OK, listen. Growing up in a small town in south central North Carolina, I was introduced to a certain hierarchy that made my world what it was. Nothing right or wrong about it. Just the way things were.
Here’s the pecking order I learned:
God was boss.
Followed by my Mother.
Then maybe Dad.
High School principals were up there towards the top.
As were policemen.
Next came Robert E. Lee.
Then maybe Eisenhower.
Writers were in the top ten, as was my Aunt Wilma, a teacher for more than 70 years in NC classrooms
Notice the trend. Notice how Robert E. Lee just fits in.
We just came back from my home state of North Carolina where there was some demonstrable student disdain for statues of Robert E. Lee. And some university administrators and politicians who were sympathetic. And of course the media pundits had their say.
Just goes to show that college campuses are becoming insane asylums and the inmates are running the joints, making their own history, civic and ethics class studies.
These are college teenagers, mostly. I was one, once. Young impetuous and very naïve.
And college professors? I was at one time a recruiter for the CIA on the lookout for personable, grounded individuals who could go overseas and maintain a watchful presence for our country? You know what group came across as the most impressionable, and the most unqualified, the most unformed about life its ownself?
Anyone with more than 5 years on a college campus.
Every day over five years at college a person became more and more out of touch with reality, relying on new students coming in from the outside to tell them what's what.
I remind you of the Duke lacrosse team scandal of a few years ago, when over-Duked University people tarred and feathered a whole group of their own, labeling them sexual heretics on the lying hearsay of a go-go dancer. Nothing sensible about that.
Nothing sensible about asking for all statues of Confederates to be taken down, either.
Here are a couple of essays on this subject of the pimply juvenile and naive forces running college campuses nowaday:
1) Squandered Resources on College Education
By Walter E. Williams
Most college students do not belong in college. I am not by myself in this assessment. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson said, "It's time to drop the college-for-all crusade," adding that "the college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness."
Richard Vedder, professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University, reports that "the U.S. Labor Department says the majority of new American jobs over the next decade do not need a college degree. We have a six-digit number of college-educated janitors in the U.S." Vedder adds that there are "one-third of a million waiters and waitresses with college degrees." More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, such as flight attendants, taxi drivers and salesmen. College was not a wise use of these students', their parents' and taxpayer resources.
What goes on at many colleges adds to the argument that college for many is a waste of resources. Some Framingham State University students were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student's laptop. They were offered counseling services by the university's chief diversity and inclusion officer.
Campus Reform reports that because of controversial newspaper op-eds, five Brown University students are claiming that freedom of speech does not confer the right to express opinions they find distasteful.
A Harvard University student organization representing women's interests now routinely advises students that they should not feel pressured to attend or participate in class sessions that focus on the law of sexual violence and that might therefore be traumatic. Such students will be useless to rape victims and don't belong in law school.
And some college professors are not fit for college, as suggested by the courses they teach. Here's a short list, and you decide: "Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing," Swarthmore College; "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity," University of Virginia; "Oh, Look, a Chicken!" Belmont University; "Getting Dressed," Princeton University; "Philosophy and Star Trek," Georgetown University; "What if Harry Potter Is Real?" Appalachian State University; and "God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path," University of California, San Diego.
The fact that such courses are part of the curricula also says something about administrators who allow such nonsense.
Then there is professorial "wisdom." Professor Mary Margaret Penrose, of the Texas A&M University School of Law, asked, during a panel discussion on gun control, "Why do we keep such an allegiance to a Constitution that was driven by 18th-century concerns?"
Perhaps the newest "intellectual" fad is white privilege. Portland State University professor Rachel Sanders' "White Privilege" course says "whiteness" must be dismantled if racial justice is ever to be achieved. Campus Reform reports on other whiteness issues (http://tinyurl.com/oof9wu3). Harvard's classes on critical race theory combine "progressive political struggles for racial justice with critiques of the conventional legal and scholarly norms which are themselves viewed as part of the illegitimate hierarchies that need to be changed."
Back to those college administrators. Dartmouth College's vice provost for student affairs, Inge-Lise Ameer, said, "There's a whole conservative world out there that's not being very nice." She did, however, issue "an unequivocal apology" for stoking tensions with such a disparaging comment about conservatives to Black Lives Matter protesters.
After a standoff with other Black Lives Matter protesters, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber acceded to demands that former Princeton President Woodrow Wilson's name be removed from the campus because of his behavior as U.S. president. President Wilson was a progressive and an avowed racist who racially segregated the civil service and delighted in showing D.W. Griffith's racist "The Birth of a Nation" to his White House guests. Professor Thomas DiLorenzo's recent column suggests that a worthier target for Black Lives Matter protesters would be Abraham Lincoln, who he says was "the most publicly outspoken racist and white supremacist of all American presidents" (http://tinyurl.com/jza7ntf).
The bottom line is that George Orwell was absolutely right when he said, "There are notions so foolish that only an intellectual will believe them."
2) Oberlin Students Demand Payment for Protests
by KATHERINE TIMPF
The Oberlin College Black Student Union has released a list of 50 “Institutional Demands” for the school, including one that orders it to pay black students who organize protests $8.20 per hour for doing so.
