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Too many students have been indoctrinated by far-left extremist ideologies – Orange County Register

In recent weeks, anti-Israel protests have quickly spread from Columbia University to universities across the country. While many protesters were agitators outside campuses, some were students shouting anti-Semitic remarks and pro-Hamas slogans, even “death to America” ​​— a stark reminder of the influence of a extremist ideology.

An unpleasant truth is this: many American students have been indoctrinated. This phenomenon has been fueled, in part, by decades of politicization within higher education institutions. College administrators and progressive academics played a vital role in its rise.

Before even setting foot on college campuses, young Americans find themselves immersed in a sea of ​​propaganda propagated by progressive academics and politicians. Controversial terms such as “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” “disadvantaged minority,” “racial equity,” and “overrepresented racial group” permeate their daily lives, reinforcing the narrative that they inhabit a racist country and must fight to social justice. .

In college admissions, progressive college administrators not only use race, sexual orientation, and other political criteria to select students, but also intentionally recruit those who have the high potential to become warriors of the social justice. Many college application essays are meticulously written to address “social justice.” For example, in 2017, Ziad Ahmed, a Princeton high school senior, was admitted to Stanford University after writing #BlackLivesMatter exactly 100 times in response to the application question: “What matters to you and Why ?

Once on campus, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) champions do not necessarily encourage diversity of ideas. Instead, they often suppress dissenting views. Left-wing professors rarely equip their students with the critical thinking skills necessary to properly define and address social justice issues, for example by analyzing the underperformance of certain minority groups from both an individual and societal perspective. These professors attribute it all to “systematic racism,” despite the fact that virtually all laws discriminating against black and Hispanic Americans were abolished after the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

When presenting historical facts, progressive academics and media often lack balance. For example, while emphasizing Palestinians killed by Israel during the Middle East conflict, they often overlook the fact that conflicts between Arab nations have resulted in far greater losses.

Worse yet, progressive academics actively indoctrinate students using the lens of Marxism, such as critical race theory. In this framework, innocent Americans are classified as either “the oppressors” or “the oppressed.” According to CriticalRace.org, at least 236 out of 500 colleges or universities surveyed have some form of mandatory training or coursework for students related to CRT.

By applying the framework of “oppressors” and “oppressed” to the topic of social justice, many American students have been indoctrinated and radicalized. For example, Johannah King-Slutzky, demonstration leader at Columbia University, is currently pursuing her doctorate, focusing on “Theories of Imagination and Poetry Interpreted Through a Maxian Lens.”

Historically, China has learned a hard lesson about the radicalization of students through ideological indoctrination. In 1962, Chairman Mao launched the National Class Struggle Education Campaign, categorizing innocent Chinese into two groups: the “oppressors” (owners and capitalists) and the “oppressed” (peasants and workers). Through a web of fabricated stories, Chinese students in each class learned how landlords ruthlessly exploited poor peasants and why they needed to “liberate the oppressed.”

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