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Colleges Respond to Racial Tensions By Making Them Worse
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  • FriendlyGoat

    “I’m really scared to ask this,” she begins. “When I, as a white female, listen to music that uses the N word, and I’m in the car, or, especially when I’m with all white friends, is it O.K. to sing along?”
    I’m not scared to ask this. How did the college manage to admit this kind of a nincompoop? Not college material.

    • Blackbeard

      She is a fool for asking that question. In today’s higher education world, when you’re being subjected to this type of brainwashing, the obvious response is just keep your mouth shut.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Yes, if you ask a question in public which implies you don’t have any sense, that’s usually not a good idea. But that young lady arrived in the senseless condition. The orientation didn’t cause her brains to fall out. We do have to wonder whether college freshmen are arriving in more of a senseless condition than we might wish,…..and if so, why?

        • Fat_Man

          Don’t be too hard on her. She is a child, and most likely one from a very sheltered background. She just needs to learn to not talk. Silence is golden.

          • FriendlyGoat

            I used to be a child too. There I was taught to be more sensible than to sing N-word songs as some kind of hoot. When I entered college at 17, I would have no more asked a clueless question like that to an adult than I would have flown to the moon. I would have KNOWN the answer because my parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, coaches, scout leaders and neighbors knew such answers and did not turn me (us) loose as either a meanie or a nitwit.

          • Fat_Man

            Not every child is as well reared as you were goat. This girl is sadly typical of the young generation. Nonetheless, she will learn the hard way.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Indeed, I do have to recognize that I was fortunate to be exposed to at least some sensible adults while coming up as a young person.

          • RealityCheck

            You can always tell a Milford man, children should neither be seen nor heard.

          • Fat_Man

            What is a Milford man? Is that like a Marlboro Man? I thought you could tell them by their hacking coughs.

          • RealityCheck

            No it’s a reference to the show arrested development, it was the motto of the prep school the youngest son went too

          • Fat_Man

            Pop culture references are to me like fake pearls cast before swine.

      • Fat_Man

        The old saw among lawyers is to never ask a question to which you do not know the answer. Although, I suspect that the questioner was trying to signal her superior virtue and sensitivity.

    • f1b0nacc1

      That is typical of what you expect to see these days…

      Of course the even bigger nincompoop is the one who answered her….

      • FriendlyGoat

        I agree with Sheree Marlowe’s answer to the question posed by the female student. I do not agree with the theory that Asians should be conditioned to believe a microaggression has been committed against them if someone presumes they might be good at math. But neither should a college student generally be asking a stranger for help with homework anyway.
        As for asking blacks whether they play basketball, I wouldn’t have done it when I was young. As for complaining about the term “you guys”—–good grief, that’s crazy.

        • Jim__L

          The PC gestapo is teaching kids to be scared of everything.

          And they’ve also made sure that people simply don’t know about Common Courtesy anymore, even in person.

        • f1b0nacc1

          How very, very sad…

          If you really believe that Ms. Marlowe’s (how appropriate a name, when you think of it) response was suitable, then you really have no idea at all what a university is for in the first place. But then I don’t suppose I should be surprised.

        • Anthony

          “Why do people so often impersonate sheep – conformity. It’s not that conformity is inherently irrational…it can be a virtue in what game theorist call coordination games….But sometimes the advantage of conformity to each individual can lead to pathologies in the group as a whole.” For example, the TAI comment section pattern illustrates the reinforcement of a “crowd effect” (in some instances) – unsupportable ideologies (the proverbial party line) can levitate in midair by enforcement of pluralistic ignorance (up-voting for commiseration, reinforcing suggestions, sophomoric attacks, etc.). It always pays to know where you are in anxious times.

    • Anthony

      FG, an aside: yesterday a relatively new contributor (panarchist) operated on another thread and I found lack of interjection (from usual suspects) rather telling. Just an observation.

  • Andrew Allison

    The headline should read: “Taking their lead from the Administration, Colleges respond . . .”

  • Anthony

    If one did not know better, he/she could conclude (in today’s climate) that any issue now conveniently catapults into “race tension”. But a closer look perhaps may reveal what really irks – redefinitions of relationships (control/hierarchy/dominance/status/power). In America (still), distraction, deflection, misdirection, blaming, etc. have always been suitable instruments shielding true motives for challenging Power Positions – nothing to do with cultural respect.

  • Angel Martin

    in 2013-14, public degree granting colleges and universities had total revenues of just over $350 billion. Student fees were $70 billion and gov’t at all levels provided $150 bil.

    Private non-profits had revenues of $230 billion, $70 bil in fees and $26 bil from gov’t.

    Private for profits get almost 90%of their revenues ($23 billion) from student fees.
    Student debt is increasing by more than $100 bil per year.

