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Dec 03 2020

Roman History Slated for Erasure

If all the great figures of Southern history and even the South itself as a cultural entity must be erased because of slavery, what about the ancient Romans? They had slaves.

Sure enough, Ivy League wokesters are already frog-marching classical Rome to the memory hole, although it isn’t because of slaves:

Is there room for ancient history in the Ivy League? A group called Decolonization at Brown doesn’t think so. It demands the university tear down statues of two Roman emperors, Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius, on the ground that they “celebrate ongoing colonialism in the United States and idealize white, Western civilization—both of which continue to cause harm at Brown today,” as four of the decolonizers put it in an op-ed for the student newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald.

Progressives quickly escalated their war on statues from Robert E. Lee to the Founding Fathers and Christopher Columbus. They want to erase not just the South, but America as a whole. They hate it because it represents Western Civilization and is mainly populated by Caucasians.

Critical theory aims to undermine not America per se, but the West. Political correctness would phase out not just flyover state deplorables, but the European race. The ideology that has appropriated the name “liberalism” is truly an existential threat.

On a tip from Varla.

Nov 23 2020

Open Thread

There are some mistakes only someone with a Ph.D. can make. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Nov 21 2020

Open Thread

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. - Bertrand Russell

On a tip from Jester.

Nov 20 2020

MAGA Hat as Intolerable Thought Crime at La Jolla Country Day School

The Islamofascist maniacs ruling repressed hellholes like Iran have a soft tyranny equivalent in the martinets of the liberal elite. Merely showing support for the president of your own country can provoke a ferocious reaction. Gary Krahn presides over the staggeringly expensive La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego. He does not tolerate dissent among students.

KUSI obtained an email Krahn sent to all staff at the school:

Krahn’s email reads, “We … had a student wear a MAGA Hat today. I have talked with that student who now understands why that hat is offensive to our community. He will not wear it again. In addition his mom said that she is embarrassed by his actions. She will fulfill her role as a parent. We will continue to grow as a community that sees and values the dignity of all people.”

Seeing and valuing the dignity of all people consists of ruthlessly persecuting anyone who opposes Team Democrat.

According to the school’s 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook, there is no rule against political attire in the school’s dress code.

Stated rules are irrelevant. For tyranny to be effective, crime and punishment must be defined on an ad hoc basis. Only those in constant fear of committing a thought crime can be counted on to police themselves with sufficient rigor.

It is worth noting that La Jolla County Day is one of the most prestigious private schools in San Diego County. They have students from first grade through High School, with yearly tuition ranging from $16,650 all the way up to $37,130 for High School.

For that kind of money, liberal elite parents expect a learning environment completely free of deviant thought.

Today’s totalitarians don’t rule primarily through brute force. Particularly with children, it works just as well to fill people’s heads with lies, turn them against their own beliefs, and manipulate them through neurotic guilt. A surprisingly effective tactic is to equate anything you want suppressed with racism, then piously denounce racism. Krahn explains how it is done:

Opposition will not be tolerated, because it offends the tender sensibilities of the allegedly oppressed. At least it was less nauseating when they said, opposition will not be tolerated, shut up or we will blow your brains out.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Nov 19 2020

UW-Madison to Remove Racist Chamberlin Rock

Even after they have removed all the statues of American giants from times past, the purge will continue. Social justice warriors will turn their wrath upon other objects — like the rock that is to be removed from the campus of University of Wisconsin–Madison because 100 years ago it was referred to by a racist name:

UW-Madison is moving forward on a plan to remove a boulder from Observatory Hill after calls from students of color who see the rock as a painful reminder of the history of racism on campus.

The 70-ton boulder is officially known as Chamberlin Rock in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president. But the rock was referred to at least once after it was dug out of the hill as a “niggerhead,” a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock.

All dark rocks must be destroyed, or people might forget who is charge nowadays.

The Wisconsin Black Student Union called for the rock’s removal over the summer. President Nalah McWhorter said the rock is a symbol of the daily injustices that students of color face on a predominantly white campus.

Black militants bark “jump” and everyone else whimpers, “How high?” Yet we are required to believe that they are the piteous victims of racial injustice. Anyone who fails to comply with this belief is likely to get canceled like Chamberlin Rock.

Options under consideration for dealing with the rock include breaking it up and disposing of it, despite its “rich geological history.” The rock was carried by glaciers from far away. Estimates for the cost of removal range up to $75,000.

