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The Victims Who Run America

May 10, 2012 by  

The Victims Who Run America
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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently fired a woman named Naomi Schaefer Riley, a contributor to the publication’s blog Brainstorm, for doing what academics were once expected to do: think and analyze.

At one time, higher education, especially as it pertained to cultural studies, was synonymous with fierce ideological debate about what things were most influential in shaping human beings into the creatures they are today. No more. The age of oversensitivity and political correctness has sterilized thought even among thinkers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, a publication that is both widely read and well respected within the academic community, recently fired a woman named Naomi Schaefer Riley, a contributor to the publication’s blog Brainstorm, for doing what academics were once expected to do: think and analyze. In an opinion piece — yes, this means the publication was paying Riley to offer her opinion in writing on various topics — the writer committed high treason in a society made stupid by oversensitivity taking a contrarian position among academics and writing about an issue involving race.

The writing that ended Riley’s tenure with The Chronicle weighs in at just over 500 words and is entitled “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations.” The author opines in her piece that students pursing doctoral degrees in the field of black studies focus their dissertations too often on frivolous topics and tired blacks-are-always-the-victim arguments. She references a previous article published by The Chronicle that profiles the “young guns” of black studies; she describes the students’ work as “a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap.”

Riley writes:

That’s what I would say about Ruth Hayes’ dissertation, “‘So I Could Be Easeful’: Black Women’s Authoritative Knowledge on Childbirth.” It began because she “noticed that nonwhite women’s experiences were largely absent from natural-birth literature, which led me to look into historical black midwifery.” How could we overlook the nonwhite experience in “natural birth literature,” whatever the heck that is? It’s scandalous and clearly a sign that racism is alive and well in America, not to mention academia.

…But topping the list in terms of sheer political partisanship and liberal hackery is La TaSha B. Levy. According to the Chronicle, “Ms. Levy is interested in examining the long tradition of black Republicanism, especially the rightward ideological shift it took in the 1980s after the election of Ronald Reagan. Ms. Levy’s dissertation argues that conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, John McWhorter, and others have ‘played one of the most-significant roles in the assault on the civil-rights legacy that benefited them.’” The assault on civil rights? Because they don’t favor affirmative action they are assaulting civil rights? Because they believe there are some fundamental problems in black culture that cannot be blamed on white people they are assaulting civil rights?

Riley, a white academic writing an article for a publication about higher education, points out that many of the students majoring in black studies likely adhere to the popular narrative that nothing has changed racially in the United States in the past 50 years. She also points out that the students’ failure to focus on real issues perpetuates the left’s message that black people are the victim and white people are still their oppressors, despite major race-relations improvements in modern history. Riley should have known she was going to be fired.

Commenters on Riley’s blog, many of them academics (read perpetuators of the plague that is political correctness), attacked her for her insensitivity and for not first reading the students’ dissertations before offering her critique. An online petition with the names of 6,500 people who wanted her fired was also put together and sent to The Chronicle.

“…[S]ince this is a blog about academia and not journalism, I’ll forgive the commenters for not understanding that it is not my job to read entire dissertations before I write a 500-word piece about them,” Riley responded in her own defense. “I read some academic publications … but there are not enough hours in the day or money in the world to get me to read a dissertation on historical black midwifery. In fact, I’d venture to say that fewer than 20 people in the whole world will read it.”

Her response elicits two reactions from this author: 1) She is correct. An individual who is broadly interested in black studies likely would find many more intriguing bits of published material to devour before spending valuable time reading something with a title like “‘So I Could Be Easeful’: Black Women’s Authoritative Knowledge on Childbirth.” (But, of course, I am a white man, so that is probably just a display of the racist, women-hating tendencies that the left wants me to believe I have.) 2) Would Riley have been fired if she had written a similar piece criticizing equally poor efforts by doctoral students on a philosophy tract? Probably not.

Sadly, Riley was fired because her piece focuses critically on black studies. Her argument, though, could be applied to all aspects of the system of higher education, which is quickly seeing all of its institutions turn into profit-driven diploma mills unconcerned with knowledge. Her critique is about the absurdity of institutions of higher learning allowing doctoral students, particularly those studying liberal arts, to graduate with the belief that they are prepared to teach undergraduate students after obtaining credentials in only very specific areas.

