Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The sewer of infantile identity politics that is post-American higher education - today's edition

Katherine Timpf at NRO on the utter humorlessness of the jackboots at Amherst:

How would jokes about Harambe fighting Cecil the Lion in heaven offend black students? According to the resident advisers at UMass–Amherst, because Harambe the gorilla shares a name with the Harambee African Heritage Student Community, all jokes regarding Harambe the gorilla must be banned — which is somewhat like saying that all jokes about Anthony Weiner must be banned at the University of Maryland in order to avoid offending the students at the Norbert Wiener Center for Harmonic Analysis and Application. Here are the RAs: “Any negative remarks regarding ‘Harambe’ will be seen as a direct attack to our campus’s African American community.”

Which is absurd. Everyone loves Harambe. 

How, then, would Harambe jokes offend female students? The more immature Harambe memesters have utilized the phrase “d***s out for Harambe,” a bizarrely silly bit of blue hilarity that calls on Americans to signal their support for Harambe by exposing their genitals. Here are the RAs again: “using . . . . phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident.” First off, nobody should worry too deeply about the “exposition” of body parts — presumably “exposure” would be more problematic. But more than that, anyone who thinks that “d***s out for Harambe” creates a rape culture in violation of federal law needs his or her head examined. 

Real fun place.

Brandon Morse at RedState on the overt racism against white people at Pomona College:

“Remember, just because POC [person of color] #1 isn’t offended by something, does not mean that POC #2 will not be offended by it either,” it says.
The poster goes on to states that “social justice is about BOTH elevating oppressed groups and simultaneously unpacking the privilege of dominant groups. These aspects are equally as important!”
Additionally, the sign claims that all white people are racist.
“Understand that you are white, so it is inevitable that you have unconsciously learned racism,” it asserts. “Your unearned advantage must be acknowledged and your racism unlearned.”
Further, the poster claims that white people should “just listen!” rather than explaining their own perspective.
So in essence, new white students are being told they are now second class because non-white students say they are second class. What kind of message does this teach students? That white people are inherently bad because they're white, and non-white students are inherently victims because they're not? Is that the mentality we want them sent out into the world with? What good does it do them?
I wonder if Bookworm is having any buyer's remorse over sending her young 'un to an OELAC (Obscenely Expensive Liberal Arts College). It hasn't taken a week for the tabula rasa to absorb the poison being dispensed there:

My Little Bookworm has had only four classroom days since her freshman year began at an Obscenely Expensive Liberal Arts College (“OELAC”) in the midwest. Today, on Facebook, she posted her first video supporting Black Lives Matter. I’m actually impressed at the speed with which OELAC’s indoctrination works.
The video, from a Lefty site called Upworthy that routinely substitutes emotion and irrational thinking for data and rational thought purports to explain that only black lives matter because only blacks get the short end of the stick. Nobody else’s life is of any consequence because allowing them to think that means that they are incapable of understanding that blacks are entitled to equal treatment under the law and in the public square
She's trying to counter the effects by sending her daughter videos by the likes of Bill Whittle and Prager University. Thanksgiving at the Bookworm household will likely either be a scene of tearful embraces for the student who has come to her senses, or a war zone.

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