Alumni From MIT Slam School With Criticism Over Woke Demands

Two alumni from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have given voice to the issues they have taken with their alma mater’s recent decisions to move towards a more woke policy, stating that these decisions are “damaging” to the entire school and its commitment to academic freedom as a whole.

Tom Hafer and Henry I. Miller, the two graduates in question, authored an op-ed for the City Journal this past month that slammed criticism on the decision from the very prestigious university to try and be more woke.

“We graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology more than 50 years ago. MIT was academically rigorous, and it taught us our crafts and the essence of problem-solving, enabling us to thrive in our careers. We owe much to our alma mater and have donated to it regularly,” exclaimed the graduates. “no more.”

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The pair went on to talk about a series of decisions recently put down by the school that they stated led to “treating its students unfairly, compromising the quality of its staff, and damaging the institution and academic freedom at large.”

The pair also stated that they voiced their objections to MIT’s firing of Father Daniel Moloney, the school’s Catholic Chaplain, after he sent in a letter explaining his thoughts in the wake of the death of George Floyd. In said letter, Maloney explained that Floyd “had not lived a virtuous life” because of his criminal conviction and that “most people in the country have framed [Floyd’s death] as an act of racism. I don’t think we know that.”

The letter itself was written well before many facts surrounding Floyd’s death were unveiled and, as the pair wrote, “was a sincere examination of conscience from a person whose job it was to examine conscience.” The alumni also stated that Moloney did not write the letter as a way to justify the death of Floyd and even issued his condemnation for the death at the hands of police at the end of the letter.

The pair also slammed MIT’s new diversity training in their release, stating:

In the autumn of 2020, MIT sent an email to new and current studentsinforming them that they would be unable to register for spring classes if they failed to undergo wokeness instruction. In the email, MIT outlined two required trainings: one on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” and the other entitled “Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing: Healthy Relationships.” Portions of the training materials are available here. The compulsory videos contain deftly worded but fatuous questions implying that straight white males are at the “intersection” of all oppressive behaviors. Everyone else is an oppressed victim, with extra points for being a member of multiple minority groups. Thus, the concept of “intersectionality” is a kind of conspiracy theory of victimization.

Near the end of their op-ed the pair condemn the school for its cancelling of a lecture from University of Chicago professor Dorian Abbot, a geophysicist, due to an article he put out in Newsweek that spoke about diversity, equity, and inclusion policies on college campuses that suggested that the policies violate the “ethical and legal principle of equal treatment” and “treats persons as merely means to an end, giving primacy to a statistic over the individuality of a human being.”

The pair stated:

First, facts are not racist, and stating facts is not racism. Second, a person’s ethnicity or skin color does not define him or her as a racist, oppressor, or victim. Third, intellectual ability and achievement are the principal requirements for admission as a student or faculty member to any university. Fourth, diversity of opinions is desired and supported. Fifth, a just, democratic society requires equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal responsibility; it does not require equal outcomes. And finally, adherence to the statements above must not be sacrificed for political, social, or public relations considerations.

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