She writes to those who disliked her original piece: “Such is the state of academic research these days. The disciplines multiply. The publication topics become more and more irrelevant and partisan. No one reads them. And the people whom we expect to offer undergraduates a broad liberal-arts education (in return for billions of dollars from parents and taxpayers) never get trained to do so. Instead the ivory tower pushes them further and further into obscurity.”

An editor at The Chronicle (which is evidently just as blinded by politically correct nonsense as the institutions it covers and, thus, is averse to harsh critique with even a mention of race) says of Riley’s post:

We now agree that Ms. Riley’s blog posting did not meet The Chronicle’s basic editorial standards for reporting and fairness in opinion articles. As a result, we have asked Ms. Riley to leave the Brainstorm blog.

Since Brainstorm was created five years ago, we have sought out bloggers representing a range of intellectual and political views, and we have allowed them broad freedom in topics and approach.  As part of that freedom, Brainstorm writers were able to post independently; Ms. Riley’s post was not reviewed until after it was posted.

I realize we have made mistakes. We will thoroughly review our editorial practices on Brainstorm and other blogs and strengthen our guidelines for bloggers.

The victims win again. And for that, undergraduate students at some university may soon have the option of attending a class on black midwifery or the philosophical importance of never, ever, under any circumstances, hurting anyone’s feelings. Perhaps that will lead us to a sort of victimless, utopian society. It is not likely though, because instances like Riley’s firing happen each and every day due to the efforts of the bleeding hearts and those who feel victimized by our society to silence anyone who says enough is enough. It’s alright, even desirable, to be the victim. Being the victim is a fast-track to the top whether one belongs there or not: Just ask the President.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    It is not likely though, because instances like Riley’s firing happen each and every day due to the efforts of the bleeding hearts and those who feel victimized by our society to silence anyone who says enough is enough. It’s alright, even desirable, to be the victim. Being the victim is a fast-track to the top whether one belongs there or not:

    The victims win again, or should we say progressive communist/socialist whoms mission is to divide and conqure the American People. Im old enough to say without hesitation American blacks are no longer victums of anyone but themselves in this modern day and age.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

      FF that is the most truth I have heard in on sitting. I feel exctly the same way. Whites are the new minority and have zero rights, just a bunch of lefts.

    • eddie47d

      We’ve been victims of Wall Street for decades. They manipulate their casinos to the benefit of few but when their poop hits the fan the whole country has to suffer. They create victims and their greed reigns supreme. There are many groups who who create victims such as the Klan and then wonder why the victims want to strike back. There are a couple of good comments on this subject today such as Nancy’s where some over play the victim card and can’t pick themselves up.

      • GALT

        You have already been divided…….and conquered……of course, you are also a participant and contributor to the process……..and as each of these divisions manifests itself……..what is the “status quo”, remains in place………it does not require a conspiracy,
        or any organized plot…….that all of this is completely chaotic should be quite clear……
        “Ignorance is strength!”

      • gatorbait88

        is your mention of the Klan because you thought it politically correct to do so?.in fairness why not mention the New Black Panther party….both are equally idiots who want to divide the races.until we stop acting like victims and stand up for the right to take care of ourselves by not depending on everything handed to us,sadly the government will continue to force it upon us.

        • 2WarAbnVet

          The difference is that the Klan has long been discredited, the Black Panthers are endorsed by our attorney General.

          • gatorbait88

            as a war vet also,i’ve seen the actions of the klan and have seen the actions of the blk panthers,the originals…..im old school and during ”nam” the commies and panthers stood side by side…..guess who is winning?

      • JeffH

        gatorbait88, it is because eddie has this strange fixation with the “Klan”, that they are still relevant in todays society which they aren’t. You could mention a clear water bottle and somehow eddie will inject the “klan” into his response.

      • My 2¢ Worth

        “sadly the government will continue to force it upon us.” (gaterbait88)

        .. Well, that maybe true but it also starts with that long hand sticking out.. Eliminate the hand and there’s no one to accept that “offered” welfare. The only reason it’s offered is because of the long lines that expect it.. and because the gub makes it simple, the lines get longer. Would you honestly refuse a free hand-out if you and your family were starving? Give to the needy, but make sure their in need then after the meal, teach them to fish and if they refuse to fish, cut off their meals and MAKE them fend for themselves, simply as that. An adult who refuses to work for his/her family is not an adult. With our taxes, the gubment is paying for their livelihood and also needs helpers to maintain their holdings (janitors, street cleaners, yard work, etc.) make welfare a barter, not a privilege.

