I Am a Dangerous Professor

2Apr - by mh - 0 - In News Censorship and Intimidation

I Am a Dangerous Professor

By George Yancy / From the New York Times / Nov 30, 2016

Image: Leigh Wells

(This article was published in the New York Times in November of 2016. We post it here several months later as a powerful and evocative reminder of the urgency of academic freedom and those working against it.) 

Those familiar with George Orwell’s “1984” will recall that “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought.” I recently felt the weight of this Orwellian ethos when many of my students sent emails to inform me, and perhaps warn me, that my name appears on the Professor Watchlist, a new website created by a conservative youth group known as Turning Point USA.

I could sense the gravity in those email messages, a sense of relaying what is to come. The Professor Watchlist’s mission, among other things, is to sound an alarm about those of us within academia who “advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” It names and includes photographs of some 200 professors.

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/opinion/i-am-a-dangerous-professor.html