson does.”

Oh, my.  "No intellectual or scholarly merit..."  "Shallow, narrow, uninformed as to historical events and unworthy of scholarly consideration..."  In every point, Professor Woodard brought down the hammer on the bullies.  He correctly points out that the protests are about power, not reforming the institutions of the university.  And what comes shining through in this devastating critique is a kind of academic integrity rarely seen on campus today.

Woodard should be celebrated for his honesty.  Instead, he is likely to be driven from campus.  We'll keep tabs on what happens at Clemson over the next few days and keep you updated.

This is a reminder that not all university professors are committed Marxist ideologues who side with protesters making ridiculous demands.

There was a nine-day sit-in at Clemson that ended when the school administration caved in to most of the demands made by activists belonging to the group "See the Stripes." 

An angry political science professor penned a blistering critique of the protesters that was published in the daily student newspaper.

Washington Times:

A nine-day sit-in outside Sikes Hall ended Thursday after theuniversitycaved to most of the demands made by the “See the Stripes” student organization, which included doubling the number of minority faculty by 2025 and instituting mandatory diversity and inclusivity training for faculty and staff, Campus Reform reported.

But in a letter to The Tiger, Clemson Professor J. David Woodard blasted the group as uninterested in facts “that run opposite to an ideology.”

“Instead the individuals involved want power over many things, including the curriculum, admission, buildings, hiring practices and the atmosphere on campus,” he wrote.

Mr. Woodward argued that contrary to the See the Stripes group, King “had a moral premise for his actions” and “emphasized forgiveness, not retribution.”

“As a scholar who has taught Southern Politics for years on the Clemsoncampus, and has a book in the field, I find the curriculum of the ‘See the Stripes’ people to be: shallow, narrow, uninformed as to historical events and unworthy of scholarly consideration,” Mr. Woodson wrote. “I know of no journal in the field that would even consider it for publication or distribution. Yet, the ‘See the Stripes’ curriculum is on the verge of becoming a required course at Clemson. If that happens, we should change the name of this place from ‘University’ to ‘Indoctrination Center.’

“The ‘See the Stripes’ group is fixed on revenge, on embarrassing theuniversity and they have little or nothing to fear from the administration,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, the rest of the campus is persecuted by their antics, which have virtually no intellectual or scholarly merit. Their words and actions have none of the markings Martin Luther King Jr. had when he said, ‘We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish as fools.’ We’re perishing, and the ghosts of 1,500 students who decided not to attend the University of Missouri next fall in reaction to the antics of the faculty are watching to see what Clemson does.”

Oh, my.  "No intellectual or scholarly merit..."  "Shallow, narrow, uninformed as to historical events and unworthy of scholarly consideration..."  In every point, Professor Woodard brought down the hammer on the bullies.  He correctly points out that the protests are about power, not reforming the institutions of the university.  And what comes shining through in this devastating critique is a kind of academic integrity rarely seen on campus today.

Woodard should be celebrated for his honesty.  Instead, he is likely to be driven from campus.  We'll keep tabs on what happens at Clemson over the next few days and keep you updated.