“The ethnic-studies movement,” writes Jonathan Marks, “brings together left-wing ‘scholar-activists’ seeking to advance left-wing causes.” Recently, the California State University (CSU) system mandated that each of it 500,000 of its students take at least one ethnic-studies course. Marks comments:
Governor Newsom vetoed a bill to require ethnic studies at California high schools amid disagreements about the model curriculum. Among other things, Jewish groups have criticized multiple drafts for minimizing or even fostering anti-Semitism.
[A]ssociations under the ethnic-studies umbrella, including the Association for Asian American Studies, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association have endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. There was even a BDS unit in the first draft of the model curriculum. That unit has since been removed, but it was useful to help everyone understand the enterprise’s spirit.
But what if everyone had to take a course in the field? Then the professorate could rail against predatory capitalism and get paid to do it.