Campus Protest Ethics Yin, Yang and Yecchh: Unethical Website Of The Month “The Demands,”Ethics Hero Dr. Everett Piper, And Ethics Dunces, The Occidental Faculty

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It’s an interesting question: is a website that approvingly lists nothing but unethical and outrageous demands from student protesters in this current round of progressive campus thuggery itself unethical, or is calling it so a case of killing the messenger? The Demands is certainly a useful website, as it displays the full kaleidoscopic display of where indoctrination on campus and the elevation of victim-mongering as a successful political strategy (Go Redskins!) off campus has brought us. Since the site’s stated objective is to support these pro-apartheid, anti-speech, anti-education totalitarian tots, however, I think unethical is a fair description. Some may disagree.

The loony is powerful here. For example…

...Guilford College students demand that the college must prioritize recruitment and retention of undocumented students. Guilford also takes the prize for the most the most deranged “suggestion” among the lists, which is that  “every week a faculty member come forward and publicly admit their participation in racism inside the classroom via a letter to the editor in the Guilfordian.” 

…Every Dartmouth student “must be taught and made aware that the land they reside on is Abenaki homeland” especially at all major ceremonies, and  the school must “incorporate into each department at least one queer studies class.”

SMU students demand that all students considering initiation into a fraternity or sorority must be subjected to mandatory cultural intelligence and sensitivity training, a.k.a. brainwashing.

University of North Carolina student activists go full Orwell, demanding “mandatory programming [on] ways in which racial capitalism, settler colonialism, & cisheteropatriarchy structure our world.”  They also demand that“White professors must be discouraged from leading and teaching departments” studying colonized/enslaved people/societies,” and this gem: “We DEMAND that campus police participate in the University-wide political education….Policing as an institution must be abolished.”

Vanderbilt students want the university to eliminate its policy against “obstruction or disruption of teaching, administration, & University procedures & activities.”

There is so much more, if you have the stomach for it. Please, please make sure some debate moderator makes a list of the most outrageous demands and asks Bernie and Hillary what they think about them, as well as the campus culture and political cant that gestated this virus.

Meanwhile, university administrator and faculty Ethics Dunces are competing to see who can disgrace themselves more thoroughly.  At this point, though, it’s hard to see how anyone can catch Occidental, which has lapped the field in sniveling, groveling capitulation. From Reason ( WARNING! Hold on to your craniums!):

In recognition of their complicity in “structural racism and oppression” at Occidental College, the faculty will vote on a resolution that mandates diversity training, requires all academic departments to make racial sensitivity a component of in-class instruction, and allows students to “report microaggressions” between students and professors….

The proposal, dubbed the “Plan of Action,” was created by Occidental’s Faculty Council…From its introduction:

We recognize and are inspired by the leadership of Oxy United for Black Liberation and their call for widespread institutional changes in the culture of the College. We affirm that Black lives matter and also affirm the broader ideals of social justice to which their call speaks. We recognize that the structural racism and other forms of oppression of the College violate our commitment to ensuring equity and excellence in our educational programs for all of our students. We also acknowledge that our collective inaction as a faculty body makes us complicit in the failures of the College to make our Mission a lived reality. For this we apologize for failing you, our students.

The students will get many of the things they want, if the full faculty body approves the Plan of Action. The resolution would mandate diversity and ally training for all faculty, beginning in January 2016. “We empower the Dean of the College to ensure compliance,” the plan reads. The plan also obligates professors to place a much greater emphasis on topics relating to race and ethnicity—even if they don’t teach subjects that call for much examination of social or cultural issues. “All departments must incorporate issues of cultural and racial identity and diversity in their curricula,” the plan reads…

Perhaps most worrying, the plan calls for a microaggression monitoring system that would allow students to report faculty members for offending them. The plan explains that this is necessary to correct “power imbalances between faculty and students.” 

Reason’s Robby Soave asks, “How are professors supposed to teach if they have to worry about being reported and investigated for unknowingly saying the wrong thing to a student?” Silly Robby! Professors aren’t supposed to teach now! They are simply there to reinforce the ideologies of their student masters, and ensure that race grievances, real, imagined or concocted, overwhelm all other educational, democratic and Constitutional priorities.

Cue today’s Ethics Hero, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Dr. Everett Piper. In an essay responding to hints of the sour winds above blowing through his own campus, he wrote in part…

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen…

…If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up…

This is not a day care. This is a university!

Bravo.

 

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Sources: Storify, College Insurrection, College Fix, OKWU, Reason

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30 thoughts on “Campus Protest Ethics Yin, Yang and Yecchh: Unethical Website Of The Month “The Demands,”Ethics Hero Dr. Everett Piper, And Ethics Dunces, The Occidental Faculty

  1. Occidental College has been a leader in succumbing to pressure from students. Wesleyan has been a leader in retaining it’s original purpose as a Christian college.
    One has become a sniveling haven of political correctness, one is still a place where students get an education. Consequences can only be avoided for so long.

