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Bedlam in Academia ^ | March 7, 2018 | Jack Kerwick

Posted on 03/07/2018 1:04:31 PM PST by Kaslin

Despite the present situation of the academy, some of us nevertheless remain committed to the classical ideal of a liberal arts education, and we remain hopeful that the militant left that has taken control of the University will not succeed in its endeavor to vanquish this ideal.

This being said, it would be dishonest to say that there isn’t an all-too frequent number of occasions when my hope is tested.Recent happenings provide several cases in point. 

1. At the University of Chicago, several activist student groups—Reparations at UChicago, the UChicago Socialists, UofC Resists, a graduate student union, and a local chapter of Black Lives Matter—held a “teach-in” during which they demanded from the officials at the prestigious institution that it pay “reparations” to some of its black students.

The University of Chicago, according to these activists, was founded in slavery

According to The College FixReparations at UChicago made its case about a year ago in an article published by the African-American Intellectual History Society.Stephen Douglas was a slave owner from Mississippi who, in 1856, used his wealth to purchase and then donate the property on which the original University of Chicago would be erected.  

This, you see, is the alleged connection between the University and slavery.

“This founding endowment, drenched in the blood of enslaved African-Americans, was leveraged by the University of Chicago to borrow more than $6 million dollars in today’s terms to build its Gothic campus, its institutional structures, its organizational framework, its vast donor network, and an additional $4 million endowment before 1881.

“In short,” the brief concludes, “the University of Chicago owes its entire presence to its past with slavery.” 

The University’s spokespersons adamantly deny that their school has any linkage to slavery, noting that the original school “collapsed in 1886 in a state of debt and foreclosure.”  The school that the world recognizes today had its origins in 1890 and “did not use or benefit from the shuttered institution’s land or its endowment.” 

Of course, this argument from historical truth has about as much of a chance of persuading the disgruntled activists as that of a snowball in hell. 

2. At Wake Forest University in North Carolina, a white conservative student who was racially harassed by four black students had his appeal for a judicial hearing rejected by the Dean of Students and the school’s Bias Response Team—i.e., precisely that office that exists for the sake of ridding campus of identity-oriented forms of harassment.

The Wake Forest Review reports that while the university insists that it prohibits “‘obscene, profane, or derogatory’” abuse “‘motivated by the race or any other defining characteristic of an individual,” it refused to come to the aid of Ryan Wolfe, a senior who supported Donald Trump in the fall of 2016. 

It was at this time that Wolfe was harassed on social media by black students who superimposed an image of his face onto the image of a saltine cracker. In person, one of these students handed him a box of crackers. Yet the abuse continued online with mean-spirited comments directed at Wolfe, like the reference to him on social media as a “mayonnaise monster looking a**.”  

Adam Goldstein, the Dean of Students, told Wolfe that if the school took the kind of action against his harassers that Wolfe sought, this would only “make things worse” for him.  

Goldstein added that the black students acted as they did only because…“Trump won.

Not only is this attempt at a justification manifestly absurd on its face; it isn’t even factually correct, for the incidents in question occurred shortly before the election of 2016.

The offending students, Goldstein informed Wolfe, would take part in a dialogue at the LGBTQ Center where they would reckon with the question: “Is this the community you want to live in?”

This is Wake Forest University’s response to students of color who racially harass white conservative students.

3. Humboldt State University in Northern California offers an on-ine guide dealing with “whiteness.” The page, “Discussing Whiteness,” consists of “resources…intended to inform people about” such “issues surrounding whiteness” as: “white privilege, white fragility, white spaces, etc. [.]”

The guide is designed “to bring up questions and challenge us about our role in our communities and in our day-to-day lives.”

“Discussing Whiteness” recognizes that these “discussions are” meant to be “uncomfortable and challenging,” but those who follow it “are encouraged to get uncomfortable,” for by “engaging in these honest discussions you will exercise your ‘racial stamina’ and become more comfortable with being uncomfortable.” 

The site offers videos, one of which is called: “Don’t Be a Bystander: Six Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks.” They come with a cautionary note regarding “triggers and emotionally-charged content.” 

Confessedly, “Discussing Whiteness” is an invaluable resource, but only insofar as it supplies to anyone who is interested insight into the dark, and darkly comedic, recesses of the hard academic left’s worldview. 

For instance, under “White Fragility,” one finds links to such pearls as: “Intersectional Anti-Racism: The Myth of Happy Eggs, White Fragility, and Omnivorous Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape;” “The Scientific Way to Train White People to Stop Being Racist;” and “Uprooting White Fragility: Intersectional Anti-Racism in the ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Landscape.” 

Under “White Space,” we find links to “Race Conversations in White Spaces;” “Hiking While Black: The Untold Story;” and “What White Children Need to Know about Race.” 

There’s also a podcast by the name of “Seeing White.” This series aims to address such questions as: “Where did the notion of ‘whiteness’ come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?”

It is not impossible for an academic dissident to remain hopeful in the midst of this nonsense.

Yet it is indeed difficult. 

