Starnes: NY College Students Cry Foul After Conservative Professor Pens Op-Ed
A Westchester County, N.Y. liberal arts college encountered turmoil last week after students discovered and objected to a column written by one of their professors in the New York Times last year.
Dr. Samuel Abrams, a politics professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, lamented the lack of fellow conservatives on college campuses and in university administration.
Todd Starnes reported on Fox Nation that students "became enraged" and accused Abrams of being "anti-black, anti-gay and [misogynistic]."
"Microaggressions are all over the place," Starnes remarked.
"Faculty have to hold the line on free speech and promote discourse. That didn’t happen at Sarah Lawrence, and I hope that my story is a warning that is heard around the country," Abrams told Fox News on Tuesday.
Starnes said students produced a "manifesto" that ran more than a dozen pages and included demands that Abrams be punished, as well as the creation of a mandatory orientation on "intellectualism and classism" and the hiring of new mental health therapists.
Students claimed they were offended by the supposed “anti-Blackness, anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-woman bigotry” of Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and staged a large sit-in. They also presented demands, such as a “tenure review.”
He said Monday evening that his philosophy was not an attack on students: “Viewpoint diversity is asking that multiple viewpoints are considered on campus and in the classroom. So that means rather than simply attack capitalism and free markets without a deep understanding of history and teach socialism, we also teach the value of markets, choice and individualism.”
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