John T. Bennett at American Thinker

Monday last week, The Chronicle of Higher Education announced that Naomi Schaefer Riley was fired from their blog “Brainstorm” for writing that black studies programs should be “eliminated” because they are “left-wing victimization claptrap.”  The next day, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported that a staggering 54 classes were suspected of academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Every single one of those 54 classes were within UNC’s Department of African and Afro-American studies, according to a UNC investigation.  Is it pure coincidence that academic fraud found such a welcoming and statistically unlikely home in the black studies department?  Or is it predictable that the department with the most rigid PC orthodoxy created a cloister for academic fraud?

The incessant pressure of political correctness is not just an academic matter.  Any standard of conduct, any law, any test is called racist if minorities on average can’t meet the standard, follow the law, or obtain identical scores compared to non-minorities.  The result can only be described as a PC Inquisition, which gives rise to orthodoxy with real-world consequences.  In general, any discussion of pressing social problems is silenced if minority groups are described as responsible for their own actions and circumstances.

The current era of intellectual dishonesty and pathological guilt hustling began in earnest with the 1965 Moynihan Report.  Senator Moynihan was berated as a “racist” for suggesting that the weakening of the black family would lead to social chaos, even though he blamed family breakdown on joblessness and the lingering effects of slavery.  Today, William Julius Wilson, perhaps the most respected sociologist in America on questions of race and poverty, has repeatedly vindicated Moynihan’s report, calling it “an important and prophetic document.”  It took decades of tragedy and pious fraud for society to eventually face up to the costs of broken families.  Yet the PC Inquisition continues to distort our discussions of key issues like education and crime.

University of Pennsylvania researchers Erling Boe and Suie Shin stunningly concluded that a “major impediment to higher average achievement scores in the U.S. is the performance of its black and Hispanic students.”  Boe and Shin note:

If these minority students were to perform at the same level as white students, the U.S. would lead all the other G7 nations (including Japan) in reading and would lead the Western G5 nations in mathematics and science, though it would still trail Japan in these subjects. [1]

Yet the American educational “system” is constantly blamed for the underperformance of certain groups of students.  The “system” is also blamed for the false crisis of the “achievement gap” between minority and nonminority students.  PC bureaucrats are willing to sacrifice the interests of talented students in pursuit of social engineering projects.  The Washington Post reports that honors classes are being abolished from the curriculum in Fairfax, VA, and in many other schools around the country.  Schools generally have three tracks of courses: basic, honors, and advanced placement (AP).  Honors classes are being eliminated because “traditionally underrepresented minorities” are not taking enough AP courses.  The fact that many non-minority students benefited from and enjoyed the honors courses is beside the point in a PC regime…