Conservative Group Launches Watchlist For Liberal Professors

David M. Perry
The Establishment
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5 min readNov 23, 2016

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“Expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”

This is the stated aim of the “Professor Watchlist,” a website that went live on Monday. The project comes from Turning Point USA, a 501©3 funded to support the work of conservative wunderkind Charlie Kirk, whose loving profile in the National Journal you can read here. Kirk, 22, was recently on Fox talking about Trump’s “mandate” and young voters, and allegedly has raised over $1 million to support his GOP youth movement. Now he’s spending that money to put professors on a literal watchlist.

In a write-up on the project, Kirk stated that he often hears stories about professors who “use their position of power to advance liberal agendas in their classroom” and that “Turning Point USA is saying enough is enough. It’s time we expose these professors.”

The project offers a chilling example of what the academic world can expect in Trump’s America — while reigniting the ever-fraught safe spaces debate.

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David M. Perry
The Establishment

Just your average progressive political journalist, medieval historian, and Irish rock musician. Yes, I really do have a PhD in medieval history