    “Higher education” is a bubble that is at risk of a massive drop in revenues due to gov’t spending cuts in the next recession and a decline in borrowing by students. And every news article like this makes that revenue drop more likely.

  • Lewis

    With all the problems in the world today this is what colleges focus on! In thirty years race won’t make a difference if people are being bioengineered from the womb, shouldn’t colleges focus on teaching students what it means to live a decent life and what it means to be human. The coming generations will face difficult questions about our fundamental humanity and our institutions seem fixated with an issue that in the great scheme of things is not that important.

    • Jim__L

      The thing with bioengineering people in the womb is, there’s another way of producing human beings that’s cheaper… and more fun. =)

      Sure, elites may be able to afford it. But by and large, humanity is going to produce more humans the old-fashioned way for a very, very long time. Probably forever.

      So get used to “what it means to be human” being what it meant to be human when Shakespeare wrote in London, when Christ taught in Jerusalem, when Herodotus recorded his stories about Mediterranean civilizations, and when Aristotle made his observations about humanity.

      That’s really what the elites hate; the fact that people hundreds of years ago knew what it meant to be human at least as well as they do.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Your point is well taken…the idea that a life well lived doesn’t require the intervention of our elders and betters is frightening to them….how else would they justify their existence?

        Regarding the alternative to bioengineering…granted the old methods allow a more amusing process that can be undertaken by unskilled labor, but there is no need for one to obviate the other. We will be able to adjust/edit the developing fetus…God help us all.

        • Jim__L

          We’ll be able to, but the attention of skilled expertise will always be expensive — and so, only available to a relatively few.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Perhaps, but a close friend of mine who is deeply involved in biotech these days tells me that she isn’t as sure, i.e. that she believes most of the truly impressive gene-mapping/modification options are likely to be easy to implement and require little more than an iPad’s worth of processing power and a reasonably smart bit of programming.
            Either way, the next 10-20 years will tell us

    • Fat_Man

      “shouldn’t colleges focus on teaching students what it means to live a decent life and what it means to be human”

      They haven’t the vaguest idea. If we were really lucky, they would do literacy and numeracy. But, that too is over their heads.

  • Fat_Man

    Clearly, the lesson for these white children is to avoid non-whites like the plague. Anything you say to them, any gesture you make, will only get you in trouble. Oh yes, and do not participate in popular culture activities like popular audio formats. Stick with Bach and Mozart.

    • Anthony

      White = Social construct. An honest UC graduate ought to know such – in the benefit of “ALL” children.

      • Jim__L

        A color is a social construct.

        Um, right.

        • Anthony


        • Fred

          Not only that, but I recently had a DNA test that reflected my particular combination of ethnicities with remarkable accuracy, even down to the regions my ancestors were from. Obviously there are genetic differences among groups of human beings. But then maybe Anthony thinks DNA is a “social construct.”

      • Fat_Man

        Yup, and we live in a society.

        • Anthony

          A real one constructed by men (no offense ladies).

          • Fat_Man

            College is a game, you have to play by the rules to win. Clearly the rules include those I have deduced above.

            It is sort of like joining the Marines, except that DI’s are generally much calmer and far more spiritual than diversity officers.

          • Anthony

            No disagreement from me and to your point (the social construction of reality) I attempted to link a you tube video above but it failed (old reference but pertinent). Still, the lecture was presented by Dennis Hiebert.

          • Fat_Man

            I was going to suggest: “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) Staring: Richard Gere & Debra Winger, Featuring: Louis Gossett Jr. as Sgt. Emil Foley, and Directed by Taylor Hackford.

            BTW: The Social Construction of Reality is a 1966 book about the sociology of knowledge by TAI’s own Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann.

          • Anthony

            Berger is a part of series I tried to link via you tube (and his book is both referenced and highlighted).

            As well, An Officer and a Gentleman was a most entertaining and instructive period piece.

  • LarryD

    “…pivot instead toward programming that fosters a sense of common identity…”

    Such as, say, an American national identity. America being one of the rare nations where nationality is not determined by blood, but values. Which the Left has been at work trying to destroy for decades.

    But a full-on race war will not exempt Leftists on the basis of their ideology, they will be winnowed by race like every one else.

  • Boritz

    “I’m really scared to ask this,”

    Luke Skywalker: I’m not afraid.
    Yoda: You will be.

    Entering freshmen are now as enlightened as a Jedi master. Now that’s progress.

  • QET

    This only surprises people who are unfamiliar with human psychology and/or how bureaucracies work. Like the chicken pox virus, once a new “function” is established in a bureaucratic organization, it never goes away. At best it may lie dormant for a long period. But its staff must periodically–or, for a fairly newly established function (like “diversity”), more or less continually–justify its position by fomenting the very “problem” it was originally advertised to “solve.” No bureaucratic agency can afford to ever solve any problem whatsoever.

