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October 23, 2017

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Rafi

The thinker of these deep thoughts, Charles H F Davis,

As a faculty member I am primarily responsible for teaching graduate-level courses and conducting research on forms of organized resistance, systems of oppression, and structures of domination in education and its social contexts.

There's your problem.

David

There’s your problem.

It’s a deep rabbit hole. And apparently, the way to enhance the life chances of black students is to encourage them to self-righteously ignore unfamiliar arguments, and indeed try to suppress them, physically, while generally behaving like delinquent thugs. Which, in the real world, always works out so well.

MC

I am primarily responsible for teaching graduate-level courses and conducting research on forms of organized resistance, systems of oppression, and structures of domination in education

Hmm....

I am primarily responsible for teaching graduate-level courses and organized resistance, systems of oppression, and structures of domination in education

Yes, that sounds more like it.

Y. Knott

Again it's perfectly simple; an argument as old as time -

I'm right, you're wrong!

What's the Latin "argumentum" phrase for this familiar state of discourse? Perhaps instead of disciplining and jailing the students, we should discipline and jail this professor - who sounds awfully like an instigator.

Jonathan

I'm starting to think that those who are unable to comprehend the idea of freedom of speech should, perhaps, have their own institutions of indoctrination education where they aren't exposed to to the horror that is having Ben Shapiro or Charles Murray being allowed to speak within 5 miles of them.

They'll be able to run free, protesting and screaming to their hearts content without ever encountering a contrary view.

Or maybe just mass deportation to Liberia. Whichever is cheaper.

Tom
Or maybe just mass deportation to Liberia.

Why would you want to do that to poor, in more ways than one, Liberia? I'm not entirely sure but as it's on the west coast of Africa, in the 'I'm never going there unless at the point of gun' region, I'm sure they've got plenty of their own lunatics they can't handle as it is.

Jonathan

Why would you want to do that to poor, in more ways than one, Liberia?

Ok, you force me to make the ultimate move: Antarctica. Checkmate!

More seriously, I chose Liberia because they'd be forced to see the results of their tribal politics.

David

On re-watching the “exulting in mob force” video, linked above, I’m still taken aback by the protestors’ blatant bad faith. Having declined several invitations to participate in Mr Shapiro’s open Q&A session, and having instead decided that no-one on campus, whether student or visitor, should be permitted to hear views that the protestors disagree with, the psychodrama ensues. And so, gorged on self-righteousness, the protestors gleefully aggress random people who just want to listen to a talk – by physically blocking their way, surrounding them, invading their personal space, screaming abuse at them, harassing them, shoving them, assaulting them – all while chanting “No violence!”

As if they are the ones showing restraint.

And this is done while exploiting the moral anonymity of the mob, under cover of which no-one is likely to be held responsible for behaviour that would otherwise, done as individuals, result in criminal charges or repayment in mind.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And also you’re racist, which rather goes without saying.

Everything on campus is by default racism, though this is a magnificent example of the convoluted thinking of these idiots, former IDF sodier is racist for not raping Palestinian women. Click through the tweet to get the full story, apparently an "academic" report decried the lack of "organized military rape" because it showed racism, just as "organized military rape" would have. Heads I win, tails you lose - apparently this won a Deep Thoughts™ award of some kind.

Related, the lunacy wrought by the academics bleeds over to the real world where Harvey Weinstein is a racist because he didn't rape any black women, but Harvey Weinstein is a racist because he denies raping a black woman.

Sam

physically blocking their way, surrounding them, invading their personal space, screaming abuse at them, harassing them, shoving them, assaulting them – all while chanting “No violence!”

They mean 'don't hit us back'.

David

They mean ‘don’t hit us back’.

Heh. Well, quite.

If you watch the whole thing, you’ll see the mob of protestors basically crushing people and jostling them, putting them in genuine fear for their safety, and then, when the pushing reaches a critical point and one of their victims looks like he’s about to retaliate, dozens of hands shoot up in the air, as if to say, “Don’t hit us, we’re totally innocent!”