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: academicbias; collegesandunis; intersectionality; race; racism; whiteness; whiteprivilege

1 posted on 03/07/2018 1:04:31 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The old model of schooling is dying out because of the Marxist nutcases that have gotten involved in the education field. Never mind entrusting the education of a late-teen son or daughter with Marxist professors, or subjecting the kids to the toxic atmosphere on many campuses, but even sending kids to grade school or high school is becoming an adventure (and not a good one). I think online education is the way of the future - it's already here - as it will allow parents to get back some control over what their kids are being taught. Those involved in education - admins or teachers - are just too irresponsible to be entrusted with educating the kids.
2 posted on 03/07/2018 1:22:31 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The U.S. Senate - where American freedom goes to die.)
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To: Kaslin

If it were only a question of black and white colors; but an idiot with a mind of her own knows the reality is African behavior is a problem for all other races. Low IQ, lack of motivation, and a penchant for theft and violent behavior are the real dividers. This behavior is why white flight has been occurring for 5 decades or more. Whites simply don’t like being beat up by gangs of stupid Africans, they don’t like having their property stolen, they don’t enjoy knockout games, and they don’t like having their kids bullied and bruised by a pack of monkeys. The new code words, names, blame shifting, and diversity BS is simply ridiculously transparent. The African men don’t even like their own black women. Most black men would rather have a fat white woman, even if she is as stupid as a stump.

3 posted on 03/07/2018 1:28:44 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (MSM is our greatest threat. Disney, Comcast, Google Hollywood, NYTimes, WaPo, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC ...)
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To: Kaslin


4 posted on 03/07/2018 1:39:42 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Venezuela is Socialism perfected)
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To: Kaslin

1892-says right there on my ring.

5 posted on 03/07/2018 2:20:43 PM PST by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at
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To: Kaslin
... it pay “reparations” to some of its black students.

Why on earth would 'some' black students even apply to GO to this school?

6 posted on 03/07/2018 2:33:24 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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7 posted on 03/07/2018 2:34:22 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

It must be rememered that slaves were enslaved by Africans because they were unequal. They were inferior to their captors.

All the garbage about repartions should be directed toward Africa where the superior enslavers re located

This is an observation of historical fact and not racist in any way

8 posted on 03/07/2018 2:40:03 PM PST by Thibodeaux (The FISA judge is corrupt)
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To: Kaslin

This is in part why we should never, ever, ever elect people whose only experience is in academics. EVER.

9 posted on 03/07/2018 2:44:21 PM PST by neverevergiveup
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To: neverevergiveup

You said it, and I agree 100 percent

10 posted on 03/07/2018 2:57:33 PM PST by Kaslin (Politicians are not born; they are excreted -Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur. (Cicero)
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To: Elsie

Yes, the majority.

11 posted on 03/07/2018 3:33:07 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (MSM is our greatest threat. Disney, Comcast, Google Hollywood, NYTimes, WaPo, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC ...)
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To: Kaslin

I think white guilt is part of the program of the white leftist elites to say to the world “Look at how humane and noble we are for acknowledging our guilty!!! Now listen to us and do as we say or we will destroy you. This PC stuff is your new student mindset and we have colonized your thinking. Run along now children...”

And there is a whole lot of virtue signaling going on. And many kids go to prestigious schools to become the new ruling class. They go not for an education, but to pick up the jargon, the dress, the right moves and signals that tell people they are in the ELITE! That is their real learning. You don’t pay thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars just to get an education! You go to make connections and make it known you are part of the ruling class so it can help you later on in life. So competition is about who can out virtue signal the other, who has the prof’s ear on all the new PC stuff, who is a true believer and screams the loudest at protests, who is committed to the PC cause.

Ah yes, pathetic but this goes as it always did... Nothing new.

12 posted on 03/07/2018 5:02:17 PM PST by BEJ
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To: Kaslin

‘... in the midst of this nonsense.’

it is quite simple...this is what happens when the dominant milieu in any institution is governed by aggressive females; nonsense...

13 posted on 03/08/2018 4:02:18 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: Kaslin

1. Reparations... I have black ancestors. My family was mostly Cherokee until a couple of generations ago. I am pasty white. Do I get reparations for what Rufus went through? He was a freed slave. Or do you have to “look” black?

14 posted on 03/08/2018 5:38:07 AM PST by buffyt (John 14:6)
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There is no way in hell anyone should get reparations for what ancestors did 268-300 years ago, it’s insane! So what you look like is irrelevant! Next all Indians will want their land back due to the insanity of the left.

I have compassion for what happened, especially ‘Trail of Tears’ for the Native Americans. The American Slavery also encompassed whites, who had to work off passage, as slaves from Europe during the settling of the New World;, late 1600s- 1700s.

There was a reason Slavery happened that history says little about, and that was food shortages, commercial needs, and growth of New World, that could not be met by regular employees, as there weren’t enough. It was born out of a specific time in history...yes, greed was there, and slavery met those needs. Shipping from New World to Europe would probably substantiate how much happened in that timeframe.

Sad, it ever happened at all.

15 posted on 03/08/2018 5:50:04 AM PST by Ambrosia (Southern born... NC, and have lived in PA, NY,WV,SC, NM, FL, NC....Love USA!)
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