This week’s doom: “higher” education, art, and sex.
It may be time to rethink the idea of academic freedom. Seems this professor blurted out a series of racist tweets, but the college at which she works can’t give her the boot because of the aforementioned “freedom.” See for yourself:
“Black masculinity isn’t a problem for america’s colleges, black masculinity is THE problem for america’s colleges,” Saida Grundy, an incoming assistant professor of sociology and Caucasian-American studies at Boston University, tweeted in March.
In another tweet from January, she wrote: “Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in black-owned businesses. and every year i find it nearly impossible.”
In another, she called black males a “problem population.”…
“Why is black America so reluctant to identify black college males as a problem population?” she asked.
I may have some of the details wrong. You’d better click the original news story to check me.
In her keynote address, higher education diversity expert Daryl G. Smith recommended a path forward for UNC, drawing from her 2009 book Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work…
The most radical idea Smith espoused in her address was that faculty and staff members should be hired and fired on the basis of their understanding of diversity…
She told the audience that, like technological proficiency, competence in issues of diversity “has to be a condition of employment.”
Smith also recommended reeducation camps (yes, really) for the growing-ever-smaller group of recalcitrant professors who insist on teaching only their expertise.
This item proves Smith’s contention. If we work hard enough, we can eliminate all unapproved ideas.
…the politically correct university is a world of land mines, where faculty and students have no idea what innocuous comment might be seen as an offense…
On today’s campuses, left-leaning administrators, professors, and students are working overtime in their campaign of silencing dissent, and their unofficial tactics of ostracizing, smearing, and humiliation are highly effective. But what is even more chilling—and more far reaching—is the official power they abuse to ensure the silencing of views they don’t like. They’ve invented a labyrinth of anti-free speech tools that include “speech codes,” “free speech zones,” censorship, investigations by campus “diversity and tolerance offices,” and denial of due process. They craft “anti-harassment policies” and “anti-violence policies” that are speech codes in disguise.
Darn tootin’ they do. How else can diversity survive unless everybody thinks the same?
The most creative ploy to diversify thought was thought up by students at one Washington college, who petitioned to have an alumnus’s degree revoked because, the students claim, this non-diverse fellow does not “believe in climate change” and publicly said so. Embarrassing, right?
“We’re framing it in a more radical way,” [student representative] D’Angelo said. “We’re not just trying to have a conversation with him or hold him accountable. We’re trying to revoke his degree and get people to pay attention.”
This could be the start of something big! Not only could a university threatening to retroactively revoke degrees impose diversity, which is good in and of itself, but it could produce new “revenue streams” (to use the lingo). Once a decade alumni must submit an Affidavit of Conformity, along with a hefty “processing fee”, else their degrees are erased. You heard it here first!
More black racism
Even the presence of black people is giving some students the jitters. Or so says a new report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
…just “walking into or sitting in” a classroom full of black people is an aggression in itself.
“Students of no color reported feeling uncomfortable and unwelcomed just walking into or sitting in the classroom, especially if they were the only person of no color, or one of a few,” stated the report, which designated the experience an aggression.
“People do not necessarily say I do not belong, but I feel as if I do not when I am in a classroom and I am the one White person,” said one student, identified as a Spanish female, who is quoted in the report.
Again, my cut-and-paste function is on the fritz today, so you’d better check the original for precise quotes.
From theory to practice
Academics invented the idea that not only can you be whatever you what to be, but that everybody else must agree to your “choice” or they must be labeled a bigot or something-or-other-phobe.
Transgender army major wins victory in conservative Serbia. “A Serbian human rights body ruled that the army had discriminated against [this man pretending to be a woman] by saying [this man] was a potential stain on its honor.”
We’ve come to the point where it’s necessary to say “It’s Not Hateful To Point Out Bruce Jenner Isn’t A Woman.”
No less a formidable source than the “AP Stylebook” declared a few years ago that Associated Press employees are to use “the pronoun preferred by the individuals” in cases where confusion may arise.
My preferred pronoun—and you had better use it or I’ll sic the government on you—“His Exultedness.”
Now there are no such things as “gender reassignments” or “sex change surgeries”. Not only are they physically impossible, but they are a barbaric assault on the English language, an abuse which leads to things like this:
…Lopez implied variously that gender as we know it is “a social construct, not a biological one,” and thus malleable, and that there also may be a “biological link to a person’s transgender identity.” These two concepts are flatly irreconcilable, but the point here is not to make sense of anything; the point is to signal your sensitivity to a controversial topic, even though such signaling encourages a mass delusion and puts peoples’ health and well-being at risk.
Filed under toilet training: “A Canadian mom is dragging the Catholic Church before the Alberta Human Rights Commission because the Catholic school district said her son had to use the boy’s bathroom.”
The school has even installed a special non-gendered bathroom for this situation, but the mother feels this solution is not good enough for her child; she claims no harm will come to anyone if he is allowed to use the girls’ restroom. She cited a doctor who said the boy has “gender dysphoria.”
This is something to follow because Canada has slipped a little lower down the Slide of Insanity than we have.
Here’s a question nobody was asking, yet somehow it got asked: Polling Finds Growing Acceptance of Gay Marriage—and a Gay President. Perhaps her Hillaryship will discover she is same-sex attracted? Beats claiming to be an Indian, am I right?
Last week was good for bad art—which is now most of it. A hideous painting by Picasso, the Iberian Imp, sold for a whopping $179 million bucks (and change). This fascinated the citizenry, of course, because they equate price with value.
Here’s an item on the Scourge of Eyes “Banksy” that is nearly as depressing. “It’s standard dormroom Marxist stoner type stuff aimed at the lowest hanging fruits of social critique. Pretty insipid and rarely if ever at odds even the most milquetoast mainstream progressive thought.” Et cetera.
This one’s not for the squeamish. I hesitate to post it, but I do so to document that the end can not be very far off. “‘Vaginal Knitting’ Is Here To Make Everyone Afraid Of Performance Art Once Again.”
“I’m spending 28 days knitting from wool that I’ve inserted in my vagina,” the Melbourne-based artist explains in the video above. “Everyday I take a new skein of wool that’s been wound so that it will unravel from the centre and I stick it up inside me… and then I pull out the thread and knit.”
The work is officially called “Casting Off My Womb,” but was lovingly dubbed “Vaginal Knitting” by the Australian TV channel SBS2Australia. Taking place in Darwin, Australia, the performance project aims to address taboos surrounding female genitals and a woman’s body in general, similar to the many provocative endeavors spearheaded by Jenkin’s art activism group, Craft Cartel…
Jenkins is not the first female artist to test the limits of the public’s uneasiness with the naked female form. Marina Abramovic explored pagan rituals associated with a woman’s body in “Balkan Erotic Epic,” Yoko Ono dared audiences to literally cut off her clothes in “Cut Piece,” and Marni Kotak, well, she gave birth in an art gallery. And that’s just naming a few veterans. More recently, the Brooklyn-based artist Christine Cha challenged woman to “Rub Out” together in support of female masturbation.
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