Bo Winegard, an academic in the field of psychology including human biodiversity (hbd), was recently fired from his tenure-track post at a small college in Ohio. He’s quite junior: only two years out of school. This article is the kind of thing that got him fired, though the proximate cause was probably a talk he gave at the University of Alabama that resulted in complaints and generally poor student behavior.
Poor Prof. Winegard details how he stepped on a rake in the modern, politically-correct academy in an article in the latest Quillette. He complains
I followed all of the protocols of academia. I published articles in peer-reviewed journals. I shared my ideas, always politely, on Twitter, and I encouraged people to debate me and to criticize my ideas. And I was fired.
What the heck did he think was going to happen? For a person who has spent his entire adult life in the academy, either as a student or a faculty member, it’s hard to understand why the outcome surprised him. In his meetings with his superiors, he was apologetic about the hurty feewings he caused and promised to do better by being “more strategic” in expressing himself. If that sounds like self-censorship, well, it is. His Twitter feed has turned into one giant pity party.
All the self-censorship and all the groveling didn’t save Prof. Winegard’s job. The lesson is never, ever, apologize. If you enter the arena, be prepared to fight. In the academy, the struggle probably should be confined to tenured faculty, although they get hassled too (cf., Amy Wax). The key difference between Profs. Wax and Winegard is that Prof. Wax doesn’t back down. It also doesn’t hurt that she has tenure.
This is why colleges shouldn’t cave to such callous social ‘justice’ warriors.
Hey Professor Winegard, there’s a book, published five years ago, called Social Justice Warriors Always Lie. You might want to pick up a copy. Maybe it will help you in your next tenure-track position – not that you’ll ever be offered one again.
Charles Murray recently said that, by the end of the decade, any social science paper that does not take into account hbd will not be taken seriously. Judging by this incident, the decade’s not off to a great start. I’m thinking he was a tad optimistic. The only way to reform the broken educational institutions may be to burn them to the ground (metaphorically speaking, of course). As discussed in another thread, this process is already underway.