Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism

June 17, 2021

Here are a few stories from FAIR News which describe some of the more egregiously destructive incursions of woke fanaticism into the cultural institutions and lives of people in a variety of contexts.

Dwight-Englewood Student Speaks Up

Last week, we shared the story of Dana Stangel-Plowe, an award-winning English teacher who resigned from Dwight-Englewood in New Jersey due to the school’s embrace of an “illiberal orthodoxy.” One of Dana’s former students wrote to thank her for speaking out and to share the negative effects of “this toxic community” on students and faculty alike.

Learn more about Dwight-Englewood and Dana’s resignation

The esteemed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published an eye-opening narrative essay on her website, detailing how politics and social media have tainted the minds and aspirations of young people. 

“There are many social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion, who can fluidly pontificate on Twitter about kindness but are unable to actually show kindness. People whose social media lives are case studies in emotional aridity. People for whom friendship, and its expectations of loyalty and compassion and support, no longer matter.”

Read the full article here.

Ye Zhang Pogue penned a heartfelt op-ed for Newsweek describing the implications of Loving Day, her interracial marriage, and how contemporary “anti-racism” seeks to categorize her husband as an oppressor.

“When we got married, my husband promised ‘to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.’ Is an oppressor capable of fulfilling this promise?”

Read the full article here.

FAIR Advisor John McWhorter wrote an article for The Atlantic with a follow-up on his substack detailing his opposition to Princeton and other universities’ gutting of the Classics in the name of “equity.” “This is a typical example of a university rushing to make policy changes under the guise of promoting racial equity that are as likely to promote racism as to uproot it.”   Read The Atlantic article here. Read the Substack article here.  

FAIR Advisor Peter Boghossian joined The James Altucher Show to discuss “How to Have Impossible Conversations When Facts Don’t Matter.” “We bend facts to narratives so people don’t formulate their beliefs on the basis of evidence. They’re stories. We like stories. Our brains are not hardwired for double-blind peer review.”   Listen to the podcast here.  

FAIR Advisor Megyn Kelly hosted fellow  FAIR Advisor, Zaid Jilani, and journalist Andy Ngo on her podcast The Megyn Kelly Show. The three discussed a broad set of issues including censorship, the failure of legacy media, ANTIFA’s tactics, the rise of elite victimhood, and the value of intellectual discomfort.   Listen to the podcast here.

Two Jewish mental health experts at Stanford have filed workplace discrimination complaints after being forced into a “whiteness” racial affinity group. Gabe Stutman covered the story for The Jewish News of California

“Dr. Ronald Albucher, a psychiatrist and associate professor in the medical school, and Sheila Levin, a therapist specializing in eating disorders, describe being pressed into joining a ‘whiteness’ affinity group by staffers with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, being told they were ‘privileged,’ and seeing antisemitic incidents downplayed.”

Read the full article here.

For Commentary Magazine, Noah Rothman wrote an insightful article detailing the pitfalls of Republicans’ pushback against neo-racist indoctrination in American institutions.

In a contest of competing illiberalisms, illiberalism wins. Those of us who want CRT discredited also demand that it be discredited in the public square, in front of all who swore fealty to it.”

Read the full article here.

Ullrich Fischer