“The Indefensible ‘Nigger’ Double Standard,” The Sequel!

From Princeton comes exactly the same scenario that I wrote about in March of 2016.

This time, it was anthropology professor Lawrence Rosen who used “nigger” multiple times during a lecture this week in his Anthropology 212 course, “Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography.” “What is worse, a white man punching a black man, or a white man calling a black man a nigger?” Rosen said, in the context of describing “what is acceptable as free speech and what is not.”

Several black students walked out of the class in protest, two registered a complaint, and now Princeton has vowed to sponsor “a dialogue” with students. This gives far  too much legitimacy to their objections.  The students enrolled in a course about hate speech, blasphemy and pornography, and protested when the professor said an offensive word?

The school’s response should be “Stop looking for ways to be offended and to put others on the defensive, learn the meanings of the concepts of ‘intent,’ education,’ and ‘context,’ and grow the hell up.

As the 2016 post about the identical nonsense at the University of Kansas concluded, “Context matters, and in the case of nigger, the only context that matters is what the word was intended to communicate. The “context” of the speaker’s skin color does not matter.”

I am happy to be able to post that clip from “The Life of Brian” again, in which an official condemning a man for uttering the taboo “Jehovah”is executed for saying the word in order to condemn him.

I wonder if those Princeton students would get the joke.

[A related post is here.]

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Pointer: Other Bill

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Filed under "bias makes you stupid", Childhood and children, Ethics Dunces, language, Race

7 responses to ““The Indefensible ‘Nigger’ Double Standard,” The Sequel!

  1. Wayne

    The students that walked out are idiots, plain and simple. Of course they might be excused considering that have been miseducated at Woodrow J. Wilson University.

  2. Isaac

    Must be hard to talk about Dick Gregory’s book in these colleges.

  3. Welp, at least the talented Professor Rosen hasn’t been accused of culturally appropriating Rap Music lyrics…yet.

    Kind of a parallel is U.W.-Madison (Go Badgers!) Professor Donald Downs outlining in his book “Restoring Free Speech and Liberty On Campus” the travails of Art Professor Richard Long, who was accused in 1990 of anti-semitism by two non-Jewish grad students.

    Why? The grad students had been continually…um…Badgering him for weeks because of his Conservative views, he finally responded with a verbal “Sieg Heil, comrades”

    https://www.overlawyered.com/articles/rauch/pcland.html

    They reported him and he was investigated (“without notifying him formally, naming a plaintiff, or detailing any charges”) by the university’s AA Office because of alleged violations of a Faculty speech code.

    Long: ”I was devastated. Your name is tarnished forever. For 20 years I tried to do everything they asked me to do. I loved being a professor. My father was a tenant farmer, so I saw this as a kind of opportunity. I venerated this university. I was a fool, obviously.”

    Mercifully for Long, this was long before being “woke,” mandatory “safe spaces,” and ”micro-aggressions” became de rigueur, otherwise he’d likely still be in the labyrinthine tentacles of the Diversity Gulag.

  4. Other Bill

    This from the head of the Princeton Anthropology Department:

    “This is diagnostic of the level of overt anti-black racism in the country today. Anti-American and anti-Semitic examples did not upset the students, but an example of racism did. This did not happen when Obama was president, when the example seemed less real and seemed to have less power.”

    What an astute student of human behavioral patterns. Obviously, the problem is TRUMP! If Obama had simply been made President for Life, everything would be just fine.

  5. adimagejim

    Offense is the key unlocking the door to victimhood. Victimhood delivers the release from societal norms of behavior in order to do whatever the offended find necessary to undo your offender. Done in a community organized fashion against centuries of successful values and standards, it is the Alinskyite communist path to power and, from it, revolution.

    Get your tickets right here for the train to the reeducation camps.

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