Feminist film professor Laura Kipnis is controversial because she believes, among other things, that I have a right to exist. You see, I am the product of a professor-student relationship (turned 40-plus year marriage) — something that is highly controversial on campus these days because of the perceived power imbalances between faculty and students.
For countenancing such relationships and for criticizing other aspects of what she calls “sexual paranoia” on campus, Kipnis, a liberal feminist, has become a polarizing figure. Her opinions are apparently considered so outlandish that a group of six Wellesley College professors just responded to her appearance on their campus by proposing new guidelines for speaker selection.
Their claim: Speakers like Kipnis unfairly “impose” on students by forcing them to spend time engaging with ideas they disagree with.
Does the American liberal college student get a bad shake? Yes, they might be wrong about the vast majority of their positions, but they typically mean well, right?
I’m not so sure. Take a look at the “Oppression Olympics,” and you’ll see that many view everything through a “me-first,” “I’m a victim,” self-interested lens. For example, now a student is claiming that the Leftist anger itself against President Trump’s travel executive order and his illegal immigration stance is “anti-black.”
The Diversity Leadership Council at Gustavus Adolphus College admits that it — with the help of other social-justice groups — planted fake racist flyers on campus “to educate” people about racism.
On Monday, the Diversity Leadership Council published a Facebook post explaining that it had posted the fake flyers to “promote, preserve, and protect on-campus diversity” and “to help educate our peers and campus community about issues of bias, and the importance of being an active bystander.” “We want to help put an end to bias-related incidents that happen on our campus, social media, and in our communities by forcing individuals to have dialogues about forms of hate and bias,” the post stated. More.
Reality check: What they really wanted was some kind of incident demonstrating agreement with the posters that would be their cash cow for years.
Overall, I didn’t like Timf’s NR article because it is full of prissy outrage when what we need now is a blunt confrontation with facts. For example, she writes:
These groups’ little stunt wasn’t merely stupid; it also has the potential to create long-term harm. For one, it likely has hurt the school’s reputation. There are almost certainly people who heard only the news about the flyers, and not that the flyers turned out to be a hoax. What’s more, it may actually hinder these groups’ aim of achieving racial justice on campus.
I can’t believe I read this. Is Timf an unusually dense intern? The fake outrage machine does not need the information to be correct because the information will be acted on whether it is correct or not. Producing the needed cash. That’s precisely what demonstrates the power of the machine.
Well we can’t waste time trying to educate her. As when assessing other varieties of contaminated information, assume all such reports are false. React to nothing. Fund nothing. Believe no one. Careful sifting will reveal what is true.
Is National Review going downhill?
See also: Mark Steyn on the legacy media fact-checking farce You know, four Pinocchios, and all that?
Several posters containing the salutation “Dear White People” appeared at North Carolina State University Thursday, accusing white students of “perpetuating racism and white supremacy.”
“Dear white people, there is no such thing as being ‘colorblind.’ You are perpetuating racism and white supremacy,” one poster stated, with another informing “white people” that “black people can’t be racist.”
The University of Pennsylvania’s Interfraternity Council is adding a “diversity chair” to its executive committee in response to a fraternity member naming his beer pong team “VietPong.”
At a date night in February, a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and his date named their beer pong team “VietPong” and wore camouflage with war paint on their faces, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
‘The rose-coloured glasses are off’: Why experts, students suspect racism under-reported on campuses
So let’s see, one girl was upset about a Hip-Hop themed party where students imitated rappers or whatever they’re called and another girl was upset because students mocked her Halloween costume demands.
Conservative students at St. Olaf College, a Lutheran liberal arts school in Minnesota, live in terror of their liberal colleagues and are afraid to discuss politics on campus, The College Fix reports.
Not only are they outnumbered, as 80 percent of the college voted Democratic in the last presidential election, many have been violently threatened by college neighbors.
The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism.
All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
America, since the ’60s, has lived through what might be called an age of white guilt. We may still be in this age, but the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, and with the drama of culpability, innocence and correctness in which it mires us.
“Bless you” is a phrase so reflexively spoken upon hearing a sneeze that many of us forgot or don’t even know where it came from. It has obvious religious connotations but they’re archaic and no longer make any sense in our modern-day world. You don’t protect your friend from the devil when she coughs so please, let her sneeze in peace. Here are five reasons why “bless you” has to go.
Once upon a time, the causes of tolerance and diversity meant throwing off the yoke of old prejudices and being open to new ideas and different opinions.
Nowadays, those who preach diversity have less in common with their progressive forebears than the puritans they used to pit themselves against.
The imbroglio surrounding the now infamous Bible Society video featuring a few close ups of Coopers Premium Light Beer exposes the ugly authoritarianism behind many who pay lip service to toleration while waving a rainbow flag.
Posted outside my office door is an old cartoon. A bearded professor wearing sandals and carrying a backpack leads a group of wide-eyed undergrads into a land labeled “utopia.” As they merrily march along, they pass an exodus of escaping humanity, fleeing an ash-strewn landscape amid scattered bodies and smoldering ruins. “Isn’t this great?” the beaming professor asks. “We’re almost there!”
Liberals need to appreciate the dangers posed by a radical movement that rejects the principles of intellectual freedom and freedom of expression.
The Middlebury College protest on March 2 that silenced an invited speaker and hospitalized a popular professor has continued to garner attention.
More than 100 Middlebury professors—included the one injured in the encounter—have signed a statement of principles, Free Inquiry on Campus, upholding the classic virtues of “free, reasoned, and civil speech.” The document implicitly repudiates the actions of some other Middlebury professors who instigated the effort to deny Dr. Charles Murray the opportunity to speak on campus.