The instances of schools and other institutions violating core American principles in pursuit of the correct radical woke agenda—which I would summarize as obliterating the unique ethical culture of the United States of America while an apathetic public shrugs with its metaphorical finger up its nose and the biased mainstream media provides cover—are proliferating with frightening speed. The only remedy is rapid action, exposure, and sufficient condemnation to make these dreadful revolutionaries back down and either give up or regroup, to be slapped down again another day. That was what Prof. William Jacobsen’s courageous blog Legal Insurrection did when the Providence, Rhode Island, Public School District attempted two measures that were discriminatory—you know, the “good” kind of discrimination.
The District tried to inflict an “Educators of Color Meet Up” program in which white educators were excluded from attending by the explicit terms of the announcement and a sign up form that listed only non-white races and ethnicities. The Legal Insurrection Foundations sent a letter to the planned venue for the event, putting the owners on notice of the non-discrimination provisions of the Rhode Island Public Accommodations law. The school district moved its location and changed its sign up form and event description after being exposed,
But this is a many-headed Hydra, and the foiled event was not its first strike. The same woke district has a loan forgiveness program for new and recently hired teachers, funded by the Rhode Island Foundation, the largest charity in the state, that is only open to non-whites. That’s illegal. In November of last year, after a 6-month investigation, Legal Insurrection’s foundation filed a civil rights complaint against this flagrantly discriminatory program.
With the ACLU now working on the side of the censors and discriminators, and most of the media providing silent approval of these direct attacks on U.S. pluralism and democracy (which indeed “dies in darkness”), it is essential that those who care about the Bill of Rights, equal protection under the law and basic fairness be proactive, vigilant, and courageous. Prof. Jacobsen, who has faced calls for his dismissal at Cornell for his advocacy, and his blog have provided a superb role model with their work, which reached new heights last year.
I’m clearly not going to be able to announce all of the deserving 2022 Ethics Alarms Awards for the Best and Worst in Ethics before my January 31 deadline, but this award is crucial: