Talk about “original scholarship!”

Props to Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson, who recently condemned the “knockout game” and fellow scholars who seem indifferent to its brutality.

“This pattern of violence is sick and barbaric, and, for its victims, both senseless and tragic,” said Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller.

Patterson also criticized the tendency of sociologists to downplay important factors like norms and values, and is working on a research project “to revive the culture concept in explaining the attitudes and behavior” of at-risk groups.
“ [S]ocial scientists, and especially sociologists, have abandoned or underplayed the fundamental concepts of norms and values,” Patterson said.

Patterson’s comments contribute to the debate surrounding the knockout game and the state of race relations in America. Patterson, whom many liberals regard as the nation’s preeminent expert on race relations, is the respected author of “Freedom in the Making of Western Culture and Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study.”

Patterson is not seen as a conservative, and he favors “more egalitarian social and economic policies.”

Within the left-leaning academy, sociology departments practice rigid ideological conformity, studies have found. One study by Christopher F. Cardiff and Daniel B. Klein looked at professors’ political affiliations. Among humanities professors, there was a Democrat: Republican ratio of 10:1. Among sociologists, the ratio was 44:1; the widest ideological disparity among academic departments.

Liberal academics are generally committed to the notion that crime is caused by poverty and social circumstances, particularly among minorities. Opposing perspectives are generally ignored or treated with hostility in the university setting.