We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They are not addressing racism. This is not about intolerance. They know as well as you or I that these are not especially racist places (though we would note reverse racism and enormous condescension to POC and women as part of their stock-in-trade).
They are funding their culture war. Some feelings of the oft-mentioned Liberal Guilt may indeed be in play, but these actions are entirely to their overall advantage in this society. There is a competitor culture of other white people that they battle against from the moment they wake up every morning. They are competing for resources as much as any PNG tribe. The goal is to take power/resources from some and give it to themselves. To this end, that competitor culture must be eradicated in the places they already rule.
Once we absorb this, the contradictions of academic freedom, tolerance, free speech, and intellectual diversity become clear: these are not things they actually believe in, they are weapons to be taken up or put down at need.
They really believe in their hearts that backlash is more dangerous than Muslim extremism, because it is more dangerous to their status. Many of them are polite and kind enough people that they are not aware of this. They are aware that there are bad things that must be wiped out, disempowered, superseded, but they can't realise that their motive is selfish, so they name it racism or sexism or -phobic. They are unlikely to be killed by extremists. They are likely to lose power and prestige if society changes.
Assistant Village Idiot
Re: Feds Plan to Use Accreditation to Produce More Degree Holders
Yet another reason to abolish the Department of Education.