    • Because the theory of the far left is that simply by existing, straight white males perpetuate a system of injustice. It’s the same way that Communist thinkers lumped the Bourgeoisie (the term for the middle class in Socialist/Communist rhetoric) with the Capitalists as enemies of the Proletariat. Most people in the middle class had nothing to do with the injustices that the Industrial Age visited on the working class, but their comfort and seeming obliviousness made them easy targets to stoke up the rage of the oppressed workers.

        • Like many terms the far-left likes to use, “reactionary” once had a specific meaning in a specific historical context, and has been destroyed by abuse. “Reactionary” is the proper way to describe the pro-monarchy political reversal following the French Revolution, as it was a propelled by the reaction of the middle class to Revolutionary excesses. Similarly, “cultural appropriation” was once a term used in the 70’s and 80’s to describe a particular form of power imbalance in the Jim Crow era, but in far-left circles has come to mean anything done by a white person that might have originated outside of Europe. Similarly, “fascist” and “socialist” have been so abused by our politics and media that we can’t use them any more, even though an actual fascist and an actual socialist are running for president. Oh for the bygone days when words had specific meanings.

    • I should also note that ‘structural racism’, as used by the activists, is a trap, and is explicitly deployed as such. See the video of the former president of Mizzou being accosted with ‘structural racism’ outside of his car. It’s a racial “When did you stop beating your wife?”.

  2. See here .

    The Donald is just their mirror image looking back at them.

    Seriously. The contempt for rule of law or limited government? The magical thinking that if they just bully the right way, things will go the way they want. The disdain for traditional concepts of decency. They share the same premises. They just take them in opposite directions.

    The social justice cadres decided the rule of civility and honest discourse didn’t apply, that it was all just a power game with the “cis white hetero males” as the chosen enemy. Well, a lot of those “cis white hetero males” have accepted that premise. And The Donald promises to lead them back to the top of the stack.

    My guess? My guess is that one of two things are going to happen. Either all this shit is going to implode on itself or it will keep going along its merry way. And if it’s the latter, we’ll see, even as the academic landscape remains fully and totally in the hands of the social justice cadres, the broader political landscape becomes increasingly authoritarian conservative. Probably not Trump. Or even the next Trump. But, each time the Trump will be increasingly authoritarian in their approach. And eventually, if this keeps up, one will wind up in power. And the universities will be faced with everything they’ve accused their ideological targets of being having absolute power over them.

    Good luck with that.

  3. “incorporate into each department at least one queer studies class.”

    What? That doesn’t even make sense, and I say this as a bisexual Hispanic man (and a bastard at that, so they can’t tell me to “check my privilege”). What does ‘queer studies’, a very specialized offshoot of sociology, have to do with any departments other than Sociology and the Humanities? Calculus don’t give two figs what your gender identity or sexual orientation is. Java and FORTRAN don’t change because you kissed a girl and you liked it. What does ‘queer studies’ have to offer Architectural Engineering except snickering at how phallic many buildings are?

    “[Every Dartmouth student] must be taught and made aware that the land they reside on is Abenaki homeland”

    Outside of an American History or Sociology classroom, this doesn’t serve any purpose at all except to try to create “white guilt”. I’m half Mexican, you don’t see me bitching about how Texas belongs to the Tejanos (the native Mexicans left on the American side of the line, who integrated into Texan culture and are the reason the really interesting parts of San Antonio feel like northern Mexico. They also make some of the best damn cookies and pastries in North America. You go to southern Texas and you take a duffel bag of those home with you. But I digress…).

    ““mandatory programming [on] ways in which racial capitalism, settler colonialism, & cisheteropatriarchy structure our world.” ”

    News flash, kids (I’m only 23.9 and I feel old as shit now), “cisheteropatriarchy” isn’t a word. Stop trying to make it a thing. This is called trying to confuse outsiders with insider jargon instead of simply saying what they mean, which is “straight white males are evil”. For additional translations for those who don’t speak batshit crazy, “racial capitalism” is the theory, discredited in the West and most of Asia but popular in South America and Africa, that capitalism is a tool by white Europeans and Jews to keep other races and regions subservient. You see this a lot in the polemics of anti-Western demagogues, particularly in South America and the Middle East. (It was a favorite of Hugo Chavez, and its anti-Semitic flavor is widely used by Islamists.) “Settler colonialism” is a gentler way to say “no mixing of the races”, because people rightly look at the KKK and the NoI as crazy for saying such things. It’s the human movement version of ‘cultural appropriation’, the far-left theory that cultural syncretism is actually an evil white plot to keep the black and brown people down.

