Another Cultural Marxist Witch hunt Against a Dissident Prof.
“Mercer, professor and chair of the philosophy department at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, added in an email that the investigation is a ‘frontal assault on academic freedom’ and warned that investigating a professor for the content of his opinions would cast a chill over campus debates.
Other professors have also spoken out against the investigation, as well as changes to Mehta’s teaching allocation assigning him smaller courses. …
In a Feb. 26 letter, Mehta’s designated department head, Rob Raeside, detailed some of the complaints against him, indicating that the level of anxiety in the class is high and some students have stopped attending.’The students have not expressed in writing the precise details of the racist and transphobic comments, but it is clear from their interactions with me that they are extremely disturbed by your comments, some to the point of not going to class,’ said Raeside, an Earth and environmental science professor. Mehta shared the letter on social media.” So, a few student snowflakes are so inarticulate that they can’t even explain their concerns coherently or specifically!
“When asked whether he made racist or transphobic remarks, Mehta said ‘perception is very subjective.’ ‘I take those issues very seriously, given my own background as first generation Canadian and having grown up with racism, I’m not going to do that in the classroom,’ he said. ..,. Yet Mehta has ignited outrage for saying multiculturalism is a scam and the decolonization movement aims to create a victim narrative, spur endless apologies and bolster compensation to Indigenous Peoples.
On Twitter, he has retweeted a post that said it is ‘statistically impossible for all Native children to have had a negative experience with residential schools.’
‘or those of you following my story, let me be clear: I loathe both racism and violence in all its forms. What I DO stand with is the right of ANYONE to free speech, regardless of how reprehensible I may find it,” he tweeted.
Mehta, whose faculty web page notes that he’s recently become interested in studying the lack of viewpoint diversity within universities, said the reason he strays from the textbook is because he doesn’t want to “present information that I know and believe to be biased.’
“Many professors and students … seek to limit criticism against certain minority groups by conflating hate speech with any speech that offends the sensibilities of those minority groups,” he said in an email. ‘Rather than engage in debate, they are able to simply shut down opponents with a cry of ‘That’s hate speech.” …
Yet Concordia University professor Gad Saad said nothing should be considered off-limits in the pursuit of truth.
“The idea that hurt feelings should in any way constitute a relevant concern is utter nonsense,” Saad, research chair in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption, said in an interview from Montreal. “You don’t have the flexibility to insult people when you’re a professor. You should be respectful, you should be polite. But hurt feelings don’t supersede the honest pursuit of truth.”
University of Saskatchewan professor Ken Coates said post-secondary campuses should be places of rigorous debate.’ I hope that any student that goes to any university is made to feel uncomfortable many times. Universities are not places to go to be comfortable,’ said Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation. ‘They’re places to go to be uncomfortable, to have your views challenged.’”