Horrifying Tales From “The Great Stupid”

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  • This month ,two black Penn State University professors reported a “noose” in a tree behind their home The PSU student newspaper Daily Collegian quoted the professors said the “noose” was “deliberately placed [on the tree] to harass them” and was “deeply distressing to them and their family.” PSU President Eric Barron quickly posted a statement “expressing concern” about the incident and “offering support,” adding,

    “[T]he incident underscores the importance of our anti-racism work as a University, and as a community of scholarsIt also underscores the importance of our town-gown work to build a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all who live here. Groups like Community & Campus in Unity that have formed the Centre Region Anti-bias Coalition are critical to helping create a climate of acceptance and support.”

    When police interviewed the professors’ neighbor, they learned that the “noose”  was part of a swing set. The neighbors’ kid told police he had thrown the rope “into the woods.” Police concluded  “no kind of crime [was] committed at all” and that the rope was not intentionally used to suggest a noose, or any racist statement.

  • But things could be worse, as in Scotland. There,  Lisa Keogh, a mother of two and a law student at Abertay University, faces discipline for saying that women are born with vaginas and are physically weaker than men. Keogh was taking part in a virtual discussion on “gender feminism and the law” and was discussing transgender women participating in women’s sports, Keogh also said her classmates were “man-hating feminists” after a peer stated that all men were rapists.“I didn’t deny saying these things and told the university exactly why I did so,” Keogh said. “I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views. I was abused and called names by the other students, who told me I was a ‘typical white, cis girl’. You have got to be able to freely exchange differing opinions otherwise it’s not a debate.”

Somebody needs to explain to Lisa that the kind of people who reported her have no interest in fair debate.

The university will judge Keogh’s conduct applying its  nicely vague and subjective definition of misconduct that includes “offensive language” or “discriminating against gender reassignment.” She could be expelled.

Keogh says, “I’m worried that my chance of becoming a lawyer, and making a positive contribution, could be ended just because some people were offended.”

Of course, this couldn’t happen here—yet. I wonder, as I note such stories in a critical context, if doing so is considered “conservative” or “right wing.” I regard it as non-political and simply illustrative of what unrestrained ideological fanaticism does to the human mind, and, by extension, civilization. Intelligent people are conditioned to see the world as racist and hostile; students are intimidated and threatened for acknowledging reality. Recognizing both as pathological and dangerous shouldn’t be a marker of partisanship or political bias.

5 thoughts on “Horrifying Tales From “The Great Stupid”

  1. Keogh says, “I’m worried that my chance of becoming a lawyer, and making a positive contribution, could be ended just because some people were offended.”

    I don’t really think many of these people are actually offended, on an honest emotional level, by such things. They have been conditioned to recognize it as an opportunity to exert power over someone else, and since most of them seem to be somewhere on the Cluster B personality disorder spectrum, they cannot let that opportunity pass. Some of them are no doubt truly bad people, but a whole lot of the perpetually “offended”, it seems, are just psychologically broken. I suspect you’d find a high percentage of them have been abused at some point in their past. If their personal psychodramas weren’t destroying the basic fabric that our society requires to function, one could feel almost feel sorry for them.

  2. The number of intelligent people that genuinely believe this stuff is astounding.

    The NYT has a column pointing out the absurdity of the “Jeopardy!” contestant hand signal that was written about here recently analyzing how so many presumably nice people are ignoring reason (and Snopes) to make this their hill to die on.

  3. What I wonder if there will be a backlash against black people in general.

    For if these things are being done to protect the feelings? of black people (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic called for hate speech laws for this very reason), some people will believe that the very existence of black people are a threat to them.

    this is an independent reason to oppose this.

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