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A Little Bit of Pushback Against Protest Culture

Posted by V the K at 1:54 pm - November 4, 2017.
Filed under: Academia,Post 9-11 America
TraThis article at The Atlantic seems to suggest that students who go to college in hopes of actually learning something are getting fed-up with protest culture. This would be a welcome change.  Although the Progressive Leftists have become so adept with their bullying and intimidation tactics that few students were willing to go on the record to express their disapproval.
I was struck by something as I read this Facebook post from one of the radicals.
“To all the white & able(mentally/physically) who don’t come to sit-ins(ever, anymore, rarely): all i got is shade for you. [… If] you ain’t with me, then I will accept that you are against me. There’s 6 hums left, I best be seein all u phony ass white allies show-up. […] How you gonna be makin all ur white supremacy messes & not help clean-up your own community by coming and sitting for a frickin hour & still claim that you ain’t a laughin at a lynchin kinda white.”
Translated from the original Idiot: “If you are white and don’t participate in my protests, I will call you a racist. Also, you’re a racist even if you do participate in my protest.”
OK, here’s a theory. Suppose you were a student of mediocre ability who got accepted to a university because of some other factor unrelated to your academic abilities. You get there and you discover the coursework is way over your head. So what do you do? A. Buckle down, work harder, and learn what you can. B. Transfer to another school more closely suited to your abilities. or C. Rail that the difficult classes are actually “racist,” “oppressive to marginalized communities,” and “support a system of white supremacy.” Only one of these options is both easy and assures you of societal approval.

Cringeworthy

Posted by V the K at 10:24 am - August 26, 2017.
Filed under: Academia

This is apparently, part of mandatory Freshmeat anti-rape indoctrination at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Students troll teacher who totally does not see how she might deserve trolling

Some of the students, allegedly, festooned the classroom with pictures of Trump, a map of his Electoral College win, “Obama – you’re fired”, and a respectful, accurate statement of Trump’s policy positions.

All pretty innocuous, except for one thing: someone made fun of her gap teeth (which they should not have done – whoever it was; note that we cannot make any assumptions about whom).

Her overall response? Calling her students “racist”. Repeatedly.

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I wonder how many times she tried to use her position to cram Social Justice Warrior politics down her students’ throats? I can’t know but, reading between the lines, I wouldn’t be surprised if she did it 24/7.

Schadenfreude

The University of Missouri … which two years ago knuckled under to race-crazed social justice wankers and spoiled brat trustafarians … has experienced a steep drop in admissions.

Before the protests, the university, fondly known as Mizzou, was experiencing steady growth and building new dormitories. Now, with budget cuts due to lost tuition and a decline in state funding, the university is temporarily closing seven dormitories and cutting more than 400 positions, including those of some nontenured faculty members.

The protests at Mizzou and the resignation of the college president were widely celebrated as a success at the time, but things haven’t worked out well for the school which is now renting out empty dorm rooms for events like the upcoming solar eclipse. It turns out students aren’t eager to attend a school best known for, as the Times puts it, “a hair-trigger protest culture lacking any adult control.”

Actually, they are still celebrated as a success because the destruction of an institution is a demonstration of power and power is what the left is really all about.

One would think that if a college/university really wanted to stand out in the market today, they would brand themselves as a school of academic rigor and tolerance for all viewpoints but not for disruptive, social justice nonsense. Such a school would appeal to students and parents who wanted a good return on their investment. It’s interesting that no large college or university is going in this direction; but instead they are collectively sinking into the mire of social justice nonsense.

Speaking of things destroyed by left-wing jackassery, the NFL is losing advertisers. It’s not just Colin Kaeparnik (last seen traveling to Ghana to bash the white racist American culture that made him a multimillionaire). Let’s not forget how ESPN became a sports-themed version of MSDNC over the last couple of years. They’re not doing so well either.

This Is What Hate Speech Looks Like

Airstrip 1, as I reported earlier today, sent a man to prison for posting his nasty, violent thoughts about Muslims on Facebook. I think it is wrong for the state to punish people for speech; even this Posh Being.

Mere days after a Bernie Sanders supporter shot Congressman Steve Scalise and two black members of his police detail, a Connecticut professor posted a Medium article on Facebook declaring: “Let Them F*cking Die.” The professor went on to write that white people are “inhuman a**holes” who still prop up a “white supremacy system,” so black people should not help them if their lives are in danger.

“I’m fed the f*ck up with self identified ‘white’s’ [sic] daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual and racially oppressed people,” Johnny Eric Williams, associate professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., posted on Facebook Sunday. “The time is now to confront these inhuman a**holes and end this now.”

