Crying girlCrying girlPosted May 20, 2016, by Mary Grabar: Melissa Click, the bullying professor despised by most Americans, as many of you know, has been fired from her post at the University of Missouri. She is the symptom of the problem: arrogant professors who feel unbeholden to their employers, as I described in my article, "Melissa Click: One Bad Professor Fired, Thousands More to Go," at The Federalist. The ex-professor does have her allies, including Spike Lee, who made a movie about the protests last fall and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  (This is despite the fact that Click claimed that she was fired because she is a white lady.)  The American Association of University Professors has also come to the aid of the Lady Gaga scholar.  They visited the campus in March and just released their report that concluded (surprise and drum roll) that Dr. Click did not receive due process and was fired for political reasons.  At their meeting in June, they will take a vote on whether the university should be placed on its "censure list," along with such other institutions as Hillsdale College, Grove City College, and the University of Southern Maine.

Read more: Contraries: May 20, 2016: Melissa Click, MU, and Common Core Books

Melissa Click Melissa Click Posted April, 26, 2016, by Mary Grabar: Melissa Click, the fired University of Missouri communications professor, who became notorious for bullying student reporters during last November's protests against still-unspecified racial injustices on campus, continues in her makeover.  (See my article "Melissa Click: One Bad Professor Fired, Thousands More to Go" at the Federalist.) She has friends at the Chronicle of Higher Education, who ran a lead feature on her on Monday, titled "Being Melissa Click."  The makeover goes beyond the professional photos, with make-up and hairdo, of a smiling, unthreatening professor.

Read more: Updates: Melissa Click, UC-Davis Backfire, Class Action Lawsuit

Fred V. CherryFred V. CherryPosted February 25, 2016, by Mary Grabar: While PBS was releasing its whitewash of the Black Panthers and spoiled college students were protesting because of imaginary slights put out by Black Lives Matter, a true American hero passed away.  I had never heard of him, but came across this story in the Washington Post that begins,

Fred V. Cherry, an Air Force fighter pilot, was downed by enemy fire over North Vietnam in 1965, and he spent more than seven years as a prisoner of war.

Read more: Black History Month 2016: Celebrating American Heroes

Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Posted December 30, 2015, by Mary Grabar: We close out the year with more protests and demands than ever, as our intellectuals engage in more and more "conversations" about race. The protests spilled over to restaurants and shopping venues, even as Americans celebrated Christmas.  The incubators are the schools and college campuses, where students are taught about injustices invisible to the common man.  Textbooks offering lessons for deep classroom discussion include the sociology textbook, Color Lines and Racial Angles, published by Norton.  It includes such thought-provoking gems as "Asian American Exceptionalism and 'Stereotype Promise,'" "The Fascination and Frustration with Native American Mascots," "White Trash: The Social Origins of a Stigmatype," and "Thinking about Trayvon [Martin, of course]: Privileged Responses and Media Discourse."

Read more: Contraries: Dec. 30, 2015, Closing Out the Year

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