A speech by Heather Mac Donald at UCLA on Wednesday frequently descended into chaos as Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage and chanted their signature phrase over and over, and also took over portions of the Q&A with angry accusations and raucous shouting, a video of the event shows.
Event organizers tried to calm the crowd and regain order. After the Black Lives Matter chant ended, several protesters remained at the front of the room, shouting and making gestures as a student organizer asked for calm. But they started up with more chants, including: “America was never great!”
Yesterday from Mexico City, Napolitano announced the start of a partnership with the Mexican Secretariat of Energy which will funnel $10 million from UC funds, essentially California taxpayer dollars, to research in Mexican universities.
If you think Trump might be mad about this, you know who’s even more upset? California taxpayers and students. Those are the people who are paying tuition and funding your school through some of the highest tax rates in the country — they will be the ones to feel the burden.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has moved forward with plans for a Chicago-only identification card specifically designed to ensure illegal aliens in the city can receive welfare benefits with minimal risk of repatriation.
The latest “privilege” identified within the hallowed halls of higher education appears to be human privilege.
This year, the Modern Language Association of America has put out a call for papers on “critical plant studies,” seeking papers addressing the “vitality, agency, sentience, and/or emotional life of plants.”
Critical plant studies “aims to do for plants what human animal studies began to do for animal life over 20 years ago — attributing greater agency and autonomy to the non-human world strengthens the ethical standing of beings historically relegated to the lower rungs of the chain of life,” said John Ryan, honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia, in a 2016 lecture hosted by UC Santa Barbara.
Explains scholar Hannah Stark: “[C]ritical plant studies challenges the privileged place of the human in relation to plant life and examines this through a series of lenses: ethical, political, historical, cultural, textual and philosophical.” More.
So, because plants are complex, treating them as if they had minds is warranted? You’d think this was a hoax, and we don’t rule that out. But in the age of post-fact science it needn’t be one. Couple thoughts:
The most likely driver for tax-funded drivel disciplines is a cruel reality: Far more people today have degrees than formerly. But there aren’t suitable jobs for them in the real world. And most of those people are poorly adapted to the real world anyway.
Lunatic disciplines are their only alternative to pouring coffee somewhere in front of a tips jar. To placate them, we are expected to accept their “disciplines” at face value and entertain whatever public policy they suggest. Wait till the rocks have minds folk get their turn at the conference centre mike…
Second, because claims about plants necessarily interact with science, we see here once again the problem with the marchin’, marchin’ approach to defending science: The people who are undermining science are not out yelling in the streets; they are ensconced in the academy. And the public begins to hear about what they write about.
Or, as I’ve (O’Leary for News) said elsewhere, march if you want; it’s good exercise and fun. But your real problems are back at your desk.
Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois posted a warning to illegal immigrants on her Facebook page Tuesday about upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that are rumored to be taking place in the area.
“This is an historic gathering of powerful students from marginalized communities,” said Larissa Wahpooseeyan, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students – Saskatchewan in a press release. “Racialized and Indigenous students will rise together to combat racism and colonialism on our campuses and in our communities.”
I didn’t graduate college all that long ago, (December 2000, to be exact), but the culture on campuses has changed so dramatically in those years that it’s akin to when the Soviet Union fell, only in reverse.
Still, there is no place closer to a totalitarian police state in the United States than the college campus. Except, perhaps, public high schools.
Even if parents were to attend occasional classes, the propaganda would be difficult to notice. That’s how indoctrination into left-wing ideology works – like Chinese water torture, one drop at a time. More.
Reality check: There is a certain macabre fascination with the fact that the snowflake offspring of virtue-signalling progressives will likely be subtly indoctrinated into anti-Semitism. But it’s the very nature of progressivism to turn on those who gave it life, alongside various road kill such as actual opponents. Put another way, Donald Trump probably has less to fear from progressive ideology than its Jewish adherents do.
President Trump supporters holding a “March 4 Trump” in free speech hating Berkeley, California were violently attacked and pepper-sprayed by left-wing terrorists, many of whom are reportedly members of “By Any Means Necessary.”