May 5, 2014

Harvard students find each other obnoxious: straight white male privilege to blame

Harvard U. is full of people who clawed their way into Harvard, so it's not surprising that they often can't stand each other. Fortunately, 21st Century Harvard students have a vocabulary of whom to blame for any and all frustrations they feel. From the Harvard Crimson:
Kennedy School Students Call for Training To Combat Privilege in Classroom 
By TYLER S. OLKOWSKI, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER 2 days ago

Students at the Kennedy School of Government gathered in the school’s courtyard on Friday for a “moment of solidarity” in support of a movement lobbying the school’s administration to create a mandatory orientation program to help incoming students and faculty better recognize and address race and gender in the classroom. 
The movement, called HKS Speaks Out, began in October after students expressed having “really negative classroom experiences,” according to Reetu D. Mody, a first year Master in Public Policy student and an organizer of the movement. She said the group has amassed about 300 student signatures, or about a fourth of the school’s student population, on a petition that calls for mandatory privilege and power training. 
At Friday’s event, about 80 students participated in an exercise to visualize the differences in privilege created by race and gender. The students began in a single line, but as students were asked to step forward or backward based on questions about the social repercussions of their socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and sexual identities, the line became disjointed. 
Mody said that she felt the event brought the students together to share their varying backgrounds and, in doing so, demonstrated the need for greater training on the issue. 
In response to the movement, the school’s diversity committee met with the group’s organizers to hear their concerns, Kennedy School spokesman Doug Gavel wrote in an email, adding that these discussions “have been extremely productive and constructive.”
Additionally, Melodie Jackson, senior associate dean for degree programs and student affairs, “has committed to integrating diversity training into student orientation and the school is currently exploring a variety of different training options,” Gavel wrote. 
At the sessions, many students expressed that the power dynamics in the classroom hurt their experience and limited their education, according to Mody.
“To have these discussions where we are not being challenged is very detrimental to our ability to be thoughtful policy makers,” Mody said. “Coming here and not getting an education to support that has been really difficult.” 
Out of these community conversations, the group decided that students and faculty needed to have a better understanding of “race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials,” prior to entering classroom discussions, according to the movement’s open letter to the Kennedy School community. 
“You can either go to a diversity talk, or you can go play soccer–that was our orientation.” Mody said, of last year’s orientation. 
For Michelle A. Millar, a first year student at the Kennedy School, the status quo limits the amount of unique voices in the classroom. 
“We just can’t learn when we are only hearing from one side,” Millar said. “It’s hard to get that perspective if our professors aren’t trained to…make [classrooms] a safe place.” 
  
Freedom of expression, open debate, and the clash of intellects are all very fine, but they are hardly appropriate values at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
   

86 comments:

Anonymous said...

Safety, security, ease and comfort--the time-honored values of revolutionaries everywhere.

Unknown said...

And thus they are complicit in their own brainwashing

seller's market said...

With the Calif. assembly's inane flag vote today I'm beginning to feel as if life ia now just one endless freshman orientation

Space Ghost said...

“It’s hard to get that perspective if our professors aren’t trained to…make [classrooms] a safe place.”

Is there a technical / psychological term for the human capacity to, in the near-total absence of actual problems, invent newer and more rarefied ones? I can think of few human populations who are less unsafe than first year students in class at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Anonymous said...

race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials,”

Giggles! We all know who the guy was who was admitted because he could draw a circle to represent his name!

doombuggy said...

the group decided that students and faculty needed to have a better understanding of “race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials,” prior to entering classroom discussions

What part of this is the most mockable? "Group decided"? "Better understanding... of ability"?

Better understanding means toeing the more correct political line.

Auntie Analogue said...


It seems to me that if U.S. universities were a toilet bowl, their faculty and students have much too frequently yanked its chain.

Anonymous said...

Call me a cynic, but all that talk in hazy abstractions makes me suspect it's just a bunch of bullshit.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Knock down the walls to let the "under-served" in and watch the insanity take root. Pass the popcorn.

JohnSmith said...

Wretch inducing.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the privilege of kvetching about privilege.

"I want to be a member of a club that would not have me as a member(at least in rhetoric)."

