Woke Mob: 0 Common Sense: 1

Woke students at M.I.T. tried to cancel a professor because … wait for it … he said that “academic evaluations should be based on merit and not racial equity” but then something interesting happened:

Professor George said: ‘I’m delighted to report that we’ve expanded the Zoom quota for Dr Dorian Abbot’s Princeton lecture – the one shockingly and shamefully canceled by MIT – and literally thousands of people have registered.’

It comes after Professor Abbot wrote on October 5 on Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter: ‘I am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter.

‘My crime? Arguing for academic evaluations based on academic merit.’ Many progressives now argue that equity – equality of outcomes – is more important that equality – giving everyone the same opportunity.

In the professor’s own words . . .

16 Replies to “Woke Mob: 0 Common Sense: 1”

  1. Decent fellow, asks his readers not to attack the dirty Communist scum who attacked him.

    I’d like to though. Literally, as in, “The grad students were shocked when One Smart Fellow, war chief of the Givafuk Nation, arrived and attacked them with a very large (redacted), causing horror and considerable vomiting among onlookers.

    “This is for all my beautiful Celtic ancestors, for their honour and to remind you of their oppression and enslavement,” he was heard to say during the hacking and slashing session which went on for quite some time.

    Body parts were donated to U of C’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

  2. I’m beginning to understand why progressives think college should be free – because that’s about what it is worth.

  3. Everybody has the same opportunity, to learn the material and get a passing grade, by proving they actually know the material. That is how it is supposed to be.

      1. Having taught at the post-secondary level for several years, I, sadly, can confirm that.

        Twenty years ago, while at Armpit College, I had the class from hell in a service course. It was an unusual day for me if someone didn’t whine or try to cheat on an exam or quiz. I knew that many of them failed that, even after I made things easy for them because of their incessant whining.

        I submitted my resignation shortly after final exams for the second term. During the following summer, AC published the graduation list and many of the names of the people who I darned well knew flunked my course were on it.

        That confirmed that I had made the right decision by quitting.

    1. but, but, but … VOWG … “equity”

      Damn those white kids from intact, two-parent homes in lilywhite (and Asians) suburbia !!! How does one overcome that awful, disgusting, “privilege” ??!!!

      So. Let me keep score. We finally … finally … got rid of “Affirmative Action”. For Christ’s sake, how many decades since MLK Jr. do we need to keep coddling black kids as … inferior (I’m not calling them that … the AA crusaders are). The US Supreme Court even struck-down Affirmative Action.

      Until …

      Obama declared that America is STILL racist. He himself was living PROOF of America’s racism. Oh. Wait. Well, nevermind!! America is racist … cause you kill black criminals acting … well. Criminal. And black kids STILL can’t make it in college … even AFTER most colleges started offering degrees in “Mass media” and various ethnic “Studies”. STILL black kids were taking massive college loans (18-24yo welfare) and FAILING to get a degree. So a new word needed to be invented … “equity”. Blacks gonna “get even” wit you suckah!!!

      We are fkcued. The inmates (ethnic “Studies” graduates) are running the assylum.

      1. Yes, virtue is a moving target, and popular culture is a disaster.
        Jon Gruden lost his job as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, after revelation of a couple of rough emails written a decade ago. While I don’t condone his crass and tasteless language, and I think he’s exceptionally rude, the emails were private communications and one would hope that format would be secure from public scrutiny.

        Barack Obama, on the other hand, is a known former drug dealer. We all know what his reward was. He’s now the figurehead ideologue in Liberal Nirvana, worshipped by progressives everywhere. He also set the presidential precedent for lying in office, upon which Biden now feasts. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

  4. Why do people want to study at MIT in the first place? Merit of course, it’s the most prestigious institute of it’s kind in the world because it not only accepts the best and brightest, but also graduates the best educated students. If you truly don’t give a damn about merit, then Phoenix University might be a better fit.
    Normal people are a little tired of having to consult with an intersectionality flow chart to establish a victim hierarchy before deciding what to think about anything.

    1. Normal people are a little tired of having to consult with an intersectionality flow chart to establish a victim hierarchy

      Fashions have to change, or else women can’t show their superior status in the herd by ostracizing anyone wearing last year’s fashions.

      Woke intersectionality is just women carrying their high school mean girls practices into adulthood, predatory men pretending to comply so they can get laid, and ruthless sociopaths who have figured out they can exploit this behaviour for political power.

      All of this nonsense would stop in a heartbeat if the men in charge simply started saying “do your actual job or you’re fucking fired“.

      1. DR, my friend and nemesis … that is the most salient and cogent comment I’ve ever read from you!! Good work!!

  5. Princeton is one of the few universities in the U.S, and indeed in the world, which has a strong commitment to freedom of expression :

    “The Princeton faculty adopted a Statement on Freedom of Expression(link is external) in 2015, affirming the University’s commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression as essential to the University’s educational mission. The Statement on Freedom of Expression states in part:

    Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Except insofar as limitations on that freedom are necessary to the functioning of the University, the University fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the University community “to discuss any problem that presents itself.”

    Of course, the ideas of different members of the University community will often and quite naturally conflict. But it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.

    The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University may restrict expression that violates the law, that falsely defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, that unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or that is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the University. In addition, the University may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression to ensure that it does not disrupt the ordinary activities of the University. But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression, and it is vitally important that these exceptions never be used in a manner that is inconsistent with the University’s commitment to a completely free and open discussion of ideas. ”


    1. I beg to differ. Or I would, had they not scrubbed every mention of me from Princeton.

  6. Is it a random occurrence that 8 of 12 of the outraged comments selected are “from Venus”? Or is it just that universities have become a female bastion?