Skip to comments.Civil Rights 50 Years On and â€œUmâ€¦the kids want their own water fountains.â€
Posted on 11/10/2015 7:32:33 AM PST by NOBO2012
Ah the 1960âs: the decade of Americaâs counter-cultural revolution. Youthful revolutionaries circa 1960 found fault with Americaâs materialism and sought to improve societyâs inequities tied to race, class, and gender. Campus unrest was rampant, civil discourse was not-so-civil, and everyone, everywhere seemed consumed by racial tension fueled by charges of discrimination. Had we done a better job, perhaps we wouldnât still be litigating the same grievances 50 years hence.
At the half century mark all weâve effectively done is impose mandatory politically correct speech, create campus âsafe spacesâ and raise children who grow more hyper-sensitive to real and/or perceived micro-aggressions with each subsequent generation.
All of which helps explain this little kittenâs expletive-filled meltdown over the Yale Halloween Hullabaloo:
This one began when a Yale dean circulated an e-mail warning against âculturally insensitiveâ Halloween costumes. One Yale professor, Erika Christakis, replied with a reasonably worded e-mail that basically asked everyone to relax and stop being so uptight and condescending. It reads, in part:
âIs there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxiousâ¦a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive? American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition.â
Itâs interesting to note how much this is an expression of the old liberal pieties about freedom of expression that the contemporary left has thoroughly rejected. So you all know whatâs coming next.
The response was an angry mob of student activists demanding the resignation ofâ¦her husband, Nicholas Christakis. Because every good progressive knows itâs a husband job to control his little woman, donât you know. Actually, they went after Nicholas Christakis because as Master of Silliman College, he was slightly higher up the administrative pecking order. And when youâre after power, you want to take down the most important target.
WTF! (Thatâs âWinning The Futureâ for those of you with short memories). Not only did the crowd go after Erikaâs hapless husband - âcanât you keep âyer little woman in line, Nicholas?â - butt the most vocal protester was a shrieking female who stomped off in tears when Nicholas wouldnât give in to her demands.
Somewhere Gloria Steinem is pulling out her gray hair and pouring herself a tumbler of Johnny Walker.
In case youâre keeping score: Privileged White Males 1, Feminists 0.
Next we have the case of University of Missouri: here we had several allegedly racial incidents on campus which were not âaddressedâ quickly enough or passionately enough to satisfy the schoolâs football team and their hunger-striking mascot. So they demanded â and got â the resignation of the university president.
As The Federalist explained:
Wolfe was targeted, as one protest group put it, because he was âânot completelyâ aware of systemic racism, sexism, and patriarchy on campus.â I love the ânot completely.â It reminds me of the old rule about totalitarian revolutions: first, you go after the counter-revolutionaries, then you go after the insufficiently enthusiastic. So Wolfe had to be removed for failing to show immediate and total compliance toward their political agenda.
Score so far: Concerned Students: 1, Insufficiently Enthusiastic, 0
Many are starting to actually question whether these institutions of âhigher learningâ ought not be put out of their misery. Roger Kimball makes a compelling case:
Colleges have set themselves up as multicultural, sexually and racially exotic hothouses to breed these noxious, neurasthenic but politically correct creatures who are capable of emotional hysteria but not reasoned argument.
Unfortunately college hasnât been about classic education for a long time. It serves now simply as the last link in the brainwashing pogrom that begins to in pre-school and continues through grad-school. Higher education has become an endless loop of grievances, outrage, and capitulation. Much like the rest of society only with a higher price tag.
Sad, really, that after 50 years of progressive ideas, policies and programs we are right back where we started: campus unrest, âpolice brutality,â and the subjugation of women. Proof positive that bad ideas never die, they simple get recycled, like garbage.
Which provides me yet another opportunity to post my all-time favorite Doonesbury; apologies for the quality itâs the only image available. Pertinent transcript below.
âI donât get it, Campbell. The Black students now have separate dorms, fraternities, cafeteria tables, student center, studies program and graduation. After 25 years of intensive, progressive action in pursuit of racial justice at this college, weâve managed to produce a fully segregated campus. *sigh* What a legacy Iâve created. And to think I marched with Dr. King in Selma.â
âSo what is it now?â
âUmâ¦the kids want their own water fountains.â
Howâs that âHope and Changeâ working out for you kids?
In other news: University of Missouri president Wolfe confirms the death of the university . . . that was noted by Allan Bloom decades ago in The Closing of the American Mind.
Posted from: Michelle Obamaâs Mirror
The leftists eat their own. Gotta love it!
So because the president of the U didn't react and grovel fast enough after the latest
hoax incident, they had something to complain about. Now the inmates are in control of the institution/insane asylum.
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