The 14-page (!) document opens with this nice buzzword salad: Oberlin College and Conservatory is an unethical institution From capitalizing on massive labor exploitation across campus, to the Conservatory of Music treating Black and other students of color as less than through its everyday running, Oberlin College unapologetically acts as [sic] unethical institution, antithetical to its historical vision.
“This institution functions on the premises of imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy,” it continues.
Other demands on the list as summarized by the Daily Caller include one for the “establishment of special, segregated black-only ‘safe spaces’ across campus” and a “40 percent increase in the number of black students in the school’s jazz department by 2022.”
Now, the document does state that the items on the list “are not polite requests, but concrete and unmalleable demands,” but it seems like some of them might be kind of tough to accomplish.
First of all, creating “segregated” spaces for black students might be kind of hard considering that, you know, segregation ended and the fact that it ever existed in the first place is pretty damn near universally seen as a humiliatingly racist blemish on the fabric of our country’s history.
It’s not clear how the school might attempt to persuade black students to join the jazz department, nor how doing so could be considered anything but way more racist than just trusting students to decide for themselves regardless of race.
As crazy as all of this stuff sounds, the support for this petition is not limited to just a few whackos. In fact, the Chronicle-Telegram reports that it had been signed by more than 700 people when it was hand-delivered to the administration on Wednesday.
In an email to the Telegram, Oberlin spokesman Scott Wargo said that although the school would need time to look over this particular document, it has already been working on an “inclusion and diversity strategy” for 18 months and that strategy will “be complete” by March.
This report was on Friday. Wargo probably did not content with what was to follow on Monday. See the article below:
Oberlin Students Take Culture War to the Dining Hall
By KATIE ROGERS
Some students at Oberlin College are taking their demands for diversity and racial inclusion to the dining hall, asking for more traditional meals and criticizing what they consider poor efforts at multicultural cooking. The students at the ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over the fried chicken, General Tso’s chicken, sushi and Vietnamese sandwiches served in the school cafeterias, complaining the dishes are “insensitive” and “culturally inappropriate.”
It is the latest skirmish in a year marked by protests and other actions by college students to challenge the cultural and racial status quo on campuses across America.
The students at Oberlin are accusing the campus dining department and Bon Appétit Management Company, the main dining vendor, of a litany of offenses that range from cultural appropriation to cultural insensitivity.
Earlier this month, students with the school’s black student union protested outside of the dining hall at the Afrikan Heritage House, after demands for more traditional meals, including more fried chicken, went unmet, according to the campus paper, The Oberlin Review.
“I would like to see Bon Appétit fired and replaced by something other than an international corporation,” a student, Kendra Farrakhan, wrote to the paper. “I would like to see the chefs have the respect and autonomy to cook the food they love.”
Another article, published by The Review in November, detailed what students said were instances of cultural appropriation carried out by Bon Appétit. The culinary culprits included General Tso’s chicken prepared with steamed chicken instead of fried — which, according to one student - is not authentically Chinese, and simply “weird.”
Others were up in arms over banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches served with coleslaw instead of pickled vegetables, and on ciabatta bread, rather than the traditional French baguette. “It was ridiculous,” gripes Diep Nguyen, a freshman who is a Vietnam native.
“When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture,” Tomoyo Joshi, a student from Japan, told the paper. “So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative.”
Worse, the sushi rice was undercooked in a way that was, according to one student, “disrespectful” of her culture. Tomoyo Joshi, a junior from Japan, was highly offended by this flagrant violation of her rice. “If people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative,” she said.
Oberlin’s black student union protested that the cafeteria wasn’t serving enough vegan and vegetarian options and had failed to make fried chicken a permanent feature on the Sunday night menu, the school newspaper reported.
Those students started a petition that also recommends the reduction of cream used in dishes, because “black American food doesn’t have much cream in it,” according to the Review.
The Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism joined the food fight last week after students discovered that the traditional Indian dish, tandoori, contained beef. “Consuming beef was considered sacrilegious among Hindus,” blasted society president Rajan Zed, the Chronical-Telegram reported.
Michele Gross, Oberlin’s director of dining services, said in a statement on Monday that “in our efforts to provide a vibrant menu, we recently fell short in the execution of several dishes in a manner that was culturally insensitive.”
She added: “We have met with students to discuss their concerns and hope to continue this dialogue.”
General Tso’s chicken, of course, is not actually Chinese, but an Americanized version of a similar Hunan dish, gaining its moniker after a Taiwanese chef tweaked it specifically for American palates in the 1970s. Oberlin students, perhaps nostalgic for an authentic cuisine that never was, are protesting on… well I really don’t know.
Stay tuned as Wargo retools the college’s concession to the dolt-heads, giving up control of the Oberlin asylum to the inmates.
Oberlin’s tuition by the way for this school year is $66,258 of which only $978 is allowed for personal expenses. Anyone who thinks a student going to this college will spend only a hundred bucks a month on “personal expenses” is crazy. But that word seems to apply to all things Oberlin.
Like at the U of Missouri a few year ago, how many families of the students in the Black Student Union are ponying up full tuition? Not many’s my bet. How many are only paying half tuition? Not many’s my bet. How many are getting a complete free ride? Most I’d think. And how many appreciate that? Obviously none.
Bottom line? I don't think much of the age old wisdom of college students, not that I think that much of them at all.
Here's a thought... Don't destroy. Lean how to build.
Until then keep your hands off Robert E. Lee.