It has long been suspected that the students who rail against “privilege” and “oppression” are themselves typically the pampered sons and daughters of wealthy elites. Now, a study from the Brookings Institution appears to prove it.
Controversies over the censorship and disinvitation of speakers has reached epidemic proportions on American campuses. Earlier this month, a group of protestors at Middlebury College derailed a talk by American Interprise Institute scholar Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve. Professor Allison Stanger, who was injured and sent to hospital by the rioters, called the incident the “saddest day of her life.”
In the wake of the Middlebury riot, the Brookings Institution conducted a study on the type of colleges where the suppression of conservative speakers was most likely to occur. They found a clear correlation between censorship and wealthier colleges — in other words, its the rich kids who throw tantrums and clamp down on free speech.
Source – The Brookings Institution.
“The pattern is clear” wrote Brookings senior fellow Richard V. Reeves and research assistant Dimitrios Halikias. “The more economically exclusive the institution, the more likely the students have attempted to hinder free speech.”
Middlebury’s students are among the richest and most privileged in America. The average enrollee comes from a household making a quarter of a million dollars a year, according to recent research on universities and social mobility. As many students at Middlebury come from the top 1% of households (23%) as come from the bottom four quintiles (24%). The annual cost of attending is almost $64,000 a year.