Let. Them. F*cking. Die.” For relish, the author added, “And smile a bit when you do. For you have done the universe a great service. Ashes to ashes. Dust to bigots.”

You may wonder how these people end up in Academia, but the truth is, the progressive leftists who run universities love violent, extreme leftists. Bill Ayers ended up with a plush job at the University of Illinois. In their minds, they are all little Che Guevara’s fighting for the noble cause of global socialism.

As for Professor Williams, he wants you to know that… he’s actually the victim.

“The black community is beside itself all over the country with the constant killing. It doesn’t matter what we do, we still be killed, we still go to jail. Just being black and living is a crime. That’s what seems to be the problem.”

He says the article in Medium covered “broader issues” in addition to calling for the violent deaths of white people. This is true, because the main thrust of the article is that blacks, LGBT’s, and others should be indifferent to any suffering or death suffered by white people, should never be civil or decent to white people in any way. (They’re way ahead of you on that at Evergreen State, maybe you should see if they have any openings.) The article’s “enlightened” view is that you only owe civility and decency to people who share your racial, cultural, or sexual identity. Morality isn’t individual, it’s collective.

Reading the comments to that Medium article, by the way, is pretty indicative of where the Social Justice Left is these days.

It takes awhile

…but sometimes there’s justice.

Remember that UVa “campus rape culture” hoax that bubbled up in 2014? Recent news is that Rolling Stone will pay settlement damages to the fraternity they accused.

A source involved at the national level with the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, tells TheDC that Rolling Stone will pay $1.65 million to settle the defamation suit…

In the piece, “A Rape on Campus,” Erdely relayed the story of Jackie Coakley, a Virginia woman who claimed she was brutally raped by a group of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members during a party in Sept. 2012.

Separately, a UVa dean also got damages:

The magazine’s decision follows a settlement in April with Nicole Eramo, a University of Virginia associate dean who was also smeared in the article, which was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely…

Erdely portrayed Eramo as dismissive of Coakley’s case. But it was later revealed that Coakley not only fabricated the attack by the fraternity members but that Eramo took her allegations seriously at the time she made them.

A jury in Virginia awarded Eramo $3 million in damages — $2 million from Erdely and $1 million from Rolling Stone.

I don’t know what has happened to the original accuser, Jackie Coakley?

While I’m at it:

Even Snowflakes hate socialism

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 12:07 pm - June 1, 2017.
Filed under: Academia,Liberal Hypocrisy,Socialism in America

…when it comes to dip into their pockets.

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Via Ace.

That awkward moment when Lou Reed is doubleplusungood crimethinkful

Old and busted: Lou Reed is so cool. He did a song about trannies that makes the squares uptight!

New hotness: Lou Reed is so bigoted. He did a song about trannies that makes us SJWs uptight!

A student group at the University of Guelph in Canada has apologized for including the Lou Reed song “Walk on the Wild Side” on a playlist at a campus event…

The Guelph Central Student Association wrote “We now know the lyrics to this song are hurtful to our friends in the trans community and we’d like to unreservedly apologize for this error in judgement.”…

In a further statement a spokesperson said: “The lyrics, ‘and then he was a she,’ devalues the experiences and identities of trans folks.

Huh? How?

Gender Studies and Climate Change Are Totally Serial, You Guys

Posted by V the K at 2:17 pm - May 20, 2017.
Filed under: Academia

Some skeptics (or, as the dogmatic left would call them, “denialists”) wrote a hoax “Academic” paper arguing that the penis is a social construct and also responsible for Climate Change. It was accepted and published in a peer-reviewed Acadamic Journal.

Anatomical penises may exist, but as pre-operative transgendered women also have anatomical penises, the penis vis-à-vis maleness is an incoherent construct. We argue that the conceptual penis is better understood not as an anatomi- cal organ but as a social construct isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity. Through detailed poststructuralist discursive criticism and the example of climate change, this paper will challenge the prevailing and damaging social trope that penises are best understood as the male sexual organ and reassign it a more fitting role as a type of masculine performance.

Penises are problematic, and we don’t just mean medical issues like erectile dysfunction and crimes like sexual assault. As a result of our research into the essential concept of the penis and its exchanges with the social and material world, we conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead as an enacted social construct that is both damaging and problematic for society and future generations. The conceptual penis presents significant problems for gender identity and reproductive identity within social and family dynamics, is exclusionary to disenfranchised communities based upon gender or reproductive identity, is an enduring source of abuse for women and other gender-marginalized groups and individuals, is the universal performative source of rape, and is the conceptual driver behind much of climate change.

