Hindley said that he was not forced to leave, but, rather, he left because he thought that his own department had become “far more conservative,” and “far fewer … let me call them, activist, liberal-minded people” are at Brandeis. “I just could not tolerate anymore. It just wasn’t worth tolerating anymore what the place was becoming under Lawrence...”
It's important to understand that Hindley is famous not for his teaching ability or scholarly writing, but for being a racist and anti-Semite.
In 2007, Hindley got into some hot water for using the word "wetbacks" in class- something Hispanic students tend to frown upon.
He's also been an outspoken advocate for terrorist Palestine, which probably made him less than beloved in the historically Jewish Brandeis community. When Hindley says in the above quote that he can't tolerate what Brandeis has become "under Lawrence," he's referring to the school's president, Fred Lawrence. Lawrence is Jewish, and unapologetically pro-Israel.
Now, most of us are hearing this news about a Leftiest idealogue like Hindley and thinking this is just good riddance to bad rubbish, but this guy's retirement snit is a symptom of a much larger problem.
Colleges are, theoretically, not just career training academies but also laboratories for thought. America's best and brightest are supposed to gather at colleges and exchange ideas, pushing the nation forward scientifically and philosophically.
Because of people like Hindley, that's not longer the case.
Because of people like Hindley, colleges are becoming more and more closed systems, demanding rigid orthodoxy from faculty and students. Conservative and even moderate voices are being silenced in favor of Leftist demagoguery. Schools are no longer places which foster creative, constructive disagreement, but designed to be echo chambers where only Liberal philosophies and propaganda can be heard.
So yes, it's a good thing that Hindley is retiring and will no longer be able to spew his idiocy at impressionable young men and women, but it would be even better if he simply conducted himself like an adult, and engaged in the marketplace of ideas.