Looking at the courses offered in Canadian universities, one wonders if the attempt to teach Western high culture is itself now seen as offensive. It is difficult to think of ethnic and gender courses as requiring any mental discipline internal to themselves apart from the foregone ideological conclusions for which they were created in the first place.
It is well known that progressives have been able for decades now to exercise their control through domination of hiring committees and the imposition of politically correct speech codes designed to exterminate dissent. Dr. Li is not some isolated figure fighting for racial justice; he belongs to a department dedicated to teaching students to â€œthink critically about the world around themâ€ and â€œcommitted to link the aims of the discipline with the mission of the University of Saskatchewanâ€. Saskatchewan, like many universities in Canada, officially calls itself a â€œprogressive universityâ€ committed to â€œemployment equityâ€ for women and visible minorities.
Of the 15 full-time faculty members teaching in Dr. Liâ€™s department, eight are females, and three of the males, together with Dr. Li, are visible minorities of Asian origin. What is more, most of these members have research interests that touch on race, ethnicity, multiculturalism and social inequality. Among the many socialistic colleges, programs, and departments housed in Saskatchewan are: â€œDiscrimination and Harassment Prevention,â€ â€œFamily Medicine,â€ â€œIndian Teacher Education Program,â€ â€œNative Studies,â€ â€œWomen’s and Gender Studiesâ€.
A similar set of facts can be adduced for all the academics cited in this article. Jeffrey Reitz, who claims that white people tend to trivialize the experiences of minorities as unimportant, is director of ethnic and immigration studies at the University of Toronto, housed in a department in which the research and teaching areas are singularly left-oriented in character: â€œhealth and mental health,â€ â€œnetworks and community,â€ â€œgender and family,â€ â€œcrime and socio-legal studies,â€ â€œimmigration and ethnic relations,â€ â€œstratification, work, and labour markets.â€ Constance Backhouse, who wants universities to â€œtake the leadâ€ in dismantling the â€œmythologyâ€ that Canada is a â€œrace-lessâ€ society, belongs to the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa, wherein the â€œMessage from the Deanâ€ states categorically and imperially that research and teaching are expected to be pursued â€œin a progressive atmosphere where issues of social justice are at the forefront of student and faculty concernsâ€.
The universities of Canada have worked like a gold mine for progressives. Many of the professors cited in the article have multiple research grants, contracts with government departments, awards for research and teaching, are fellows of the Royal Academy and, in at least one case, is a member of the Order of Canada. I could go on for pages citing their academic honours. University Affairs might have done its readers a greater service publishing an article entitled “The Racism Industry in Academia.”