After the rock is removed, the Black Student Union’s focus will shift to generating ideas for how students of color can reclaim the space, such as installing a piece of art, McWhorter said.

A giant Black Power fist statue would be appropriate.

But wait… canceling the racist rock may not be that easy:

UW-Madison needs to secure approval from the Wisconsin Historical Society before removal begins because the rock is located near an effigy mound.

The first step requires UW-Madison to submit a request to disturb a catalogued burial site. All Native Tribes of Wisconsin are notified during the process, which can take 60 to 90 days and includes a 30-day comment period.

What if the native tribes decide that destroying the rock would be racist?

On a tip from Kate P. Hat tip: Summit News.

Nov 19 2020

Asians Fail to Qualify as Nonwhite

Bad news for Asians. They have failed to fail. Consequently, they do not qualify for coveted nonwhite status in a Washington state school district:

In their latest equity report, administrators at North Thurston Public Schools—which oversees some 16,000 students—lumped Asians in with whites and measured their academic achievements against “students of color,” a category that includes “Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Multi-Racial Students” who have experienced “persistent opportunity gaps.”

This demonstrates that achievement gaps are not “opportunity gaps.” Throughout the country, the high performance of Asians makes clear that low performance is not a result of white people being racist. North Thurston educrats have tacitly admitted that their ideology is a lie.

On a tip from FrancesJohn.

Nov 18 2020

Megyn Kelly Pulls Kids Out of Antiwhite New York City Schools

Megyn Kelly is not exactly a right-winger. But she would have to be a barking moonbat to subject her children to New York City schools. That’s why she and her husband are pulling them out to spare them from having their self-images deformed by toxic “racial justice” indoctrination:

“It’s out of control on so many levels, and after years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city. We pulled our boys from their school and our daughter is going to be leaving hers soon, too,” Kelly said. “The schools have always been far-left, which doesn’t align with my own ideology, but I didn’t really care. Most of my friends are liberals, it’s fine. I come from Democrats as a family.”

Kelly says she leans “center-left” on some issues and is “not offended” by liberal ideology. But the people running schools in places like NYC have left center-left far behind. It isn’t left versus right anymore. It’s all the way left versus anyone unwilling to submit to lunacy.

She caught a glimpse of what must go on in the classroom:

“This summer in the wake of George Floyd, they circulated amongst the diversity group – which includes white parents like us, there are people who want to be allies and stay attuned to what we can do – an article, and afterward they recirculated it and wanted every member of the faculty to read it.”

Written by Nahliah Webber, Executive Director of the Orleans Public Education Network, the letter appears to be based on a deranged blog post Webber published on Education Post. It denounces white children as racist.

From the letter:

They gleefully soak in their whitewashed history that downplays the holocaust of indigenous native peoples and Africans in the Americas. They happily believe their all-white spaces exist as a matter of personal effort and willingly use violence against black bodies to keep those spaces white.

As black bodies drop like flies around us by violence at white hands, how can we in any of our minds conclude that whites are alright?

Note that this educator cannot even spell “all right.” But education isn’t about the three R’s anymore. It is about instilling ideology.

The language soon deteriorates further:

This time if you really want to make a difference in black lives — and not have to protest this sh[**] again — go reform white kids. Because that’s where the problem is — with white children being raised from infancy to violate black bodies with no remorse or accountability.

Only relentless brainwashing to convince white children how evil they are can remediate the situation.

Escaping from New York may not spare Kelly’s kids from malevolent brainwashing. Leftists have controlled the schools nationwide for decades. How else do you explain the hundreds upon hundreds of race riots that occurred this summer, many of them featuring white rioters raging against whiteness?

On a tip from Varla.

Nov 08 2020

Cultural Revolution Uncovers Thought Criminals at Harvard

Now that the media has proclaimed them the victors, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez et al had better get busy compiling lists of thought criminals for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There are thought criminals everywhere who must be rooted out and canceled — even at Harvard.

Via Campus Reform:

Joshua Conde, a Crimson editor and political science major, claimed that “Harvard does not care about its students of color” due to its hiring of professors Diana Schaub and David Kane.

The Crimson is Harvard’s campus newspaper. To “not care about” students of color is to fall out of compliance with politically correct ideology, regardless of whether your point of view benefits nonwhites.

Conde took issue with Schaub’s concern about “the erosion of both Bible-based faith and faith in Progress” in the African-American community, as well as her view that high abortion rates and low marriage rates can help to explain Baltimore’s falling population.

