But beyond extracting a confession from a college official before their execution, what exactly do these students want the universities to do? In a word, all want to expand what might be called the race therapy complex in higher education. This complex encompasses a variety of administrative bodies, student clubs, training and course curricula, all with the aim of propagating a particular view about race – one that sees the problem of racism, and its management, in therapeutic terms.
The demands of today’s activists hit upon the key components of the race therapy complex, including:
• Appointing senior administrators in charge of diversity;
• Mandatory racial-awareness and sensitivity training for students and faculty;
• Required courses in ethnic studies;
• Increased funding for multicultural centres and ‘social justice’ clubs;
• Increased funding for mental-health counselling.
To a college president at risk from a mob-organised career guillotine, accepting these demands will be almost a no-brainer — especially since these measures would represent a continuation of the race policies that administrators themselves have promoted for the past two decades.
Reality check: Yes, the admins have been converting U’s to training grounds for the ‘crats of the near future’s victim farms. The students’ complaints, as with the demands of the Cultural Revolution in China, is that they are not doing it fast enough.
As noted here, it would be helpful if those who are dismayed by the developments put their Outrage Machine in low gear for a moment and contemplate what it all means.
Put simply, as the Japanese have begun to recognize, it’s mainly the STEM subjects that continue the culturally understood mission of the university.
Or, put another way, when the engineering physics and medical microbiology students start demanding exotic asshattery instead of up-to-date labs, we will be in real trouble. Because we all need what they do, whether we choose to or not. These fields are disciplines because yelling at society or at God or at nature won’t get their practitioners anywhere.
In my view, it’s too early to say what a constructive response to the asshattery would be. Not enough people have yet faced up to the fact that neither the ass‘crats nor the victims on whose behalf they speak may actually be needed in the future in order to feed, clothe, and house us all. They probably won’t usually have relevant skills.
Containing the damage they do to others’ civil liberties would be a priority except that the U admins sense implicitly what is happening, and are glad to cave and expand it.
Yes, the student ‘crats will need training in managing their victim farms. But their craft is not a product of liberal arts studies and is not in any way related to them. Thus, the rest of us should get out of private support of U-based humanities. If you are over 40, it’s not the campus you knew. Other cultural institutions are much better choices.
The state can force us to fund the programs for training its ‘crats, but private money is better used for shoring up civil liberties causes — woefully underfunded and incompetently staffed in Canada.
See also: From Rex Murphy: Every brain needs a spine. But Rex, …
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