Cancel Culture, Hate Speech, and Bronowski

The recent resignation of Michigan State University professor Stephen Hsu is a testament to academia’s rabid crusade to safeguard leftist doctrine.

Hsu, after blogging a study that concluded “no widespread racial bias in police shootingsā€¯ (contrary to mainstream media and activist claims), was asked to resign from his position as vice president of Research and Innovation due to sharing views that opposed Michigan State’s “commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

Obviously the diversity, equity, and inclusion Michigan State is committed to does not extend into the realm of ideas or evidence. Nor have these so-called commitments been extended to the likes of Jordan Peterson, Michelle Malkin, or Heather Mac Donald, who have all faced attempts of suppression on an academic campus.

In practically all the cases, the leftist censors cloak their purgative behavior under the guise of preventing hate speech, which supposedly harms the marginalized people (minorities). With this rationale in mind, cancel culture is in full effect.

While burying evidence that does not flatter particular narratives seems to be the prevailing course of action, one late intellectual provides a perspective that is uncommon in contemporary times.

Jacob Bronowski, of Ascent of Man fame, was asked what he would do if he had findings that showed genetic intelligence differences between races while knowing said findings would be grossly misused.

Contrary to the obscuring tendencies prevalent in modern day academics, Bronowski stated that he would publish the findings.

Bronowski explained the importance of focusing not only on the advantages of particular groups, but also the characteristics of individuals. These two factors, he stated, were more significant than averages when actually dealing with people.

The recent escalation of group identity tensions has emphasized disparities and general assumptions while ignoring the value in diversity of skill and the importance of addressing nuances among people.

Bronowski gives his concise take on the matter below (starting at the 48 minute mark).

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