Loyalty (to diversity) oaths are back

Joanne Jacobs:

Many universities now require applicants for faculty jobs to submit a statement declaring their allegiance to “diversity.”

Like the anti-communist loyalty oaths of the McCarthy Era, it’s a political litmus test, writes Abigail Thompson, University of California–Davis math chair, in the Wall Street Journal. Applicants must pledge to treat people “not as unique individuals but as representatives of their gender and ethnic identities.”

At Berkeley, some departments will not consider a job candidates’ qualifications unless they submit a sufficiently detailed and enthusiastic plan to advance diversity, writes Robby Soave on Reason.