Do you care about the race of your doctor, or the gender of the person who built the bridge you drive across? The latest trend across STEM fields claims you should. Heather Mac Donald, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Diversity Delusion, explains where these destructive ideas are coming from.
Identity politics and victimhood culture have increasingly taken over college campuses.
The identity politics movement argues that people are primarily defined by their race and gender and perpetuates a victimhood culture.
The NSF awarded $2 million to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M, one goal of which was to “train faculty to use instructional strategies to address and remediate microaggressions and implicit biases….”
Identity politics is altering the standards for scientific competence and the way future scientists are trained.
The physics department at UC San Diego advertised an assistant-professor position with a “specific emphasis on contributions to diversity,” such as a candidate’s “awareness of inequities faced by underrepresented groups.”
“Any academic scientist who wants to move up in administration—or apply for grants, leave, or access to the conference circuit—must be on a crusade against his fellow scientists’ microaggressions and implicit bias,” writes the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald.
The National Labor Relations Board upheld Google’s firing of Damore on the grounds that his statements about “purported biological differences between men and women” were “discriminatory and constituted sexual harassment.”