Survey Shocker: Liberal Profs Admit They’d Discriminate Against Conservatives in Hiring, Advancement

Emily Esfahani Smith, Washington Times, August 1, 2012

It’s not every day that left-leaning academics admit that they would discriminate against a minority.

But that was what they did in a peer-reviewed study of political diversity in the field of social psychology, which will be published in the September edition of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Psychologists Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers, based at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, surveyed a roughly representative sample of academics and scholars in social psychology and found that “In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists admit that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues.”

This finding surprised the researchers. The survey questions “were so blatant that I thought we’d get a much lower rate of agreement,” Mr. Inbar said. “Usually you have to be pretty tricky to get people to say they’d discriminate against minorities.”


Generally speaking, the more liberal the respondent, the more willingness to discriminate and, paradoxically, the higher the assumption that conservatives do not face a hostile climate in the academy.


{snip} A 2007 report by sociologists Neil Gross and Solon Simmons found that 80 percent of psychology professors at elite and non-elite universities are Democrats. Other studies reveal that 5 percent to 7 percent of faculty openly identify as Republicans. By contrast, about 20 percent of the general population are liberal and 40 percent are conservative.



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  • David Ashton

    The promotion of like-minded and the exclusion of alternative ideas continue until the whole system becomes a totalitarian pyramid, sadly with the connivance of politicians and mediacrats. Gramsci and Marcuse were among the original advocates of this process, and conservative academics must do even more to form a broad coalition of opposition, not only in the USA, and without a internal feuding over Israel.

  • WmarkW

    Social psychologists are probably the single most likely liberal group to consider conservatism a mental disorder that demonstrates the inability to think.  The mindset that believes blacks have become pre-disposed by whites to commit crime, believes any white that doesn’t agree with them is trapped in a mind-tunnel created by society and need an education into how privileged they are. 

    BTW, do they higher more blacks than in the general population?
    I suspect not for anything their own career depends on.

    •  They’re also absolutely terrified of the politically correct system they are a part of, and understand that if they don’t discriminate, their peers will ask why, and their friends will sacrifice them to appease the angry god.

      I know this because I used to be a liberal.

    • Oil Can Harry

      WmarkW, how dare you claim liberals don’t hire blacks!

      Here in NYC the liberal whites and Jews have many black butlers, maids, janitors and mailroom clerks.  

  • Teaisstronger


    Liberals will discriminate against conservatives in merit review and advancement.  They will even tell it to your face because they have nothing to fear.  In many Liberal managed companies, the managers would rather see conservatives leave and cause the company harm.  One way they find out is by trying to force workers to work on Christian Holidays or passing rules that prevent using vacation days on traditional religious holidays of events.  There is not much Christians or Conservatives can do about this kind of treatment,  we are not protected minorities.

  • slimcat1

    The thing about academics is they’re more or less useless individuals. Obviously, they don’t want anyone around them who’s ideas are based on reason and logic. So, I think it’s a no brainer they’d discriminate against anyone who’d rock their boat. 

    • Chimp Master Rules

      How old are you, twelve?  Sheeez.

      Academics are not useless and they know more about reason and logic than you ever will.  THAT’S the problem. 

      Engage in an argument with an academic and he will challenge everything on the basis of reason.  The problem is that reason is not all there is to life.  There is no REASON for believing in God, developing social morality or in following the Golden Rule.  There is no REASON for nationalism, tribalism, pledging to the flag, singing an anthem or even to limiting marriage to just men and women.  There is no REASON not to have sex with a married woman, have illegitimate children, collect welfare all your life, etc, etc, etc.

      Reason = moral relativism = chaos.

      That’s the problem with academics.

      • godzillabloggs

        Academics’ opinions on matters outside of their fields of study can be as foolish and dishonest  as anyone else’s.   Are academics  free from ambition, self-interest, naivety, and attachment to intellectual fads?  Of course they are not.

