Excerpt: Eminent linguist Joshua Katz was fired Monday by his longtime employer Princeton University in what seems (despite the university’s denials) to be a straightforward act of political retaliation.
His offense? Questioning woke orthodoxy. Katz, long a beloved professor, had the temerity to write an article in 2020 criticizing a letter signed by many Princeton faculty and students. That missive demanded the university undertake such “anti-racist” actions as axing SAT requirements, giving extra sabbatical time to “faculty of color” and appointing a nebulous committee to whom the entire university would be accountable for its efforts on this front.