Anonymous said...

"...make [classrooms] a safe place."

Safe for what and for whom, Ms. Millar?

Does she fear, even for a millisecond, for her personal safety?

Poor dear.

cipher

D. said...

Did someone mention "bullying" or "bossiness? Just asking.

anony-mouse said...

Kennedy School education made worse? Feature not bug.

RobertW said...

Funny - lots of priviledged white kids trying to out do each other trying to prove that they are not really privileged.

Idle Spectator said...

"Knock down the walls to let the "under-served" in and watch the insanity take root. Pass the popcorn."

Those "under-served", you do comprehend, include home-schooled youth attending those Ivy League schools.

Lucius Somesuch said...

A dozen AP 5s, just to stand in a line and step forward and back like in a game of "Witch, O Witch, What Time Is It?"

--This (plus the coke-fueled orgies) makes HYPS (?) the greatest single stumbling-block to my faith in IQ.

I mean, I know how admissions really works, per Unz and "The Atlantic" and all, but STILL . . . . it's enough almost to make me *want* to believe all that's holding Shantiqua back from a GED to MIT pivot is the absence of a white sugar daddy to buy her a dozen boxes of Princeton Review flash cards.

--Can HKSs be the new H8rd?

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Those "under-served", you do comprehend, include home-schooled youth attending those Ivy League schools.

I don't think this article is about them. The sense I get is some lightweights finding out for the first time in their lives that the basket is actually set at ten feet.

Rev. Right said...

Aren't "straight white males" grossly underrepresented at Harvard?

Whose privilege are they protesting?

Mr. Anon said...

The Hedge Fund known as Harvard University boasts of two institutions which have done more damage to the American Nation than almost any other: The Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Business. Between the two of them, they have created much of the ruin in our country.

JeremiahJohnbalaya said...

At Friday’s event, about 80 students participated in an exercise to visualize the differences in privilege created by race and gender. The students began in a single line, but as students were asked to step forward or backward based on questions about the social repercussions of their socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and sexual identities, the line became disjointed.

This serves as much to single out the privileged for future attack as it does anything else.

I would have stepped forward for the "rich" question.

Come to think of it, I would also step forward for the "minority" question, and then forward for the "female" question.

Dennis Dale said...

It's clear the Underprivileged are never, ever going to stop claiming privileges of their own accord. Either something's going to give and we're at war with ourselves, or we're just condemned to the never-ending degradations of an increasingly stupid and cruel multicultural empire. Good times!

Harry Baldwin said...

Is there a technical / psychological term for the human capacity to, in the near-total absence of actual problems, invent newer and more rarefied ones?

Maybe not a psychological term, but John Derbyshire discussed the fractal nature of offense, that is, that the outrage remains the same at whatever scale the offense may be.

"The Warren Court back in the '50s abolished segregation in public schooling, which had given much offense. The offense-takers didn't stop being offended; they turned their offense on other types of segregation — separate drinking fountains and such. Those were shamed out of existence, but the offense-takers went on being offended by terms like "Negro" and "colored," so we all sighed wearily and started saying "African American." By this time other groups were on the offense-taking bandwagon: we had to stop calling people "orientals"; we had to say "he or she" instead of just "he" for the generic pronoun; we had call homosexuals "gay," as if they spent their spare time with flowers in their hair dancing around maypoles. Well, possibly some of them do, and there is of course nothing wrong with it …"

Chief Seattle said...

Hazing by another name. Lots of frats require prospects to undergo painful or humiliating treatment before they can join. The army has basic training, Hollywood has the casting couch. Years ago, Kennedy would have humiliated fresh recruits about how to hold the salad fork and speak French. Now it's groveling at the diversity altar. Not quite as productive, but just as effective for that esprit de corps that will take them from their first internship to their final revolving door payday.

Anonymous said...

There is a certain type of female who is just too psychologically fragile to deal with the clash of ideas that needs to happen at a university.

To disagree with her passionatly held notions is to commit an act of aggression. Any vigorous debate will 'trigger' memories of her abusive ex-boyfriend.

It would be nice if stable people could build thier own institutions with sane rules.

I suspect that would be illegal now days

Anonymous said...

