The Weekly Roundup (1/18/16-1/22/16)
- The headlines we were tempted to run, and the commentary we couldn’t.
Monday, January 18
How far in the progressive tank does a school have to be before even professors start taking notice? At Brandeis, that point came somewhere between the time that administrators admonished students for not applauding transgenderism enthusiastically enough, and the time a professor was disciplined for encouraging students to make up their own minds about political issues.
Now that the students have gotten what they wanted, though, upon whom will they place the blame when the school is not instantly transformed into a paradise of tolerance and inclusivity?
They promise it’s not about race, though, since they’ll be discussing the ways in which white culture is evil, not white people.
Tuesday, January 19
If a school is going to police every faculty utterance for signs of political incorrectness, it should at least have the guts to withstand the inevitable PR fallout.
Swastikas graffitied on walls, cars vandalized with anti-Semitic slogans, blaming Jews for 9/11 … yep, that’s about the maturity level we’ve come to expect from UC students.
Complaining about discrimination against white students, they say, is by definition an act of “white supremacy.” It isn’t, really, but the group that has them in such an apoplectic state is, by definition, engaging in an act of parody.
This has turned out to be a great strategy for catching university administrators attempting to circumvent the law of the land. It’s practically entrapment, so fervent is their desire to prevent guns from entering campus legally.
Ironically, he actually expressed concerns about “First Amendment” issues while chastising legislators for urging Mizzou to fire a professor who is herself, by her continued employment at the school, a “First Amendment issue.”
Wednesday, January 20
Yet more evidence that progressive student activists made a severe miscalculation when they started demanding the removal of their staunchest allies in academia, the academics.
One wonders whether they even realize that all they will accomplish by turning a simple condolence message into a “microaggression” is to undermine what little legitimacy the concept ever had.
And the AAU has money to dole out for research grants, too, which might be the one thing academics love more than trendy political causes.
Since the man himself isn’t around to resolve the dispute, we’re inclined to take the word of his son over that of a man who plays nursemaid to 20-year-olds.
Wait, so the government wouldn’t be allowed to censor speech, even when the speaker says something that someone, somewhere might not wish to hear? Liberals aren’t going to like that...
It’s a good thing they’re on top of this, because if they thought the National Guard was bad, ISIS would be a real shock.
“But then, how will we punish students who say mean things about us?” one can almost hear the administrators saying to themselves.
This could really take the wind out of the sails of campus carry opponents. No matter how drunk or depressed they may be, college students would have an awfully difficult time offing anybody with a stun gun.
Thursday, January 21
He really nailed it, there. Seriously, one of the demands was actually for fried chicken.
He maintains his innocence, though, declaring that he is not actually an ISIS supporter, merely someone with no taste who hates America and thinks murdering civilians for political purposes is the bee’s knees.
And this at one of the two universities where administrators actually refused to shred a copy of the Constitution upon request. Imagine what it must be like at a place like Vassar or Oberlin for a conservative student. Oh wait, first you have to imagine a conservative student at Vassar or Oberlin.
Sure, what doesn’t a racially inflammatory protest movement have to do with the study of the English language?
Friday, January 22
Wasn’t it just yesterday that they were telling us to minimize the importance we place on race? What happened to that?
If openly praising and rooting for ISIS is protected by the First Amendment, then how, exactly, is making an indecent joke not?