George Washington U. Recommends Professor Smith's Book on Conservatism and Racism

Thursday, July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON/FOX NEWS -- The Solidarity Resource Syllabus released by the Washington, D.C.-based school’s Office of Diversity provides students with a reading list that focuses on racism in the United States. Among the 126 books that the university says “actively and effectively … [combat] injustice” is San Francisco State University Professor Robert Smith’s 2010 book that equates conservative beliefs with bigotry. That label applies to all who subscribe to right-leaning beliefs, including people of color.

Smith said the book is academic in nature, rather than a partisan polemic. He defended his book as a “historical, philosophical and empirical study,” that is more useful today than when it was published in 2010.

“I think the book … is useful to conservatives as well as liberals, and in light of Trump’s blend of traditional and paleoconservatism is even more relevant today,” Smith said.