A University used to be the place a young person would go to be challenged. To be exposed to a wide range of ideas, to learn to think, to analyze information, and to be able to form and defend opinions. It’s also a place where a young person learns the foundational information necessary to pursue a career. “Used to be” is the key part of this paragraph, especially at the University of California.
Universities are under attack from the far left, primarily feminist movements, all across the nation. “Rape culture” has been the forefront where, as at the University of Virginia, a woman can create a story about a gang rape out of whole cloth and the administration does not refer the criminal matter to police, they refer it administrative star chambers where 4th Amendment rights are waived.
Students are filing charges against their instructors for talking about things that upset them. At many schools instructors are required to list “trigger warnings” about an increasing variety of things that upset the little snowflakes in their classes.
Janet Napolitano, the President of the University of California is taking this to the next step. Speech codes. These codes are aimed at eliminating “microaggressions” of examples of subconsious racism and they were presented at faculty leader training sessions at nine of the ten UC campuses .
At the gatherings, deans and department chairs across the UC system have been instructed to be careful using (read: instructed not to use) phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity” or even use forms that provide only “male” and “female” check boxes, among a long litany of supposed microaggressions listed in a document underlying the “Faculty Leadership Seminars.”
- Other sayings deemed unacceptable include:
- “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”
- “Where are you from or where were you born?”
- “Affirmative action is racist.”
- “When I look at you, I don’t see color.”
These phrases in particular are targeted because they promote the “myth of meritocracy” or represent “statements which assert that race or gender does not play a role in life successes.” Others are said to be color blind, apparently a bad thing that indicates “that a white person does not want to or need to acknowledge race,” according to the handout, “Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send.”
Here’s an example:
The College Fix reached out to the University of California with questions. This particular answer is a howler.
In response to a question about how these seminars might have a chilling effect on faculty members’ ability to engage in free speech, representative Shelly Meron said in an email Tuesday that “These seminars are not an attempt to curb open dialogue, debate or classroom discussions .”
Of course they are Ms. Meron, of course they are. Those who control the language control the culture. That’s why you’ll never find someone who supports partial-birth abortion referring to themselves as “pro-abortion.” They are “pro-choice.”
“Educators” are the enemy of learning, they are destroying the soul of the nation. Every time you hear the word “educator” please remember that two of the most prominent “educators” in the nation are these people.
Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn, domestic terrorists with the Weather Underground who should be serving life sentences in federal prison are instead tenured professors at the University of Chicago School of Education and close friends of Barack Obama.
Putting children in public school is tantamount to child abuse with today’s public school system, including state university systems.
Pol Pot would be envious of the work being done at US colleges and universities in the area of “re-education.”