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Jul 08 2020

Literally Rejecting That 2 + 2 = 4

George Orwell was righter than he knew when he equated freedom with the right to say that 2 + 2 = 4. We may literally lose this right when it is up to people like Brittany Marshall.

Via Summit News:

Brittany Marshall’s tweet went viral after she claimed during the course of a discussion about racism, “Nope the idea of 2 + 2 equaling 4 is cultural and because of western imperialism/colonization, we think of it as the only way of knowing.”

Marshall, who includes her pronouns in her bio, lists her occupation as “teacher, scholar, social justice change agent” and apparently is studying for a PhD at Rutgers.

Brittany may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but she has learned her lessons well at Rutgers. Reality itself must be subordinated to liberal ideology. Otherwise, that ideology will collapse under the weight of its own falseness and absurdity.

This is why the news media uses feminine pronouns to refer to cross-dressing men. It is why mentioning race and IQ in the same sentence might cost you your job. They are establishing a world in which 2 + 2 ≠ 4.

Those who insist that 2 + 2 = 4 can easily be silenced by calling them racist on the grounds that math itself is racist, as has already been determined (see here, here, here, and here).

On tips from Rapinhoe, Anonymous, and R F.

Jul 08 2020

Boston University Mascot Threatened With Cancelation

You have to give liberal totalitarians this much: they are thorough. Not only is Gone With the Wind on the way to the memory hole for offending their sensibilities, they want to cancel the Boston University mascot, not because terriers have joined the rapidly expanding list of things that are racist, but because Rhett is named after Rhett Butler.

As basic civil order breaks down and American civilization begins to circle the drain, this is what educrats regard as a crisis:

BU President Robert A. Brown wrote in a letter to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on Wednesday that he has formed a committee to consider changing the mascot’s name in response to concerns that it is a tribute to a character associated with the Confederacy, slavery, and sexual assault. …

“It is reasonable for people to question why, at a university founded by abolitionists, we have a mascot nicknamed for a character in a film whose racist depictions are completely at odds with our own tradition,” Brown wrote. “It is time to address this question.”

Here’s how the mascot came to be named after a fictional character we are now obligated to hate:

BU students seized on the movie’s romantic power, naming the mascot “Rhett” because “no one loves Scarlett”—a play on the school’s official color—“more than Rhett.”

There was once a time when not everything had to be viewed through the lens of militant Black Lives Matter ideology. But that time is over now.

Nina Silber, a College of Arts & Sciences professor and chair of history and the author of This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) says she thinks many people make simple romanticized associations with the Rhett Butler name, viewing the character, played by Clark Gable, as dashing or brave. But, she says, people are generally unaware that he sought to save Scarlett from an attack by a Black man in a storyline that perpetuates deeply racist myths.

In real life, blacks never rape white women. Dispute this and you will be canceled as a racist.

Hard as it is to take this idiocy seriously, it is chilling to see how thoroughly liberals plan to erase anything that could conceivably be viewed as a challenge to their narrow ideology. American culture will be extirpated so that it can be replaced with shallow crap echoing their nauseating lies. Future generations will have no idea that we ever existed, other than a vague conviction that everything that came before them was bad.

On a tip from Jack D.

Jul 02 2020

Student-Age Americans on the 4th of July

If you want to know about America, talk to young people, whose education is fresh in their heads. In the video below, they teach us that America is racist, that it was built by blacks, and that it achieved independence from Britain in the 1960s during the Civil War.

A teacher helps explain why they know less than nothing about their own country by proclaiming that she ignores the curriculum and teaches corrosive Black Lives Matter propaganda instead.

That’s what we have been buying for the $zillions flushed down “higher” education, much of it on a coercive basis.

If sanity is ever restored, primary and secondary education will be pried out of the hands of leftist bureaucrats and unions. Universities will be replaced by institutions devoted to factual knowledge with constructive applications.

On a tip from ScrewyPuppy.

Jul 02 2020

Claira Janover: Canceler Canceled

Looks like the cancel culture can cut both ways. Claira Janover, the trendily non-Caucasian recent Harvard grad who publicly announced that she would stab anyone with the “caucasity” to dare express the forbidden thought that all lives matter, has lost her job. She had apparently been hired as a “government and public business service analyst” by British-based accounting firm Deloitte.

