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The Prejudices & Stereotypes of Leftist Academia

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:30 pm - February 10, 2009.
Filed under: Academia,Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The Islamic studies chairman at American University in Washington undertook a study to see “how well this country upholds its ideals in a post-September 11 world.

As part of that study, Hailey Woldt traveled to Alabama and dressed in “traditional black abaya.” Her “experience was a pleasant one.” And it was unexpected. As Allahpundit put it, “They went looking for prejudice — and darned if they didn’t find it.

This led Shannon Love to observe:

What Woldt discovered was not the prejudices of the small-town southern white American but instead the prejudices and stereotypes of contemporary leftist academia. Woldt expected to find prejudice not because she had already seen it but because her education indoctrinated her to expect it in others. This little incident opens a window on the insular, elitist and bigoted world of leftist in contemporary academia.

(H/t Instapundit.)

Why is it that the supposedly most broad-minded Americans have the most narrow view of their fellow citizens?

“the fate of our nation rests in the hands of two black men”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:12 pm - February 10, 2009.
Filed under: Patriotism,Random Thoughts

Going through my e-mail, I just read this reflection from Frances Rice, Chairman of the National Black Republican Association, on the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the Republican National Committee:

For the first time in the history of our Republic — since our founders established this nation on Judeo-Christian values anchored on a fundamental truth that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — the fate of our nation rests in the hands of two black men.

The fate of our nation rests in the hands of two black men, an interesting evaluation of the meaning of Steele’s election following that of Barack Obama. And a sign of how far our nation has come from one of the ugliest chapters of our history.

To think that when each man was born, it was hardly possible for a black man or woman to advance to the highest levels in nearly every field of endeavor in America.  And now look where each man is.  Truly a sign of how America is in a constant state of self-repair and self-improvement.

Let’s hope this progress continues.

Did Reagan Ever Blame Carter . . .

. . . for the economic mess he inherited after the Gipper had taken office and was making the case for his economic recovery package?

Just curious, ’cause the current president has been attacking his predecessor on a regular basis, even did so last night:

First of all, when I hear that from folks who presided over a doubling of the national debt, then, you know, I just want them to not engage in some revisionist history. I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.

Did Reagan say that Democratic opponents of his plan wanted to do nothing about the economic crisis as the incumbent did last night?

As I said, the one concern I’ve got on the stimulus package, in terms of the debate and listening to some of what’s been said in Congress, is that there seems to be a set of folks who — I don’t doubt their sincerity — who just believe that we should do nothing.

Um, the Republicans have put forward alternative plans. Heck, I’m even working on my own, but doubt either of my Senators or even my representative would bother introducing it.

(H/t John Hinderaker who offers a more thorough analysis.)

UPDATE:  Ed Morrissey elaborates on the president’s lies.

Media Didn’t Ask President about “Stimulus” Specifics!?!?!?

Didn’t watch the press conference. Preferred Ann Althouse’s live-blogging. (Personally, I’d label her the best “live-blogress” and Vodkapundit‘s Stephen Green the best “live-blogger.”)

Because I didn’t watch the conference, I’m probably not going to comment on it*, save to note something which William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, a blogger who did, (via Malkin) pointed out:

The press failed. Not a single reporter challenged Obama on the specifics of the stimulus plans, which (contrary to Obama’s statements) are loaded with pork barrel spending (as Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted this weekend) and surreptitious attempts to restructure the health care system.

No questions about the specifics of a several hundred page near-trillion dollar plan?  No questions about the myriad items contained within a proposal drafted by the most liberal members of Congress?  My quick scan of the transcript confirms Jacobson’s observation.

Is he wrong?  Did he, did I, miss something?  Did the media really fail to ask the president about the specifics of legislation costlier than the Iraq?

*Unless I discover something juicy in the transcript.