"All toffs are poofters."

Rob said...

Where on earth did that picture come from?

Anonymous said...

Kennedy School spokesman Doug Gavel wrote in an email, adding that these discussions “have been extremely productive and constructive.”

Translation: pointless and divisive. ie a great success.

Steve Sailer said...

JFK Fifth Inaugural Edition, 1977

http://isteve.blogspot.com/2013/11/50th-anniversary-of-death-of-jackie.html

Anonymous said...

Have to say that JFK in that screen shot image of one of the '60 debates did look awfully good. Looked like a leader.

You'd think that after 8yrs as Veep that Nixon would've at least learned to project a leader image. Didn't he have to give televised speeches during his VP yrs? That should've taught him something.

No wonder he forego debates entirely in '68 and '72.

Shame.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why there isn't movement asking for a moratorium on admitting white, straight students into Harvard. It wouldn't work, but what could one say against it that wouldn't sound as though it's coming from a position of privilege?

--SoCal Philosopher

Anonymous said...

Whitey privs work in mysterious ways

Mountain Maven said...

you made this up right? I no longer think the left will prevail, they are such insecure sissies.

Steve Sailer said...

Yes, I made it up in 1992.

Nah, just kidding. It's real. (I think.)

eah said...

better recognize and address race and gender in the classroom.

Or anywhere else I would guess. I hope there'll be open enrollment so the public can participate. Because I often have the same darn problem. In fact, just the other nite I was in this bar, and by a funny coincidence the Kinks' "Lola" was playing, and ... well, you can guess the rest. Very embarrassing. Something to be avoided. So I could benefit from that course too.

Whiskey said...

Translation: most of the White guys are nerdy Matthew Yglesias types not sexy dominant Don Draper types. So they must be punished! For the sin of nerdy non sexiness. Safe place equals nerdy guys can't hit on her.

Anonymous said...

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/05/05/millions-of-americans-changed-their-racial-or-ethnic-identity-from-one-census-to-the-next/#more-258788

Steve, would live to hear your opinion on this study.

Anonymous said...

Don't panic. It's the same old wet-pantied student politics, suffered on campuses and in common-rooms, canteens and quads the world over. It's the same old small-m marxist gruel which is slopped around in place of actual political debate in all our universities, even, and more sadly, especially, in the good ones.

It's about time the rest of us sponsored some proper, if initially reactionary, political response to these self-congratulatory common-or-garden morons. But where to start?

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. ROTFL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hd_uO72h1s

What TREE OF LIFE should have been:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWZwfixftlA

Anonymous said...

Harvard, Harvard, Harvard!

I don't know which is more obnoxious, 1) that students of my alma mater, Brown, have pathological and intense rivalry with those at Harvard ("No, really, I turned down Harvard to attend Brown") or 2) that Harvard seems completely unaware of this "rivalry."

I spit on them all.

My children, if I can help it, are going to one of the service academies. They 1) are free and 2) still at least talk about archaic stuff like "duty" and "honor" and "sacrifice" (and I don't mean giving up plastic bags to save the planet type of a sacrifice).

Kaplan said...

My children, if I can help it, are going to one of the service academies

If they aren't already cynical about the U.S. defense apparatus then that should do the trick. Start kissing up to your Congressman's bag men and rustling the family tree for ethnicky tidbits. Failing that there's the Coast Guard.

ysv_rao said...

"Reetu Mody" Something in me dies whenever one of my people start talking like white liberals...ugh!

This bimbo is one to talk about privilege!
She already has a BA and JD from UC Berkeley whose tuition fees I suspect didnt fall like manna from heaven. For sure daddy helped her out

As for negative classroom experiences: being within 10 yards of a shrill type A Indian or Asian female is negative enough thank you.

Here are some of tags on her Linkedin profile


Legal Research Legal Writing Public Speaking Community Organizing Community Building Hip-Hop Dance Jazz Dance Creative Writing Classroom Nonprofits Theatre Volunteer Management Youth Mentoring Youth Work


Whoa gentlemen dont let this peach get away!

Anonymous said...

In the line up I'd have gone for full parody. Stepped in the underprivileged direction on each call and when challenged argued passionately race/ sex/ class are social constructs and how dare these self appointed fascists challenge my identity!

