A sociology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville recently argued that calls for diversity of thought are, in fact, “a Trojan horse for white identity politics.”
“Three faulty premises many conservatives believe about diversity of thought,” published Friday by Inside Higher Ed, was written by Professor Victor Ray, who teaches women’s studies and ethnic studies classes.
While supporters of viewpoint diversity say they wish to ensure that students are exposed to multiple sides of a debate, Ray ascribes more nefarious motives to their advocacy, claiming that they actually seek to promote a “reactionary status quo” of “conservative” racist and misogynistic thought.
“Conservative ideas are hegemonic. The (empty) call for so-called diversity of thought is a Trojan horse for white identity politics,” writes Ray, who cites no individual advocates or nonprofits to back-up his sweeping claim.
Ray then goes on to complain that “the majority of people advocating for [diversity of thought] are white men,” and suggests that their calls for viewpoint diversity are simply power-grabs to help them remain at the “top of the organizational hierarchy.”
In his missive, he outlines three “faulty premises” that free speech advocates and conservatives allegedly deploy to encourage diversity of thought, starting with their claim to be acting in “good faith.”
“Robust debate in the search of truth is a general academic principle. The key here is that [diversity of thought] is a political project aimed at making racist and misogynist ideas acceptable,” Ray contends.
What in intellectual and ideological coward