Skip to comments.Hillsdale College Refuses To Bow To The Totalitarian Mob
Posted on 06/18/2020 8:11:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The nationally recognized liberal arts institution Hillsdale College has a history of defying political pressure in order to uphold what is good and true. Its recent refusal to give in to the demands of those who think a public statement is necessary to fight social injustice is just the most recent example.
Some of the colleges alumni publicly pushed their alma mater to comment on the recent controversies regarding the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests and riots. When a petition began circulating calling on the college to release a statement, arguing that its silence supported violence, the college responded in an open letter.
The College is pressed to speak. It is told that saying what it always has said is insufficient. Instead, it must decry racism and the mistreatment of Black Americans in particular. This, however, is precisely what the College has always said, the letter says.
The letter signed by the colleges administration argues the institutions steadfast devotion to fighting for the truth that all men are created equal is proven by its actions rather than empty words. Hillsdale was founded by abolitionists in 1844 and has, since its inception, pledged to educate all students, irrespective of nation, color, or sex. Such strong anti-discrimination practices were viewed as fiercely radical at the time, and made Hillsdale among the first in the nation to grant education to black Americans and the second in the nation to provide four-year liberal arts degrees to women.
This education produced students who care about the dignity and equality of all people. When the Civil War broke out, a higher percentage of Hillsdale students enlisted to fight for the Union than from any other college. It stood as an anti-slavery symbol during this time, such that the revered abolitionist Frederick Douglass came to deliver a speech on campus.
The College founding is a statement as is each reiteration and reminder of its meaning and necessity. The curriculum is a statement, especially in its faithful presentation of the Colleges founding mission. Teaching is a statement, especially as it takes up with vigor the evils we are alleged to ignore, evils like murder, brutality, injustice, destruction of person or property, and passionate irrationality the administration writes in the letter. And all of these statements are acts, deeds that speak, undertaken and perpetuated now, every day, all the time. Everything the College does, though its work is not that of an activist or agitator, is for the moral and intellectual uplift of all.
Businesses who publish a few sentences on their website declaring their support for a cause do little substantive work for that cause. Nearly every U.S. company has printed these statements in fear of retaliation from certain groups and an effort to protect themselves and their future earnings. Hillsdale addressed this in the letter: But the fact that very real racial problems are now being cynically exploited for profit, gain, and public favor by some organizations and people is impossible to overlook.
Hillsdale doesnt need to string a few words together to show its dedication to equality. Its actions speak for itself.
The colleges commitment to its principles has never wavered. In the 1970s when the federal government attempted to require the college to discriminate against potential students based on their race, the college refused. This meant the loss of all federal funding to its students as well as the institution. Hillsdale has instead generated private funding to continue its mission.
The college operates today as it always has, educating another generation of students to aspire to the great principles animating the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Statues of Douglass and Abraham Lincoln adorn campus as students study, reminding them of the virtues the college upholds.
While other companies are busy regurgitating statements capturing whatever ideas are trendy at the time, Hillsdale is busy fulfilling the same mission they set forth 176 years ago.
Sponsor of Mark Levin, I like their message.
What’s wrong with “Conservative Arts Institute”?
RE: Sponsor of Mark Levin, I like their message
Also of Rush Limbaugh, also of Dennis Prager, etc.
I would have liked to send my youngest son there. But, they do not have an engineering curriculum so, I sent him to my Alma Mater with a stern warning about resisting the extreme Liberalism now found there. Thank God Almighty he managed to do so.
Its very difficult to survive today as a stand-alone, true liberal arts university, independent of Fed.gov
State schools can always fleece the taxpayers, and Ivy Leagues have massive historical endowments.
It is disheartening to know that people who were educated at Hillsdale can turn out to be liberals and leftists.
What a bunch of racists. Burn them out! We can’t have an institution straying from groupthink like this! /s
Google is threatening to cut ad revenue from ZeroHedge and The Federalist for violating its policies on race-related content
I actually took their Constitution 101 course online a couple years ago. One aspect of their take on American history was that America had three major crises: (1) the legitimacy of the new government during the Founding — from Lexington and Concord to the first peaceful transfer of power between two major parties (Adams to Jefferson), (2) the endorsement of slavery as a public good, mostly by people in the South — leading to the Civil War, in which some Hillsdale students fought for the North — and (3) the current ongoing progressive dumpster fire that originally began in the late 1800s.
Maybe the people petitioning the college to denounce what they have always implicitly denounced should delve into that second crisis and the history of the Hillsdale students fighting for the right side (the Union).
Bump for later
Grove City College in PA is another college that takes no federal funds so that it can preserve it’s liberty.
one of the better places to donate, if you are of that mindset
YYEESSSS! Stay Strong, Hillsdale.
Hillsdale needs not react to nonsense. They are and have been anti-nonsense for longer than most everyone, for longer than style was in style.
Proud of the alma mater!
It doesnt matter if they receive federal funds or not, they are too expensive.
We need to work on our local schools to get them to teach civics courses from the fourth grade on. Our citizens cannot rely on one college when there are hundreds of thousands of schools that need to wake up.
The right side? Fighting against state's rights?
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