Here’s Claira threatening to use a knife to cancel Caucasians who don’t toe the Black Lives Matter line:

Here’s Claira after learning that even leftists can talk themselves into trouble if they cross the line with violent rhetoric:

Claira can’t believe that Deloitte canned her “even though they claim to stand against systematic bias, racism and unequal treatment.” If they mouth the mandatory platitudes, doesn’t that mean anything goes, so long as it is left-wing? Naturally, she blames Trump and his supporters for this injustice.

Take heart, moonbats. Claira bravely whimpers that she is “too strong” to succumb to racists who think all lives matter. She says she will continue to use her “platform” to advance anti-Caucasian ideology. She’d better hurry; when her 15 minutes are up, the platform is gone.

Thanks are due to Claira Janover for demonstrating the ideology that is installed and the character that is developed at extravagant public as well as private expense at Harvard.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Jun 29 2020

Kicked Out of School for Noticing the Obvious

The range of acceptable speech narrows by the day. Now we are no longer allowed to notice that the media goes haywire on the rare occasions when a white kills a black, but no one seems to care about the vastly more common incidents of blacks killing whites or other blacks. A TikTok video may have ruined a young woman’s life by constituting a thought crime:

In the original video, the young woman first writes the caption, “People when a BLACK person kills a BLACK person” which shows her standing with a calm demeanor.

The next caption in the video reads, “People when a BLACK person kills a WHITE person,” and shows the woman remaining calm.

At the end of the video the caption transitions to, “People when a WHITE person kills a BLACK person,” and shows the woman engulfed in flames and mouthing angrily.

NBC News repeatedly describes this harmless and undeniably accurate observation as “racist.”

The guillotine swiftly came down upon her neck. She was a student at Hardin-Simmons University, a private Baptist school in Abilene, Texas. Not anymore:

“Upon learning about a TikTok post made this week by an HSU student, we immediately took action to address the situation and began the required disciplinary process,” the university said in a statement. “We can confirm that the student associated with this incident is no longer enrolled at Hardin-Simmons University,” the statement added.

That’s how a country goes crazy. Sane voices are silenced.

Meanwhile, 24 people were shot and killed in Chicago last week; 126 were shot and wounded. No one cares, because they are blacks shooting blacks in a city run by blacks. Good thing I’m not a college student. Pointing that out would get me expelled.

On a tip from Steve T.

Jun 16 2020

Silence Is Violence = Full-Bore Totalitarianism

Progressives wanted a country in which people are terrorized into keeping to themselves any observations that are not in sync with current leftist ideology, lest their careers be destroyed. We now live in such a country, thanks to political correctness. But so long as progressives are getting their way, they will always demand more. Now they insist on a country where everyone is required to voice support for their sick ideology. Since they think in bumper sticker slogans, they have condensed this demand to three words: “Silence is violence.”

William Jacobson knows what they mean by this:

“Silence is violence” is a totalitarian slogan demanding compliance and reminiscent of political coercion within the former Soviet Union, said William Jacobson, professor of law at Cornell University and founder of Legal Insurrection.

Jacobsen has personal experience regarding the intolerance of dissent that increasingly characterizes liberals. Faculty and students have launched a coordinated campaign to drive him out of his job for challenging Black Lives Matter dogma.

Regarding “Silence is violence,” Jacobsen observes,

“It’s not even just that people are criticized for speaking out. Now they’re criticized for keeping their mouths shut, and this is really different. This is really totalitarian.”

Jacobsen accurately remarks that Black Lives Matter thugs “are basically Marxists and extreme radical leftists whose goal is to tear down our society.”

We will know that academic freedom has turned up its toes when they succeed at getting Jacobsen fired for his thought crimes despite his impressive record.

Already the chilling effect of political correctness allows only people with guts and tenure to deviate from hard left talking points. Soon, professors may lose their jobs just for keeping their mouths shut instead of shouting the required cultural Marxist slogans.

It used to be that even if we didn’t see things the same way, we could work out a compromise, because we were all Americans. But the people riding the BLM crazy train are not Americans in any meaningful sense. Eradicating America so that it can be replaced with a radically different society is their explicit objective.

On a tip from Scott D.

