American universities are bastions of free inquiry. Where young minds are exposed to oppositional notions forcing reassessment and validation of long embraced beliefs. It is a place where perspectives from the periphery are encouraged with the latitude to challenge dominant orthodoxy. A place where…ahh enough bullshit. They are astronomically priced groupthink indoctrination mills that are attended for no other reason than out of observance for their role as professional employment gatekeepers. Reverse Griggs v. Duke Power and watch both employers and young people come simultaneously to this same conclusion.
Though I’d like to mention a couple of reasons why American universities are important. First, without them, who would shout down uncomfortable queries?
In the linked news video, the East Carolina University school newspaper finds itself in the midst of a leftoid defecation storm for printing the following hideous question submitted by a reader.
Will someone explain to me why there is no White Student Union? I feel underrepresented.
You can imagine how hurtful this must be to the pioneers of free inquiry. Particularly so to members of the Black Student Union, whose campus monopoly on cohesive racial advocacy is sacrosanct.
Defending her decision to publish this monstrous sentence, the editor of the school newspaper explained in a radio interview: “There is a reason there is not a white student union. But some people don’t agree with that reason and they are entitled to that opinion.” And what that reason is shall remain very well hidden. Though other students on campus were keen to share their disapproval of such queries in an otherwise pristine academic setting.
Jarret Slon (black): “The comment itself is asinine. For a white student to say that they feel underrepresented…it doesn’t make any sense.” I wonder if Jarret is intending to visit the black history museum in Lagos, Nigeria? If so, I do hope he will take note of the travel safety concerns there.
Johnathon Peralta (blackish member of a blacks only fraternity): I do understand that everybody has the right to say whatever they want. But it was kind of surprising they would publish that. I’m as surprised as you are Johnathon.
Cheyanne Hutchinson: (black): “I do feel like the newspaper should be censored.” As in accepting no more complaints from blacks about “racism?” No, I don’t think that’s quite the censoring Cheyanne has in mind. But let’s hear a perhaps more circumspect stance from a school official than outright speech cessation.
John Harvey, University Director of Student Media (apparently a paid position): “There were a lot of people upset that they read it. But what they should be upset about is not that it was published. I think what they should be upset about is the idea.” And how upset should they be Mr. Harvey? Would burning and looting suffice as the customary ameliorative? Or are you suggesting more “direct action” to placate the outrage of reciprocal student advocacy groups? And note, he says people should be upset about an idea. Here is the East Carolina University statement of purpose.
East Carolina University is a dynamic institution connecting people and ideas, finding solutions to problems, and seeking the challenges of the future.
Let’s just rework that without the “ideas” and “seeking challenges” parts.
Though would you like to hear of a university that does not quail from tummy-ache inducing ideas and challenges? Consider Eastern Kentucky University.
A new academic program at Eastern Kentucky University reframes the question many young people ask when they reach adulthood.
Forget the common “What do you want to do as a career?” quandary.
A newly approved bachelor’s degree program in Social Justice Studies (SJS) asks instead, “Who do you want to be and what role do you want to play in developing a more humane world?”
The interdisciplinary program will critically examine the cultural, economic and political dynamics of societal conflict and struggles for social justice among and between various groups and institutions. When it launches the program in Fall 2015, EKU will become the first college or university in Kentucky to offer a SJS degree.
Though housed in the School of Justice Studies in the University’s College of Justice and Safety, the SJS degree differs substantively from a Criminal Justice and Criminology degree, contending that the study of “justice” goes beyond the study of crime, law and the criminal justice system to place it within a more expansive economic, political and social context.
The program will draw upon a variety of academic disciplines such as American Studies, anthropology, cultural and political geography, sociology, political economy and cultua a more robust understanding of justice and injustice and strategies by which problems can be overcome.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which formally approved the program on Sept. 16, has emphasized the importance of preparing students capable of advancing the social, cultural and environmental health of the state. The SJS major at Eastern will engage students in rigorous academic study of pressing social problems and facilitate their civic engagement as it prepares them for careers in public, private, non-profit and community-based sectors of employment, including activism, alternative media, community organizing, conflict resolution, domestic non-profit and social services, environmental advocacy, human relations, political campaigns and public policy analysis.
Merciful Allah. A degree in “Social Justice.” Perhaps the curriculum will include addressing white student unions? Though can you imagine how quickly an employer would shitcan resumes featuring “Social Justice” as a major. Well, I’ve been thinking we didn’t have enough bitter, programmed, lawsuit-filing malcontents on the payroll. You’re hired!”
But that’s all secondary in the “community based sectors of employment.” What’s important is that now Kentucky will have a pipeline for advancing the social, cultural, and environmental health of the commonwealth. And that’s exactly the kind of leadership needed to keep awkwardly innocuous questions out of student newspapers.