When “science” has been reduced to this, one should wear the label of “Denier” proudly.

Oh, Good Lord

Posted by V the K at 8:53 am - May 11, 2017.
Filed under: Academia,Unhinged Liberals

Students are paying (going into debt) to the tune of $22,000 per year to receive wisdom from learned scholars such as this woman:

An assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University argues in a recent academic research paper that eastern fox squirrels are subjected to a “gendered, racialized, and speciesist” form of media bias.

Teresa Lloro-Bidart, an associate professor of liberal studies at Cal Poly, argues in a recently published postmodernist research paper that eastern fox squirrels are on the receiving end of racially-charged media bias. Lloro-Bidart claims that she worked towards such a conclusion by analyzing the coverage of eastern fox squirrels through “feminist posthumanist,” and “feminist food studies” lenses.

What is it with women with hypens in their names? Why are they always so often nuts? (No offense to the racially marginalized squirrels.)

Update: Ace found an academic who has written a scholarly treatise about … I am not making this up… talking to an imaginary ghost of himself.

Snowflakes Stage Hunger Strike But Not Really

Posted by V the K at 12:38 pm - April 28, 2017.
Filed under: Academia,Gay PC Silliness

Yale Graduate Assistants have declared that they are staging a “Hunger Strike” to protest that their $30,000 annual stipend, free health care, and free tuition aren’t nearly enough to compensate them for the dangerous and dreadful work of grading papers and stuff.

Except, they get to eat when they’re hungry, because to not eat would put their health at risk.

So, it’s basically a symbolic hunger strike.

But I guess it would make them feel “unsafe” were anyone to point that out.

By the way, the Democrat National Committee supports and condones their fake hunger strike.

Social Justice Body Count Jumps Again

Posted by V the K at 11:33 am - April 12, 2017.
Filed under: Academia

Straight male student commits suicide after gay male student accuses him of hate speech and the university denies him any and all due process rights.

Gay student sexually harasses straight student. Gay student reports straight student as the sexual harasser. University repeatedly violates its own rules to find straight student guilty.

Straight student kills himself days after learning his new disciplinary record could keep him out of grad school.

Note to John Cho: This actually is a direct result of an environment that Barack Obama created by telling university’s to interpret Title IX so as to assume all white male students accused of sex or bias crimes are guilty even if proven innocent.

I would hope that the gay student who initiated this (as well as the university bureaucrat who railroaded the guy) feel horrible for the rest of their lives; but I somehow doubt they will.

 

‘Fake News’ and ‘Fake Education’

Posted by V the K at 11:44 am - December 11, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

A student is in trouble for recording a professor’s anti-Trump rant and releasing it on social media.

In the video, you can hear the professor call the election of Donald Trump an “act of terrorism,” and Trump himself a “white supremacist.” She also went after Trump’s cabinet, describing Vice President-elect Mike Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.”

The teacher’s union is demanding that the student be expelled for revealing what is taught in this class; which by the way, was not a political science class but a “human sexuality” class. To a reasonable person, the election of Trump would seem to have nothing to do with ‘human sexuality.’ (A sane person might even wonder why such a class is even offered.) But one of the key efforts of the left is to “Politicize all the things!.

This what not a “discussion,” (as apologists characterize it), it was pure hysteria on the part of the instructor. The part I want to take issue with is professor Olga Perez Stable Cox characterization of VP-Elect Mike Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.” Really? More anti-gay than the Muslim Imams calling for the murder of homosexuals?

Is Mike Pence even anti-gay? No. The Gay Left case for this smear campaign rests on two flimsy pieces of evidence. One is Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act — which would have harmed zero gay people — and the debunked talking point that Mike Pence wants to electrocute the gay out of teenagers. And the third part of it is, anyone who isn’t a Democrat, and/or who isn’t cheering loudly enough for everything the gay left supports right now … is “anti-gay.”

Her defenders say that as part of the professoriat, she has a right to say whatever she wants in her classes. All right, but if what she is saying is total bullshirt, shouldn’t it be exposed to the full measure of criticism is deserves.

The Left Doubles Down on Isolation from Mainstream America

Posted by V the K at 8:45 am - November 21, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

They are going to reinforce the walls of that bubble with adamantium. An Asylum of Higher Education in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts has banned the American flag so it can concentrate on its core mission of indoctrinating students in homophilia and Islamophilia.

“We will not fly the U.S. flag or any other flags at Hampshire for the time being,” Lash said in a campus-wide email, according to Campus Reform.

