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So the P.C. mob has gotten itself another one, at Stanford, where a longtime scholar of American Indian culture has cut his course after politically correct students hollered about "cultural appropriation." Apparently, you can't even discuss another culture without being accused of that. In this case, it's obvious what the implications are: a loss of scholarship and knowledge for Stanford, which is now diminished.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley writes:
Years - Stanford - Professor - Professor - Kenneth
For 50 years, Stanford Professor Professor [sic] Kenneth Fields has taught the course "American Indian Mythology, Legend and Lore," Professor Fields has agreed to stop teaching the course. A nationally recognized academic and poet, Fields dropped the course after some students accused him of being "insensitive and inappropriate" and circulated a petition requesting to "improve" the course. The bases for the protest raise serious issues of academic freedom and the lack of of [sic] support for faculty in such disputes.
I have been critical of the widening charges of cultural appropriation and microaggressions on our campuses as statements and even programs are targeted with little resistance from faculty or administrators. (here and here). Indeed, there seems an ever-widening array of "microaggressions" and cultural appropriations.
Insensitivities - Turley - Dine - Indian - Tribe
Some of those "insensitivities" according to Turley involve merely talking about the Dine Indian tribe and their beliefs at the wrong time of year, because based on Dine beliefs, certain things must be discussed only at certain times of year. It sounds as if the protestors, some of whom are American Indians (Stanford has a large American Indian community), are saying everyone needs to become the Dine to study the Dine. Nobody can study or think about the Dine from the outside.
This sounds like cultural appropriation in the name of being against cultural appropriation.
Line - Threat - Stanford
The bottom line is that this is a threat to scholarship, and Stanford is diminished as...
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