Iowa State English professor Chloe Clark came under fire this week after the conservative Young America’s Foundation obtained a copy of her syllabus for the fall semester. In it, Clark explains to students that they will not enjoy First Amendment protections in her class. Indeed, if they’re thinking about coming to class armed with conservative arguments, they may as well prepare to fail the class.
“GIANT WARNING: any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom,” she wrote. “The same goes for any papers/projects: you cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc). I take this seriously.”
Sorophobia?! Is there a left-wing think tank out there whose whole purpose is to come up with new forms of discrimination? We can’t even find this particular word on Google; we assume it’s a typo of “serophobia,” which means discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS. Is there a word yet for discrimination against people who contract the coronavirus?
“This bigoted behavior from a public university professor is truly unbecoming. This blatant discrimination against conservative students, in particular those who are pro-life or oppose the Marxist BLM organization cannot stand at an institution of higher learning,” wrote YAF in a blog post.
“This is just the latest instance of leftists corrupting the practice of higher education YAF has exposed,” they continued. “Warning students that any opinion the professor may disagree with could be grounds for dismissal from the classroom is a gross abuse of power.”
For once, it seems that the university actually agrees. In a miraculous statement, Iowa State University condemned Clark’s syllabus.
“The syllabus statement as written was inconsistent with the university’s standards and its commitment to the First Amendment rights of students,” they wrote. “After reviewing this issue with the faculty member, the syllabus has been corrected to ensure it is consistent with university policy. Moreover, the faculty member is being provided additional information regarding the First Amendment policies of the university.”
Wow. Good for them. We hope Iowa State administrators are ready to deal with the BLM protesters who are undoubtedly planning to protest outside (or maybe inside) their offices. Here’s a quick note of advice: Don’t give in to them, because that only empowers them. Stand your ground, and provide an example of leadership to all of those colleges who need it.
Someone’s got to do it.