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Pima County Young Republicans support affirmative action, unaware of what the term means

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 14 September 2009

The file labeled “GOP FAIL” is bursting at the seams, but this epic intellectual ineptitude needs to be preserved for posterity:

Mike Cole, chairman of the Pima County Young Republicans, said the numbers [of political science professors registered as Democrats – EML] are proof of the university’s liberal bias.“The students are getting indoctrinated by their liberal professors,” Cole said.

Cole said he believes the university should change its policies, including adding a professor’s political affiliation to the course schedule so students will know beforehand if their professor is a liberal or conservative.

Though he doesn’t support hiring on the basis of political affiliation, Cole said he would like the university to try to balance the number of Democrats and Republicans by making a conscious effort to hire conservatives as some of the older professors retire.

A mandate to balance the political science department isn’t like a Republican professor affirmative action plan, he said. “It’s just fair.” [emphasis added – EML]

It almost sounds like Mr. Cole is trying to redistribute seats from groups that have had historic privilege in the university system, and give it to those who have been systematically discriminated against to maximize diversity within professorial ranks. It’s not socialism; it’s just fair.

At the same time, I would be interested in hearing the traditional defenders of affirmative action provide reasons why their logic wouldn’t apply equally well to these professors.

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  1. Jimi Alexander said, on 14 September 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I am at a loss for words, and I’m surprised you didn’t embolden the gem of a sentiment above it.

    “Cole said he believes the university should change its policies, including adding a professor’s political affiliation to the course schedule so students will know beforehand if their professor is a liberal or conservative.”

    I think Pima County and the University have enough problems to worry about before we get to tossing loaded political buzzwords on course schedules.

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 14 September 2009 at 1:29 pm

    While we’re at it, let’s force our Religious Studies professors to disclose their religion (or lack thereof) and our Communications professors choose whether Walter Cronkite or Tom Brokaw is the best news anchor to ever live. English teachers must disclose their favorite genre of literature. While we’re at it, let’s get their opinion of how much ASU sucks on a scale of 1 to 10; anyone who answers with less than a 9 will find themselves stripped of tenure, tarred and feathered.

    We’re starting a revolution! Let’s get crackin’!

    • Laura Donovan said, on 14 September 2009 at 1:59 pm

      I agree, Jimi. I don’t think a professor’s political affiliation has any importance in the major. Granted, I’ve only taken one Political Science class before, but the -professor’s- politics should be of no importance to anyone.

  3. mattstyer said, on 14 September 2009 at 9:01 pm

    My answer to your query:

    The plight of conservative academics, while real, is of a very much smaller moral and sheer human scope than the plight of African-Americans and other historically oppressed groups to warrant much of a comparison.

  4. mattstyer said, on 14 September 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Also, great lead sentence. There’s plenty of FAIL going on just about everywhere right now – except on this fine blog, of course.

  5. Jesse Gunsch said, on 16 September 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Everyone can be pigeonholed into two categories: “liberal” and “conservative”….. right?


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