Why, it’s almost as if these tactics had been worked out in advance.

R. Sherman

So, Professor Davis is announcing that "civil" discourse no longer exists, at least at USC. Make no mistake. This is nothing less than a declaration of war, justified by simply redefining mere speech as "violence," if said speech is contrary to Davis's received wisdom. One wonders whether Davis has thought this through. I doubt his office at USC is sufficient to protect him from those whom he wishes to muzzle. Does he believe the rest of us will do nothing if we can no longer engage in reasoned debate?

Zionist Overlord #73

Four legs good, two legs bad!

Tom
More seriously, I chose Liberia because they'd be forced to see the results of their tribal politics.

Ah, in my hastiness to get my thoughts down I had not considered that, good point actually.

...I’m still taken aback by the protestors’ blatant bad faith. Having declined several invitations to participate in Mr Shapiro’s open Q&A session, and having instead decided that no-one on campus, whether student or visitor, should be permitted to hear views that the protestors disagree with...

This goes directly to one of the points Jordan B. Peterson has made, mainly that Marxists do not believe in logic* and therefore view debate as pointless. He explained in one of his videos that he was scheduled to debate someone of the opposite views at a law school in Canada but none of the faculty would debate him. He was shocked since lawyers are generally trained to be professional debaters but he realized that as they were almost entirely Marxists they simply didn't believe in the idea of debating their ideas - they were right, end of story, no debate required.

Does he believe the rest of us will do nothing if we can no longer engage in reasoned debate?

Not to be a smart arse but, based on past experience he most likely believes the answer to your question is, 'Yes', since they've been blocking debate and shouting down people for quite some time with minimal to no blow back.

*he used a different phrase as I believe he was talking about the science related to gender issues but logic was definitely in the mix somewhere.

bobby b

"Does he believe the rest of us will do nothing if we can no longer engage in reasoned debate?"

It's worked out well for them so far. I can think of two instances where they've encountered a fight. I can think of fifty where they haven't.

R. Sherman

@Tom

... since they've been blocking debate and shouting down people for quite some time with minimal to no blow back.

That's the problem. When the paradigm changes, some people are slow to catch up. That includes those of us accustomed to living in a civil society under the rule of law. Those like Professor Davis insist, however, on making sure we know that time is gone. Fine. We may be slow, but we're not stupid. Eventually we'll begin to act is if his academic pronouncements are no longer . . . academic.

jabrwok

It's worked out well for them so far.

Yeah, and it will continue to work until, suddenly and unexpectedly, it doesn't. Slow to anger doesn't mean incapable of anger. As R. Sherman says, we're not stupid. Or, in other words, "all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed".

"While evils are sufferable". How much more will be suffered remains to be seen.

Sella Turcica

Didn't someone once write:

...But in these cases
We still have judgment here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague th' inventor: this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips.

I think he also wrote:

O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason.

but my guess is they don't teach that stuff any more.

Tom

@R.Sherman

You're right, people are slow to catch on to paradigm shifts, especially when they shift towards something unpalatable. The change, to quote a Hemingway character, will come 'gradually, then suddenly.' And it won't be pleasant.

As @jaberwok says, we are likely to suffer evils "While evils are sufferable..." but it seems that what passes for 'evils' are not being suffered simultaneously by a large enough group to become insufferable. As long as freedom of speech is denied to a small group here, and one small business is closed down there, the vast majority of people who would be angered to action will not know or care. This might be different were the media not firmly on the other side, but they are, so it's not.

Daniel Ream

On the general theme developing here, I don't think we're headed for another Kent State moment. I fear we're headed for a Bernhard Goetz moment. And the fallout from that will be dire.

David

I fear we’re headed for a Bernhard Goetz moment.

For those unfamiliar with it, as I was, the Goetz saga is quite a thing.

Spiny Norman

"Does he believe the rest of us will do nothing if we can no longer engage in reasoned debate?"

