Quite often in my blog, I reference things I’ve seen with my own eyes. I completely understand that many of the things I’ve claimed are so ridiculous as to be impossible to believe. Faculty forced to nod their heads in agreement as an ideologue tells us there were no European battles in pre-colonial North America because they united to keep the black man down? Sure. Documentation that 1/3 of the courses on campus were so void of material that students who didn’t know they were signed up for the course still got an “A” grade? Absolutely. Have I seen times on campus when 1,000 students were supposedly in class but with only a dozen cars in the parking lot? Of course.
Hey, you’re just reading on the internet, I commend the gentle reader for viewing my assertions with suspicion. Understanding and respecting my readers, I have no choice but to highlight when others give eyewitness testimony confirming the things I claim (and my apologies for patronizing those who, hopefully long since, have come to understand that I’m simply telling the truth here).
What I Learned at the Racial Justice indoctrination Camp
I’ve dealt with similar things myself, of course. Often the Poo Bah uses some racial incident (typically a hoax) to justify forcing faculty to come and listen to ideology for a while, and what we have here is no exception:
Several months ago the president of Loyola University Maryland, Brian Linnane, announced to the faculty that he had been thinking a lot about the Baltimore riots that took place two years earlier.
I don’t know how anybody can take Poo Bahs seriously, they don’t even try to make their lies credible. If the Poo Bah honestly thought he could do something relevant to those riots, taking two years to decide upon a course of action in response to rioting bespeaks a horrific level of incompetence. At least we can be deeply grateful that he’s not head of a fire brigade.
Tossing his pathetic excuse for faculty indoctrination aside, it’s clear the Poo Bah is looking to pad the ol’ resume. There’s big, big, money in diversity these days, so “politely asking” a bunch of scholars to endure indoctrination will go a long way towards a huge pay raise.
In response to all of this the college president decided that what is needed to reduce the likelihood of such events in the future is to put the affluent, mostly white, Loyola University Maryland faculty through a round of cultural Marxist “racial justice” training. Such language reminded me of Chinese and Vietnamese communist “re-indoctrination camps”…
The professor doesn’t consider the real reason the Poo Bah is doing this, but I feel it’s important to understand this great flaw in the structure of higher ed right now: our “leaders” receive great financial rewards for pushing this ideology on us. Take away those rewards, and I suspect the pushes will become less common.
So, what did the professor learn at the camp?
What I learned is that all the problems of the 65 percent black population in Baltimore city (one of the highest murder rates in the world, poverty, horrible government schools, criminal gangs randomly attacking tourists at the Inner Harbor, street crime run amok, “no-go zones” where even the police won’t go for fear of being shot at, etc.) are caused by “white privilege.” The lowliest, indigent, white redneck who lives in a rusted-out old school bus down by the river in Tennessee is “privileged,” by definition, whereas the children of multimillionaire Barack Obama or multimillionaire Tiger Woods are not privileged. In fact, since they are black they are, by definition, “oppressed” by the white redneck who lives in the rusted-out old school bus down by the river.
Well, gee, that’s pretty much the same stuff I “learned” too. That said, there’s a dog not barking here that annoys me greatly.
The professor giving his testimony sure doesn’t mention a single scholar challenging this stuff being foisted upon them by race hustlers, but, seriously, it’s the lack of challenge that’s the problem here.
See, to advance human knowledge you must challenge what is already “known.” I don’t have a problem with people standing up and saying things like the above, challenging how (rational) people view the world. The problem is faculty are now scared, far too frightened to dare point out how ridiculous the assertions are.
Yes, we have plenty of professors too entrenched in the ideology, or are themselves outright frauds, so I wouldn’t expect them to challenge this narrative. But the professor giving this testimony knows he’s having lies shouted at him:
A close second in terms of the causes of Baltimore’s problems, I learned, was the bigotry of white men who died fifty years ago or longer. We were shown parts of a video documentary about “the history of racism” up to the 1950s and were told that little or no progress has been made in Baltimore’s black community because of this permanently-debilitating history….No mention was made of the fact that, just a few miles down the road in Columbia, Maryland one will find some of the most affluent black professionals in the world who share this same history.
It’s so sad that this professor, possessing knowledge in direct contradiction to the assertions being made in indoctrination camp, did not speak out. I’ll give him a pass, because I know the culture of fear in higher ed today.
After having their intelligence insulted, at last the scholars speak up, sheepishly (to use the professor’s own words):
I also learned that only white people can be racists or commit racist acts. This is because the cultural Marxists have redefined racism to mean an act of discrimination plus “power,” and only white heterosexual males can wield this “power.” Several of my faculty colleagues sheepishly questioned this obviously bogus idea, based on their life experiences, but got no response from the presenters.
Again, this is what I noticed, too, when I experienced indoctrination: even if you gently point out how what you’re being told makes no sense, you get no answer. I’ve seen it before: if you ask a question, they simply repeat the lies they just told you, as though you simply didn’t hear them the first time. So, it’s not all fear in higher education, there’s also futility.
The professor himself does try to ask a question:
I asked the presenters the following hypothetical: If the Congressional Black Caucus got a law passed that funded “minority scholarships” for black students and advertised that white people need not apply (we do have such programs), would that be discriminatory? I did not get a yes or no answer, but another mini lecture about white privilege.
This really is key to an ideology: it simply cannot tolerate questions. All it can do is repeat, and repeat, and repeat. Again, I suppose it’s not entirely fear that keeps faculty from challenging the narratives presented at these indoctrination camps, but the established futility of trying to make even a little headway against the tsunami of fake information washing over the scholars.
The professor does point out how terrible the ideas presented here are, in his essay…but he sure didn’t do so at the actual “seminar” of indoctrination. Again, I’ve seen what happens when you try that: the dean will send you a formal statement, telling you how disappointed she was that you weren’t collegial at the meeting, and that further displays of non-collegiality on your part will lead to termination.
So, for me, the “futility or fear” question is easily answered by “fear,” but reasonable people can disagree.
Just don’t do that at an indoctrination camp.