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March 07, 2005

The double standard at CU

From an OpEd by David Harsanyi in the Denver Post:

"I've had enough. I am clearly being closed out for political or religious reasons," [CU professor Phil] Mitchell says. "I am one of the top-rated professors in the history of the department."

[Director of the Sewall Academic Program William] Wei, hardly a conservative, says that in his perspective, "Phil is a great person, a good teacher and highly regarded by his students."

Faculty course questionnaires confirm what students think of him. You'll be hard-pressed to find anything but an A+.

But it's never been easy.

Mitchell taught at the Hallett Diversity Program for 24 straight semesters. That is, until he made the colossal error of actually presenting a (gasp!) diverse opinion, quoting respected conservative black intellectual Thomas Sowell in a discussion about affirmative action.

Sitting 5 feet from a pink triangle that read "Hate-Free Zone," the progressive head of the department berated Mitchell, calling him a racist.

"That would have come as a surprise to my black children," explains Mitchell, who has nine kids, as of last count, two of them adopted African-Americans.

Then, Mitchell had the audacity to use a book on liberal Protestantism in the late 19th century. So repulsed by the word "god" was one student, she complained, and the department chair fired him without a meeting, he said.

Was there a protest for academic freedom? Bullhorns? Power to the people?

In case you're not getting the hypocrisy, CU (The University of Colorado) is the same school that has Ward Churchill teaching. The same school which President Elizabeth Hoffman recently defended Churchill, calling criticism of him “a new McCarthyism”

Yet, the Conservative Phil Mitchell has been notified that CU would not be renewing his contract after this year because "his teaching was not up to the department standards."

What standards?

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 7, 2005 10:26 AM

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