“I am a Caucasian cisgender female and first-generation college student from Appalachia who is of Scottish, British and Norwegian heritage. I am married to a cisgender male, and we are middle class. While I did not ‘ask’ for the many privileges in my life: I have benefited from them and will continue to benefit from them whether I like it or not. This is injustice. I am and will continue to work on a daily basis to be antiracist and confront the innate racism within myself that is the reality and history of white people. I want to be better: Every day. I will transform: Every day. This work terrifies me: Every day. I invite my white students to join me on this journey. And to my students of color: I apologize for the inexcusable horrors within our shared history.”
–—Virginia Tech instructor Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane in her course syllabus
This goes into so many Ethics Alarms files it will take me all day to sort them. There is the huge, “What an idiot!” file. There is the “Too foolish and irresponsible to be allowed to teach anyone who isn’t a spaniel” file. Then I have to track down the “Pathetic Weenies” file, the “Disabled by woke propaganda” file, the “Flagrant virtue-signaling” file, the “Poe’s Law” file and, of course, “The Great Stupid” file, for which this might be the definitive entry. And there are more.
I question whether Duncan Lane will benefit from her “privilege” as much as she thinks, since she has outed herself as a pathetic moron unfit to teach anyone, supervise anyone, vote, hold down a job requiring critical thinking, be trusted to raise children or be taken seriously. She has also revealed that Virginia Tech has groveling, North Korean prisoner-of-war-level brain-washing victims on its faculty, calling into serious question that institution’s trustworthiness and judgment.
Campus Reform, which broke the story, interviewed two students who accurately assessed some of what is wrong with Duncan Lane’s lament and apology. Student Natalie Rhodes said, “It is a class about disabilities, not political opinion, affiliation, nor judgment in any sort. If you are discussing disabilities, stick to your course.”
Another student who requests anonymity—Hey Crystal! This might be a potential convert! He or she is a weenie too!—said, “It hurts that someone says I was born with “innate racism” because of my skin color. [It] makes me feel like I should hide and worry about everything I say.”
Indeed, whoever you are! That’s because her statement is racist. She’s just been conditioned and bullied into being prejudiced against her own race.
Of course she should be fired. She should never have been hired, and Virginia Tech has some hiring procedures and staff to overhaul. Meanwhile, Lane’s faculty page now reverts to a 404 error page while the school circles the metaphorical wagons.
Who but a science fiction writer would have predicted that a rogue cop negligently causing the death of a drugged-out petty crook in Minnesota would lead an instructor at a (once) respectable institution to publish something like this? It would have been a National Lampoon gag not that long ago.
On the mainstream media bias and indoctrination front, I have yet to see this story reported anywhere but the conservative media. The closest I can find is MSN, which says in part, “Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane is accused of pushing students into addressing racism and inherent bias. She allegedly apologized for being a white…”
Oh, is that what she is “accused” of doing is it? That’s not what I read, though some students are “addressing racism and inherent bias” by calling “BS” on her syllabus. And she didn’t “allegedly apologize for being white.” That’s what she did, if words have any meaning at all.
My god, our journalism is terrible. Almost as terrible as U.S. higher education…