For years, we’ve heard about “white privilege,” the idea that whites in the United States still receive certain (undefined) privileges that give them a leg up in the world. It’s a simple enough idea, and one that conveniently removes any and all individual responsibility for one’s current lot in life. Further, it serves to place a healthy measure of white guilt upon white folks who buy into the argument.
Batshit Crazy Homicidal Progressive
Four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Trinity Professor Johnny Eric Williams sided with anonymous blogger “Son of Baldwin,” who proposed that black emergency personnel should let wounded white people die rather than lend assistance. Baldwin posted his opinions under the hashtag, #LetThemFuckingDie.
Professor Williams linked Son of Baldwin’s statement, adopted the hashtag as his own, and posted some additional denunciations of white Americans for “their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.” Referring to all “self-identified ‘whites,’” he wrote, “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”
Don’t ever bet that higher education can’t go any lower. You’re bound to lose. Two recent and sorry examples prove the point. With a nod to Mae West, one foreign and one domestic.
One Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s community college system, wants to eliminate the algebra requirement for graduation because too many Californians fail it, therefore not getting a degree, or taking too long to finish as they finally master the Xs and Ys only after multiple tries.
Almost half of California’s community college students fail the course on the first try, and fewer than half finish the two-year community college curriculum in six years. This signals to Oakley that the algebra requirement is burdensome and must be done away with.
Their mission began almost immediately after Trump’s election, when three professors of psychiatry—one from Harvard University and two from the University of California, San Francisco—sent a letter to former president Barack Obama expressing their “grave concern” for the “mental instability” of the President-Elect.
Warning that Donald Trump will cause “catastrophic consequences” for the nation’s “social sustainability,” James Martin and James Samels says colleges must focus on training students to engage in social activism.
I think he meant ‘socialism sustainability’.
Blame the messenger. The conservative messenger, that is.
Sarah Bond, an assistant professor of classics, published an article in the online magazine, Hypoallergenic, pointing out that many statues in ancient Greece and Rome were painted in bright colors, and that we think of Graeco-Roman sculpture as being snow-white marble only because the colors have faded away with time. Hmm, I thought everybody knew that; I picked it up myself in ancient-history class during my sophomore year in high school. Still, it’s useful to be reminded that we don’t necessarily see what the original viewers saw when we look at an ancient artifact.
But Bond’s point wasn’t simply to point out that polychromy was a common feature of classical art. It was to argue that white marble equals white supremacy…
A professor at the University of Delaware has declared that Otto Warmbier was a “spoiled,” “white, rich, clueless” American college student who “got exactly what he deserved” when he recently ended up comatose and then dead at the age of 22 after serving part of a lengthy prison sentence in North Korea.
Trinity College closed for the day early Wednesday afternoon and will remain closed until further notice in response to threatening statements made on social media by a staff professor.
In the late 1960s in Pakistan, during the uprising against Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s military dictatorship, the Left that led us infused the concept of ‘internationalism’ and ‘universal human rights’.
The concept of ‘cultural appropriation’ or segregation based on colour was alien to my teenaged comrades.
The concept of tribal identity or communities based on skin colour was a ‘reactionary’ concept – a primitive idea that we thought had been given a death knell by the 1948 UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights.
Could someone on the left publish a guidebook listing all the things that aren’t a microaggression?
By now you hopefully are familiar with the plight of Evergreen State College professor Bret Weinstein. You can follow our prior coverage at the Evergreen State College Tag.
The short version of the story is that for the sin of objecting to a racist proposal that white students and faculty leave campus for a day, Weinstein has been subjected to well-documented harassment, threats and abuse by a coalition of “social justice” students and faculty on campus. The administration further enabled the attacks on Weinstein through cowardly capitulation to student demands.
Two paragraphs from a professor’s book perfectly capture the modern, watered-down state of America’s universities, explaining how the terms “professor” and “university” have become denigrated by their overuse.
The two paragraphs come from “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters,” a book by Thomas Nichols, a professor at Harvard University and the Naval War College.
“Not only are there too many students, there are too many professors,” says Nichols in an excerpt posted to Twitter. “The very best national universities, the traditional sources of university faculty, are promiscuously pumping out PhDs at a rate far higher than any academic job market can possibly absorb.”
Now saying genius or brilliant ‘can alienate female students’: Cambridge academics are discouraged from using phrases with ‘assumptions of gender inequality’