In a startling development at Stanford University in California, Political Correctness may no longer be PC. There may be a grass roots backlash against trigger warnings, safe spaces, and the political police. The Stanford Review is sponsoring a petition to restore Western Culture studies to the curriculum. This seems to be a movement among the students themselves to remove the oppressive progressive cultural that insists upon a liberal only agenda. That this movement has arisen on the Left Coast is remarkable enough. Hopefully it will be able to withstand the withering and vile attacks it will certainly receive.
Stanford Students Want Western Civilization Studies Back as the PC Backlash Begins
Stanford students are voting on a plan to reinstate the controversial Western Civilization curriculum more than 25 years after Jesse Jackson helped kill it.
In 1988, the Rev. Jesse Jackson—then a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination—joined students at Stanford in chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western Civ has got to go!”
With that spectacle, the university promptly dropped required courses in Western Civilization. Fifteen texts—a “core list” that included Plato, Voltaire, St. Augustine, and Marx and Engels—were replaced by a more diverse canon.
It was the beginning of a wave of protests against Western culture on college campuses in the 1990s that, today, has seen a resurgence in the form of trigger warnings on syllabi, safe spaces, and policed speech.
At Stanford, a backlash against this censorious student culture is taking shape in the form of a petition to reinstate the university’s Western Civilization curriculum.
In the next two days, students will vote on a referendum proposed by the Stanford Review, an undergraduate political magazine, urging the Stanford’s Faculty Senate to require a two-quarter course for freshman “covering the politics, history, philosophy, and culture of the Western world.”