I’m running out to see “Spotlight,” so I will avoid my usual rambling introduction to this Comment of the Day, authored with skill and humor by reader Chase Davidson. A “Blazing Saddles” term I have used recently to describe the ideological jargon and convoluted double-talk we have been hearing of late from progressive protesters, ideologically committed bloggers and Presidential candidates, “authentic frontier gibberish,” seems to have taken root, and Chase has done a magnificent job translating large, stinky chunks of it revealed in my post today about the various college student demands.
Here is Chase Davidson’s Comment of the Day on the post 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:
“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.