    “”White professors must be discouraged from leading and teaching departments” studying colonized/enslaved people/societies,”” is outright racist, and seems (in my opinion) to be a product of the conspiracy narrative that all whites (and Jews) are, by virtue of birth, part of a vast “cisheterpatriarchal” conspiracy against all those who are not straight white males. By this logic, Greeks shouldn’t be able to teach the history of the Hellenistic world, because the Greeks enslaved peoples from Asia Minor and Eastern Europe.

    One might wonder why I keep pinging on the Jews here, and the reason is that many of these concepts had their roots in anti-Semitic thinking and conspiracy theories. “Racial Capitalism” in particular has its roots in a specific anti-Semitic tract, the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    • Thanks for taking on the authentic frontier gibberish and decoding it. Nice job.

      “News flash, kids (I’m only 23.9 and I feel old as shit now), “cisheteropatriarchy” isn’t a word. Stop trying to make it a thing. This is called trying to confuse outsiders with insider jargon instead of simply saying what they mean, which is “straight white males are evil”.”

      Bingo and thanks.

    • Nice, thorough deconstruction. I’m right there with you on your takedown of “cisheteropatriarchy”. “Patriarchy” made a certain amount of sense, at least at one point, but what’s the sense in complaining that cisgenders and heterosexuals provide most of the structure of the world? Of course they do! They’re more numerous by far! In and of itself, that’s not really a problem. Not leaving room for variation would be a problem. Honestly, I could see classes on taking into account other people’s cultures and situations being done right and actually being useful, but not by these people.

      I’m just past 23 myself, and I feel most of the other people in the world haven’t actually learned how to grow up; they’re just really old children.

      • I suppose I benefit in this regard from having a military upbringing. For all its politicking in the officer ranks, the enlisted and WO ranks of the military may be the closest we have to a true meritocracy. Ever since I was a little boy, it was drilled into me that you don’t get anything worth getting without honest work and paying your dues. Life’s handed me some bad cards (damn you to each and every one of the Buddhist hells, autism and tumors), but the first thing you learn being raised by a post-traumatic drill sergeant is that when life doesn’t give you an open door, you find some C4. (I may be mixing my metaphors, but if that man could get up every afternoon and go to work at the graveyard shift with god knows what horrors following him, I’m not going to complain about anything life gives me.)

      • ““Patriarchy” made a certain amount of sense, at least at one point, but what’s the sense in complaining that cisgenders and heterosexuals provide most of the structure of the world? Of course they do! They’re more numerous by far! In and of itself, that’s not really a problem.”

        You know, I objected to Chase’s characterization of this word on the other thread, but this is a very good point.

        • Patriarchy never made sense. It treats men and women as classes, where the reality is that both of those groups have several classes within them, and the most wealthy classes within those groups, regardless of which group it is, have privilege over the less wealthy classes, regardless of which group it is. There perhaps are ‘patriarchs’, but they very well might include women, and in the vast majority of cases do not include individual men.

          More, patriarchy theory requires collusion, and while that might be possible now, with our infrastructure, in the formative years of our society, collusion would have been difficult, if not impossible, and especially impossible when you take into accounts societies that never met, but developed similar structures.

          Patriarchy is feminism’s answer to biological determinism. They cannot ideologically accept that certain traits might be ingrained on an instinctual level, because that would mean that men and women aren’t actually the same from the neck up. So instead they cooked up a theory of a global male conspiracy. They never express it quite like that, but if you follow the ramifications of patriarchy theory to their logical conclusions, it becomes unavoidable.

          • I suppose that in making a comment like this, I should define patriarchy, because so many of these conversations get lost in semantics. Patriarchy, like so many other Social Justice terms, is a fluidly defined word, which morphs constantly to suit the person using it, but I believe, boiled down to the most basic, patriarchy theory can be defined as:

            ‘The idea that men as a class engineered society to benefit men as a class, specifically over women as a class.’

            More recently,in response to obvious situations in which men are at a disadvantage to women, feminists have started to add the caveat ‘patriarchy can hurt men too, it just hurts women worse.’. This is usually followed by a comical lack of self-awareness. I once read a feminist who thought that the fact that the vast majority of murders during the Rwandan genocide being male was an example of the patriarchy hurting men. That because women were not being accorded the same status as men, they could neither take part in the murders, or be victims of it. For those of you that missed it: If ‘Patriarchy’ as she used it didn’t exist, she wasn’t arguing that fewer men would have died, she was arguing that more women would have. In this example, ‘patriarchy’ was a direct benefit (if we really want to go there) to women, and she couldn’t bring herself to see it.

    • “What does ‘queer studies’, a very specialized offshoot of sociology, have to do with any departments other than Sociology and the Humanities? Calculus don’t give two figs what your gender identity or sexual orientation is.”

      They’ll find a way. Read “Education for Death” by Gregor Ziemer and “School for Barbarians: Education Under the Nazis” by Erika Mann. Both authors relate how German schools incorporated the racial and expansion theories of the Nazi Party into nearly every subject.

