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Another day, another academic asylum goes berserk

This time, Claremont Institute.  I want you to read four articles.

First the LA Times:

Dean Mary Spellman at Claremont McKenna stepped down after she sparked a campus protest and hunger strikes by two students this week over her email to a Latina student saying she would work to serve those who “don’t fit our CMC mold.”

Spellman later apologized, but her remarks appeared to be a tipping point for students who have pressed the campus for months for greater diversity among faculty and staff and more funding for multicultural services.

Apparently “mold” is a trigger word.  She was addressing a student who wrote a guest editorial in the student newspaper.  The email?

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Oh, my Lord.  She must not have been thinking. “Our CMC mold”, anyone knows that means … white people, right?

BANG! Off with her head (for what should at best have been considered an email attempting to help, but possibly poorly worded and needing a bit of an explanation)!

And, as you can tell, they figuratively got her head.  Of course, the LA Times does its best to give the student complaints credibility.

OK, second article from the college itself, the Claremont Independent:

At the demonstration, students vocalized their demands, emphasizing that they want everything done on their own terms. “We don’t want a center for free speech meant to educate white students,” one protestor asserted. “We want a center that supports marginalized students first and foremost.” When students demanded that President Chodosh commit to giving them a temporary and eventually permanent space on campus, he initially said that he could not commit to a temporary space, but is working on a permanent space at this time. But after about 5 minutes of students speaking out against him, President Chodosh said he would love to transform the Hub, CMC’s student food store and central lounge, to provide them with a temporary space. In a swift, executive decision, CMC Student Body President Will Su dedicated part of the student government office as a temporary space, ordering the administration to give these students a permanent space immediately.

“To the administration as a whole, we require greater diversity in our faculty and staff,” stated the protest leader. “The need for such programs to educate the student body is eminent [sic] by the numerous microaggressions felt by students of color.” Students of color called out racially-insensitive professors for making them feel unsafe. “We want mandatory and periodic racial sensitivity trainings for all professors,” one protestor stated. “How are students supposed to learn in the classroom when they don’t even feel safe? When their own professors, someone who is supposed to be a mentor to them, a teacher, doesn’t even respect their identities? We want more diverse course offerings for critical race theory, community engagement, and social justice issues.”

In other words, this isn’t about learning diversity, this is about cookie-cutter Social Justice Warrior learning.  And they want the student body as a whole to have to endure these offerings as well.  This isn’t about diversity, this is about control.  And it’s about control of the orthodoxy and who gets to decide its direction.  A little reminiscent of the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, no?  Certainly a branch of the same tree.

The third is from the Daily Beast which includes this:

A black male student emerged from the crowd and went to the center, saying, “It’s literally your jobs to take care of us when we don’t feel safe on this campus.”

Amazing, no?  Still thumb sucking adolescents engaged in throwing a tantrum because they’re apparently afraid of … words and ideas they don’t like.  Or “mean people”.  Or … something.

These people are our hope for the future?

Well, not really.  The wheels will come off this little parade when it heads into the real world.

But all is not lost.  There was this, also from the Claremont Independent, entitled “We Dissent”.  And they tell it like it is.  A snippet:

First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing. However, we are disappointed in you as well. We are disappointed that you allowed a group of angry students to bully you into resignation. We are disappointed that you taught Claremont students that reacting with emotion and anger will force the administration to act. We are disappointed that when two students chose to go on a hunger strike until you resigned, you didn’t simply say, “so what?” If they want to starve themselves, that’s fine—you don’t owe them your job. We are disappointed that you and President Chodosh put up with students yelling and swearing at you for an hour. You could have made this a productive dialogue, but instead you humored the students and allowed them to get caught up in the furor. 

Above all, we are disappointed that you and President Chodosh weren’t brave enough to come to the defense of a student who was told she was “derailing” because her opinions regarding racism didn’t align with those of the mob around her. Nor were you brave enough to point out that these protesters were perfectly happy to use this student to further their own agenda, but turned on her as soon as they realized she wasn’t supporting their narrative. These protesters were asking you to protect your students, but you didn’t even defend the one who needed to be protected right in front of you.

And there’s much, much more … hitting every nail visible right on the head.

Enjoy your weekend.  This too shall pass.  But it is incredibly entertaining and certainly indicates how the left can manage to consume itself because, for the most part, the utopia it is trying to build and human nature just don’t get along at all.   And, of course, that means that their only resort is to apply totalitarianism in dealing with others.

~McQ

 

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6 Responses to Another day, another academic asylum goes berserk

  • It’s about time for some of these administrators to say .. hey, if you don’t like it here or you feel that you don’t fit in, then it’s time for you to look for another college

    • I think a lot of this has external pressure that is either hidden or not reported by the media in part to establish a precedent and create fear among all college leadership and encourage students to participate in activism after which they will be irreparably indoctrinated.

      A lot of this is theater and crap is happening behind the curtains to allow the show to go on.

  • But it is incredibly entertaining and certainly indicates how the left can manage to consume itself because, for the most part, the utopia it is trying to build and human nature just don’t get along at all.

    Its an internal purge. The Night of the Long Knives didn’t even slow the Nazi’s down. It was about replacing factional leadership, internal and external, with the loyal. If anything that was the final step the Nazi’s full ascent.

    They are doing an internal purge because they ran out of external targets of consequence in these places a long time ago.

  • I want the word safe back.

  • I don’t think Marano or Haidt or Lukianoff set out specifically to ridicule students or stoke a moral panic. I do think that all of them have political agendas, and that these agendas shaped the way they interpreted the available evidence (which puts them in a club with about 7 billion other people). Either way, what’s striking, again, is the manner in which their accounts all seem to come down to culture, to the idea that parents or kids or administrators are doing — or being pressured to do — something wrong and maladaptive and harmful, and that this can explain all or most of the ostensible rise in student fragility.

  • I can’t wait until these SJWs look for a place to live after college and hear about ” toxic black mold” ( Stachybotrys chartarum). Oh, the horror! It’s a sure bet they will not hear about it in school because that would mean taking an actual science course.