Anguish at Columbia: Term “primitive” used in art class

From Columbia stuent paper:

Students, faculty address institutionalized racism at University Life event

In addition to a lack of substantive support beyond “quick fixes” from the administration, Aya said that the the Core Curriculum further silences students of color by requiring students to read texts that ignore the existence of marginalized people and their histories.

“It’s traumatizing to sit in Core classes,” Aya said. “We are looking at history through the lens of these powerful, white men. I have no power or agency as a black woman, so where do I fit in?”

Aya mentioned that even in her most recent Art Humanities class, the word “primitive” was used five times to describe Congolese art—a label she did not speak up against because she was tired of already having worked that day to address so many other instances of racism and discrimination, she said. More.

Reality check: First, I agree with Aya. The term “primitive” is often used imprecisely when describing older, stylized traditional art forms. At the same time, we rightly expect to hear from someone who has taken the trouble to become an expert on the subject, not just someone whose feelings are hurt, carrying on at a rally.

If the discipline she is studying actually mattered, the solution for her would be to get that art history degree — and challenge the system by  strong scholarship that refutes the claim. That’s the only useful way it has ever been done.

That Aya isn’t expected—and encouraged—to do so as a condition of being taken seriously simply demonstrates how little substance underlies the discipline. And taxpayers are funding all this?

Reality check 2: That said, when it comes to the humanities, the progressive society actually needs far fewer disciplined experts and more grievance holders.

See also: “As liberal adults abdicate, the kids take charge on campus ” Of course. Progressives always destroy mere liberals, the way wolves destroy coyotes.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “Primitive art?” The horror! The horror!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I can’t find a stand alone clip but remember when Robin Williams did his impression of Elmer Fudd as Kurtz in Apocalypse Now?
      The howwow.
      The howwow.

  • mauser 98

    Columbia ?… primitive art??

    “He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records,
    or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia
    College thesis. ”

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/exclusive-investigative-reports/the-mystery-of-barack-obama-continues/

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      In that picture Clinton looks rather infected.
      And Obama is looking at his own fewchur.

      • mauser 98

        Bill, Hill , Huma , Barry’s birth certificate… all fascinating

  • Minicapt

    And what about Grandma Moses?

    Cheers

  • Ed

    “It’s traumatizing to sit in Core classes,” Aya said. “We are looking at history through the lens of these powerful, white men. I have no power or agency as a black woman, so where do I fit in?”

    TRAUMATIZING??? You really are inferior.

    • Why not try to actually do something (as a black woman- or not) instead of sucking off the teat and whining all the time?