Fight fire with fire...

Nick - Pretoria

ATBOTL said...

The witch hunt/1984 thing is really ramping up in the last couple of years.

This kind of ritual humiliation of whites will keep getting worse until white stop it.

It's good to see that more and more conservatives are recognizing that that anti-white hate cannot be countered with "colorblindness."

It's shocking how the discourse on race in heavily policed conservative internet venues has changed since 2000. Then, conservative studiously avoided mentioning race, even when discussing anti-white violence. Now, I routinely see comments that might get one kicked off Stormfront.

Jan Brady said...

Brown might have middle child syndrome but the infusion of tacky Arabs and Uribista dilettantes has definitely improved the quality of their drugs

Anonymous said...

Dude sending his kids to a service academy must be really selfless to sacrifice his kids so Kiev can join the EU, or so Al Qaeda can kill Syria's Christians.

anyway, OT:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/immigration-reform-isnt-just-about-numbersits-about-skills-too/361650/

Anonymous said...

We all know the criminality that valedictorians are prone to. We must make the halls of Harvard safe again.

Anonymous said...

Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard.

Tugg Speedman: What do you mean?

Kirk Lazarus: Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, 'Rain Man,' look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. Peter Sellers, "Being There." Infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, "I Am Sam." Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...

Shame these students cannot go home empty handed

No degree for you! Harvard student.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if stable people could build thier own institutions with sane rules.

Grandpa's gated Florida retirement community is still run like the America in that Kennedy picture. I'm sorry to say the rest of us live in a looney bin.

Anonymous said...

"In the line up I'd have gone for full parody. Stepped in the underprivileged direction on each call and when challenged argued passionately race/ sex/ class are social constructs and how dare these self appointed fascists challenge my identity!

Fight fire with fire...

Nick - Pretoria"

Oom Paul Kruger would be spinning in his grave.

Anonymous said...

The Kennedy School is known as the place for people who can't get into any other school at Harvard.

Peter Akuleyev said...

Oh, the irony of Government students complaining that "power dynamics in the classroom hurt their experience". What is government but "power dynamics"? A bunch of wilting violets have no business being in a School of Government in the first place. No wonder the US couldn't protect its own in Benghazi, and allows Putin to piss all over us. Maybe we should just ask Putin, Ahmedinejad and Kim Jong Un that they be less confrontational and respect our need for a safe place.

Anonymous said...

This is exciting. I never thought Harvard would publicly acknowledge the vast overrepresentation of Jews on the faculty and among the student body. Or at least I assume that was the main topic since it is the most obvious "power differential" at Harvard.

Anonymous said...

Steve, you have to watch this hilarious video of outtakes of the college rapper debaters with their interview with a local news station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmO-ziHU_D8

dearieme said...

What does "the Kennedy School of Government" teach? How to get drunk and drown young women? How to be a drug-addicted invalid who recklessly risks the survival of mankind? That sort of thing?

Beliavsky said...

There may be hope for Harvard. Many people agreed with the comment I posted on the Harvard Crimson site:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/5/4/kennedy-students-call-orientation/
Beliavsky • a day ago
“It’s hard to get that perspective if our professors aren’t trained to…make [classrooms] a safe place.”

Making classrooms "safe" may require the suppression of politically incorrect views. It would be better for people to toughen up or not attend the university.

Anonymous said...

Fair Harvard! thy sons to thy jubilee throng
And with blessings surrender thee o'er
By these festival rites, from the age that is past
To the age that is waiting before
O relic and type of our ancestors worth
That has long kept their memory warm,
First flow'r of their wilderness, satr of the night
Clam rising thro change and thro storm!

To thy bow'rs we were led in the bloom of our youth
From the home of our infantile years
When our fathers had warn'd, and our moth-ers had pary'd
And our sisters had blest, thro their tears!
Thou then wert our parent, the nurse of our souls,
We were moulded to manhood by thee,
Till freighted with treasure thots, friendships and hopes,
Thou didst launch us on Destiny's sea

Old words to Fair Harvard.

I suggest licensing WWE's music for Kurt Angle.