Jun 02 2020

Professors Take to Twitter to Support and Egg On Rioters

Let’s not blame all of the evil that has been erupting across the country on the liberal media. The media gets its marching orders from academia — speaking of which:

Professors have been using their platforms to promote and justify the violence which is currently destroying cities and livelihoods.

Of course they are. They invented the ideology that has been used to justify rioting, looting, and senseless violence. Now they take to Twitter to encourage more of it.

This associate professor of sociology encourages other scholars to bail out students who have been arrested for rioting, setting them loose to riot some more:

A tweet by Sarah Parcak, who teaches anthropology at the University of Alabama, includes a “rough schematic” illustrating how the Washington Monument can be toppled. Other tweets by the High Priests and Priestesses of Higher Education are less whimsical, but express the same general sentiment, praising the mayhem and calling for more of it. Click through if you want to see what your tax dollars have been funding.

On a tip from Henry B.

May 31 2020

Open Thread

You know there are very few Marxists left in the world... they're all in American universities. - Milton Friedman

On a tip from Ed McAninch.

May 24 2020

Mike Rowe Commencement Speech

While Hollyweirdos and other moonbats bestow congratulations on this year’s college grads, Mike Rowe delivers a commencement speech for those smart enough to go to trade school rather than dig themselves into decades of debt while undergoing leftist indoctrination:

Meaningful work is productive work. Not much productive work is accomplished with liberal arts degrees. As noted earlier, the only real purpose of many degrees is to serve as a proxy for the intelligence tests employees are no longer allowed to used thanks to the insane and tyrannical but highly politically correct Griggs v Duke Power Co ruling. Becoming skilled at a useful trade serves this purpose more efficiently.

Via Maggie’s Farm, on a tip from Frances J.

May 24 2020

University of California Drops Standardized Tests From Admission Requirements

You can’t have equity so long as there is an achievement gap. There will always be an achievement gap so long as there are meaningful objective standards. So you can see why the University of California is dumping standardized testing from admission requirements:

The University of California Board of Regents unanimously voted to suspend the SAT and ACT testing requirements for freshman applicants through 2024 and eliminate them for California students after that – a plan proposed by Janet Napolitano, the university’s system’s president.

That Uncle Mort of the Obama Administration proposed it is all you need to know regarding the plan’s extreme moonbattery and perniciousness.

The UC system has about 280,000 students and includes the fairly prestigious UCLA and Berkeley. How long they can remain prestigious without meaningful admission standards remains to be seen. This depends on how fast the rest of academia discards standards on the grounds that they discriminate against people who do not belong in college.

When utopia has been achieved, not being a white male heterosexual will be the only admission requirement anywhere. Excellence will continue to fade into the past.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 21 2020

Adjunct Professor John Tieso Suspended for Tweets Criticizing Democrats

If “diversity” means “discriminating against white people,” then it is mandatory on college campuses. If it means not everyone being on the same page regarding their political attitudes, then it is forbidden. It didn’t take much for adjunct assistant professor John Tieso first to have to kill his Twitter account and then to be suspended from his job teaching business classes at Catholic University of America, which he has relied on to pay his wife’s medical bills.

Tieso’s life was turned upside down when a Journalist of Color named Larry Miller apparently decided that he is a racist based on tweets.

Miller … cited a tweet that he said was dated May 5. It referred to Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris – whose parents are Jamaican and Indian immigrants – as a “former escort.” (Harris has been dogged by accusations since the start of her political career that she dated Willie Brown – at the time the speaker of the California Assembly, twice her age and still married – to kickstart her entry into politics.)

The other tweet referred to a speech by former President Barack Obama in Africa, where he allegedly talked about his wealth. Tieso called him “[i]ncredibly incompetent and vain” and suggested Obama “consider staying in Africa and giving all his money to his people.”

These are examples of things you cannot say in your private capacity as an American citizen who supposedly enjoys freedom of speech, lest the Thought Police find you racist.

Bow and scrape before moonbattery, or at the very least keep your head down. Otherwise, liberals are likely to destroy you if you work in education — and an increasing number of other fields.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 20 2020

A Taste of Homeschooling

Finally, something about the ChiCom virus lockdowns that the media doesn’t like:

There is good news in here somewhere. Either more parents will discover homeschooling, which will result in kids getting a better education and avoiding leftist brainwashing, or the governmedia will lay off on the Kung Flu hysteria, if only to get children back where they can be indoctrinated.