      In Indiana, Eva Kor, a survivor of Mengele’s experiments, recounts at her Holocaust Museum how math classes in her Hungarian-occupied Romanian school suddenly began asking students to determine how many dead Jews they had if they killed X amount here and x amount there.

      People can get very creative when the job is indoctrination instead of education.

      • I dunno if they’re as far north as Dallas and Houston, but try to find a small mom & pop Mexican bakery. It’ll probably be in that part of town, the sort of “Little Mexico”. Just about everything is good (though selection will vary, obviously, these aren’t mass produced products), but of the common varieties I recommend the tricolor cookies (easily the most distinctive item there, it looks like a Neapolitan ice cream), the puffy-looking ones covered in powdered sugar and cinnamon (they’ll look like mini loaves of italian bread), and the small cookies with a bit of strawberry or lemon jelly on top. Compared to more typical American baked goods, there’s a lot more depth of flavor and less overwhelming sweetness, though be warned that they will go stale relatively quick if you don’t store them right.

  4. This whole “racial identity” thing sounds Untermensch to me: letting what you were born looking like dictate your sense of self. Besides, it seems to serve literally no purpose other than to facilitate racism, because people allow their “racial identity” to make them hostile towards those with a different one. They also are more likely to dismiss the problems of those of different “racial identities” and to overreact to the problems of those with the same one. They do so despite the fact that “racial identity” is essentially based on nothing but what people look like.

    It’s also strange that race and gender seem to be barriers to hypothetical situations. People don’t tend to realize that yes, you can imagine having a different form. For instance, a black person or a woman may wax indignant that if they had been born several decades ago, they would have been subject to legal discrimination. I have just as much right to be indignant, because the hypothetical situation of being born as a black person or a woman several decades ago applies equally well to me.

    I think the problem is that people want to define themselves because they’re immature (which was obvious, and which also explains a lot of other things), but don’t know how to describe their character traits, so they cling to the superficial labels because they are a cheap, easy way to identify people who are “like” themselves and who can therefore be arbitrary allies.

    By the way, the counter to all of these vague assertions by the protesters is to ask incisive questions to slice up their bigoted ideas. “Where’d you get that idea?” is probably the single most effective one. “How is it you get to tell me what I’m thinking but I can’t do the same to you?” is another good one.

  5. .I always admired Gerry Mulligan, great jazz saxophonist, having a fit whenever anyone even suggested a person had to be black in order to play jazz well.

  6. When we Norsemen (white, Northern European) raided into the Mediterranean, many of us, those not killed, were captured and sold into slavery. Admittedly, this was somewhat fatal for the slave owners, Moors (black) but nevertheless, it happened. I…that is to say WE, demand reparations from those blacks who enslaved us Norsemen, and then sold us further into slavery in East Med countries or North African Moorish countries. Under no conditions are we going to allow these slave-owning blacks to get away with this totalitarianist and racist condemnation of our raiders, who were only doing what came naturally for them.

    • You are getting a little too close to an inconvenient truth. Slavery (and serfdom) was mostly eliminated from Western Europe by the time they first started settling the New World. Why did Europeans suddenly start buying slaves? They had no real concept of slavery except as a historical fact, so why did they suddenly get the idea to buy slaves? A hint is, who sold them the African slaves? The answer is, the same people who are selling slaves in Africa today. Slavery was an African cultural tradition long before white colonization and continues to be a vigorously practiced tradition today.

      • And here is an even bigger hint…Muslim Arabs, with a great deal of assistance from the various black tribal cultures, who see no more wrong with selling a member of another tribe than the Comanche did. In actual fact, the slave trade had a great deal to do with the development, acceptance and universal use of Swahili. Does any of this make it right? Of course not, but you have to wonder why these descendants of the slave traders got so ‘sensitive’ suddenly.

  7. I’m certainly glad I didn’t waste my money getting indoctrinated at this place. I have a strong feeling that the older alumni are wondering what in the hell is going on at toxi-oxy. Maybe they’ll threaten to pull the plug on alumni support until the administration sees the light.

  8. I didn’t see Dr. Piper’s full quote from OKWU until Jack presented it here. It’s very refreshing to here those words from a university president after seeing one after another in other institutions submit to a handful of student radicals in the most abject manner possible. A good many of these colleges are also sponsored by the states. It’s well past the time that the legislators tell these people to either defend the purpose and values that their colleges have traditionally stood for or close up shop. And, if the legislatures will not, the taxpaying voters need to do it on their own. The alumni groups need to take a stand, as well. Otherwise, America’s colleges will devolve into complete quagmires of depravity and insular, convoluted leftist indoctrination. Young people who actually want to learn deserve better. So do their parents who are footing the expanding bill.

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