Harvard U!
U suck!
U suck!

Mr. Anon said...

"Chief Seattle said...

Years ago, Kennedy would have humiliated fresh recruits about how to hold the salad fork and speak French."

Kennedy also practiced that form of humiliation that was beloved of G.W. Bush - bestowing nick-names. Arrogating to himself the right to name his underlings is a low-key way of saying "I own you".

Mr. Anon said...

"Anonymous said...

Harvard, Harvard, Harvard!

I spit on them all.

My children, if I can help it, are going to one of the service academies. They 1) are free and 2) still at least talk about archaic stuff like "duty" and "honor" and "sacrifice" (and I don't mean giving up plastic bags to save the planet type of a sacrifice)."

Great - then your children can be ordered around by the kind of people in that article, maybe even sent to their death by them. Pampered SWPL princlings at the Ivies who will take over the levers of power in Washington and New York need khaki bullet-catchers to enforce the diktats of thier multi-cultural, queer-friendly empire.

By the way, in case you didn't know, a course at the KSG is now a quite common credential for civilian SES candidates. I imagine it is for those who desire promotion in the armed services as well (any one who has served in the military who can speak to that?). I would wager that a lot of currently serving flag officers have cycled through those same Harvard halls.

Harry Baldwin said...

Whiskey said...Translation: most of the White guys are nerdy Matthew Yglesias types not sexy dominant Don Draper types.

The Don Draper types (if they are any at Harvard) are the type to make the classroom "unsafe" by unapologetically speaking their minds. The Yglesias types are fully with the program of checking their privilege. So I'm not sure how it's the Yglesias types who ae being punished.

Anonymous said...

May I suggest an examination question for all KSOG students to address the privilege problem:
"Draw a single diagram to illustrate the effect of race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials”

Anonymous said...

That debate fiasco is pretty informative. I always thought debate had devolved into the bizarre spectacle of the spread argument, which has no devolved into bizarre assertions of seemingly irrelevant racial grievances. The judges loved it.

leftist conservative said...

white ivy league students are the most politically correct, the most anti-white, self-loathing. Being able to get into the ivy league means that you have very well internalized the dogma of the elite, which means the standard core curriculum.

The elite promote political correctness because it favors their financial interests. Political correctness increases the labor supply and the supply of consumers, which increases GDP and corporate revenues. The elite own most corporate shares.

if you want to become elite, you must show that you have internalized their dogma, the core of which is 1) being pro-business and 2) being anti-white, anti-male, pro-nonwhite, pro-female, pro-immigration.


these ivy leaguers are so eager to show that they have internalized the dogma. Just as they grind away at SAT practice, so too do they eagerly regurgitate the axioms of political correctness

Anonymous said...

Liberal logic:

Unlike Old World nations, the American Nation isn't bound by ethnicity but by laws. It is the rule of law that defines who we are.

So, let's violate the rule of law by turning 20 million illegals into citizens to boost Mexican and Asian ethnocentrism.

Anonymous said...

The most privileged people in the world attack one another for being too privileged.

Anonymous said...

Hazing by another name. Lots of frats require prospects to undergo painful or humiliating treatment before they can join. The army has basic training, Hollywood has the casting couch. Years ago, Kennedy would have humiliated fresh recruits about how to hold the salad fork and speak French. Now it's groveling at the diversity altar. Not quite as productive, but just as effective for that esprit de corps that will take them from their first internship to their final revolving door payday. Excellent comment.

Anonymous said...

Decades ago, leftists would have called this "bourgeois decadence", at least until it became elevated to the status of the TomWolfean lemon session.

Anonymous said...

the group decided that students and faculty needed to have a better understanding of “race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials,” prior to entering classroom discussions

I always thought the classroom was a place where I could prove my mettle and see if I could keep up with everyone else, or surpass them. I saw it as a challenge. My assumption was that if I couldn't keep up I probably shouldn't be there, but I was pretty sure this would never be the case.

E. Rekshun said...

...students expressed having “really negative classroom experiences,” according to Reetu D. Mody, a first year Master in Public Policy student...