    So yeah, these diversity agencies perpetuate and exacerbate racial and gender tensions and conflicts. The only fault with this TAI presentation of the matter is in its last sentence when it says, adhering to an obsolete etiquette that requires one to foreshorten the truth, that “some” of the diversity programs are about power only. No, all of them are.

    Shorter version, courtesy of the 19th century: “the goal is nothing, the movement is everything” (E. Bernstein).

  • Tom Scharf

    “On your first day of class, you enter the chemistry building and all of the pictures on the wall are scientists who are white and male,” she said. “If you’re a female, or you just don’t identify as a white male, that space automatically shows that you’re not represented.”

    So now we must also be ashamed of great achievements by white people? It’s no longer enough to try to cleanup latent racism?

    It seems perfectly obvious we should rewrite the history of chemistry with cultural diversity in mind. We should simply eliminate all the science white people have discovered and wait until it has been discovered by a more deserving person. The Libyans would already be on the moon if it weren’t for their oppressors. Great achievements by white people are shameful examples of white privilege. Great achievements by anyone else are great achievements.

    This stuff isn’t going to stop until someone pushes back. These diversity offices need to be defunded if this is the product of their efforts.

  • Pete

    Why must society forever be bending over to accommodate the sensitivities of the Negroes? When will enough be enough?

    • Anthony

      Pete, there is no forever bending over to accommodate Negroes (especially since the Civil War ended 151 years ago) beyond the corroded mind of those who fashion on the idea. Your implication is on target, though, as there are certainly more important issues than Revanchism or Ethnocentrism (enough is enough) confronting America – but hey, distract, divert, beguile, misdirect, hoodwink….

  • Beauceron

    We all sat back and watched and did nothing as the Left marched through Academia, seizing the educational system as its training ground. We sat back and watched as the Left, crushed by the Soviet’s fall, switched from the communism-based class warfare to the cultural Marxist-based identity politics.

    Now the Left holds the reins of academia tightly in its grip and the fruit born from the cultural Marxist tree is toxic.

    But we all knew this would happen– it’s inevitable.

    I really don’t know what can be done about it at this point.

    • catorenasci

      Pretty much the same thing as has been done historically when the universities become irrelevant – abandon them for alternative institutions until they reform…

  • Rodney

    “When I, as a white female, listen to music that uses the N word, and I’m in the car, or, especially when I’m with all white friends, is it O.K. to sing along?”
    Can anyone explain to me why it is not acceptable for her to sing along with the music while it is perfectly acceptable for someone else to sing the song in the first place? This screams double standard to me.

    • catorenasci

      Because the singer (presumably) belongs to the protected class (extra-special snowflakes) and the prospective singer (a merely special snowflakes) does not…. Duh!

      • Rodney

        I get it. Civil rights activism long ago degenerated into civil mights activism, and we are now paying the piper.

  • Lee Johnson

    Let them micro-aggress away. The attempt to censor oneself because somewhere, someone might be offended is a futile one and will ultimately split into a million specific identity groups, all with specific grievances. As usual, vice takes a virtue — know your audience and be civil — and takes it to such an extreme that it becomes completely screwed up. I think I already knew not to ask all black people if they play basketball, can dance and sing well, and drive a purple Cadillac with white-wall tires. We used to call micro-aggressions social blunders, when you don’t consider your audience and what they may or may not be interested in, and may or may not find funny. And the logic works all ways and when taken to an extreme, amounts to being able to discuss nothing. Even the weather is politicized these days.

    You know what really works? Building trust through doing things together.

    • Anthony

      Fine, impartial, encircling, and civilizationally emphatic words, thanks.

  • MBT

    This is basically a new wave of political puritanism in the absence of the religious variety. What will be interesting to see is if its rapid and tedious concept creep will result in a social backlash like we saw against religious puritanism in the 60’s. To a certain extent, we’re already seeing that backlash forming up. This time around though, you wonder if it will be liberal arts education that take the fall, having previously been the one leading the charge against religious puritanism. As the article points out, much of this is being driven by an unwieldy administrative glut in college. And, undeniably creating this glut is the Obama administration’s broadened interpretations of Title IX. All of this does not bode well for the future of liberal arts education. Racial tension, particularly white racial identity, will invariably increase. It will also have a reductive effect, as students (and parents) increasingly will either try to tailor the college curriculum to only the most bare bones, jobs-focused experience so as to avoid these issues as much as possible or, they will increasingly start seeking alternatives to the standard 4 year liberal arts model.

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