10 November 2015

The Political Correctness Monster Is Eating Its Own

The coddling comes first.
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"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
~ Thomas Paine

Kinda hard to feel sorry for those being eaten.
Professor Nicholas Christakis lives at Yale, where he presides over one of its undergraduate colleges. His wife Erika, a lecturer in early childhood education, shares that duty. They reside among students and are responsible for shaping residential life. And before Halloween, some students complained to them that Yale administrators were offering heavy-handed advice on what Halloween costumes to avoid.

Erika Christakis reflected on the frustrations of the students, drew on her scholarship and career experience, and composed an email inviting the community to think about the controversy through an intellectual lens that few if any had considered. Her message was a model of relevant, thoughtful, civil engagement.

For her trouble, a faction of students are now trying to get the couple removed from their residential positions, which is to say, censured and ousted from their home on campus. Hundreds of Yale students are attacking them, some with hateful insults, shouted epithets, and a campaign of public shaming. In doing so, they have shown an illiberal streak that flows from flaws in their well-intentioned [sic] ideology.
And the protests quickly devolved into the bizarre and violent . . . 
A large group of students eventually gathered outside of the building on High Street, where several attendees were spat on . . .
Can't have offensive Halloween costumes, so we spit on those who disagree with us. Perfect. Personally, I'd prefer seeing an offensive Halloween get-up over having someone hock a loogie on me. But maybe that's just me. As an aside, I find it rather curious that the sudden concern and whining over this comes from one of the promoters of PC crap - The Atlantic. Cry me a river. The piece from which the quotes above were taken is titled, The New Intolerance of Student Activism.

First of all, it's really not all that new. Secondly, the piece fails to bring attention to the fact that the intolerance in the students has been fostered (over many decades) by professors and administrators themselves. The writer can't see the forest for the trees. It's called sowing and reaping. But, since most of these folks reject the concept of natural law, I can understand why they are surprised by the fact that they are now reaping the harvest of seeds they themselves have sown. Perhaps they'd better grasp their dilemma by contemplating a phrase more easily understood from their narrow worldview: Karma's a b*tch.

Academia and their co-conspirators in the media and government have created and fed this monster known as Political Correctness for decades. They've cheered and encouraged the monster (while simultaneously claiming it doesn't exist), as it has ruined the lives of innocent (and even well-intentioned) folks who have violated it's silly, immature, groupthink, moronic walk-on-eggshell rules. 

But, like the fictional Frankenstein monster that turned on his creator, so this PC monster is turning on the professors, administrators and institution that created it. And the creators are now afraid of their monster. For example, consider the experiences of one self-described "liberal" professor who recently wrote about his experiences:
I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. . . . Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones.
And this . . .
I have intentionally adjusted [due to fear] my teaching materials as the political winds have shifted. (I also make sure all my remotely offensive or challenging opinions, such as this article, are expressed either anonymously or pseudonymously). Most of my colleagues who still have jobs have done the same. 
Amazing, isn't it? The self-proclaimed bastion of free thought and expression has professors who intentionally "adjust" their teaching materials due to their fear of PC (that some of their own claim doesn't even exist). You can read the damning piece here at Vox, and I recommend you do - especially you gutless history bloggers, educators and academics who claim PC isn't a real problem on college campuses, and even systemic in the education establishment in the U.S.

Of course, the writer at Vox isn't the only one who recognizes creating a monster has it's downsides. Another professor recently led off an article at Salon about PC idiocy with this:
I believed in trigger warnings when I taught a course on sex and film. Then they drove me out of the academy.
For those of you who aren't familiar with "trigger warnings" - don't waste your time. It will just make your head explode. The writer refers to her students as "coddled young radicals." Indeed. But let's not overlook the fact that they were created by coddled old radicals in institutions providing the means and environment in which to coddle and create. As one writer so aptly put it:
Through decades of social engineering, intellectually bankrupt courses in professional victimhood and mendacious speech codes, loony liberals have succeeded in turning American universities into madrasas. Instead of churning out intellectually independent citizens, they’re turning out wild-eyed fanatics with cult-like beliefs . . .
I have been blogging about the PC monster for years. And I've been mocked by academics, educators and history bloggers - many of whom serve as little more than echo chamber for much of the PC mindset. Some of them used to come here and challenge and mock me - until they were exposed as either frauds or woefully ignorant. I've blogged about this subject because it's germane to the subject of history, culture and American heritage; which are the primary topics discussed here. I've criticized Political Correctness because it's a cultish fraud and it inhibits our ability to study and discuss history (and other subjects) honestly. It's also a tool used by leftists to suppress opposing views and curtail free speech.

So I hope you will forgive me if I find it rather satisfying to see the Frankenstein turn on and eat it's creators. Grab some popcorn folks, I believe things are going to get even more interesting at our institutions of "higher learning."


Mark Snell said...

And now it has happened to the president of the Univ. of Missouri. Still can't figure out what he did wrong. I am SO glad to be retired and away from that nonsense.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I know, neither can I. I don't blame you Mark. Farming has to be less stressful!

Ralph Steel said...

He didn't do anything...and that was the problem.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"He didn't do anything...and that was the problem."

He didn't do anything about what?

Ralph Steel said...

The racial issues on campus...do you even read about the topics you post about?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, Ralph, I do. But, apparently, you don't.


Ralph Steel said...

Nothing like Fox Sports to get to the bottom of racial issues...great reporting...LOL

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

As usual, you attack the messenger instead of responding to the facts . . . LOL.

Ralph Steel said...

Yes, because Fox has a slant no matter what...they report it the way they want it reported.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

ALL news agencies have a slant. You can spin the facts and add opinion. Examine the facts presented. It's rather damning, assuming you're open-minded.