U of Chicago, Principles, and a Whiteboard

Writing in The Salisbury Review, Niall McCrae and M.L.R. Smith McCrae and M.L.R. Smith, say this:

Christopher Lloyd, literature lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, doesn’t like feminists voicing their opinion. Kathleen Stock, professor of philosophy at University of Sussex, is due to present the annual Francis Bacon lecture but an open letter, garnering around 100 signatures, demands cancellation:

‘We have a duty of care to our students, to staff, and to others in the university and the wider community. This duty of care includes making sure that LGBTQIA+ people (especially those who are trans and/or non-binary) feel safe on campus and do not have their lived existence put up for debate. By providing a large, public platform for someone who questions transness, the University is implicitly acknowledging that this opinion is a valid one. We take issue with that stance. To our queer students, staff, visitors and wider community – we stand with you and not with those who wish to curtail or diminish your very being.’

Which as readers here will know (so do the ones at TSR) is pure and simple cattle dung, Piled high and Deep. This is the definition of the University not as a place of learning and knowledge, but as a daycare center for children too sheltered to deal with the real world. Personally, such an institution will never get a voluntary nickel of my money, nor should it ever get a tax dollar. Its mission is a fraud, it says it is an educational institution but it’s not, its a very overpriced daycare center for adolescents who need to grow up. So do their alleged instructors

As educationalist Joanna Williams has highlighted, this is the tactic of CRITICISM = GENOCIDE. This is instrumental, not a statement of fact or reality – nobody at a British university really fears extermination. But this histrionic claim gets heard, bludgeoning any resistance to logic and evidence.

In The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukiannoff and Jonathan Haidt described a tendency to think that WORDS = VIOLENCE. After a Guardian commentary by Suzanne Moore describing transgender rights as a threat to women, a tumultuous editorial meeting was reported by Guido Fawkes: –

Do keep reading their article, they make excellent points.

Bringing this back to my American readers, R.S. McCain writing on his The Other McCain has this to say:

Years ago, when discussing amnesty for illegal aliens, I announced one exception to my universal opposition: “Don’t deport the hotties!”

Send us your supermodels, your Maxim cover girls, your Miss Universe contestants, we lift our lamp beside the golden door. There is no such thing as too much beauty, and America’s immigration policy should make a special exception for good-looking young women. Stephen Green calls our attention to the case of University of Chicago student Evita Duffy:

Now that’s an amnesty I could support. But that’s hardly the point.

The university’s Institute of Politics ran an Instagram campaign last week, giving students a chance to fill in the blank after “I vote because…” Duffy can be seen in the video holding a sign that says, “I vote because the coronavirus won’t destroy America, but socialism will.”
You can probably guess what happened next, but it was serious enough that Duffy — who describes herself as a conservative Hispanic woman — had to take it public with an op-ed in the student paper. She wrote that she hoped her “vote” message might “encourage a lively and robust debate on economics,” but instead she received an “onslaught of online hate and threats of violence” from her tolerant, progressive friends. . . .

Fellow students attacked my character, my intellect, my family, my appearance, and even threatened me with physical violence, using foul and offensive language. I was called a racist and a xenophobe. Some compared me to animals. Others declared that they would personally stop me from voting, and many defended the personal attacks, saying I deserved to be bullied and that I don’t belong at the University of Chicago on account of my beliefs. I was told by many that I was the most hated person on campus. It was frightening. It was also hurtful, since some of the attacks came from people I considered friends.

Now mind you, this is The University of Chicago, the very author of The Chicago Statement, (PDF) perhaps the best ever statement of the reasons speech and thinking must be free on campus.

 

Apparently, Chicago has its share of snowflakes, both in the student body, but more troublingly in the faculty.

From Stacy:

You might wonder, “How can someone named ‘Duffy’ be Hispanic?” Her father is former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, and her mother is Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, a Latina from Arizona. Evita Duffy’s mother is not only Hispanic, but also a pro-life Catholic, and Evita is one of nine children in the Campos-Duffy family. #Winning!

#Winning! indeed, but not if we lose places like the University of Chicago. Stand Strong!

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3 Responses to U of Chicago, Principles, and a Whiteboard

  1. audremyers says:

    I tend to be sort of tender hearted in regard to college kids thinking that their ideas will change when they’re out in the real world – until I remember that Human Resources depts. of every major company and corporation is FILLED with this crap. Long years on earth has informed me that there is a season to everything (of course the Bible said it better … ) and I can’t wait for THIS season of socialism, infantilism, and cancelism is OVER!!

    This made me laugh, ” “How can someone named ‘Duffy’ be Hispanic?” ” When I worked in the business office for a major retailer, the names of incoming callers would come up on the computer screen. One day I got a call from ‘Betty White’ (no, not that one). I answered and the woman could barely manage two words in English. I advised, Uno momento, por favor (the extent of my Spanish) and transferred the call to the ‘Spanish line’, I explained to the associate that the woman spoke Spanish. There was dead silence on the other end of the phone. Then the associate said, “Her name is Betty White.” She couldn’t see me as I shrugged but I told her the lady had no English. She just laughed and took the call.

    Later, I found out from a naturalized citizen co-worker from Brazil that when immigrants get their Social Security cards, they get to pick their American names!

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    • NEO says:

      That’s why I put it in there. McCain is good at lightening things up a bit with a line like that, or don’t deport the hotties, or something similar.

      Nothing new about that, a lot of names got Americanized at Ellis Island, that’s when my people gave up patronymics, I still have cousin’s named Severinson, who are kids of my great Grandfather Severinson.

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