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'Victims' Dictate ^ | May 29, 2019 | John Stossel

Posted on 05/29/2019 3:53:02 AM PDT by Kaslin

"I don't feel safe," says a Harvard student in a video.

What threatens her? The dean of her Harvard dormitory, law professor Ronald Sullivan, agreed to be part of accused sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein's legal defense team.

Sullivan and his wife were deans of the dormitory for years, but no matter. Now the professor is apparently an evil threat.

A group calling itself "Our Harvard Can Do Better" demanded Sullivan be removed from his dean job.

Sullivan is black, but black activists joined the protest, too. On the videotape, one says, "Dean Sullivan told me to my face that I should view his representation of Harvey Weinstein as a good thing because that representation will trickle down to black men like me who constantly face an unjust justice system."

Seems reasonable to me. But the privileged Harvard students laugh and clap when the protester goes on to say, "F--- that!"

Colleges don't show much courage when pushed by student activists. Harvard administrators removed Sullivan and his wife from the residence hall.

Do the students really "feel unsafe"?

"They're lying," says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz in my newest video. "Anybody who says they feel unsafe in the presence of a lawyer and his wife are looking you in the eye and committing the equivalent of perjury. They don't feel unsafe. They've learned the language of the new McCarthyism."

In other words, people call themselves "victims," knowing they can get results they want by saying they are traumatized by the presence of their enemies. Schools and other businesses, wanting to avoid protracted fights and accusations of sexism, racism or "insensitivity," rush to comply with activists' wishes.

Dershowitz is mad about what's happened at his school: "The mantra of the day is 'We feel unsafe.' Well, that's just too bad! Learn to deal with it. You're going to have to live in the real world in which your neighbors, friends, relatives are going to disagree with you. If you start using the criteria of 'unsafe' in your life, you're going to be a failure."

Worse, he adds, "You're going to impose restrictions on the rest of us."

I told Dershowitz that the students protesting Sullivan were mostly young women. Some had been sexually assaulted. Isn't it reasonable that they not be reminded of that?

"No, it's not reasonable not to want to face the reality that due process requires that everybody be represented," replied Dershowitz.

Harvard didn't fire Sullivan from his professor job, only his dean job.

So I said to Dershowitz: "Don't students have a right to say, 'Look, we're living with this guy. He creeps us out because of what he does. Get somebody else'?"

"If they could say that," replied Dershowitz, "they could say it about somebody who supports Donald Trump for president, somebody who is a Muslim, who's gay, who's Jewish, you name it."

Sullivan, who like Dershowitz has defended clients considered monsters by the general public, has long argued, "For the rights of all of us... to be protected, we have to live in a system where we vigorously, vigorously defend the guilty."

"You get the right to counsel no matter how despicable you are thought to be," explains Dershowitz. "These students would have fired John Adams. They would have not allowed him to come to the Constitutional Convention or write the Declaration of Independence because he defended the people who were accused of the Boston Massacre."

The new McCarthyism requires that everyone bow to demands of "victims." That's a lot of people.

On the videotape, one student says she worries not just about her own safety, but the well-being of "survivors, transgender and gender nonconforming people, BGLTQ people, undocumented, DACAmented and TPS people, indigenous people, first generation low-income people..."

I don't even know what some of those words mean.

Most of us want to protect genuine victims. But it makes little sense that America, a country where even poor people live longer and better lives than almost anyone in history, has become a place where spoiled children paying $60,000 tuition consider themselves "victims."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: harvard; harveyweinstein

1 posted on 05/29/2019 3:53:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Kowtowing to fractious demigods is never a moral position.

2 posted on 05/29/2019 4:07:48 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (The denial of the authority of God is the central plank of the Progressive movement.)
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To: Kaslin
a place where spoiled children paying $60,000 tuition consider themselves "victims."

Here’s a little news flash, buddy: those “children” aren’t “paying” a dime. Their parents, or taxpayers, are footing the bill for their years of infantile delusion.

3 posted on 05/29/2019 4:20:37 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Kaslin
Anybody who says they feel unsafe in the presence of a lawyer and his wife are looking you in the eye and committing the equivalent of perjury.

This is funny, coming from a crony of Bill Clinton...

Having pointed out a glaring exception, Dershowitz isn't completely wrong...

4 posted on 05/29/2019 4:28:03 AM PDT by IncPen ("Inside of every progressive is a Totalitarian screaming to get out" ~ David Horowitz)
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To: Kaslin

Unseen until now, we are creating a generation where the highest achievement is to be a recognized victim. UNREAL!

5 posted on 05/29/2019 4:38:19 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: Kaslin

Harvard, the Nation’s #1 $hit hole of “higher learning!” And just think, with 27 “institutions of higher learning,” Boston is the Nation’s “Educational $hit hole City.” My wife and I rue the day we paid to send our daughter to Boston University to study Music. $200k to have Boston U, “The Craphole on Constitution Avenue,” convert her to a loony Leftist. Worse yet, she never did anything to pursue a career in Opera, which was why she went there in the first place.

6 posted on 05/29/2019 5:55:50 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Kaslin

“First-generation low-income people?”

I guess I missed my chance at victimhood. I was a first-generation college student from a working-class family (maybe not technically low-income but not high-income either).

I didn’t feel like a victim. I didn’t feel “unsafe” either.

I felt blessed, in fact. Blessed to have the opportunity to get an education and have a better life. (I put some work into it, too, and took advantage of my opportunities.)

I’m so, so sick of the “victimhood.”

7 posted on 05/29/2019 5:56:44 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: SES1066

Recognized being the operative word here.

Hear, Hear!

8 posted on 05/29/2019 5:57:37 AM PDT by jurroppi1 (The Left doesnÂ’t have ideas, it has cliches. H/T Flick Lives)
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