Well, the self-styled "Antifa" neo-Marxist blackshirts are staging nationwide protests riots on the Fourth of November, so we'll see.

I suspect "Occupy 2.0" will be no more "effective" than the original, other than getting more Republicans elected.

Spiny Norman

I fear we're headed for a Bernhard Goetz moment. And the fallout from that will be dire.

The retaliation ALWAYS gets punished, even if the instigation never is.

On the other hand, when one of the Left's footsoldiers opens fire on Republican lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game, the right is still blamed.

Richard Cranium

Such is academia’s Clown Quarter, where the best and the brightest are nowhere to be seen.

Maybe they are the best and brightest of that particular subset of academia.

Tom
On the other hand, when one of the Left's footsoldiers opens fire on Republican lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game, the right is still blamed.

That's the media issue again. With an actual objectively neutral media there would be a range of reporting on these incidents, but when the media, almost entirely, are DNC operatives with bylines* then expect the truth to be smothered with a pillow 24/7.

*I think Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame was the first to use this phrase.

Joan

The professor also accuses Ben Shapiro, a speaker who’s been on the receiving end of student thuggery, of advancing “racist rhetoric,” while omitting any evidence to support this claim.

Don't tell me, he forgot.

sH2

The thinker of these deep thoughts, Charles H F Davis, a professor of education at the University of Southern California and the director of USC’s Race and Equity Centre,

There's your problem.

David

There’s your problem

It’s perhaps worth noting that students who pursue a major in Education, perhaps with a view to reaching the dizzying mental heights of Professor Davis, tend to have some of the lowest SAT scores, along with enthusiasts of Angry Studies. And these same students are likely to find themselves being graded very generously, more so than in any other field of study, with an uncanny number of ‘A’s.

Excellence for everyone!

WTP

Again, why do we continue to fund these people with our tax dollars? US Congress is working on budget/tax/spend issues this very week. Where are the politicians saying, "Cut here"?

Governor Squid

They're too busy soiling themselves. I mean, we're talking about a mob that threatens and beats people for the 'crime' of uttering unpleasant truths. Can you imagine what they'll do when their gravy train is threatened?

[+]

Physically coercive tactics are, says Professor Davis, employed only in desperation by “those… willing to labour in the name of justice”

Funny how the 'protestors' are *always* desperate.

RightofGenghis

Has anyone bothered to look at his photos?

Lots of photographers take pictures of street kids. Here, for example: http://www.michaelsegalphoto.com/world-gallery/

But, this guy's real genius is using his vacation to take pictures of middle class local kids in poorly composed, low contrast, digital black and whites. He is clearly pushing the boundaries - literally daring his audience to fight off bouts of narcolepsy while looking at his pictures.

I mean, really, could you get ANY more pedantic? A black professor, in a made-up field, with no academic publications, who styles himself as a cross-fit competitor, a narcissistic clothes horse, a pretentiously shitty photographer. Sheesh.

David

Funny how the ‘protestors’ are *always* desperate.

How dare you question their sincerity. These are beings of pure light. You see, their “very minds, bodies and spirits” depend on no-one being permitted to hear Ben Shapiro argue about policy and statistics. According to another noted educator, his words are a “physical threat” to students and likely to induce post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ditto notorious bruiser Christina Hoff Sommers.
And Heather Mac Donald.
And Charles Murray.
And Janice Fiamengo.
And Jordan Peterson.
And…

Well, we’ll be at this all day.

Daniel Ream

The retaliation ALWAYS gets punished, even if the instigation never is.

That's my fear. The vehicular homicide during the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville is muddled enough that it's gone down the memory hole. It's not getting used as fuel for the fire.

But in a Bernhard Goetz moment - where an otherwise sane, reasonable, severely normal citizen at one of these rallies draws a gun and shoots dead one or more antifa protestors who are demonstrably threatening him in what in any other circumstances would be a legal, justified shoot, and is unapologetic about it - that's going to be the shot heard 'round the world that starts the next American Civil War.

