The Brazen Confront the Gutless
At close to midnight on Thursday night, roughly 200 students marched to University President Peter Salovey’s home on Hillhouse Avenue under a new name — Next Yale — wielding a new set of demands.
The students said the new movement will hold Yale accountable to its students of color and that a diverse coalition of students crafted the new demands, which supersede those put together by the Black Student Alliance at Yale and presented to administrators more than a week ago. The new demands, which were read aloud to Salovey in front of his home, call on the University to develop ethnic studies, increase support for the cultural centers, address mental health issues for minority students and remove Nicholas and Erika Christakis from their respective positions as master and associate master of Silliman College. The students demanded an administrative response by Nov. 18.
“Because the administration has been unwilling to properly address institutional racism and interpersonal racism at Yale, Next Yale has spent hours organizing, at great expense to our health and grades, to fight for a University where we feel safe,” one of the student leaders read from a prepared statement to Salovey. “Next Yale intends to hold Yale accountable to its students of color in the public eye.”
“At great expense to our health and grades.” Good grief. Maybe Salovey would like to resign himself, and let the student radicals run the show.
Did you see the news today about the dean at Claremont-McKenna who yielded to student protesters and resigned? :
Dean Mary Spellman at Claremont McKenna stepped down after she sparked a campus protest and hunger strikes by two students this week over her email to a Latina student saying she would work to serve those who “don’t fit our CMC mold.”
Spellman later apologized, but her remarks appeared to be a tipping point for students who have pressed the campus for months for greater diversity among faculty and staff and more funding for multicultural services.
They drove this dean out because she said she would help those who felt marginalized on campus, but she didn’t say it in the right way!
Why do people like Mary Spellman surrender to these thuggish students? Look at how a student crowd at Claremont McKenna responded to an Asian girl who said that we should look at the hearts of people, not just their color, because black people can be as racist as whites. A group of dissenting Claremont McKenna students responded to this and to Spellman’s resignation with admirable contempt. Excerpt:
First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing. However, we are disappointed in you as well. We are disappointed that you allowed a group of angry students to bully you into resignation. We are disappointed that you taught Claremont students that reacting with emotion and anger will force the administration to act. We are disappointed that when two students chose to go on a hunger strike until you resigned, you didn’t simply say, “so what?” If they want to starve themselves, that’s fine—you don’t owe them your job. We are disappointed that you and President Chodosh put up with students yelling and swearing at you for an hour. You could have made this a productive dialogue, but instead you humored the students and allowed them to get caught up in the furor.
Above all, we are disappointed that you and President Chodosh weren’t brave enough to come to the defense of a student who wastold she was “derailing” because her opinions regarding racism didn’t align with those of the mob around her. Nor were you brave enough to point out that these protesters were perfectly happy to use this student to further their own agenda, but turned on her as soon as they realized she wasn’t supporting their narrative. These protesters were asking you to protect your students, but you didn’t even defend the one who needed to be protected right in front of you.
Second, President Chodosh. We were disappointed to see you idly stand by and watch students berate, curse at, and attack Dean Spellman for being a “racist.” For someone who preaches about “leadership” and “personal and social responsibility,” your actions are particularly disappointing. You let your colleague, someone who has been helping your administration for the past three years and the college for six years, be publicly mocked and humiliated. Why? Because you were afraid.
Amen. Why are you people so afraid? I do not understand it at all.
A reader at Princeton writes, of Spellman’s resignation:
This is truly crazy stuff.
Here at Princeton, the climate is not nearly a politically active as other campuses (Yale, etc.), yet we do have some of the same rumblings.
We have had protests where students held placards quoting vile, racist comments they found on Yik-Yak. I get it. There is ugly racism, here at Princeton and everywhere.
Here’s what I don’t get: How/why is a University’s administration directly accountable for anonymous racist comments? You can’t legislate these kinds of heart issues. Students somehow think that the Administration is responsible for each and every heart and mind. It’s crazy!
We’ve also had some interesting commentary regarding Woodrow Wilson. Wilson was an obvious racist (I agree). Because of his racism, Wilson’s legacy is (according to some students) to be ignored in it’s entirety see: https://dailyprincetonian.com/opinion/2015/09/on-the-legacy-of-woodrow-wilson-a-racist-bigot/
I will say that Princeton is actively recruiting first-gen, low-income students, and the university is trying to support them, both financially and with additional programming to help them navigate the college experience here. There are people in the administration here acting with genuine goodwill trying to help. Just like the Claremont McKenna Dean of Students was! At some schools, one misstep, and it’s off with your head!
So, now leftie Freddie de Boer, praised yesterday by me for standing up to the protesters, is now fully on board with them. He writes:
I’m very afraid that, because conservatism so dominates state politics in the US, we’re going to see a lot of these bodies come down hard on campuses with effective protests.
So if like me you’re sympathetic to these protests, I think you’ve got to start to lay the groundwork and fight for representation for these students in these bodies. If you live in Missouri and you support the protesters, you need to start calling and emailing your state legislators now. If you support the protesters, you need to start calling and emailing the (Democrat) governor now. You’ve got to make these demands. And people in other states have to be prepared for the fights that are likely ahead. Because everything I know about 21st century America tells me that the empire is going to strike back, and hard, and it will use the bodies it most strictly controls to do so.
