Here’s how we solve the White Snowflake Censorship problem and the Supreme Court May Outlaw Affirmative Action for BIPOC* problem at the same time: All colleges and universities — especially those elite ones that conservative politicians still want their kids to attend — adopt a Historical and Cultural Literacy Exam.
The HCLE will require applicants to demonstrate knowledge of:
- American history as it actually occurred, rather than as regurgitated to coddle White Snowflakes.
- Literature by and about BIPOC people, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people whose families arrived here within the last two generations.
- Current events including police violence against BIPOC people, discovery of mass graves at Native American boarding schools, and conservative attempts to subvert our system of government.
- Science including, y’know, germ theory.
Next, and here’s where I’m not at all kidding and am trying to think how we can make this happen: create an open access curriculum to prepare for this exam, including access to all the banned books and excluded history that are currently causing massive meltdowns among white snowflakes. Interested students, and especially students of color in conservative states, will have the opportunity to learn the curriculum needed to pass the HCLE and, not coincidentally, to be a well-educated human in 2022.
Conservatives love to whine that colleges and universities skew liberal. Well, yes: knowledge is not a both-sides-have-a-point sort of thing. To paraphrase the great philosopher Stephen Colbert, the facts have a liberal bias. Just own this, Higher Ed World! Lean into it. Put the liberal back in liberal arts. You have a product that rich white folks will lie, cheat, and steal to get: use that power to help keep the country from driving off a fascist cliff.
*White Affirmative Action (WAA) will continue to be just as legal as it has been since 1619 — in the form of legacy admissions, admission of kids whose parents have their names on a classroom building, and admission of kids whose parents play golf with the admissions director or some guy with his name on a classroom building.