Gary D.

By the way, speaking of history, this is precisely what happened to the Christian Armenians in eastern Turkey when Muslim Turkish soldiers commenced the Armenian genocide.

The Armenians fought back to defend their families.

The Turks came at them even more fiercely and ended up killing 1.5 million Armenians - women, children, babies, and the elderly.

The Muslim Turks saw (and still do today) themselves SUPERIOR - culturally, morally, religiously - to the Christian Armenians and how dare those Christians fight back. The Muslim Turks punished those Christians all the more severely.

That professor, Charles H. F. Davis, considers himself SUPERIOR - e.g., morally - to conservatives, Republicans, Trump supporters, etc., and how dare they fight back. They will be punished all the more severely.

Thus, what we see in the physical violence on campuses is nothing new.

Lancastrian Oik

Genghis is right (bad-a-boom *tish*), Prof. Davis' photography is pants; poorly framed, composed and focussed and quite banal.

champ

I wonder if the parents who pay $67,000 USD per annum for their child to attend the University of Southern California are aware that they are paying for this idiot...

David

Stripped of its pretensions, Professor Davis’ article is basically a demand that the behaviour of leftist students, and minority leftist students in particular, be unconstrained and free of normal consequences, including the code of behaviour to which they agreed as a condition of their welcome as students on campus. They must, it seems, be free to act with impunity. Which suggests something beyond mere narcissism and approaching sociopathy.

And remember, the Clown Quarter is the left’s fiefdom, where its ambitions and fantasies thrive largely unopposed. It’s a prototype utopia.

David

And then of course there’s the professor’s Twitter feed.

Stan D. M.

Missed the fundraiser but I've dropped a few bucks in your tip jar.

WTP

I wonder if the parents who pay $67,000 USD per annum for their child to attend the University of Southern California are aware that they are paying for this idiot...

Nearly $68 million of US Federal Government money went to fund student loans at USC in 2104. It's not just the parents who are funding this idiocy.

http://about.usc.edu/files/2014/12/FY-14-USC-Financial-Report.pdf

David

dropped a few bucks in your tip jar

Bless you, sir. Much appreciated.

Monty James
Apparently, any hint of consequences for thuggish and censorious behaviour merely affirms “white supremacy” and will “suppress and criminalise” students whose own attempts to suppress veer towards the criminal.

"We have White Supremacy, Professor, because for 2500 years we, whites, have produced the best minds on the planet, the greatest flourishing of the arts and sciences ever seen, the most complex and organized societies. We have White Supremacy, whatever exactly it may be, because we have been the earth’s most successful race. No other has come close. Deal with it.

We put probes on Mars and invented the thousands of technologies needed to do it. We developed the symphony orchestra, the highest form of musical expression. We invented the airplane, the computer, the internet, and tennis shoes. Putting it compactly, we invented the modern world. A degree of privilege, however you may conceive it, goes with the territory."

Fred Reed, found here.

Jen

Off topic (but not really)...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/21/victimhood-narrative-taught-schools-fuels-anxiety-young-women/

David

Off topic (but not really)...

No, it doesn’t seem off-topic at all. If you inculcate victimhood, and do it culturally and institutionally, at every turn, both as a universal excuse and as a kind of competitive piety, a marker of status, then dysfunctional behaviour will follow. And fantasists and hustlers who exploit that dysfunction will thrive and multiply.

Sporkatus

The worst part of the victimhood narrative's effect on anyone making a STEM program so-to-speak more diverse is that it stifles success in those who actually belong there. To illustrate, a female student with a knack for chemistry in a chemical engineering program or a black student in an electronics engineering program will already have faced some difficulty *within their group* for being outside an expected norm, and there's not one thing "The Patriarchy" could have done to affect those in-group reinforcements and discouragements. They don't have the right, you see. Been told repeatedly.

So here you have the atypical student from group X, often shy or otherwise introverted or disjoint from their group norms, and you're going to tell them that not only does their peer group hate them, any possible place they might succeed in hates them too? They're a victim, can't succeed, must be angry, and reject any idea of normalcy and professionalism? Now you have an atypical person who's already low in confidence and under social pressure, and you're telling them to fight a war on two fronts: the war they want to fight against everything they've encountered telling them they can't succeed, and another war entirely on behalf of the first group, tearing down the strictures and structures of their new home, their new temple.

It sets them up for failure, and fail they will - and it's Whitey's fault. Naturally.

pst314

"Don't break the stack!"
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/372132.php

Stevie of Sweden

Some highlights from his CV:

"PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Exploring the multiple marginality of a non-native born Black Muslim on a predominantly white campus

A critical race analysis of Black undergraduate student success at an urban university

In search of progressive Black masculinities: Critical self-reflections on gender identity development among Black undergraduate men

They (don’t) care about education: A counternarrative on Black male students’ responses to inequitable schooling

BOOK CHAPTERS

Peer Pedagogies of occupation and resistance: Structural and invasive disruption as sites of possibility for learning

Black data matters: Connecting education research to the movement for Black lives

Wrestlers gone wild: Gay porn starring University of Nebraska student-athletes

Engaging college men of color

RESEARCH REPORTS, SYNTHESES, REVIEWS & ANNOTATIONS

Black on campus: A status report on contemporary student activism in college

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Hence, This Is Racist

Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in College Classrooms

The Story of Trayvon Martin and Resurgent Social Justice Among HBCU College-Goers

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Instagramming, culture jamming, and new media organizing practices of contemporary college students

[Multi-sited] ethnography and the off-campus imaginary: Studying contemporary student activism in higher education.

Peer pedagogies of resistance, communities of memory, and protest infrastructures in contemporary student organizing in college

Revolutionary infrastructure: Institutional resources and incubating off-campus student activism

FUNDED RESEARCH, GRANTS, AND CONTRACTS

2014 – 2017 $550,000 Contracts for campus racial climate assessments and equity audits at colleges and universities across the United States,
mostly through the Penn Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2014 – 2015 Instructor, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania

Served as an instructor for the Aresty Institute of Executive Education and the Master of Business Administration Program at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Educational modules include:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Decoded
Diversity and Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Managing and Retaining Diverse Millennial Talent

2012 – 2014 Instructor, Africana Studies, The University of Arizona

Served as a course instructor of undergraduate students in African Studies and African American Student Affairs. Courses included:

AFAS 399 - Media, Fashion, and Black Feminist Thought
LASC 393 - Student Affairs and the Black College Experience
LASC 394 - Black Student Identity and Leadership Development"

WTP

Hmm...U Penn again. And Wharton, no less.

Dyspeptic Curmudgeon

"Such is academia’s Clown Quarter, where the best and the brightest are nowhere to be seen."
Such is academentia’s Clown Quarter, where the best and the brightest are nowhere to be seen.
FTFY

Dyspeptic Curmudgeon

I foresee that since we have now gone far enough down the rabbit hole that words can be re-defined to mean *anything*, including "violence", there will be a day very soon when a heretofore civil and silent recipient of this thuggery, will deliver a VERBAL REPRIMAND with baseball bat.

Spiny Norman

Yes, in case anyone was wondering, math is not only sexist, it is rayciss as well.

Spiny Norman

Eeps. Posted too soon...

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued.

Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans." (...)

To fight this, Gutierrez encourages aspiring math teachers to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish phrase for “political knowledge for teaching.”

Gutierrez stresses that all knowledge is “relational,” asserting that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively."

Oh goody, that shit again.

champ

Now it gets deeper...

https://www.thecut.com/2017/10/the-men-taking-classes-to-unlearn-toxic-masculinity.html

Spiny Norman

As Ace says...

Eight weeks obsessively oversharing your personal failings with marginal acquaintances?

Congratulations -- you're now a chick.

dcardno

curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.

Right. No doubt, that's why students will experience "Algebra" early in their careers - a word that comes to us from Arabic, and may try to develop "algorithms" - a word that comes for the Latinization of a Persian name "Al-Khwarizmi," and even earlier, they may learn to compare and contrast "Roman Numerals" and "Arabic Numerals." No doubt, they will correctly learn that "Arabic Numerals" are in all ways superior.

I mean, really, can't these bozos even try to learn about the subjects they are supposedly expert in before they get up on their hind legs to lecture the rest of us?

David

Meanwhile, in LaurieWorld.

David

Bear in mind that Professor Davis is a grown man, a professional educator.

Connor

Bear in mind that Professor Davis is a grown man, a professional educator.

Computer says no.

Tim Newman

Meanwhile, in LaurieWorld.

Is it me, or are half her responses from sub-beta men agreeing with her in the hope of getting laid?

(The other half seem to be from mentally-ill women.)

WTP

91,100 tweets? Thats like 20 tweets a day, EVERY DAY, since Twitter was started back in 2006.

David

91,100 tweets?

Suddenly, blogging seems almost... respectable.

Alice

Suddenly, blogging seems almost... respectable.

Almost. :-)

R. Sherman

Suddenly, blogging seems almost... respectable.

Yeah, right. Then the velour blogging thong comes out.

David

Not entirely unrelated: Mad woman blathers.

R. Sherman

So let's assume that the Augustana professor is correct. Query then, how that Caucasian success meshes with the Darwinian imperatives she undoubtedly also professes? A transcendent morality which proscribes cultural theft and domination cannot exist with a "survival of the fittest" ethos.

Which is it then?

Asking for a friend.

Jacob

Suspending violent students is unfair.
Algebra is racist.
Everything wrong with the world is because of 'white privilege'.

Can we just reboot academia?

David

Can we just reboot academia?

Sometimes you have to just marvel at the extent to which higher education has become a kind of psychological poisoning.

David

In other news.

sH2

Sometimes you have to just marvel at the extent to which higher education has become a kind of psychological poisoning.

Over 4,000 Facebook users in the Boston area have RSVP'd to attend the event they're calling "Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election." Another 33,000 have expressed interest in attending the event… The organizers say in a Facebook post: "Come express your anger at the current state of democracy, and scream helplessly at the sky!" … People who are unable to attend the screamfest are encouraged to "scream in solidarity" in their own backyards.

Ya think?

Sporkatus
the event they're calling "Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election

Alternate titles include "Fuck you, The Onion! We'll leave room for parody when we're good and ready!"

Wh00ps

Paul Joseph Watson's video on the screamy thing is quite amusing.

Spiny Norman

the event they're calling "Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election

Followed up by the "Pissing into the Wind" event.

David

Ya think?

Presumably, this is phase three of the “true insurgence” we heard about late last year. Admittedly, that curling into a ball and weeping business didn’t alter the course of history, and the whole get-a-really-shit-tattoo-that-you’re-going-to-regret thing didn’t pan out either, but by God, they’ll pull the skies down this time.

jabrwok

Re: the "Scream..." think. Apparently they've read the relevant how-to manual.

WTP

Re “how-to manual”, from Wikipedia, as it appears now anyway, on Orwell’s Two Minutes of Hate:

During the 2016 United States presidential campaign, speeches by Donald Trump were occasionally compared to the novel, sometimes commented on citing passages on two minutes hate as evidence.[5][6]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate#Use_of_Orwell.27s_concept

So see? Opposites!

PiperPaul


Oh noes!

David

Ya think?

I do believe that one deserves a short post of its own.

See, interactive.

Hal

Followed up by the "Pissing into the Wind" event.

Nah. Ascertaining the direction of the wind beforehand is too elementarily easy to give such any gravity.

The Pissing Up The Rope event would be more appropriate.

WTP

A little belated but thought I'd come here to brag on my alma mater...Debate on another blog regarding "hate speech" and how the Richard Spencer speech was handled at University of Florida prompted me to do a little research and I came across this from a UF FAQ concerning Spencer's appearance. This specific section of which I am rather proud to see:

Is hate speech protected speech at UF? Are faculty, students and staff free to speak hate?

Hate speech is speech that offends, insults or threatens a particular group, especially on the basis of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation and other traits. The First Amendment protects hate speech, including symbols of hate such as a swastika, no matter how offensive it is. The First Amendment does not protect threats of violence, harassment or actual violence.

As a public educational institution, UF may not ban hate speech. We do aspire for all members of the community ---faculty, staff and students---to exhibit high standards of behavior, as well as care and concern for others. We must balance our aspirations and values against our legal obligations to protect the First Amendment rights of all—even those with views and values contrary to UF’s fundamental principles. Given that, no employee or student can interfere with the freedom of speech or freedom of movement of any member or guest of the university.

https://freespeech.ufl.edu/qa-for-1019-event/

So...who was it here from Mizzou? R. Sherman? Heh...Not sure how we do on Nov. 4th with you guys (mostly because we pretty much suck this year...though Missouri is kinda close to TN where we have been rather lucky...at home anyway) but I'll always have this. ;)

Horace Dunn

If anyone has time, this 15 minute interview with Katherine Birbalsingh who took on the UK educational establishment is interesting and faintly encouraging.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099ypr1

It's also interesting and faintly encouraging that it should be brought to us by Radio 4 who, when they cover educational topics, normally just parrot the lines fed to them by the teachers' unions. Giving Birbalsingh a sympathetic hearing must be close to heresy in BBC circles.

David

Needless to say, Professor Davis imagines himself to be brave and fearless.

Hal

Needless to say, Professor Davis imagines himself to be brave and fearless.

BLK IDNTTY XTRMST‏ @hfdavis Oct 24
It is my duty to fight for freedom. It is my duty to win. I will love and support marginalized people. I have nothing to lose but my chains.

Penny Taylor‏ @GhostWritingUSA Oct 24
You aren't in chains.

Oops.

---Pretoddlers just came to mind in general . . . how bravely that spoon gets flung across the kitchen from the towering refuge of a feeding time high chair.

David

Pretoddlers just came to mind

Well, yes. It’s hard to miss just how many of these alleged educators are themselves arrested adolescents.

David

To borrow a phrase, social justice warriors always lie.

WTP

social justice warriors always lie.

One of the commenters on that Twitter link said that the harassment was Scientology level. My first reaction was that that was laying it on a little thick. But having watch a couple episodes of Leah Remi's documentaries on the cult, having seen interviews of those who have escaped it, including comments from Remi herself, I reconsidered. I do believe that at the antifa/OWS/etc level at least, that there are significant parallels between Antifa/OWS/etc and Scientology. The idea that they are the knowledgable ones, that only they are fighting for humanity and thus any action is justified. The social isolation, voluntary and increasingly forced, of bad-thinkers. Though given the two belief systems, Scientology seems more...honest?

David

Though given the two belief systems, Scientology seems more...honest?

Less corrosive, I should think. Socially, I mean.

[ Added: ]

Scientology may be insane and parasitic, and a nightmare for those whose loved ones get entangled in it; but so far as I’m aware it doesn’t endanger the property and wellbeing of people in general, at random, and it doesn’t aim to upend, wholesale, the proprieties of civil debate, reciprocity, etc. The shakedown of Scientology is much more limited in its scope and ambition.

Daniel Ream

Though given the two belief systems, Scientology seems more...honest?

There's more evidence for alien ghost warlords than for socialism working, so...that.

David

There’s more evidence for alien ghost warlords than for socialism working, so...that.

And while bonkers, Scientology isn’t affirmed and encouraged, daily, on campuses.

David

There’s more evidence for alien ghost warlords than for socialism working, so...that.

“I don’t think anyone is looking at it as a failure.”

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