Who should teach your children in elementary school?  Chances are, you paid attention to your child’s teacher from Day 1 of his or her educational path.  But once they go to college, their teachers are very likely to be people who do not share your values.  Especially if you belong to the NRA or the GOP.

A professor at the University of North Texas — George Yancey — recently released the results of a study that show that members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) are the most likely to be discriminated against if they apply for a job at the university.

His new book “Compromising Scholarship: Political Bias in Higher Education” reveals the shocking discrimination discovered by Yancey simply asking professors their thoughts on certain groups.

“Assume that your faculty is hiring a new professor,” he asked 435 sociology professors in the United States. “If you were able to learn of [their political group memberships], would that make you more or less likely to support their hire?”

Here were some of the categories with which they were presented:



Green Party







PJ Media has the details of the results:

Of all political affiliations, NRA membership was ranked as the most likely to hurt an aspiring professor’s chance of getting hired, with 41.2 percent conceding that it would “damage” an applicant’s chance of getting hired.

NRA members fared even worse than Republicans. Only 28.7 percent of professors indicated that Republican party membership would damage a candidate’s chance of being hired, according to Yancey’s research.

Yancy suspects that NRA members are more marginalized in academics because “NRA membership denotes a more conservative brand of Republicanism,” he tells PJ Media.

“Someone may be a moderate Republican which can be seen as acceptable but I suspect that academics envision individuals in the NRA as being on the far right.”


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About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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