      • Dorian Douglas

        Eddie

        Banks have bribed politicians for years, to get an advantage. So who is the real villain here?????

        Let’s kick all senators and congresspersons out of office!

        Dorian Douglas

    • fastfood

      Freedom Fighter, you are dead on, Comrade. The name of the game has been divide and conquer since long before the birth of our nation as well as every corner of the planet. Weather race, nationality, religion, economics or social statuses, from the top down we have been a self-destructive bunch. Well, most of us any way. Some one long ago during MLK’s time and who knows whom, uttered the question; “can’t we all just get along?” Well, we could if government and media would get off the race card and folks would learn to withstand their peer-pressure, even if just for a little. Many folks are so damned worried about what some else will think of them that they are running scared and aimless. And Riley had it right. The only problem with the article as I see it, weather than mentioning the way things are, the article should have been mentioning the way things ought to be. As soon as society learns to except the fact that we are all fellow Human beings, something many people are simply afraid to admit, the sooner we will learn to get along with one another.

      My wishes for great future prospects go out to Naomi Schaefer Riley.

      Semper Fi, Comrade.

  • MAP

    We live in the Age of Stupidity, where black is white, good is evil, and the worst is best. The left/Marxists have succeeded in destroying the enrire fabric of our society and creating in its place a culture of worthless fools. The left/Marxists are the enemies of mankind, common-sense, morals, and any semblance of order. In fact, if it were not for the parasite class, illegals, the depraved, and other such misfits and whiners, they would have no support whatsoever. It is an ideology ready-made for fools, retards, dreamers and slaves.

    • http://jmcgraphicdesignworks.wordpress.com jcfromdc

      Worthless fools, certainly. Lenin had a good description for them, and created an entire “evil empire” composed of them… “Useful Idiots.”

  • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

    Among the real victims of this clap-trappery being passed off as academic disciplines are those who receive advanced degrees in ethnic and/or gender studies. They will be shocked to discover that in the marketplace no one gives a crap about their degree. I’ve yet to work in a field where having an advanced degree in either area actually prepared one for working in sales, health & human services, lab work, scientific research, or for any work outside of perpetrating the same claptrap within the university system. Most of these people bring nothing but division and dissension into real-life work places and are about as welcome as a plague.

    • Pete0097

      AS an engineer, I have never worked with an engineer with a doctorate that able to grasp reality. Most of the ones with masters degrees aren’t too bad, but they all mostly have lost (or never had) the ability to think three dimensionally and to see finished designs in their heads. i also find it amazing that when a design is needed, I look at it, design it in my head, tell them what steel is needed or how deep the pile needs to be. They, on the other hand, spend 2 weeks on the computer and come up with the same answer. If they had listened in the first place, they would have had a good start on the paper design (needed in the nuclear field) The school i went to doesn’t have these problems as we have engineers and business people, no liberal arts people here.

      • Polski

        When I worked for Lockheed Missiles & Space in Sunnyvale,CA, the manager of the group of PhDs asked me, do you know why we isolate them from the rest of you? I told him no (I’m an Aeronautical Engineer). Now this manager did NOT have a PhD. So he said, we don’t want them to corrupt the rest of you. They have a super knowledge of a narrow band of information, but no common sense for everyday living.

      • Bud Tugly

        You are right about many with advanced degrees having challenges in visualization. I work in a field where a solid liberal arts background is valuable, filmmaking. Not silly subjects like the ones commented on above, but history, music history, dramatic literature, art history, studio arts, and the technical aspects of filmmaking are all needed to make meaningful contributions. Those who only study the technology of the craft have limited career opportunities while those who have a broader grasp of the humanities are better equipped to apply technology to story-telling that touches audiences.

        One problem of many schools offering majors in the arts, though, is that they do not prepare students adequately to make their art a viable business. Tenured faculty who have never really worked in the industry don’t worry about making a living and can be clueless about surviving in shark-filled waters.

