If you thought it was just a few people, think again. Excellent article by Michael Moynihan.
Via The Daily Beast:
Last week, Rutgers University fired its mercurial basketball coach after he was videotaped “shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs,” according to ESPN. Under pressure from school administrators, Rutgers’ athletic director, who had previously defended the coach’s behavior, resigned. It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.On the same day ESPN broadcast the Rutgers tape, The New York Post reported that Kathy Boudin, a professor at Columbia University, was named the 2013 Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School. In 1984, Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground, a violent, oafish association of upper-class “revolutionaries,” pled guilty to second-degree murder in association with the infamous 1981 Brinks armored car robbery in Nyack, New York. Babbling in the language of anti-racism and anti-imperialism, Boudin assisted in ending the life of three people, including Waverly Brown, the first black police officer on the Nyack police force, and left nine children fatherless. She was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. In 2003, Boudin was released; by 2008 she had landed a coveted teaching position at an Ivy League university.Indeed, Boudin’s Columbia University biography doesn’t mention her violent past, describing her simply as “an educator and counselor with experience in program development since 1964, working within communities with limited resources to solve social problems.” Neither does an official NYU press release announcing her new gig, instead explaining that Boudin “has been dedicated to community involvement in social change since the 1960’s.” Well, that’s one way of putting it. (Boudin didn’t respond to an interview request.
Kick a student on the basketball court and you’ll lose your university job. Spend two decades in prison on radical chic murder rap and you’ll get one.
Let’s be clear: Private colleges can hire whomever they like, though one suspects that a Pinochet loyalist, a propagandist for Franco, or a far-right bomber—where academic jobs are scarce—wouldn’t make the shortlist of candidates at Columbia or NYU. In fact, there is a rather ignoble tradition within academia of welcoming those with fringe views and violent backgrounds, provided their politics were “misguided” in the appropriate direction.
Moynihan actually could go much further, as he only lists the famous people with famous crimes, not the ordinary run-of-the–mill radical and his/her effect on academia.
But the inculcation didn’t begin in the 1960s, that was only when the effort came to fruition. The inculcation started much earlier.
Let me tell you the story of my relatives-let’s call them Bill and his wife Mary. Both incredibly bright capable people who went to an Ivy League graduate school in the 50s. Both planned on becoming professors. Each was separately approached at various times in the 50s at their Ivy League school to join the Communist Party. Because they were bright, capable and planning on being professors.
Bill was not yet married to Mary, but was in the market for a wife. He was approached by Rose, a nice-looking girl, and invited to a party. Being a red-blooded male, he, of course, accepted. He went to the party and after a short while, he realized it was a cell recruiting meeting. He beat it out of there in a hurry.
Rose continued to pursue him, so one day, he asked his friend Mary to pretend to be with him so Rose would stop bothering him. One thing led to another, Bill and Mary got married.
As they moved into the 60s, both teaching at various schools, it became increasingly difficult, particularly for Bill, who fled from a Communist country.
While people were approached in the 50s, by the 60s, it had become a full-out battle for those, like Bill, who could see it.
Because of Bill’s talents, he was frequently on hiring committees. He saw countless numbers of people being suggested for hire who were not capable in their respective disciplines but had the right or, should we say, the “left” politics. Once those people were hired, they made every effort to get chairmanships and on hiring decisions to get in more people who were politically left.
Bill actually left one University because the politics there so disgusted him.
Meanwhile, Mary was finding the same things happening at her schools.
By the way, Mary and Bill taught in the sciences, not in political or social sciences.
The takeover was fairly complete by the 70s and into the 80s. Not coincidentally, standards at all the schools declined through the 70s and 80s.
After years, Bill and Mary left academia in the 1980s.
My point? It didn’t begin in the 60s, that was just when the seeds sown came to bear fruit.