Let us hope so. Strike back, empire, and strike hard. The reader who sent me that item said: “Don’t think anyone on the left is, in any way, on our side.”
Amherst College loonies have gone so far they’ve even alienated Panda, a strongly left-wing reader of this blog. Here are their demands of the school administration. Excerpt:
We as a compassionate student body have gathered to address the legacy of oppression on campus. If these goals are not initiated within the next 24 to 48 hours, and completed by November 18th, we will organize and respond in a radical manner, through civil disobedience. If there is a continued failure to meet our demands, it will result in an escalation of our response.
1. President Martin must issue a statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism. Also include that marginalized communities and their allies should feel safe at Amherst College.
2. We demand Cullen Murphy ‘74, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, to issue a statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration, and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism
3. Amherst College Police Department must issue a statement of protection and defense from any form of violence, threats, or retaliation of any kind resulting from this movement.
4. President Martin must issue a statement of apology to faculty, staff and administrators of color as well as their allies, neither of whom were provided a safe space for them to thrive while at Amherst College.
At my own alma mater, LSU, a black student went berserk after she saw a noose hanging from a tree on campus. Except it wasn’t a noose at all, but rather, said the university, “the end of a grounding wire that was uprooted when a heavy branch fell down on the wire.” Among the subsequent tweets the student, Clarke Perkins, sent out:
@lsu has confirmed it is NOT a noose. Just a coincidence – as far as we know, there is NO noose on campus.
This morning, I was walking across campus and saw what I thought was a noose hanging from a tree. So I shared my concerns.
Not a professionally made noose – I believed it to be a makeshift one created as an offensive joke.
I was wrong, it was a wire that fell. But if black students were more accepted here, I wouldn’t have thought a noose
So she’s a paranoid nut, but it’s LSU’s fault. Or non-black people’s fault. Got it. The chancellor must resign!
“I charge this university and many others for being perpetrators of structural and ideological racism, sexism and other systems of oppression,” Khalif Andre ’19 wrote in an email to The Herald, clarifying a sentiment he expressed in his speech earlier in the day.
“Our humanity is not up for discussion,” he said. “If you do not take a stance for our humanity, you’re taking a stance against it. … Either you’re with us, or you’re against us.”
Godwin Tsado ’16, an organizer of the event, said he “envisioned something extremely organic, (where) people said whatever was on their mind, and that happened.” He added, “It’s obvious that people in power in the University know this is going on,” with students calling for action for years. “Why don’t they address it head on?”
… The grad students read a list of demands for the administration, including that the University hire more faculty members of color, create mandatory training on critical race theory for all faculty members and adopt an intersectional framework for Title IX training. The Graduate Students of Color Collective, the Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association and Africana Studies grad students encourage members of the community to read their official statement, which includes their full list of demands.
“Practicing anti-racism should be everyone’s job, not just students of color,” Lily Mengesha GS, a speaker at the teach-in and a fourth-year graduate student in theatre arts and performance studies, told The Herald. Arguments for neutrality do not result in productive or constructive dialogue, she said, adding, “I’ve gotten used to feeling silenced by the institution.”
“I really appreciated that (organizers) allowed trans black students to speak at this event because there are so few of us on campus,” said Jackie Rice ’16, a former MPC and former head chair of the Queer Alliance. “People listened and affirmed and made a commitment to make changes on campus for people like me.”
Finally tonight, the student government at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities voted down a resolution to establish a remembrance on all future 9/11 anniversaries:
Nathan Amundson serves as President of UMN’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student group representative for Write Things, a creative writing group. Amundson said debate on the resolution centered around whether enacting the moment of recognition might instill a more islamophobic sentiment on campus.
“This resolution was non-controversial and was supported by the MSA’s President and Vice-President,” said Amundson, “However, several members, in exchanges with CRs rep Theo Menon, were militant in their opposition to it due to a perceived bias toward Muslims.”
Other proponents of the resolution argued in forum that its passage could bring up controversial topics, and that a healthy dialogue and campus tension reduction would ensue from the moment of recognition.
At-large MSA representative and Director of Diversity and Inclusion David Algadi voiced severe criticism of the resolution. He also made sure to emphasize 9/11’s status as a national tragedy in his response.
“The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe,” said Algadi, “Islamophobia and racism fueled through that are alive and well.”
Hey, young Social Justice Warriors of Minnesota, what do you think about the idea that the citizens of Paris deserve a “safe space.”
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I hope that’s true for this SJW spasm. But I do wonder if universities even have the capacity to defend themselves and their mission against racial nihilists and their allies.
This, from a real Twitter account (that has been deleted), really says it all about America’s Social Justice Warriors and their crusade:
Interesting how the news reports are covering the Paris terrorist attacks but said nothing about the terrorist attack at #Mizzou?☕️?
— Kyra D. Hardy (@_kyrahardy) November 14, 2015