"really"


In the early '90s, I did a full-time 8-week total immersion Spanish language program at Middlebury College. One of my classmates was an active duty Army Captain. The army was putting him through, not only, the Spanish program, but also the Harvard JFK School of Government for his Masters degree in Public Policy.

He's probably a retired general by now.

Hacienda said...

One of the glories of Wikipedia is that you can enter a search term like "Compulsory Education" and get back this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_education

Plato's fascist work "The Republic" is credited with introducing compulsory education to the world.

Turns Massachussets started compulsory education in the US. Talk about the birds coming to roost.

Most decent human beings hate school.

pat said...

I can't find the reference but you can trust me - government students are stupid. I should know. I have a Master's in Public Administration.

When you line up all the professions by IQ the MPA comes out at the bottom. MPA graduates are even duller than those with advanced degrees in Education. Man that's dumb.

But I got my MPA at George Washington not Harvard. There's a difference. GW is the number one school for high ranking federal bureaucrats. It's where the federal employees go to get an MPA so as to qualify for one of the super grades. Your government is run by George Washington MPAs.

God help you.

George Washington is not cheap. The last time I looked it cost more than Harvard but it is no where near as exclusive. I don't know what they expect in SATs or GREs but it can't be much. Harvard's JFK School of Government almost certainly has higher admission standards.

But the JFK school is not for real public administration its a hot house for nurturing ideologies. My buddy Donald who worked at the Labor Department was sent there for a time. I suppose they figured he needed his ideological framework tuned up. He told me about it. It was not like my grad school experience. They were long on theory and short on technique. It was a school for elitists.

I didn't have to compete to get into the government school at GW. I was recruited. For two years they paid my tuition and gave me perks. I taught calculus and statistics as a TA. I had fellowships. I taught the other students how to use computers. It's good to be among the a herd of dullards. I just stumbled into that academic specialty. When I had used up all the available money I quit (graduated). That's why I never got a doctorate. I would have had to pay for it myself.

So my contempt for federal bureaucrats was not prejudice. I learned about bureaucrats in 'the belly of the beast'. And my deepest most sincere contempt is for the would-be rulers who attended the JFK School.

Pat Boyle

Harry Baldwin said...

The judges loved it.

I think the judges are afraid not to pretend they love it.

Anonymous said...

dearie:"How to be a drug-addicted invalid who recklessly risks the survival of mankind? That sort of thing?"

If not from Kennedy, they can always turn to the sterling example of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon:

"He was also prescribed Benzedrine, the wonder drug of the 1950s. Regarded then as a harmless stimulant, it belongs to the family of drugs called amphetamines, and at that time they were prescribed and used in a very casual way. Among the side effects of Benzedrine are insomnia, restlessness and mood swings, all of which Eden suffered during the Suez Crisis. His drug use is now commonly agreed to have been a part of the reason for his bad judgment while Prime Minister.[1] Eden was secretly hospitalised with a high fever, possibly as a result of his heavy medication, on 5–8 October 1956. He underwent further surgery at a New York hospital in April 1957.

In November 2006 private papers uncovered in the Eden family archives disclosed that he had been prescribed a powerful combination of amphetamines and barbiturates called drinamyl. Better known in post-war Britain as "purple hearts", they can impair judgement, cause paranoia and even make the person taking them lose contact with reality."

(WIKIPEDIA)

Walter Fuques said...

This sort of crap would make me weep for the future, if I were the sort to weep.

I can't picture what it will take to stop this cultural rot, but if, say, I were to run for president, my platform would revolve around getting people to quit being such pussies.

Sincerely,
-Not Ross Perot

Observer said...

ATBOTL: "It's shocking how the discourse on race in heavily policed conservative internet venues has changed"

I seem to recall the change taking place sometime in 2011. It appears the catalyst was the black "flash mob" riots and the media's coverup of them. Suddenly not just conservative but even mainstream outlets were loaded with boiling rage, posted by (as far as I could tell) ordinary white people.

Simon in London said...

Left-racists are funny. Who actually has privileged admission to Harvard? NAMs, and possibly Jews, if Unz is right. The east-Asians, and the tiny white gentile cohort, get there the hard way.

Simon in London said...

"There is a certain type of female who is just too psychologically fragile to deal with the clash of ideas that needs to happen at a university."