      • Enar_Larsson

         Chimp Master,
        I sure hope that my sarcasm detector is broken because it isn’t going off the charts right now and it should be. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Marcus Aurelius, Augustine, Plotinus, Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Avicenna, Averroes, Descartes, Malebranche, Leibnitz, Spinoza, Cudworth, Kant, and most contemporary philosophers argue that reason shows that moral relativism is patently false. ALL contemporary philosophers agree that multiculturalism, diversity, and human rights depend on some kind of moral objectivism. So the problem is not one of reason. Rather, the problem is that most academics begin with the irrational and unscientific assumption that humans beings and human cultures are equal in a sense in which they are not. “Conservatives” in academia reject some or all manifestations of that assumption and are ridiculed or scorned on account of that rejection. In his dialogue “Phaedo”, Plato warns that when reason appears to lead us astray we should not blame her but blame ourselves for abusing her. If your post was not thoroughly sarcastic you may do well to heed that advice.

        • 549106

          Clearly you didn’t read Rorty or Deluze very closely. Note that they hate each other and disagree on everything but both share an anti-structuralism that opposes the idea that objective knowledge and reason are the necessary basis for upholding a particular contingent social morality. It’s not a subtle point but its easily missed, which is probably why academics prefer to speak to one another rather than the general public.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Discrimination against Whites by White elites is a virtue when used to eliminate White privilege, as long as the elites get to keep and increase their own privilege.

    The way for Whites to get ahead in academia now is to proclaim “racial advocacy to address the intersection of race a poverty by analyzing, understanding, and eliminating social inequity and structural bias.”

  • MekongDelta69

    Something which has been known for over 45 years…

  • Athling

    I encountered very few of these Leftoid misfits during my decade in the halls of higher learning. They are scarcely found in the “hard sciences.”

    • The__Bobster

      Except for the ones bought off by the AGW and human genone fraudsters.

  • Yet another example of why I compare leftoid beliefs to a matter-antimatter collider; there is nothing they genuinely believe in beyond “who-whom?”  Put your finger on a leftoid “belief,” and you’ve found something that is certainly contradicted by another leftoid “belief.”  This is because leftism is not an ideology, it’s a narrative.

    It’s a mistake to try to derive principles or axioms from that narrative (beyond “who-whom?” anyway); leftoids don’t, so why attribute imaginary consistencies to them?

  • refocus

    Deny and destroy your enemy.

    It is the communist modus operanda is it not? 

  • godzillabloggs

    “Actually, college professors are probably no more liberal or conservative than the society in general”.

    So it’s just the ones who do the hiring.

  • Dr. X

    As someone who holds a Ph.D. and has works in higher education, I can personally attest to the blatant discrimination against conservatives in higher ed, because it has cost me a tenured position and resulted in years of litigation. I am increasingly a race realist after having witnessed firsthand just how much effort colleges put into hiring unqualified and underqualified blacks, and how much effort they put into masking the fact that blacks tend to be poorer students.

    The university is the the Church of the religion of “Diversity,” and like any church it has an orthodoxy and a catechism that must be accepted on faith or the apostate will be excommunicated.  Conservatives are discriminated against because they are skeptics who ask questions and posit arguments based upon facts and observations that are conveniently ignored by the “true believers.”

    In my experience, colleges will discriminate against nonconformist faculty by

    a) using highly subjective criteria for evaluation
    b) creating specific minority programs and lines of funding that are closed to whites
    c) creating specific nonwhite subject areas (e.g. Black Studies) as opposed to the application of universal principles — e.g., mathematics — that apply to all races
    d) fabricating outright or blowing out of proportion perceived violations of “rules” as a pretext for termination, while ignoring egregious violations by blacks and liberals

    It is NOT an exaggeration to say that university leftists use totalitarian and Stalinist methods to purge dissent and maintain orthodoxy. A slow motion version of Mao’s Cultural Revolution takes place every single day on American university campuses and stupid parents spend fifty grand a year to send their kids to be indoctrinated.

    • Speaking of evaluations, while taking a Human Resources Management class my professor showed us the evaluation that the university uses to appraise the entire faculty.  One of the criteria was “promotion of cultural diversity.”  It made perfect sense to me why the professors in several classes kept blathering on about the benefits of diversity in the workplace.

