AAUP Blog Points Up UVA Double Standard

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

Nothing shows how flimsy the pretext of academic integrity is than the efforts of a Republican to enter academic ranks. “I’m disturbed by many of the arguments against the decision by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center to hire as a senior fellow Marc Short, the former White House director of legislative affairs and senior adviser to President Donald Trump,” John K. Wilson writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “William Hitchcock and Melvyn Leffler, history professors at Virginia, resigned from the Miller Center in protest and argue in their resignation letter, ‘The appointment of Mr. Short runs counter to the Center’s fundamental values of non-partisanship, transparency, openness, a passion for truth and objectivity, and civility,’ But there is no civility in banning Republicans because Donald Trump is uncivil.”

“There is no non-partisanship to ban Trump supporters when Obama supporters would face no barrier. There is no passion for truth in banning people you disagree with.”