Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College probably knew he was inviting trouble when he decided to speak out publicly about the homogenous liberal thought at his place of employment. Yet he did so anyway, writing an editorial for The New York Times in which he took his administration (and others) to task for left-wing groupthink. The conservative-leaning professor immediately found himself on the receiving end of vandalism; he arrived at his office to find his door covered in intimidating messages and demands that he resign. To put these messages on his door, the perpetrators actually tore down Abrams’ decorations, including photos of his family.
That was two weeks ago.
Since then, Abrams has repeatedly tried to get the college’s president, Cristle Collins Judd, to intervene on his behalf, or to at least condemn the actions of the radicals who couldn’t stand the idea of having a conservative thinker on campus. Several times, Judd refused. When she finally agreed to release a statement, she mentioned free expression only in passing before veering off into Sarah Lawrence’s “commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.” Which is, of course, simply a lefty’s way of saying “our commitment to political correctness and racial quotas.”
When Abrams spoke to Judd about the email, she revealed that she wasn’t on his side at all.
“She said I had created a hostile work environment,” Abrams said in an interview with Reason. “If [the op-ed] constitutes hate speech, then this is not a world that I want to be a part of.”
What’s more, when the two met in person, Judd implied that Abrams was on the market for a new job, he said.
“I am not on the job market,” he said. “I am tenured, I live in New York. Why would I go on the job market?”
Abrams interpreted Judd’s remarks as a suggestion that he might be better off leaving the school. Judd did not respond to a request for comment.
The administrators at Sarah Lawrence College are almost undoubtedly leftists who don’t like the idea of being criticized as such by one of their faculty members. But that’s not the main driving force behind their unwillingness to do anything about this situation. They are cowards, just like the administrators at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and so many other prestigious universities. They would rather turn a blind eye to vandalism than stick up for free speech. Thus, they’ve allowed a dangerous and ridiculous minority of students to run roughshod over campus.
Until college administrators have the guts to stand up for free speech in the face of protests, calls for resignation, and all the rest of the mob’s demands, this cancer eating away at academic freedom will not abate.