Political Correctness – In Science, Scholarship And Statues
There have always been liars, but until recent years
liars were rare among scientists and scholars. The only
agenda scientists and scholars had was truth. They
didn`t always succeed in finding truth, but it was their
In recent years we have seen the advent of a new
breed of scientist and scholar to whom ideological or
political agendas are more important than truth. Hoping
to close two national forests, government scientists
planted evidence that the forests were inhabited by
an endangered species of lynx.
The scientists` dishonesty undermined a three-year
study and confirmed suspicions that some government
scientists fake studies in order to control
environmental policy. Only highly politicized scientists
would behave in ways that endanger the authority of
Scholars, too, have become enamored with causes that
are more important to them than truth. According to news
reports, Emory University historian Michael Bellesiles
apparently believes so strongly in gun control that he
invented a history for the purpose of undermining
the Constitution`s Second Amendment, the right of
citizens to own guns.
Professor Bellesiles` politically correct book, “Arming
America,” was awarded the Bancroft Prize, a
prestigious award for historians. But scholars examining
the work say that Professor Bellesiles` conclusions are
based on made-up and nonexistent sources.
Professor Bellesiles argues that gun ownership was so
rare among early Americans, even on the frontiers, that
no one would have cared enough about the right to give
it constitutional protection. He claims to have studied
many wills and to have found scant evidence of guns
being bequeathed to heirs.
When skeptical scholars checked his sources, they
found he claimed to have studied wills of people in
Colonial Rhode Island known to have died without wills.
He also claims to have studied probate records in San
Francisco for the years 1849-59. However, the city`s
librarians say no such records exist. They were
destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.
"Fraud in Michael Bellesiles`s Arming America",
The appearance on the scene of scientists and
scholars who betray the public`s trust in their
integrity in order to advance ideological agendas is
frightening. It means that the enculturation of
scientists and scholars is failing in the graduate
schools where they are trained.
When the canons of scholarly objectivity become
widely abandoned, truth ceases to guide decisions.
Public policy outcomes and court cases depend on which
side has the best propaganda and can more effectively
demonize or vilify the other party. Education becomes
the propaganda of the group that controls the schools.
Indeed, education is already being pried loose from
any relation to truth. Marxists denied the existence of
any truth by claiming that “truth” was nothing but the
expression of class interests–a claim that allowed
Marxists to ignore facts that undermined their
Class Marxism has given way to Cultural Marxism which
claims truth is just an expression of race interest,
gender interest, and sexual orientation. According to
these multiculturalists, there is a different “truth”
for men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, blacks
and whites, able-bodied and disabled.
All these “truths” are claimed to be equally valid.
Therefore, there is no valid basis for defending
American culture from an influx of third world cultures.
Anyone who complains about the transformation of America
into a tower of Babel is dismissed as racist or
Cultural Marxism has achieved a dominant position in
American education. Consequently, there is a breakdown
in enculturation. An appreciation of Western
civilization is not being passed on even to native born
whites attending the best universities.
Before our very eyes history is being transformed
into politically correct fantasy. Everyone knows the
photograph of the three white firemen who raised an
American flag on September 11 on the rubble of the World
Trade Center. A 19-foot bronze statue of the photo has
been commissioned for the site – only first the race of
the firefighters had to be changed.
A statue true to fact is “insensitive” and
“divisive.” A clay model shows one white, one black and
Firefighters are complaining that a historical event
has been turned into a politically correct event. Carlo
Casoria, who lost his firefighter son in the rubble,
said: “They`re rewriting history in order to achieve
political correctness.” The multicultural reply is: “The
artistic expression of diversity [s]hould supersede any
concern over factual correctness.”
Multicultural diversity has made such a hash of truth
that the U.S. cannot truthfully represent in a public
monument the defiant response, burned in every
American`s memory, to al Qaeda`s successful attack on
the World Trade Center.
Is the next step to put us in reeducation camps and
erase our memories?
Or is that what the
universities are doing?
Craig Roberts is the author (with Lawrence M. Stratton)
New Color Line : How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy