UPDATE: Several hours ago, University of Missouri president Tom Wolfe resigned, forced out of office by not being sensitive enough to endemic cultural racism – what ever that is. Before the advocacy industry gets too excited with their own power, they need to realize the real power within a university is the alumni and the football program. Mizzou is having a horrible football season this year. Heads are going to roll. I suspect the real reason for the resignation was an alumni demand that the football program be given top priority. This might also be indicative that who ever the power behind the alumni donations are does not want the head coach fired. So, you force the university president to resign in disgrace. The real money and power in a university setting is football, noting more and nothing less.
ORIGINAL POST: Racism is out of control in this country. No, not real racism, but the perception of racism, fueled by a system where college age kids are now coddled to the point where there are very real limits on freedom of speech and expression. There are trigger warnings. It is now so bad, if someone objects to Henry V’s St. Crispin Day’s Speech, then they can opt out of that class or even force the professor not to use it. It is so bad, a small group of activists have promoted the canard of police brutality to the point where people are now opting not to become cops. At Yale, a well-respected professor is in danger of being dismissed from her position because he did not react in a required manner about Halloween costumes which might have offended the spoiled brats who pretend to be the leaders of tomorrow (God help us all).
‘…’I don’t wish to trivialize genuine concerns about cultural and personal representation. ‘I know that many decent people have proposed guidelines on Halloween costumes from a spirit of avoiding hurt and offense. I laud those goals, in theory, as most of us do. But in practice, I wonder if we should reflect more transparently, as a community, on the consequences of an institutional (which is to say: bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students. ‘I don’t, actually, trust myself to foist my Halloweenish standards and motives on others. I can’t defend them anymore than you could defend yours.
‘Nicholas says, if you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society.’…”
There are now demands by the black members of the University of Missouri football team for the university president, Tom Wolfe, to step down because he is not fostering a safe campus where there are no racial slurs, and people don’t do or say bad things. Everything is taken as racist, by progressives who have racism on the brain. We’re dealing with an Administration, while not promoting racism, is certainly not doing anything to stop the insane rhetoric. Of course not. The only way a Democrat will be elected POTUS is for college students, who overwhelmingly vote Democrat, to get out and vote. The only way to get them out to vote is to have a reason. Racism is a perfectly good, viable reason to hype up the vote, no matter how intellectually dishonest it is.
The media is quite dishonest. The most recent stabbing instance was perpetrated by a young Muslim man who wanted to kill non Muslims. In Utah a redneck was assaulted by young blacks because he had a Confederate flag decal on a pick-up truck. Those horrific church fires in and around Ferguson were committed by a young black man. The moment he was arrested, and the perp was not white, the media shut up about the fires.
Ages ago, the father of modern psychology uttered the famous line, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Today’s version of racism is a Rorschach test for our culture. When one considers the fact that today, the Rorschach test is completely discredited, I think that should say all that needs to be said about the current hysteria about racism, diversity, and cultural sensitivity. It needs to be discredited.
The real problem is that racism very much exists in this world. By acting like the little boy who cried wolf all the time, when real racism rears its ugly head, is anyone going to pay attention?