No no no! It is not that welfare and accompanying moral decay destroyed the black family. It is racism! Think as you are told!

Conde called upon Harvard to fire both Schaub and Kane, as well as professors who hold similar beliefs.

According to Conde, their views are “unacceptable.” Any view that campus leftists disagree with is unacceptable, just as in the original Cultural Revolution in communist China.

On a tip from Henry.

Oct 31 2020

Open Thread

When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children. - Albert Shanker
Oct 20 2020

San Diego Schools Change Grading System for Equity

By definition, equity and excellence are mutually exclusive. To impose equity is to impose mediocrity. This is accomplished by eliminating standards, which are bad because they discriminate. The San Diego Unified School District applies this principle to education, explicitly to “combat racism.”

Like everything else, academic success must be viewed from a Cultural Marxist identity politics perspective. Regarding failing grades,

23% went to Native Americans. Another 23% of failing grades went to Hispanics. And 20% of D or F grades went to Black students.

By comparison, just 7% of failing marks went to White students.

This constitutes proof that the grading system was racist and therefore had to be changed.

Academic grades will now focus on mastery of the material, not a yearly average, which board members say penalizes students who get a slow start, or who struggle at points throughout the year.

If it doesn’t make any difference whether you flunk the first test or ace it, how hard will students study?

Another big change, teachers can no longer consider non-material factors when grading. Things like turning work in on time and classroom behavior will now instead count towards a student’s citizenship grade, not their academic grade.

If students don’t have to turn in their work on time, why would they? Kids aren’t born understanding the correlation between diligence and success. But of course, imposing equity entails abolishing this correlation.

Educrats will also inflict equity by encouraging cheating:

[T]he board will also review potential student disparities stemming from its zero-tolerance disciplinary policy on cheating in the coming weeks.

This epitomizes the liberal strategy for eliminating the racial disparities they endlessly obsess on: bring everyone down to a lowest common denominator. This debases education, as moonbattery debases everything it touches.

Allowing progressives to take over the schools was a catastrophic error.

On tips from Steve T and R F.

Oct 13 2020

Teacher Implies That Peace Is Racist

Looks like liberals are tired of people laughing at them for pretending that the never-ending Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots are “mostly peaceful.” Peace is not necessarily good anymore; maybe it is racist.

Jason Rantz shares with us a screed inflicted on students by Seattle art teacher Suzanne Wakefield:

“I believe that peace can only happen when we have equality and justice. We don’t have that. There’s groups of people that peace is like completely out of their realm. How can you have peace when we’re having like, just for an example, equal rights, human civil rights battles because a lot of groups are not treated equally and that’s really coming across.

“My perspective is coming from a white privilege. I’m a white person and I’ve been conditioned and I’m trying to un-condition myself. But I just wanted you guys to know that if you believe in peace, it could mean lots of different things. But I also believe that peace is really not possible without equality and justice and that’s why you can have a peaceful protest and try to protest what’s going on in the world. But how can you feel peace when you’re a group from a minority or something that’s been oppressed and does not have the same privileges as white people do, ya know?”

This appears to mean that striving for peace is a manifestation of white privilege.

Yet she hates Trump for not promoting peace like Obama. Never mind that Trump has advanced peace in the Middle East and elsewhere, in contrast to the Iran-enabling Obama.

As Rantz notes, Ms Wokefield I mean Wakefield’s incoherent moonbattery offers a…

…glimpse into how a teacher’s political beliefs are inserted into a classroom of captive students. …

Had it not been for the remote classroom and an annoyed 13-year-old student who recorded the lectures, this issue may never have come to light.

See for yourself what young students are subjected to:

Hat tip: Liberty Daily.

Oct 07 2020

Professor Blames White Christians for West Coast Wildfires

To learn who is to blame for the devastating West Coast wildfires, turn to an expert — someone whose job it is to be wise and know everything. Since the ideology of moonbattery is all-encompassing, who better to pass judgment than a professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Oregon State University? Professor Susan Shaw has found the culprit: white Christians.

Via Campus Reform:

The professor claims that “the intensity and scope of these fires are a result of climate change.” She then attributes the blame for the fires’ potency on “white Christians” given that, as she claims, “many Christians, especially white Christians, have embraced denial of climate science.”

No wonder moonbats hate whites and Christians so much. They are to blame for everything.

