I have, on and off, been following the case Raleigh-Durham of the Duke lacrosse players accused of rape. One of the side issues that interests me is how the Duke administration has built its own trap in dealing with issues like this. Best of all, they seem to have slid in to it down a slippery slope.
The essence, in my view, is that the administration originally embraced some of the milder forms of modern political correctness. Without push back, however, each wave of hires drifts a little more out of the mainstream, slipping down the slope to what we see today, academics who are really political operatives who have effective control of the public relations of the university. Even I don’t think the Duke administration wanted that result when they first accomodated the rising liberal tide of the 60s and 70s. Each step on the way prepared the ground for the next one. If you made a movie of it, it would be Thelma and Lousie.