Every few days brings fresh dispatches from Florida’s higher education wars. The media rush to print sob stories about academic racists who are banned from teaching that all white people are evil.
The latest from the Orlando Sentinel has the state assembling a list of all the equity hacks to see how bad the problem has gotten.
And on Thursday, Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, sent letters to presidents of the 12 state institutions, requesting records including lists of all diversity, equity and inclusion employees; a description of their responsibilities; and their salaries.
The purpose, he wrote, was to ensure students are receiving an education without “promoting an aggressively ideological agenda under the guise of diversity, equity and inclusion,” and to assess the “costs and benefits” of these initiatives.
Renner’s request follows one from DeSantis’ office last week, which sought a “comprehensive list of all staff, programs and campus activities” related to critical race theory and diversity, equity and inclusion at colleges and universities. Faculty unions decried the inquiry, saying they feared it could chill free speech on their campuses.
Isn’t chilling speech the whole thing of equity, woke mobs, hotlines reporting microaggressions and all the other culture war fascism?
The difference is that the DeSantis administration is making sure that taxpayer money is being properly spent on academics, not equity.
There was no concern from the media about the chilling effects on free speech of struggle sessions, indoctrination, and firing people for perceived offenses, spewing hate toward entire populations and need I go on?
And faculty members say they’ve seen other signs that the governor has gained a foothold on their campuses, including the removal of the words “social justice” from the name of an office at UCF, which has been rebranded as the Office of Civil Discourse. The words “equity” and “equal” were also stripped from the office’s webpage.
The horror, the humanity.
The Office of Civil Discourse suggests that how we treat other people is what matters whereas social justice insists that the ‘oppressed’ can do whatever they like and no one else can protest.