Actually, it’s all so insane that it could be a 17th century European furore about witches. So says Spengler at the Asia Times:
The trouble is that generations of university students have been reared on the presumption that clever and beneficient social scientists can engineer desirable outcomes. If the outcome is undesirable, it must be due to racism; if the racism is not overt, it must be covert, and if blacks are not subject to racist aggression, the “micro-aggresion” of subtle deprecation. This quickly reduces itself to absurdity. The University of Wisconson’s new speech code declares that the statement “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” is racist. The university says that this is a coded statement that “People of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race.” It is also racist to say that “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” because it really means, “People of color are lazy and / or incompetent and need to work harder.”
“Really means,” in other words, is “Those were not just commonplace ideas; she uttered a magic spell”:
People who make these sorts of commonplace statements, it appears, really are witches who cast spells on black students in order to make them feel badly about themselves so that they won’t succeed. The solution is to burn the witches (or their careers) and isolate minority students in “safe spaces” where no-one will hurt their feelings. Of course, this sort of thing will do no more to improve the black graduation rate than the burning of witches improved the quality of cow’s milk in early modern Europe. … More.
Reality check: Millennia ago, witchcraft made sense to people. It is an exploded form of physics. Which makes me wonder, how many modern physics students are into all this campus grievance stuff? Has anyone actually tabulated who goes in for big time grievance by faculty? Standing in the faculty?
See also: Dartmouth prez investigates student asshat invasion of campus library
An assault on the intellectual life is not a crime. But the university that tolerates it is unnecessary to the intellectual life.