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December 3, 2012

What's The Opposite Of Diversity?

University!

In recent years, a University of Oklahoma vice president has declared that no university resources, including e-mail, could be used for “the forwarding of political humor/commentary.” The College at Brockport in New York banned using the Internet to “annoy or otherwise inconvenience” anyone. Rhode Island College prohibited, among many other things, certain “attitudes.” Texas Southern University’s comprehensive proscriptions included “verbal harm” from damaging “assumptions” or “implications.” Texas A&M promised “freedom from indignity of any type.” Davidson banned “patronizing remarks.” Drexel University forbade “inappropriately directed laughter.” Western Michigan University banned “sexism,” including “the perception” of a person “not as an individual, but as a member of a category based on sex.” Banning “perceptions” must provide full employment for the burgeoning ranks of academic administrators.

h/t EBD

Posted by Kate at December 3, 2012 7:49 PM
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A civilization that follows this path of mental insanity against human nature has not long to survive.
This is more than physical coercion or even fascism. Its anti human in its Utopian fantasy. You can only constipate the human mind for only so long before rebellion bursts out. As we are seeing outputs of violence expressed physically by mass killing.Where people are repressed by a dictatorship more feral than even the threat of ones life. The inhuman ideology that generates this sickness will be rhew target for a fury these people have never even imagened. This is what happens when you try to supress whole populations. You get Romania.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at December 3, 2012 9:58 PM

That it is difficult and possibly impossible to think or anticipate what some fool will be offeded by...like....wadda ya do?

This just empowers the loose cannons/lunatics/fools of our society...or that the purpose?

Posted by: sasquatch at December 3, 2012 9:58 PM

I ban the perception that universities are places of learning and that you feel wet when in the rain.

Posted by: Sounder at December 3, 2012 10:35 PM

As I commented once on Aaron Clarey's blog, every modern North American university, whatever its name or pedigree, is inter alia a branch campus of that greatest university of them all. It is called "F*ck U", and it does provide a thorough real life education, none finer. Now the students may think that they have attended UofT, USask, PSU, McGill, or whatever, but, years later, as they contemplate their ruined finances and blighted lives, they will realise what institution they have really attended. Now that will be a real education! And in the excerpts, you see F*ck. U's finest administrators at work, doing their good work.

Posted by: John Lewis at December 3, 2012 10:45 PM

What surprises me is that students in the US haven't been pushing back at this idiocy far harder. What the US has that we don't is the 1st amendment which allows for free speech. There is no US constitutional right to not be offended. Every time one of these totalitarian "speech codes" has gone into a US court, it's lost as the 1st amendment makes such totalitarian idiocy unconstitutional.

Maybe I'm just from that 60's generation that would have had no problem in using violence if the situation called for it, but I find the total lack of direct action against clear violations of the US constitution disturbing. I don't know how easy it is to be expelled from university in the US now, but back in the 1970's we seemed to be able to get away with just about anything. Some of the activities we engaged in would have us brought up as major criminals in the area of offending certain groups of people.

Perhaps there's a lot more sheeple around than there were 40 years ago. I had no trouble back then telling a black marxist that the only good commie is a dead commie - now I suspect that I'd be found guilty of "racial intolerance". I've always had a tendency to say exactly what I'm thinking and it did get me into a few fights as a student. I suspect I wouldn't last very long at a US university today.

Posted by: Loki at December 3, 2012 11:15 PM

Nothing described here would be out of place in North Korea. Even emotions are subject to fascistic scrutiny.

Loki, students cannot fight back because if they have just figured out something is wrong, they don't know why nor do they possess the wherewithal to fight back.

Also, Revnant Dream said.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 3, 2012 11:27 PM

Seems like these idiots are trying to outdo each other in political correctness. Tell me once more why the USA is spending hundreds of billions in other countries under the guise of bringing them freedom and democracy when it has all but disappeared at home.

Posted by: peterj at December 3, 2012 11:27 PM

I recall waiting at the sales counter of our local bldg. supply when the contractor ahead of me told a joke to a couple of clerks behind the counter just as he was leaving. The joke was a little off colour but not bad by any stretch...actually it was fairly clever as well as being pretty benign.
As I stood waiting for the clerk to help me, I couldn't help but notice as she stood there head down in a sort of self absorbed daze that the quizzical look on her face was in fact fear & confusion.
She finally came around and while pulling herself together said to everyone though to no one in particular that she didn't know whether or not it was okay to laugh at the joke.
At some distant point in my past I may have held a smidgen of compassion for her plight,though now all I could feel was distain for someone so foolishly caught up and self absorbed in a web of fear and confusion as to just what was considered socially and politically correct at the expense of some harmless good humour.
Such are the self induced bonds many have forged for their pathetic existence.

Posted by: old duffer at December 3, 2012 11:28 PM

This reads more like the manifesto for the HRCs than for any "educational institution". They are equally misguided and equally dangerous.

Posted by: Aviator at December 3, 2012 11:30 PM

Revnant Dream, "This is what happens when you try to supress whole populations. You get Romania." I think this is the plan.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 3, 2012 11:49 PM

This will just get worse and worse until those responsible are starting to be shot down. Then they'll chill out. Absent something that extreme nothing will change.