A professor/lecturer would have to be insane to clash with PC ideas at any University I know. At most I'll mildly venture an opinion when specifically requested by a student; even that is risky.
Of course there's no Tenure at UK Universities, I suppose that might make some difference in the US.

Anonymous said...

"s there a technical / psychological term for the human capacity to, in the near-total absence of actual problems, invent newer and more rarefied ones?" - status whoring. Of course there are plenty of actual problems for society as a whole, but ignoring those is covered under status whoring as well.

Anonymous said...

Regrettably, Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" is not a compulsory reading at American universities. I could imagine a dean in charge of equality enforcement as a handicapper General.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Pat is commenting on iSteve again and all is right with the world. Many years, Mr. Boyle.

Anonymous said...

Great - then your children can be ordered around by the kind of people in that article, maybe even sent to their death by them. Pampered SWPL princlings at the Ivies who will take over the levers of power in Washington and New York need khaki bullet-catchers to enforce the diktats of thier multi-cultural, queer-friendly empire.

That's hardly new. As Kipling wrote in "Arithmetic on the Frontier," many a "two thousand pounds of education" has dropped to a "ten-rupee Jezail" in some dusty and forgotten corner of an imperial venture through the ages.

Sure my children may die young (and I don't them to do so of course). But they will die one way or another nonetheless. Would it be better for them die fat and rich on their beds having done nothing noble or magnificent? Would it be that terrible for them to die with their brothers in arms? To borrow Macaulay:

"To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods?"

I am pretty sure there were corrupt, venal and cowardly temple priests and leaders back then. That doesn't take away from Horatius's courage and nobility, and indeed makes him all the greater.

Of course, I will not MAKE my children do this. But I, everyday, inculcate them to revere it.

Anton Chigurh said...

For Michelle A. Millar, a first year student at the Kennedy School, the status quo limits the amount of unique voices in the classroom.
“We just can’t learn when we are only hearing from one side,” Millar said.
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Translation: "I need the White dudes to come to these things because I am not meeting my future husband with all these blacks and Puerto Rican guys who are always hanging around there."

Anonymous said...

"Sure my children may die young (and I don't them to do so of course). But they will die one way or another nonetheless. Would it be better for them die fat and rich on their beds having done nothing noble or magnificent? Would it be that terrible for them to die with their brothers in arms?"

1. Yes
2. If that means dying before they can raise your grandchildren to adulthood, yes.

Anonymous said...

1. Yes

Well, if you are just like the rest of the venal, self-interested mass of humanity and "Americans," there is no more to discuss with you.

2. If that means dying before they can raise your grandchildren to adulthood, yes.

Parents die all the time before their children reach adulthood. If they are blessed enough, they have family and friends who carry on for them.

You sound like the cowardly State Department employee who complained of a deployment to Baghdad being "an automatic death sentence" on camera (oh, I can't stand the hysteria from a "man").

The vast majority of my friends and family made it back from Iraq and Afghanistan. You do know our military is today extremely casualty-averse, right? As for those unfortunate few who did not, well, we drink in their memory and pray for them daily.

I, too, served overseas in a few rough spots (though not in the late unpleasantness) and I made it back. The closest I came to dying was in an automobile accident in Europe while on vacation. You don't know when God tells you it's your time. Might as well do something worthwhile with life rather than accumulating more nuts like a woman to buy more baubbles.

I was taught by men older than I that I've been blessed with education and affluence and that I owe both God and country for those fine things.

Brown hasn't done a war memorial since '97 as far as I know. My guess is that it's because there is no more name to add (I think there was ONE additional name added since Vietnam).

There was a time in this country once when sons of elites led. Our temples might have fallen, but I will still defend what's left and will teach my children to do the same.

If you think that futile, go join the Vandals and Goths and welcome your new overlords.

Anonymous said...

Also, we marry young and have lots of children in my family. We are traditional Catholics.

Marryng young and having children early also tend to keep fornication at bay.

Unknown said...

Jews are probably overrepresented by %population, but that's not AA, we're just smarter than you. Harvard had Jewish quotas for years, to make sure there weren't "too many of us." Schmuck.