While acknowledging that getting rid of the flag may be “especially painful” for military veterans and their family members, Lash said he hoped doing so would “enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”

The cost of residing in this asylum is $62,000 a year. Forbes College ranking notes, “Hampshire College is known for its alternative curriculum and joie de vivre.”

I can think of a lot better ways to get “joie de vivre” out of the quarter-million dollars a degree from Hampshire College costs.

 

“Climate of Hate” update

Let’s catch up on how the left-wingers’ feared Climate of Hate is doing. Most of this is via Instapundit.

And, to give credit where it’s due: Tom Hanks Breaks from Hollywood Pack and Says He Hopes Trump Does Well.

“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” Hanks told THR. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.”

UPDATE: Good read from J.C. Bourke, Why All The Hippies Morphed Into Campus Fascists.

Generation Snowflake Still Not Coping Well with the Election Not Going the Way They Wanted

Posted by V the K at 10:19 am - November 10, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

Oh, Good Lord.

Responding to Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory, several Cornell professors across departments cancelled class Wednesday, citing personal distress and concern for students’ emotional well-being.

Prof. Jane-Marie Law, Asian, Near Eastern and religious studies, said she cancelled her “Introduction to Japan and Religion” lecture, because she was “so upset and worried I would break down, thinking about how dangerous the move the American electorate — half of them — made last night is.” ….

Quoth a Snowflake:

“We should’ve died in 2012 while we still had the chance,” added Mitch Laski ’17, echoing several students who said they fear a Trump presidency will be the end of equal rights for minorities and free speech in the United States.

Karl Deinninger (have no idea who he is, but he says it best) responds:

If you are in a meltdown because Hillary lost then you’re unfit to adult. You’re unfit to hold a job. You’re unfit to evaluate the cost of credit to buy a car — or a house. You’re unfit to choose what to eat, or to evaluate various options for treatment of a medical condition. You’re unfit to carry on the daily requirements of living on your own, independently, making your own decisions and being responsible for them — including voting.

You are in fact an emotional infant, no older than 2. You are throwing a crybully tantrum, exactly as a 2 year old does when their parent refuses to give them the second bite of chocolate they want. And if you are if fact older than 2 by more than a few years the responsibility for your frail emotional state is on you, not someone else. To the extent you stuck that tantrum out in public where others can see it they are perfectly within their rights to deduce that you’re unemployable, you’re emotionally unstable and thus you’re unsafe to be around in any capacity.

It is perfectly fine to decide that if an election goes the “wrong” way you are going to alter how you live and decisions you make. I did that after Obama was proved to be a clown car brigade, and went even further after the 2012 elections.

But you didn’t see me crying, or whining, or having a full on psychotic break, unable to handle ordinary life and needing an “excuse” from an exam, from work or simply from functioning in an everyday manner.

Snowflake, meet flamethrower. He’s called “the real world” and when, not if you melt — tough crap.

The War on Men

Posted by V the K at 10:28 am - November 3, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

The Democrat-Run college campuses of the United States have made a conscious decision to become hostile environments for males.

On campus, toxic masculinity is often blamed for sexual violence, body shaming, a “hyper-masculinized sporting culture,” acts of domestic terrorism and much more.

“How has the concept of masculinity contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society?” asks the UNC Men’s Project website.

Duke University started a program this semester for male students to reflect on topics such as patriarchy, male privilege, rape culture, pornography, machismo and “the language of dominance,” Fox News reported.

At a mandatory freshmen orientation training at Gettysburg College in August, male students had to watch a documentary which stated in part that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.”

The “Thrive” club, part of the Claremont colleges consortium which meets as a “safe space” to talk about mental health, advertises that “masculinity can be extremely toxic to our mental health, both to the people who are pressured to preform it and the people who are inevitably influenced by it.”

Women, of course, are never taught to self-criticize or self-examine, for they are blameless, holy creatures, who are never wrong.  And because women are never in error, any setback or disappointment ever suffered by any woman anywhere is entirely the fault of The Patriarchy, unless her name is Sarah Palin (who doesn’t count because she’s a Republican who didn’t abort her Down’s Syndrome baby).

Maybe men will be better off if fewer of us go to college and opt for trade school. We will learn actual skills, be employable, and not saddled with a mortgage worth of debt.

The Tulip Mania of Queer Theory

Posted by V the K at 8:29 am - October 4, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

In which an academic explains how the Academic Elite became absolutely obsessed with the sexual predilections of a tiny minority of people and elevated them to become the central focus of the humanities.