On a tip from Lyle.

May 13 2020

Red Guards Demand Cultural Humility Training

The most horrific excesses of China’s nightmarish Cultural Revolution were carried out by the Red Guards. These consisted of ideologically deranged students who wreaked havoc with the encouragement of the Powers That Be. Equivalent bullies on American college campuses differ only in that they generally refrain from physical violence because this is still a soft tyranny for now, leftists not having consolidated control of the government. But they are just as vicious, demented, and tyrannical, as Assistant Professor of Art History Rose Salseda learned when she unwittingly blasphemed against political correctness.

Campus Reform reports that Stanford University’s Undergraduate Senate has voted in favor of a resolution condemning the young professor for writing out the forbidden (to nonblacks) word “niggaz” while quoting rap lyrics in an educational context. Her presence on campus has been declared to be “disturbing.”

Prof Salseda should have known that neither context nor intent matter when it comes to the racially unqualified using variations on the numinous n-word. John Schnatter of Papa John’s Pizza had his career destroyed for using the word in the context of condemning other people for using it. Ultraleft activist Mary Beth Maxwell was fired from Human Rights Campaign for a similar infraction.

So desperate are the Red Guards for some racism to be enraged about that they are milking this absurd incident for every drop of phony grievance. As always, the phony grievance translates into outrageous demands.

The student senators demand “cultural humility training” for “all professors teaching a Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) class, putting an emphasis on training for non-Black professors studying Black communities and professors studying communities that are not their own.” The biggest of its demands, though, is that the university create a committee and release a plan on how it is going to create a department for “African and African American Studies.”

Such departments are crucial to maintain the farce that is Affirmative Action. Blacks who barely manage to graduate from high school are given slots earned by members of less favored racial groups. Since they are unprepared for the academic rigors of a school like Stanford, they seek refuge in victim studies classes, which do not require hard work or intelligence, but only an eagerness to recite leftist slogans. Generous financial aid makes it seem sensible for them to do this rather than seek gainful employment.

This ludicrous incident may permanently damage Rose Salseda’s career. If so, at least there is poetic justice:

She has taught several courses on Latino and African-American art history… Some of her scholarly work has focused on social justice and grievances about gaps in equity within the art history field. In summer 2019, her paper “Creating Equity in Academia for Latinx Art History” was published in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture.

Live by moonbattery, die by it.

On a tip from Greg O.

May 13 2020

Academia Shows Maxine Waters How to Justify Indefinite Lockdown

As lockdowns are lifted in red states with no ill effects, it becomes increasingly obvious that these economically devastating exercises in tyranny have served no constructive purpose. Yet Democrats do not want them to end. Maxine Waters — who personifies what the Democrat Party has become — spells it right out:

“The protests trying to intimidate our governors to open up everything are protests where the people participating in that should be ashamed of themselves.”

Only a Democrat could imagine that it is shameful to want the government to take its shoe off your face and let you earn a living.

“I don’t want to see these establishments opened back up. … So that you know the small businesses that are in direct contact with people nail shops, beauty shops, barbershops, flower shops, these are people in touch with folks every day, and they’re risking their lives, and we don’t want them opened up. … We want the governors to hold the line. Be as tough as you can be.”

She singled out the almost comically tyrannical Gavin Newsom for praise.

The reasons that the Party of Government would want the lockdowns extended indefinitely are manifold. The question is, how can the lockdowns that are ruining millions of lives possibly be justified, when there is no serious danger of hospitals being overrun?

Academia, midwife to leftist tyranny, provides the answer. Brittney Cooper, a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, proclaims that lifting the lockdowns would be racist:

“Necropolitical.” Using a word that formidable more than compensates for her inability to construct a grammatical sentence. No wonder they pay these academics so much money.

Professor Cooper graciously provides some free education for those who cannot afford Rutgers’ $29,000+/year out of state tuition:

Here I was thinking the ChiComs did it.

Previously, Professor Cooper revealed that the concept of time is racist.

Affirmative Action has done little to enhance the quality of higher education. But at least Professor Cooper can provide the Democrat Party with justification to extend the pointless lockdowns indefinitely.

On tips from Ellen O and Rapinhoe.

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