- The Washington Times
Friday, August 11, 2017

Professor Russell Rickford of Cornell University says “right-wing sites” and their reporters are perpetuating “the myth of college campuses as sites of left-wing indoctrination.”

The associate professor of History and African Studies at the iconic Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York, made the accusations in an op-ed for the Black Perspectives website, titled “Neo-McCarthyism and the Radical Professor,” The Daily Caller reported Friday.


“A host of progressive and leftist thinkers have been engulfed by controversy after doing precisely what they believe they have been called to do: exposing unjust power,” Mr. Rickford said in July 22 op-ed. “George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University ignited a firestorm with a tweet mocking the self-delusions of white nationalism. Princeton’s Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was targeted for lambasting Trumpism in a graduation address. Johnny Eric Williams at Trinity College was vilified after retweeting (with his own trenchant commentary) a statement by blogger Son of Baldwin that suggested bigots should be left to ‘f–– die.’

“The myth of college campuses as sites of left-wing indoctrination — once the obsession of the rich and powerful — has been revived as populist doctrine,” he wrote. “Tales of degreed provocateurs using tax-subsidized institutions to foment revolution and upend the moral order are guaranteed to inflame a segment of America’s aggrieved working- and middle class.”

The professor then framed reporting on left-wing academics as propaganda posing as useful information.

“The hullabaloo is often generated by a collection of right-wing sites and organizations that have mastered a cynical style of attack journalism well suited for the mob mentality of the social media age,” Mr. Rickford wrote.

The Daily Caller noted that Mr. Rickford is no stranger to controversial comments, having called the Fraternal Order of Police “a terrorist organization” in July 2016.

“He made the charge at a Black Lives Matter protest at a protest near the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, in response to the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling,” the website reported.


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