  • April

    I am sick of all this BS. There is not a single color, ethnicity, religion, gender etc that has not at some point been persecuted. I happen to be female. Women had absolutely no rights and little education until the early 1900s. Anything they had, money, property etc became their husband’s property upon marriage. Husbands could keep the children and toss the wife out onto the streets if he so desired. But we fought back, marched, educated ourselves, won the vote and were persecuted, jailed and killed for this. There still a womens’ movement looking for equality. We certainly have our crybabies, but we have never asked for handouts. We have never asked for something that we were not willing to sacrifice for. I work very hard, pay my taxes, give to charities and am a responsible adult. I will never be rich and I’ll probably have to work till I drop dead, but I have never asked for a handout. I have never expected anyone to give me everything for nothing just because I was once considered to be property held by a husband. I do not whine. I have had enough of the Jesse Jackson’s of the world. Blacks (or illegals or whoever) who believe they don’t have to work and should be given eveything just because they were once slaves is wrong. We were slaves and proprty as well and we still haven’t quite reached equality, but we keep proving our worth by reaching out and going for prizes that were once all for men AND we aren’t whining. Why should I bust my butt and be responsible so I can see all I have worked for be handed over to someone just because they were slaves 200 years ago and think we all owe them??????????

    • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

      April, Just curious, but when were you somebody’s property? When were you persecuted? If you’ve overcome actual persecution and escaped enslavement, my hat is off to you. As for women overall, i’m for them doing whatever they want to and earning whatever they command in the marketplace. What I am tired of, is hearing about it every single day and having my nose rubbed in it. Just do it and shut up about it. Your accomplishments will speak for themselves.

    • Chetan Lutah

      April, your wisdom and ethics are to be admired! NEVER stop talking and working for what is right!

    • Melissa

      April is right.

      white poor people were often treated worse then slaves, because they had no valuable price. They often where in dept for paying the journey from europe. The children and women had to serv like slaves to work of the dept or just look at the lives of the pioniers.
      Also there where black slaveholders to in the South, like their where free black men.
      History is not literally that black and white, but it is not pc. to mention this.
      in Europe poor farmers where often worse of as the slaves in the staates. Their owners often dukes or lords, had the first right of the night with a new bride. They sold poor farmers as soldiers in to the indepent wars ec. hess soldiers.

      This is a history nobody wants to know of.

      There is an excellent book to read on the subject of poor whites and how they where treated in the past. ” the redneck manifesto” how hillbililes,hicks and white trash became americas scapegoats by Jim Gods.

      If their would be white studies it would called racist.
      Is about time that the black community starts to take responsibilty for their mistakes and shortcommings and deal with the ongoing destruction of the black family and what it does to the US right now. And no its not the white mans fallt no more.

  • james

    Easeful… That’s awesome

  • Sirian

    I wonder how many students are working towards their doctorates via an in depth study/research of Fredrick Douglass? No, probably considered to difficult. Utopians always seek the path of least resistance – maybe.

    • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

      That would definitely be a worthwhile effort while working toward an advanced degree in American History. Note, I said American History as opposed to black history. Whether blacks like it or not, we are all Americans and their history is part of our history as a nation and shouldn’t be separated from it. Blacks aren’t special because they are black any more than I’m special for being caucasian. Its an accident of birth, but life is about character and behavior, not skin color. I judge people by their character and their actions, nothing else.

  • Fred

    The real victims are those like Riley, those who want to keep our traditional moral values, those who don’t believe we are responsible for global warming, and those who find no logic in assumed millions or billions of years of evolution.

    • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

      And those like her who actually exhibit intellectual honesty. I hope she finds work in a place where honesty and truth are valued. Academia sure isn’t the venue for those values anymore.

      • Chetan Lutah

        JHeasler12175 you’re probably right. IMO Government funding higher education is forcing their liberal agenda on us. I see Liberal Arts are taught everywhere. How about Conservative Arts, or courses in Constitutionality? Wadaya think?

        • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

          I don’t care what they call the courses just as long as the art/skill of critical thinking is taught. In most courses today, only one way of thinking is permitted and deviance will result in a failing grade. There are way too many students out there that feel that they must regurgitate what they think will get them a good grade as opposed to presenting a learned argument that they believe in. I think that as applied to education, ‘Liberal Arts’ actually meant a broad education in the humanities as opposed to indoctrination in liberal political correctness. You are right that today, courses in ‘Conservative Thinking’ might be in order although I would be much happier if students were taught the methods of scientific and critical thinking so that they learned to think for themselves. The universities are outputting drones.

      • Gary L

        Academia is much to blame. We have a bunch of educated idiots.

  • Steve E

    The truth will set you free…You’re fired.

    • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

      Succinct and profound.

  • Michael J.

