Tag: #CancelCulture

Aretha Under Fire


I try not to get too topical in my topics. (I’ve always wanted to write that sentence!)

First, I am not a political commentator. Our mission here at Professor Carol revolves around the teaching of history and culture through the lens of the Arts. This work keeps me plenty busy without treading on hot buttons. Beyond that, a surprisingly wide range of people read this website and use our courses (bless you all). Inevitably, things that make me boiling mad may not make you boiling mad. I strive, therefore, to keep things in balance as I put my shoulder to the plow.

Political scientist and MI adjunct fellow Eric Kaufmann joins Brian Anderson to discuss his new report on U.S. cultural conflicts, the emergence of “cultural socialism,” and the future of free expression in an increasingly divided country.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

I Thought I Had Been Called Everything…


On a Facebook group (of course) for parents of gifted and 2E children, I was called an ableist. I was called this because I refuse to call myself “disabled”; I do not look at my ADHD as a learning or any other disability… How dare I?! These people worked hard for their disability and somehow, me saying that my view is that my ADHD is not a disability its a superpower, hurts them and their children. Also, I am a cancer to my child. I had to Google the term “ableist” as I had never heard of it, so here it is just in case any of y are ever accused of it.

Member Post


We are told not to live in fear. But we implant the suffix phobic to implant fear that is not there. Let me explain. Sometimes a person in our culture is labeled transphobic, homophobic, or Islamophobic. Words such as these label the person not the person’s belief. Saying that I “fear” people whose identity, sexuality, […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

3 in 4 Campaigns Targeting Faculty Expression Result in Punishment (but FIRE’s New Legal Defense Fund Can Help)


For more than 20 years, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has defended collegiate scholars from attacks by would-be censors who dislike what they say or discover in the course of their research, teaching, or personal expression. Distressingly, a new report from FIRE shows the scope of this task finding that efforts at such censorship are frequently successful and increasingly common.

The report—“Scholars Under Fire”— documents attempts to penalize scholars for speech and expression that, although often controversial, is protected by their First Amendment and academic freedom rights. FIRE found that such incidents have quadrupled since 2015 and reached a new record in 2020 at 113 incidents, with 2021 on track to match or exceed 2020’s tally. Making matters worse, an alarming 74% of scholars receive some sort of punishment from their schools when they’re targeted by campaigns against their constitutionally protected speech. This problem spans ideologies, with most campaigns in the database (62%) coming from the political “left” of the scholar and 34% coming from the scholar’s “right.”

These findings demonstrate increased risks to faculty expression, but FIRE has added a new resource for fighting back. On the same day we released our report, FIRE also officially launched the Faculty Legal Defense Fund (FLDF), which will provide free legal assistance to faculty at public colleges and universities across the country. The fund provides no-cost legal help by connecting faculty with experienced counsel from FLDF’s network of attorneys around the country and using FIRE’s resources as an experienced defender of campus rights to leverage faculty members’ ability to defend their rights.

Member Post


Know I may be labeled a ‘one note johnny’, a fate I must accept, in order to flog another great articles found at The Chicago Thinker. The latest example – https://thechicagothinker.com/uchicago-freshman-wants-the-next-ted-cruz-or-josh-hawley-exiled-from-elite-universities/ Author’s Bio: Preview Open

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

Students Proactively Canceling Cancel Culture


Stumbled upon this site yesterday. Please check out the only, to my knowledge, university student group with the backbone to fight the mob. Feel free to use the graphic on the left, one I created as a Facebook header. Here is their mission statement:

Some things are too sacred to surrender to the mob, and the free exchange of ideas is one of them. The Chicago Thinker challenges the mob’s crusade against free speech by publishing thoughtful conservative and libertarian commentary, in addition to fact-driven reporting.

Check out their ‘About Us‘ story.

Censorship & “Beyond Their Reach”


The older I become, the more I find that I squirm with embarrassment whenever I read the Ten Commandments. It’s not that I’m embarrassed by prohibitions or injunctions but, rather, I’m embarrassed that God found it necessary to give these particular ones. We generally give instructions to others based on our perception of their weaknesses and proclivities. And I can only conclude that God’s instructions reflect His understanding of the kind of people we are.

The prohibition against “graven images” suggests that mankind has a tendency to elevate and admire the works of his own hands over the God who made those hands to begin with. Centuries later, the apostle Paul made this explicit in his letter to the Romans when he described man as having “worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator”. So mankind apparently has an unhealthy tendency to overestimate the value of its own innovations. Peachy.