Academia and enforced conformity
Prof. Brian Anse Patrick has thoughts and experiences there.
"Perhaps I was and remain naïve in expecting free and respectful discourse, but one of my chief intellectual interests is the informational sociology of what I have described elsewhere as the new American Gun Culture. It soon became apparent this was a forbidden topic. For my dissertation work I examined the role of negative media coverage in mobilizing NRA membership, discovering that the more negative coverage NRA received over a ten-year period, the more its membership increased. My dissertation findings became my first book. But in graduate seminars at UM a senior professor would make curdled milk expressions when my research topic came up. He would say things like, "I don't let my children even play with toy guns," obviously disgusted, as if this absolutely refuted the findings. When I was nearing the end, at the dissertation writing stage, Professor Curdled Milk attempted to divert away from me a crucial dissertation writing fellowship that had so far gone to all other members of my graduate program to help them finish in a timely fashion. I called him on this and got the fellowship, but he never looked at or talked to me again."
I've encountered much the same. Folks who talk of "improving diversity" but don't want to think of improving intellectual diversity (which you'd think would be the most important kind, for a teaching institution). My late friend Prof. Bill Bailey, probably the most brilliant man I have ever known, couldn't get articles published (and thus was denied tenure) because the academic editors would say they were "politically naive" (code for "insufficiently Marxist," and I mean that literally). He was also in the communications field, where you'd think a person could contribute thought without worrying whether it was Marxist, Hegelian, of faithful to Freud.