(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) So-called Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs at high-ranking universities across the nation are facing mounting criticism for their radical agenda, particularly after several conservative events were shut down after speakers were heckled or threatened.
Legislators such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, along with alumni of the colleges and some education professionals came out against the obsession with critical race theory and the excessive hiring of DEI employees.
Is Stanford Law School training ANTIFA activists or lawyers?
The latter would not scream & curse at federal judges.
MORE here: https://t.co/5Qq6hkRGtI https://t.co/wAFyuTDtrs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 14, 2023
Studies show that colleges have an average of 45 employees dedicated to diversity initiatives, despite those employees having little impact on the majority of student’s overall experience.
The response from the group of officials was spurred by a incident at Stanford Law School, where Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan cut short a speech after students—and at least one administrator—refused to stop yelling over him.
A recent report from the Daily Caller found that Stanford Law spent the last five years building comprehensive DEI programming. That included the establishment of a Racial Justice Center; additional courses pertaining to diversity and its relation to the law; and the appointment of a new associate DEI dean, Tirien Steinbach.
Steinbach allegedly coerced the students to revolt against the judge and was seen on video of the event hijacking the speech while herself shouting down Duncan with spurious allegations that his “racism is showing.”
Her hiring was part of the school’s 2020 DEI Initiative, which “represents SLS’s commitment to expand and develop innovative policies and practices across the entire institution to ensure that the law school is a model for 21st century legal education in a diverse society.”
Critical Race Theory, the “DEI industrial complex” and the “free speech crisis” on Stanford’s campus created a “Bermuda Triangle of the First Amendment crisis on college campuses,” said Stanford Law alumnus Johnathan Butcher.
“What you have is this obsession with racial preferences and Critical Race Theory’s belief that the world can only be understood by interpreting events around us in terms of prejudice and discrimination, you have that needing this out-of-control hiring agenda that universities have had to hire DEI employees,” he said.
Cruz pushed the Texas bar association to hold the students accountable.
A similar disruption took place at the University of California-Davis, where the school’s chancellor, Gary May, stoked the flames against Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk after he was invited by a student group to speak.
There was a full-blown Antifa riot on the school’s campus before the event took place.