A sympathetic U Stanford source attempts to explain what happened to Dorion Abbot:
Since 1970, the University of Chicago has applied four principles in the hiring and promotion of faculty. They are:
-Teaching and Training, including the supervision of graduate students
-Contribution to intellectual community
These criteria may seem benign enough, but in our Woke New World, they are most certainly not. In previous weeks, one of Prof. Abbot’s colleagues told a departmental seminar that “If you are just hiring the best people, you are part of the problem.”
Prof. Abbot disagreed, and decided to respond, publishing a series of videos on YouTube voicing several very mild concerns about the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) policies being promoted in the department…
Without a pause, or a hint of irony, a group of angry students claimed that Abbot’s remarks “threaten the safety and belonging of all underrepresented groups within the department.” They further accused him of “an aggressive act.”Maxwell Meyer, “At UChicago, a Woke Inquisition—and a Warning” at Stanford Review
Read the rest. It is becoming increasingly clear that STEM is beginning to recruit students who just should not be at a university at all.
Dear Unsafe Students: If ideas you don’t agree with distress you to the point where you feel “unsafe,” there is a good chance that you are not employable in any typical 21st century workplace, constantly awash in communications of all sorts. So quit wasting money on university tuition. Here’s a possible career path: Look after sheep, cattle, or pigs for a living. Don’t access modern communications media. The animals don’t need anything like that and it is way too risky for you.
See also: Snowball Earth prof attacked by Cancel Culture. Jacobson warns, “What is so disturbing is the large number of graduate and post-doctoral students who signed the list of demands. I warned in 2017 that STEM would not be immune to the social justice (and racial) warfare tearing through universities.” One real advantage of belonging to Cancel Culture is that, if a student plays the cards right, the question of actual performance will seldom or never come up. Everything will be about screaming, crying, sign-waving, and demands. Their real troubles won’t begin until they try getting a job.