Jordan Peterson might be best known as a cultural commentator, but he’s also a long-time professor that has taught psychology at the University of Toronto for years.
Now, however, that’s all over; furious at what he called the “appalling wokeism” of the school, he resigned and walked away from his year’s-long employer, likely for good.
But he didn’t just walk away in silent resignation, as many have done when their employers go woke. Rather, he wrote an op-ed in the National Post in which he lambasted to the school’s wokeness and explained his reason for leaving.
To begin, Peterson explained that he is now a professor emeritus and that though he had originally envisioned staying at the University of Toronto for many years to come, he no longer would.
It was then that he got into the meat of his argument and explained what’s so wrong with the school, going reason by reason and explaining how the woke atmosphere on the school pushed him out. Here was his first reason and explanation:
First, my qualified and supremely trained heterosexual white male graduate students (and I’ve had many others, by the way) face a negligible chance of being offered university research positions, despite stellar scientific dossiers. This is partly because of Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity mandates (my preferred acronym: DIE). These have been imposed universally in academia, despite the fact that university hiring committees had already done everything reasonable for all the years of my career, and then some, to ensure that no qualified “minority” candidates were ever overlooked. My students are also partly unacceptable precisely because they are my students. I am academic persona non grata, because of my unacceptable philosophical positions. And this isn’t just some inconvenience. These facts rendered my job morally untenable. How can I accept prospective researchers and train them in good conscience knowing their employment prospects to be minimal? Read more