Well this came as a bit of a shock. A new study by Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers , two psychologists from the Netherlands, found that liberal professors admitted they would discriminate against openly conservative peers in both hiring and in advancement.
Even the authors of the study were surprised by the candid responses provided by the professors. Inbar (a former Obama campaign volunteer) stated that, “Usually you have to be pretty tricky to get people to say they’d discriminate against minorities.”
This study is troubling for a variety of reasons, and provides a unique glimpse into the mind of the average college professor.
The first cause for concern is the open way in which professors said they would discriminate against a conservative colleague. If a professor admitted they would openly discriminate against a colleague who was a certain religion/ethnicity, they would be fired and black listed from academe. On the other hand, discriminating against someone with a different world view is seen as socially acceptable in the modern university.
The second part of this study begs the question: What does this mean for conservative students? If their professors willingly admit that they’d discriminate against conservative professors, does this mean that they’ll also extend those prejudices out against conservative students?
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