Why don’t they “get it”?
From Christine Rousselle at Townhall, on the Yale lit students’ demand that their U stop teaching dead white males in the English lit course
Yikes. Where to begin?
It is extreme arrogance on the part of the petitioners to dismiss poets such as Chaucer and Milton as just white men that can’t possibly connect with anyone who isn’t a straight white male. Their work is the building blocks of modern storytelling and literature. It is valuable. It would be an extreme oversight to not closely study the work of some of the finest English poets off all time. Plus, as Reason’s Robby Soave pointed out, there simply weren’t very many LGBT modern poets. It’s too late now for a woman living in 14th-century England to write poetry on the level of Canterbury Tales–societal roles were different back then, for a multitude of reasons. It doesn’t fix the past to ignore the art that actually emerged from it. More.
Reality check: One could begin upstream, actually. The junior jackboots are not being educated to produce, teach, or understand English literature—which would, of course, require that they deal with its history as it is.
That’s known in various places as reality-based thinking. And if they don’t want to do that, they should scram off and leave the place for someone who does.
But the jackboots are in fact being educated as crats in progressive society, whose job is to purvey politically correct information to increasingly helpless, ignorant, and mutually hostile huddles of people. They should not study anyone who suggests that a freer life of the mind is even possible.
See also: New Yorker is peeved by the precious little asshats of Asscrat U But they’ll submit because self-righteously ignorant is the New Cool
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