    Mr. Rolley,
    Very good article that corrals many aspects of what we are experiencing into a nut-shell.
    There is one item that needs to be expanded on however. A vital link which is often, as in your piece mentioned only in passing. This item I believe is the mother of all divide in order to conquer strategies ever devised. A 100 year old re-vamping of The Communist Manifesto itself. It came at a time shortly after The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia when it was realized that forced revolution into socialism was not producing the desired effect of having people flocking to their cause. So in typical communist fashion they changed the name, tactics and time frame to a softer more drawn out approach to Marx and Engels infamous vision of humanity to “Political Correctness”. To this day Political Correctness is held in high regard by the naïve unsuspecting masses who remain completing oblivious to the terms origins in 1920’s Germany, in a Marxist think tank called The Frankfurt School. A group whose thoughts were too radical even for Hitler who exiled them in the late 1930’s which initiated their move across the Atlantic to land in Colombia University of all places. A move which opened the door for them to sow their seeds to now famous alumni such as Saul Alinsky, Cloward & Piven and Hillary Clinton among an incalculable horde of others spat out like a commie assembly line that continues to this day unfettered.

    It is my fervent wish that Political Correctness be finally exposed for what it is. A thinly veiled plan concocted by The Marxist to convince minorities that they are oppressed victims in order to create divides and the inevitable break-down of western society and usher in their socialist utopia.

    • MAP

      Michael, it is interesting that doctrines without any validity at all and have proven a total and unworkable failure wherever they have been tried should still be in existence. It shows the power of the illusion of ‘hope and change’ over reality, truth, and common-sense.

    • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

      Unfortunately, we now have our university system populated with tenured professors and admiinistrators who are so deeply indoctrinated in this line of thought that it will be a long time before the damage can be ameliorated. Getting rid of tenure would be a good start. Eventually, regents and state legislators could regain control of the universities and get rid of the academic pc’ers and parasites now comprising much of faculty.

      • Michael J.

        jheasler12175,
        Unfortunately, the damage is done. How long does it take for a purpetual liar to regain the trust of others? The answer is decades or never. Such is the case with academia for the stealth indoctrination of our youth, scientist for the lies of global warming, politicians for courting corporate cronyism, MSM and Hollywood for promoting and protecting socialist propaganda.

        • http://jheasler12175.wordpress.com jheasler12175

          Depressing, ain’t it?!

    • Michael J.
  • Deerinwater

    Sam, ~ nice write up but don’t try to smooze the people over.

    This lady is a monster writer with mind like a steel trap and blade with a razor fine edge. She’s an attack dog that like to break free of it’s chains and go bite somebody.

    Naomi will have a long and rich career, kicking over sand castles and popping peripheral bubbles.

    My guess her career will lead her to some Law Firm or political think tank someday. But one thing certain, she’s not done.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education should have reacted differently and met her open challenge in the form of Debate. Why they didn’t , who knows, they simply didn’t want to go there. But clearly they didn’t want to be used as a platform for her ideas and elected to stop it.

    Naomi’s writings are inflammatory in nature and much like Ayn Rand works, using irony to draw a reader out and force them to take a position.

    A powerful writer I hope to hear more from. Thanks for bring her to our attention.

    http://www.ncdsv.org/images/AnOpenLetterNAOMISCHAEFERRILEY.pdf

    • 45caliber

      Deer:

      It is easy to see why they weren’t interested in debate. They would have lost and they knew it.

  • Gary L

    MAP,
    You are quite right. You hit the nail on the head.
    What does that say for our society today. Is there any wonder why our country is in such dire straights? It is no longer surprising to see the assinine things going on in Europe, but I never thought the Americans could be so obtuse. If we don’t turn from our current track, America is doomed.

  • Nancy in Nebraska

    I think that we need to keep in mind that the black people aren’t entirely to blame for their “victim” mentality. They have been taught from a very young age. It continues throughout their lives. Government basically takes over parenting for them. Their kids go right into Head Start. The government feeds them and controls everything. In elementary school they immediately get the message that they’re not as good. They are praised for everything and showered with unearned rewards. They’re encouraged to accept everything for free which might sound like a good idea but the real intent is control and oppression. What black people need to understand is that the government isn’t trying to help them. It is holding them down, making sure that they don’t become successful. The government puts them in the welfare trap. It gives them barely enough to survive but never enough to enjoy life. If only they could break away and understand that they’re not being given a gift or reparations but that this is a form of slavery meant to keep them down. If they would go out and get a job they would discover true freedom. They would start at the bottom and work their way up like everyone else. They would get ahead. They would have choices. The government has made them into victims and I don’t think that it was with good intentions! If they want to exercise their right to pursue happiness they need to tell the government NO!

    • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

      Amen sister from Nebraska

    • 45caliber

      Nancy:

      You are correct. But thinking is hard work! It’s easier if you can get someone else to do it for you and the government encourages that. (And my wife never can understand why I’m tired coming home from the office. After all, I seldom do any real physical work!)

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Proof once again (as if we needed it) that you cannot screw around with the “perpetually offended”.

  • uvuvuv

    schools of higher education are supposed to be bastians of free exchange, any and all ideas and opinions would be given a fair hearing and evaluation. late at night in the dorm rooms we practiced this, somehow these discussions got going even as we sat in our underwear. then in the classrooms, especially in philosophy, english lit and history we had wide ranging arguments where we shook our raised hands with impatience. if you were a student in the last 20 years you never would have seen this, the only beliefs you were entitled to could be found in the dnc handbook. a student offering a conservative rebuttal would be jeered at, and the professor would say, “well thank you mr. neanderthal. is there someone who can offer anything serious to this discussion?” so they learned to keep their mouths shut. many of these students then and now today are still of an impressionable age, so if a professor says all repubs are evil exploiters or there is no God or the US is the biggest problem in this otherwise harmonious and progressive leftist world, they just suck it up. then they go and vote. where i worked we had college students working there summers, and if we were having a conservative leaning discussion they would listen smiling with delight, because they had never heard any of this before. it was like, aha, comprehension! so this is how the world really works! yes, the democratic party used to be a big tent, any and all ideas are welcome, but these days they need voters more than they need ideas. in fact, you better not think at all. we can do that for you.

    • 45caliber

      But if the students could think for themselves, they might realize that there are other and better ways than the ones pushed by the progressives. And that won’t do since those ways wouldn’t allow the progressives to be in charge.

  • doug

    Being sort of middle aged, I couldn’t understand what had driven the costs of a college education to become so high. Returning to my alma matter for a short visit, I was blown away by the offices to support various minorities and apparently each group needed its own student union.
    It was a weekend so I was unable to obtain a listing of current class offerings.
    Is there anyone out there that understands that this does not happen in a vacuum, it all costs money.
    It surely seems as though students and taxpayers are getting burried by additioonal costs, Dr. King’s “I have a dream—” has become “I have my own little corner” encourage by the university.

    • http://wildeyguns.com Wildey

      When government steps into anything, what happens? The cost skyrockets and the quality goes to hell. Education/Indoctrination is no exception. Before government got involved teaching it was a calling to teachers, not a profession. It was not a place where someone went to get rich. The teachers reward was his enlightened student, not the money he made. Enter the NEA and government. Students became a product. Like any product you look for that product to make you wealthy. Government wants that product to fall lock step in line with the governments opinion. Government loans are a way to buy that product. “Schools” start to turn out products and wealth becomes their goal.

  • http://wildeyguns.com Wildey

    If laws are the ruling factor for a society, then expect to be living in bondage to the laws that are created by those in power. How do they get power? By dividing people, creating a Democracy, majority rules. A society can either recognize transcendental law, God’s law, which applies equally to all, or live with the will and appetite of those in power. “There ought to be law!”. Remember, people living with that attitude will live under the laws they create. They did a good thing by creating law but they should ask themselves if they to want to live under their laws.

    The transcendental law can be spelled out in the Ten Commandments. With them there is liberty. People are at liberty to do anything but breach the Ten Commandments. It is said: People are servants. It only depends who they serve. Satan and his persuasions or God. As Americans we’ve experienced life under both. Which is better?

    • 45caliber

      The real problem is that those people who say “There ought to be a law!” seldom finish their comment. That should be, “There ought to be a law … that everyone else has to follow.”

      They also never consider the consequences of their ideas. For instance, the seat belt law was enacted to protect everyone from their own stupidity. But … if the government has the right to pass such a law and enforce it, then they have the same right to decide where you should live, where you should work, and who you should marry … since all three of those things also can affect your safety. And many of those, when the consequences are pointed out to them, all insist, “But that would NEVER happen here!” They absolutely refuse to consider that it might … and that if it did, they would be in as bad a shape as anyone else.

  • Polski

    to Chetan Lutah, when I was in engineering school, we had to take a couple of liberal arts courses. I can still remember this frat kid in his Spitfire, just as he was driving off, saying “you engineering guys have to study every day, don’t you?”

