Evan Maloney on How colleges try to Indoctrinate U

Evan Maloney, Documentary film producer of Indoctrinate U, joins Andy Nash for an eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the making of his film.  Focusing on some of the most egregious cases, it highlights what prompted the making of the film.

Key Take-Aways

  • :58  A wake-up to the height of political correctness. (2 min, 30 sec)
  • 2:45  The extent of the problem – and the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education. (2 min, 15 sec)
  • 5:25  Racially charged flyers?  Or political persecution of students?  (3 min, 30 sec)
  • 9:15  Dress up as the Jackson 5, or racist death threats – guess which one gets punished. (3 min)
  • 14:05  What made universities so illiberal? (2 min, 45 sec)
  • 17:00  People come forward and speak out, unchallenged students are ripped off. (2 min, 40 sec)

Andy’s Show Notes

Drawing material from The Foundation of Individual Rights in Education and a myriad of sources from the early 90’s to the mid 2000’s, Evan Maloney, a 1994 graduate of Bucknell University embarked in 2004 on a film-making journey to chronicle the level of absurdity in political bias both inside and outside of the classrooms of many American colleges and universities.  Completed in 2007, the result was Indoctrinate U: Our Education, Their Politics.

Coming on the heels of the infamous “Water-Buffalo” case at U-Penn in 1993, the hyper-sensitive politically charged disciplinary procedures and offices at countless universities came into focus.  This prompted then-history professor at U-Penn Alan Charles Kors to co-author the Shadow University and found the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education – a watchdog group to guard against such incidents of institutional harassment and preserve individual freedom of conscience.

The University of Tennessee suspended a fraternity for an off-campus party in which students dressed up as the Jackson-5 for Halloween, but did nothing when an outspoken Sikh student was derided as a “raghead” and received a death threat from a member of a university-sanctioned student committee.  At Cal Poly a conservative student had fliered his campus for an African-American speaker Mason Weaver’s whose book was entitled It’s OK to Leave the Plantation.  With nothing more than the author’s picture, book and speech title, and date & time of event, the student was told to take his flyers down and when he refused, he was reported to the police and charged distributing material of a racially offensive nature – prompting a several month ordeal and legal battle that ultimately was settled in federal court costing California tax payers $40,000.

Incidents such as these illustrate not only a double-standard in education and collegiate politics, but also a complete disregard for fairness and constitutionally protected rights of expression.  These are some of the many sort of things chronicled in Indoctrinate U, along with Evan Maloney’s attempt to get answers from the many school officials and administrators who otherwise tuck tail and run to avoid having to answer for their schools actions.

Have exposing such matters helped change the political climate on college campuses?  Have they helped embolden students, as well as faculty and even staff who admittedly witness these things on a regular basis, to speak out against this without fear of reprisal?  And what is the trend going forward?  Find out in our interview with Evan Maloney on Inside Academia.