Posted by: vanderleun at December 3, 2012 11:55 PM

Osumashi Kinyobe, I'm assuming that most US university students would be intimately familiar with the US constitution given how important that one document was in creating the freest and most dynamic society in the world. It would seem self-evident to me that any student with a modicum of intelligence would look at the speech codes of their university and immediately see they're in violation of the 1st amendment.

If first year university students don't know the basics of US history, then this represents a total failure on the part of their history teachers. I don't know to what extent unconstitutional practices exist within high schools in the US, but this would be a prerequisite for, in the case of a first year university student:
if they have just figured out something is wrong, they don't know why

It would make sense if they've been effectively neutered by the statist public educational system.

Posted by: Loki at December 3, 2012 11:56 PM

There are more than a few parallels between Nicolae Ceaușescu and Obama. Hope the end result works out the same way too.

Posted by: peterj at December 4, 2012 12:07 AM

Loki, I think you assume wrongly. Sorry. If the universities have become this bad, the system has done its job- entrench leftists (NEVER "progressives") in positions of power, separate them from their parents and common sense, inculcate them with the worst values possible, get them to pay taxes through the nose for the next generation of potentially gullible leeches.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 4, 2012 12:13 AM

Loki

The average Tea Party Patriot knows more about the US Constitution than the average university student. The institutional left suppresses History and Science in favour of multiculturalism and green narratives, respectively.

Posted by: John Chittick at December 4, 2012 12:34 AM

Kate, I just want to thank you for the great diversity of opinion and commentary that is provided here. Unlike 'university', this place is really open minded with a broad range of view points. It's certainly not the same old thing with every topic and I completely understand how you haven't gotten bored of this after however many years it has been. If you were to just post topics where everyone patted you on the back and complained about the left each and every time THAT might get a little sad and dull. But thanks to the diverse range of opinions at small dead animals, I know that will never happen.

Keep up the good work. Thanks again for the diversity :)

Posted by: Tim at December 4, 2012 12:44 AM

In some countries learning is still fun.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IfpYmGcwj0

Posted by: peterj at December 4, 2012 12:47 AM

I suspect the indignant compiler of this amusing litany of silliness hasn't read very many corporate policies on employee use of email.

Posted by: balbulican at December 4, 2012 6:36 AM

Ken (Kulak) at December 3, 2012 11:49 PM
"Revnant Dream, "This is what happens when you try to supress whole populations. You get Romania." I think this is the plan."

vanderleun at December 3, 2012 11:55 PM
"This will just get worse and worse until those responsible are starting to be shot down. Then they'll chill out. Absent something that extreme nothing will change."

The point is that although the intent of the facilitators of all this PC crap is to create a cringing, docile population of sheeple.....the result will probably be Romania...the Romania that reflexively, put Ceausescu and his charming spouse against a wall....and shot them.

Posted by: sasquatch at December 4, 2012 10:24 AM

Have a nice day. Have a nice day. Have a nice day. Have nice ..... hope I'm not offending anyone.

Posted by: melvin muskrat at December 4, 2012 10:40 AM

peterj at December 4, 2012 12:47 AM
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IfpYmGcwj0"

That video just illustrates the pitfall of poorly pronounced words the results which can be amusing....or lethal.

eg....Francophones cannot pronounce the the "TH" diphong to save themselves....their best efforts are more like a hiss...

Posted by: sasquatch at December 4, 2012 10:45 AM

no university resources, including e-mail, could be used for “the forwarding of political humor/commentary.”

Universities whether private or state-funded have the right not to allow use of official resources for 'political humor/commentary' (PH/C). Does one join a University to learn, or to indulge in PH/C with university email resources? There is boatloads of PH/C at SDA. Come join the fun here. But BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Posted by: Rizwan at December 4, 2012 11:24 AM

Loki: "What surprises me is that students in the US haven't been pushing back at this idiocy far harder."

I expect it's because most students, especially those taking real programs (science, engineering, business, etc.) are interested mainly in getting their ticket punched and getting out in the real world to earn a living.

Posted by: Cyclist at December 4, 2012 12:10 PM

Balbulican, I didn't realise laughter was so noxious.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 4, 2012 9:05 PM

The pendulum swings. In the U.S., the "Free Speech movement" can be traced to U. of Cal at Berkley when Mario Savo called out the university administration in a famous speech. The student uprising was "liberal" the administration was "conservative". Now both administration and students swinging together but the winds of change are again blowing, you just don't see it yet. There will be another "free speech" movement.

Posted by: David in Michigan at December 4, 2012 10:30 PM

@loki...Osumashi Kinyobe, I'm assuming that most US university students would be intimately familiar with the US constitution....you would be assuming wrong.When the chimp in chief flaunts the constitution,how can you expect spoon fed socialist students to even know of what you speak?If it ain't on their BamBam phone twit feed,it doesn't exist.

Posted by: Justthinkin at December 5, 2012 1:47 AM

Math books offend people who can't do math. Are STEM courses on the way out?

Posted by: John at December 5, 2012 7:53 AM

Justthinkin, I don't think students in North American universities have a stock knowledge of anything which is how leftist professors like it (clean slates, you know).

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 6, 2012 12:02 AM
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