  • SirKevin1231

    I never hire blacks. EVER. I suppose if you ever had to be the one whose money pays the employees, then you would never hire them either. They spend more time figuring out how not to do work, than the work would take to do. If they don’t figure out a way to scam you with that, everytime they leave their work station and return its as if they forgot everything they were doing and needed to be retrained.
    Simply ridiculous and infantile. A real bad joke on society.

    • GravitonX

       I hired my first AfricanAmerican employee 2 years ago.  He is now the lead system engineer on my team of mostly Indians.  He now manages other shared technology groups as well.  He has been fantastic.  He takes every challenge head on and doesn’t complain about serious issues we’ve faced.  I can honestly tell you if another was to apply I would seriously consider him/her.  I have only seen one.   My experience and your experience are simply not the same.

  • But affirmative action for us is out of the question lol.

  • GravitonX

     “Whites discriminate against Whites in favor of Non-Whites, because they don’t view “people of color” as real competition.”

    You don’t seriously believes this do you?  Perhaps you do.  Perhaps it makes you feel better.  But, I hire as an IT manager for a major bank.  The fact is that most “non-whites” as you call them are simply better subject matter experts on the technologies we need.  Most of the “whites” who apply are little more than high-schoolers.  In fact, I took a chance on one, and from the beginning, he was missing days of work and coming up with the most lame excuses.  I hired an AfricanAmerican after him for the same position, and he began working 50+ hours a week and is now our lead engineer.

    The attitudes I see here on this blog are our worst enemy.  If you worried a little less about what others are doing and blaming them for all the ills in the world and concentrated on bettering yourselves, you wouldn’t be falling behind.

  • GravitonX

     I am from Spain (Madrid) but was born in the US.  I make these observations as someone who also hires American Whites.  We have a very diverse workforce.  There is no grand conspiracy.  In fact, I think American Whites still more or less have a big advantage in terms of privileges over everyone else.

  • GravitonX

     To your statement about statistical group comparisons, for me, that is a moot point.  I am not hiring groups.  I am hiring individuals.  In fact, I see little utility in group comparisons unless one is a government official setting policy, then the analysis of the group difference warrant in-depth study.

    Again, my experience with AfricanAmericans differs from most here, presumably because when I came back to the States, I went to graduate school then into the corporate world, so by default I met the highest caliber individuals of all ethnicities.  I have no doubt that ordinary Americans are far more “culturally stereotypical” than their professional cousins, but I find little reason to revel in the differences at that level.

    As for Colin Powell, I cannot speak to that because I’m not black.  Perhaps there is a racial component, but you have to admit that the Republican Party is not that welcoming to minorities in general, so maybe he finally came to that realization and crossed the political aisle, which would mean that it was not racial (at least on his part) but political necessity.

  • GravitonX

     My White employees (all DBAs) are stellar as well.  I can always count on them, and they work well independently.

  • GravitonX

    Perhaps, I fail to see the problem.  I could care less whether members of one race, on some average, perform better at some test than members of another.  There could be a hundred reasons why that is but none of them have anything to do with the job for which I’m hiring.  I’ imagine the average Somali scores near the bottom of some tests, but if I happen to have a Somali candidate with impeccable credentials and work history, he’s hired.   If the government tells me to look a little hard for that hypothetical Somali candidate else our liabilities increase, I’ll do what I can.  Look, I’ve been hiring people for about 15 years.  In this time, sure I’ve found more qualified candidates with some groups more than others, but when it comes to doing what I need, the difference personal work ethic is negligible.  What you are asking me to do is to pre-sort for candidates and I simply won’t do it.  Not only is it illegal; it is unethical.

  • jkdriss

    I am a conservative studying in the field of social work. I am a veteran and I love my country. I wanted to help children who have been abused, I didnt know you had to be a socialist to do that. I have never, in all my life been treated as horribly as I have been by not only the left wing hack professors but by the students who have been falsely led to believe in Marxist ideals by the public education system.