Multiculturalism and the Rise of Antischolarship
Affirmative action's impact on higher education is not limited to hiring and admissions. Its influence has reverberated through scholarship and teaching and brought about either a revolution of major proportions or a steep decline in standards for politically protected groups working on politically protected topics--depending on your point of view. The areas of teaching and scholarship most affected have been those charged with transmitting our historical, philosophical, legal, and cultural heritage to the next generation. It is thus reasonable to submit the revolution's assumptions and methods to scrutiny.
In 1990, articles and exposés on what became known as political correctness began to appear. 1 Originally a Leninist expression of disdain for those who followed the party line too closely, it is now widely used to refer to those accused of politicizing scholarship and polarizing campuses. A number of academic whistleblowers argued that by the late 1980s college and university administrations, curricula, academic departments, and disciplines--particularly in the humanities, the social sciences, and law--had fallen under the sway of a coterie of hard-left intellectual activists, a "rainbow coalition"