  • http://none len stephenson

    This article finaly brings into the open ,the most damaging of the movements in the U.S. any attempts to damage the first ammendment stiffles all creative thought and ideas that just might give us a future ,With these politically correct dip… and the anti human bas….that they are need to be hung at dawn with there favorite statements used as weight around their ankles ,these are the ones who are determined to destroy the U.S.constitution

    What need sto be done is fire and ban all educators in the present scene and start over I was an educator for 12 years and quit because you cannot teach in an environment that exist today In this perverse politically correct society

    • http://wildeyguns.com Wildey

      There was a time when citizenship was a 5 year process. Applicants had to learn the Consitution with a working knowledge of it. Applicants learned what liberty is all about. This was the Americans home and you learned to abide by their rules. Anyone could advance himself but that was because of his contribution to society: Period. True victims could go to churches, the Savation Army etc.to have a place stay while they worked at advancing himself. There were no guarantees, just opportunities. We feared/respected God and His rules and that fear carried over to our thinking. Now we look to passing laws to make things “better”. With the amount of laws you’d think we’d be living in paradise.

      There’s three ways to do things:
      Morally, Live by God’s rules of action interaction
      Immorally, Breaching those rules and repenting. Getting back on track
      Amorally, Living outside God’s rules and experiencing what we are.

      Everything falls in place when we do things morally. Everything goes to hell when we live amorally.

      • 45caliber

        But living amorally basically means, “everyone must do things my way!” How can you expect that to not be favored over the idea of living by some moral codes that means you must respect the rights of others too.

    • http://katrael.wordpress.com Katrael

      len stephenson, great point. In the immortal words of Archie Bunker, “stifle youself”. They won’t take away our first amendment rights we’ll stifle ourselves.

  • Nick

    Black studies? This area of study is about as useful as a degree in white studies and will land you the same kind of work, racist.

    • 45caliber

      You are correct. I’m convinced “Black Studies” is simply offered to make some student feel that they have accomplished something when all it really does is attempt to make them feel good about being black. That is racism, just as similar “White Studies” would do. Both are wrong. And both are useless.

  • Incredulous1

    Thank God people learned long ago that African-American Engineering is a bad thing and now, I do not have to suffer some blithering idiot in the next cubicle. All other professions should follow the engineering example.

  • JT

    It would seem that this “brainstorm” blog is as much a haven for frank, honest discussion as is the Huffington Post and its “discussion” boards. That is to say (of course) that open, honest discussion of any real measure is completely anathema to its existence.

    It is accurate to say that they invite diverse discussion and a wide variety of material. However, this only applies to the range of topics discussed, and not to the diversity of opinions or philosophies presented. You surely may discuss ANY topic, so long as you discuss it from the “correct” viewpoint, and espouse an “acceptable” perspective.

    The liberal crowd collectively rails against “discrimination in all its forms”, UNTIL we see discrimination against conservatives or anyone else deemed “persona non grata”. In these circumstances, the uproar from the left becomes a peculiarly deafening silence (cue cricket sounds here).

    This is the epitome of bigotry: to fight discrimination and injustice only up to the point that benefits yourself and those you consider allies. But then to ignore (and, at times even PROMOTE) discrimination and injustice when it happens to those with whom you do not agree. These are the “values” being deftly promoted in the vast majority of our institutions of so-called “higher learning” today. Those liberal students attending the few conservative colleges and universities that still exist are treated with respect and dignity, while students who dare express their conservative perspectives while attending one of the many liberal institutions are treated with disdain, often becoming pariahs in what should be an environment of free expression of ideas.

    Ah yes, the progressive crowd is all about “social justice”, but understand that this social justice is not color blind, and it has nothing in common with ACTUAL justice.

  • http://katrael.wordpress.com Katrael

    This post makes me laugh. I just got into a discussion about this on another of Bob’s posts. I said that it is appropriate to label people sometimes and somebody felt that I might be advocating the wrong thing. Well, I agree with Sam Rolley. If you open your mouth to say anything about anybody in this world today it’ll offend somebody. We can’t just live in fear that we’ll offend somebody so we won’t say anything.