The TLDR version is this. In the 1990’s, a bunch of liberal white college professors seized on gay rights as a way of taking up or re-living the black civil rights cause of the 1960’s.  One-upmanship followed as professors tried to prove they were more into the cause than their colleagues. Over time, ‘Queer Theory’ became the dominant mode of all academia; because it was trendy and liberal professors wanted to be perceived as “with it.”

From this 30-year vantage point, the intrepid idiom and bold disclosures that thrilled and emboldened the 1990s faculty look less descriptive than hortatory. Take away the magnification and we have a more modest and accurate assessment of parts of our culture—and a less thrilling and theoretical one. Only when we define queerness as anything outside simple and straightforward heterosexual behavior, and only when we interpret homophobia as anything less than full political and personal support of homosexuality, do the sweeping contentions of queer theory hold up. Without that extension, queerness slips back into the margin—not by an act of power, but as the consequence of relative lack of interest.

That’s what we see today, the fatigue that afflicts any theory once the universal claims lose their emotional force, as inevitably happens over time and with repetition. The enclave of humanities research has always had its rituals and taboos, and they lead inhabitants to think that what holds true and proper within also holds without. Reading queer theory and attending queer lectures is to enter an impassioned universe fraught with sexual complication and risk. But most people don’t share the outlook. Representations of sexual variation are common in higher education today, not to mention in movies, TV, and the news, but the vast majority of Americans are firm in their basic sexual aims and selves, and homosexual impulse and homophobic fear and hate aren’t part of their condition. We still have heteronormative attitudes. They are the natural result of nearly all Americans having heterosexual feelings. Queerness is part of the human condition, a small part. Queer theory began with an exaggeration, an overestimation of homosexuality and anti-homosexuality, and the emotional and political and institutional contexts of its origination allowed the exaggeration to stand uncorrected. Queer theory is now a part of American intellectual history, but it will be remembered more as an advocacy effort than as a school of thought. [Emphasis added]

Tyranny of the Mentally Ill

Posted by V the K at 9:49 pm - October 2, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

Pale Penis-Bearer is hit with a “gender misconduct” complaint for referring to himself as handsome.

“The University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Office contacted us because they received a complaint about your behavior towards your Elementary Chinese II professor. It is important we meet to discuss this as soon as possible.”

I met with my dean the next afternoon. She told me the same thing my professor had: I had called myself handsome and this was unacceptable. My dean tried to make me agree that I would never do this again. I flat out refused. I laid into her about how upset I was about the situation and I said something along the lines of: “If you’re asking me to not be myself, then I guarantee I will end up back in your office again.”

I was then put in touch with a case manager from the Gender-Based Misconduct office, who set up a “re-education” meeting in his office for the following Monday. I remember this frightening little office was located outside of Columbia’s west gates, where no one can hear you scream (it may have moved since then).

The office was empty; it was just me in the waiting room: Ben “Gender Misconduct” Sweetwood. For the first few minutes of our meeting, the case manager launched into an edifying speech on how my white privilege was playing a major factor in my lack of clarity into the depravity of my actions. Then I shot back with a plea for sanity, in much the same way I had done with my advising dean.

I won’t spoil the ending. Suffice it to say, it partly involves a gay dude in a worthless bureaucratic taxpayer-funded job created for social justice wankers with no marketable skills. Read the whole thing.

This Kid Is My Hero

Posted by V the K at 8:46 am - September 30, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

The University of Michigan Asylum of Higher Learning has jumped on the Trendy “Do-It-Yourself-Gender-Identification” Bandwagon and, as a matter of policy, lets students choose their own pronoun to be addressed with (thus objectifying them as a gender, rather than a person), because denial of reality is now seen as the height of enlightenment.

Failure to address a delusional student by their preferred gender or made-up pronoun can be considered a microaggression — one thousand of which can be redeemed for an actual aggression. Disciplinary action can result for failing to indulge the student’s denial of reality.

OK, said University of Michigan student Grant Stobl, if I get to choose my own pronoun, I choose “Your Majesty.”

In an interview with The College Fix, Strobl said that “I have no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way, almost like someone named Richard who would like to be called Dick. It is respectful to make a reasonable effort to refer to students in the way that they prefer.”

However, he added that he does have a problem when the university institutionalizes the use of pronouns that are completely arbitrary and may possibly sanction people for referring to someone different than their preference.

Strobl continued, “So, I henceforth shall be referred to as: His Majesty, Grant Strobl. I encourage all U-M students to go onto Wolverine Access, and insert the identity of their dreams.”

It is no less delusional for a student to insist that he is a hereditary monarch than it is for a person with a penis to insist that he’s a woman.