Again, we call on every decent “liberal” out there who knows that political correctness is an anti-intellectual cult to speak up. We may not agree on economic issues, and perhaps many cultural issues, but I think intellectually honest people can all agree that reading Huckleberry Finn is not an act of racism. All intellectually honest people can agree that eating tacos is not “cultural appropriation.” And I think all intellectually honest people can agree that the “micro-aggression” folks have collectively lost their minds. Sadly this has happened, largely, because intellectually honest but fearful “liberals” have given safe haven to these bullies in colleges, in the workplace, and in government.
It is you, intellectually honest “liberals,” who have got to step out on this. You guys are in the crosshairs. The PC brigades know that people like me will never ever give into their bullying. But the brigades think they can push YOU around. And to a large degree they have.
Stand up for what is right while you still can “liberals.”
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Last week the university announced it would pay $500,000 to settle the couple’s complaint. Evergreen said in a statement that the college “strongly rejects” the lawsuit’s allegations, denies the Day of Absence was discriminatory, and asserts: “The college took reasonable and appropriate steps to engage with protesters, de-escalate conflict, and keep the campus safe.”
A different story emerges from hundreds of pages of Evergreen correspondence, which I obtained through Washington state’s Public Records Act. The emails show that some students and faculty were quick to levy accusations of racism with neither evidence nor consideration of the reputational harm they could cause. The emails also reveal Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Heying were not the only ones concerned about a hostile and dangerous campus.
Consider a February exchange, in which Mr. Weinstein—a progressive who is skeptical of identity politics—faulted what he called Evergreen administrators’ “reckless, top-down reorganization around new structures and principles.”
Within minutes, a student named Mike Penhallegon fired back an email denouncing Mr. Weinstein and his “racist colleagues.”
Another student, Steve Coffman, responded by asking for proof of racism within the science faculty. Mr. Coffman cited Christopher Hitchens’s variation of Occam’s razor: “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
Jacqueline McClenny, an office assistant for the First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services—a campus office that helped organize the Day of Absence—observed that because Hitchens’s razor is an “Englishman’s popularization of a Latin proverb,” it “would seem to itself be the product of at least two traditionally hierarchical, imperialist societies with an interest in disposing of inconvenient questions.”
Consider this last sentence. THIS is the sort of stuff the PC brigades waste their intellectual energy (such as it is) on. It is crazy. Flat out nuts. And what the hell is someone named McClenny – a Scottish surname – doing being the mouthpiece for “First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services”. Even if Ms. McClenny is black, using her logic she should in no way be attached to any official correspondence from a “First Peoples” group.
See how that works. There’s no end to the idiocy.