    Sometimes, like in the case of Naomi Schaefer Riley, a person will want to make a point about something and use an example that will infuriate somebody. I know about this first hand. I was talking with my son, and his wife was close by, and we were discussing this problem about insensitivity. I related a joke that some insensitive male slob had told me as an example “………………….self censored, I don’t want to be banned from this site………………………” My daughter-in-law only heard me relate the joke but didn’t catch the context so she got upset with me and wouldn’t talk to me for months. The joke was meant to denigrate women and it is offensive but how do you communicate some things without talking about them? I guess you’ve got to come up with “code words”.

    Another issue involved here: tyranny of the many. Riley was tried in the court of public opinion, found guilty, sentenced and punished for doing what she was asked to do.

  • http://katrael.wordpress.com Katrael

    For those of you who think big government is your friend because it offers you aid, here is what it really thinks of you. For those of you who want to promote more government give away programs here’s how you are playing into their hands. Watch and be horrified as this isn’t ancient history; this is recent history. If you don’t believe in conspiracies, then this may be the proof you’re looking for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJkVXeXcHAY&feature=related For YHWH and Country.

  • chuckb

    katrael,
    i’m trying to understand what you are getting at with this video, please excuse my ignorance.
    our inner cities are a breeding ground, there are men fathering babies by many different women at the same time, there are crack children running the streets, they are mentally impaired and have no idea who their parents are. i personally don’t like the government deciding my future, however, in this case something has to be done. everyone is afraid to speak up because of name branding, i believe sterilization should be applied in many of these cases, if women are on welfare and become pregnant they shouldn’t be allowed to propagate. the census takers do not go into some of the inner cities, they estimate the population, the welfare dept, doesn’t do much except sign the checks and the recipients
    get rewarded for each illegitimate child..

    • http://katrael.wordpress.com Katrael

      chuckb, You make my point. I’m one hundred percent against all government give away programs. They use these programs to control the population. They say just what I’ve said and what many others have said: that if you want government aid then you will have to pay for it and in this case it’s was through sterilization. When that failed and the blacks didn’t fall for it and got help that overturned sterilization legislation then the elites (planned parenthood and the eugenics folks) turned to abortion and birth control pills as a replacement solution to eliminate the poor and black. These poor people are paying for their ignorance and lack of education with their children’s lives. It’s their choice and it’s their right. People without morals will fall for anything. They pay for their promiscuity through the abortion clinics. If ignorant people want to misbehave sexually and abort their children then they won’t pass on that trait to anybody else because they’ll kill off their own children. If you watch part seven you’ll see that it is many of the Black leadership that is promoting the elimination of the Black population through abortion and birth control pills all for money and power. Even poor white women and many educated women have cried out for “safe abortions and birth control” and the Supreme Court readily gave them what they cried out for. What was that Ms. Fluke thing about that Rush got so fired up about? This is one of the ways that the NWO will solve the population problems by convincing people that it’s a crime to bring “unwanted babies” who will be neglected that will go on to become this nations or the worlds, next batch of criminals. And maybe that’s true but the elite have pulled off a coup de grace by convincing people that biblical values are archaic ideas and that don’t matter anymore so we have people who act like animals. People need to wake up and live responsibly. They won’t do it though and the ignorant masses will fall prey to their own lust and the elite will gladly let the government pay for these people to eliminate themselves with the blessings of many conservatives. Frankly I see part of this as being a form of spiritual justice for improper behavior.

      And this, what you say here, is the price that these ignorant people will pay for demanding that big government should redistribute our wealth, “if women are on welfare and become pregnant they shouldn’t be allowed to propagate.” The big government does this not because it loves them but because it hates them and want’s to get rid of them and this is one of the easiest ways it can safely do it. If they did it any other way there would be a revolt but they get people to do it willingly for their next government fix in the form of a handout. This is genius in my opinion. What could be smarter than this? “Ok,” the government says, “if you want more goodies you’ll have to pay for it somehow. The price of these goodies comes in the form of the destruction of your future generations.” It’s perfect. I agree with you about what you see needs to be done.

      What I’m trying to do is wake those few who will wake up so that they and their children won’t fall prey to this evil genius.

  • chuckb

    we will pay a price down the road, it may cost us or country.

    • http://katrael.wordpress.com Katrael

      chuckb, in a way this isn’t the country it once was. It has gone from something beautiful like a butterfly that flits around and pollinates things and has become a dragon that only seeks to devour things to support its dragon offspring

  • Tomas

    “we have sought out bloggers representing a range of intellectual and political views, and we have allowed them broad freedom in topics and approach”. They left out “as long as we and our readers agree with you”.

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