Conservative Affirmative Action

This e-mail just landed in my inbox from Campus Reform. In the words of its website, CR is an organization “[c]reated to give conservatives powerful new weapons in their fight for the hearts and minds of the next generation of citizens, politicians, and members of the media, facilitates the establishment of conservative student networks and supports their development as a powerful voice of activism on their campuses.”

So, imagine my surprise when the e-mail contained, in its entirety, demands for affirmative action in U.S. colleges and universities.

Research from shows that at the average top university, more than 80% of contributing faculty and staff donated to Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential election…

The political imbalance at many colleges is simply outrageous. At Harvard, 673 faculty members donated to Democrats, but just 35 donated to Republicans in the 2008 presidential election. At 65 of the top 100 universities, 90% or more of contributing faculty and staff donated to Democrats. At five universities, 100% of contributing faculty and staff donated to Democrats.

It’s up to you to hold your faculty accountable…. Conservative students there dug up and released the facts.

College administrators can’t defend political imbalance this egregious at their universities.

What is this complaint about? CampusReform seems to be angry that the white, highly-educated, middle-aged men who run academia are a lot like other white, highly-educated, middle-aged men. There is a secular trend towards Democratic Party affiliation associated with education attainment. Therefore, it’s a bit surprising to see conservatives demanding affirmative action on their campuses.


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