“The West is burning while most white Christians turn away from the root causes of the devastation,” writes Shaw, before adding that “White evangelicals continue to support Donald Trump overwhelmingly, even though the Trump administration has tried to roll back more than 100 environmental protection regulations.”

Trump has also called for better forest management, which would do far more to keep the fires under control than suppressing the economy with virtue-signaling regulations that even Professor Shaw must realize will never perceptibly influence the climate, much less forest fires. On the other hand, Orange Man Bad.

Since the worst possible sin is to be racist, does Professor Shaw have any regrets about scapegoating whites for natural phenomena? No:

“I don’t think that language is necessarily racially divisive or charged. It’s descriptive, and it’s the language the research I cited uses to look at climate science beliefs across Christians.”

It’s a relief to know that Christians of Color don’t cause forest fires by failing to believe in global warming dogma.

Shaw further proclaims that “the White church is mostly complicit with the intersecting systems of racism and global capitalism that underlie climate change.” Intersectionality has expanded beyond race, sex, and aberrant sexual proclivities to include leftist pseudoscience and hostility to economic freedom.

If the climate continues to fluctuate like it always has, the planet will be plunged into doom. Shaw explains how this can be prevented:

“[T]he system of white supremacy itself will have to be dismantled, if we have any hope of averting irreversible climate disaster.”

If only Hitler had thought to blame Jews for the weather, there would have been no need to be so furtive about the Holocaust.

On tips from Rapinhoe and Ellen O.

Oct 05 2020

Which Students Favor Using Violence to Suppress Free Speech

Once, college students were overwhelmingly in favor of free speech. This view was encouraged by their professors. But now that the establishment is comprised of leftists, free speech no longer advances their interests, so it is frowned upon.

Free speech is now better known on college campuses as “hate speech.” According to a large survey by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education, and College Pulse, many students not only support suppressing it; in keeping with the spirit of the Age of Black Lives Matter, they support using violence to do so.

The Blaze reports:

The poll found that 18% of college students approve using violence in certain situations to stifle campus speech. That number rises to 21% at Ivy League schools, and drops to 15% at colleges in the Southeastern Conference.

A correlation emerged between wokeness and a willingness to use violence to suppress free speech.

“Liberal students expressed a higher acceptance of violence,” FIRE explained. “Students identifying as extremely liberal said violence to stop a speech or event from occurring on campus was ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ acceptable at a rate double than students identifying as extremely conservative: 13% to 6%.”

Demographics that favor Democrats also favor using violence to shut down disfavored opinions.

“One quarter of atheist students and black students expressed some level of acceptance for violence, as did 27% of LGBT students,” the poll revealed.

What kind of speech would violence be used to suppress? Speech liberals don’t like. That’s the sort of speech that is regarded as controversial in the erstwhile free marketplace of ideas.

While 55% of liberal students self-censor, 72% of conservative students feel the need to self-censor.

Regarding who should be allowed to a college to speak, better a socialist than the President of the USA:

The FIRE poll found that an overwhelming 87% of students would welcome former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak, but only 69% would allow President Donald Trump to speak on campus.

Liberals denounce the people they want to silence as being “close-minded.” Meanwhile, 71% of strong Republicans supported Biden coming to speak at their school, but only a minority of strong Democrats would permit Trump to speak.

One of the great things about America that conservatives would like to conserve is the open exchange of ideas that used to characterize higher education. As with many other key American values, it may be too late for conservation. What we need is restoration.

Oct 04 2020

Professor Wants Last Cop Strangled With Intestines of Last Capitalist

How do Black Lives Matter and Antifa manage to recruit so many maniacs willing to burn down their own country on behalf of a transparently bogus narrative? Academia mass produces them. This quote from Midwestern State University philosophy professor Nathan Jun reflects the mentality many students are steeped in:

“I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician.”

Expressing this thought openly on Facebook instead of in the privacy of the classroom resulted in some controversy. However, the university stands by Jun’s right to express himself, issuing the following statement:

As a public university, we recognize and protect individuals’ free speech rights under the First Amendment so that ideas and information may be freely exchanged and examined without the threat of censorship or retaliation. Occasionally individuals will express opinions that may be offensive and even shocking, but are nonetheless entitled to First Amendment protection. When our faculty members speak or write as citizens within the confines of the law, they are free from institutional censorship or discipline.

Fair enough — if you believe Jun would not have been fired instantly if he had called for the last transsexual to be strangled with the intestines of the last illegal alien. Freedom of speech is a one-way street in academia.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

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