A witch hunt: What passes for intellectual discussion
at Central Connecticut State University
Persecution is now cool! A tenured history professor is under vicious and slanderous attack by the faculty and administration of his college because he has publicly and privately opposed the use in its history curriculum the New York Times 1619 project.
Jay Bergman, a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University [CCSU], wrote to the state’s superintendents earlier in the year asking them to not embed the curriculum, saying it “presents America’s history as driven, nearly exclusively, by white racism” and that “nearly everything else in the 1619 Project, is entirely false, mostly false, or misleading.”
As Bergman also noted,
“In all, faculty in 12 academic departments attacked me, some more than once, for my letter to superintendents,” Bergman told The College Fix. “This does not include my own faculty union, the executive committee of which denounced me formally as a racist. In none of the attacks was any empirical evidence provided to substantiate them.”
“I was also denounced by six of the twelve active members of my own department,” he said, adding “one of whom … at a department meeting, called me a racist to my face.”
None of these attacks addressed the substance of his position, because the substance was correct: The New York Times 1619 Project badly slanders American history by falsely claiming slavery was central to the country’s founding. (And I should know, having just published a new book on the very subject, Conscious Choice, after reviewing all of the original source material describing the origins of slavery in America, as well as almost all of the later historical literature.)
Instead, his attackers lashed out with personal ad hominem abuse against Bergman, employing ridicule and insults and slanders. This is what counts today as modern academic debate. If you take a position that disagrees with the dominant leftist anti-American culture in academia, the response will be a two-minute hate, shouting defamation and libels and vilification as loudly as possible, with no intelligent discourse at all.
No one however should be surprised by the ugliness and shallowness of the attacks from the faculty and administration at this state college. This same college was previously featured in one of my earlier blacklist columns, where its administration teamed up with the NAACP to ban the American flag.
Bergman is tenured, so at the moment his position appears secure, though in today’s climate that is hardly certain. However, the viciousness of the attacks from so many at his college has poisoned his life there.
“[A]fter 31 years of loyal and dedicated service to the institution as a teacher and scholar whose books have been published by several of the most prestigious university presses in the world, I am disenchanted with the moral and intellectual caliber of my attackers would be an understatement,” he told The Fix. “Notwithstanding the university’s public commitment to ‘diversity,’ it is obvious that faculty there will not tolerate any deviation from a radical political orthodoxy and that anyone who does so is not only wrong but evil,” Bergman said.
Modern diversity: Every race must be represented, but only one point of view will be allowed. All other opinions will be destroyed, in as ugly a manner as possible.
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