The Atlantic Describes a "Self-Defeating Radicalism" at Western Washington University

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No comment, Eli? I'm curious to read the take of the Stranger's Pulitzer-winning associate editor.

FTA:
many of these adults will refrain from criticizing these student activists out of a misguided sense of solidarity with young people whose hearts are in the right place. Some will even suggest that criticism is tantamount to “silencing” these activists.


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Go Western Washington Reeducation Camp Vikings!
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these are the kids that want to dump the Vikings mascot because it's Caucasian-privileging and aggressive, right?
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It sounds as if these radicals are trying to start a form of thought control. The WWSU administration should stop this group dead in it's tracks; the school could find itself deep in a federal lawsuit otherwise.
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In addition to my previous post, the ideas put forth by these radicals I think are a very good example of what one might expect to see if a socialist government were to take over.
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Spring on a college campus. The days are longer, the sap is rising. The younger students have started to figure things out and are a little more confident they'll get through this. The older students are starting to run out of fucks to give. Tempests brew up in teapots, and Sehome Hill becomes a mountain. Soon June will come and the spell will be broken.
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The problem is the name. The "Office for Social Transformation" has such a negative ring to it. They should call it something much friendlier and positive - I'd suggest "The Committee on Public Safety."
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Listen to an illuminating chat between Sam Harris & Jonathan Haidt about these issues, starting at 1:34:10 in this podcast.

https://soundcloud.com/samharrisorg/evol…
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It's this sort of shit that's why I've lost faith with the liberal protest movement in America. (Well, that and the fact that they frequently tolerate anti-white racism and anti-Semitism within their ranks.)
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Campus radicals. From yesterday's Free Thinkers to today's Thought Police.
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Your thought-aggressions have been reported to the Office for Social Transformation. Expect a visit.
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Interesting that antisemitism seems to have been added since this story was reported a week earlier in the Daily Beast, where its absence was noted: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/20…
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@GermanSausage: if the a group of students want to investigate claims of tenured professors being racist, sexist

The terms "racist" and "sexist" have become so broad and academic that they pretty much describe everyone.

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@12: So you're saying that because racism in our society causes greater harm to black people, it should be tolerated when leveled against other people? By that same logic, sexual harassment of men by women is okay. Or heck, let's just go straight-bashing.
Hatred and prejudice are NOT OKAY. I don't care what color someone is; I will NOT tolerate it from their mouth. Pull your head out of your ass, you twit.
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@16: Not to mention it will eventually turn into "'investigating' this professor I don't like/gave me a bad grade."

I have taught and been around enough many doofy, and self-important college kids to know that this will happen.
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In much of academia today (due to the rise of "critical theory" and intersectionality) the definitions of racism and sexism have morphed into the following:

==> racism / sexism = prejudice + power <==

This issue is summarized here

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Prejudice_p…

But you will find this morphed definition even in Wikipedia [emphasis mine] "Garner (2009: p. 11) summarizes different existing definitions of racism and identifies three common elements contained in those definitions of racism. First, a historical, hierarchical POWER relationship between groups; second, a set of ideas (an ideology) about racial differences; and, third, discriminatory actions (practices)."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

The end result of this is the fairly new claim that people of color can't be racist, and women can't be sexist, because they lack the necessary power. These two recent articles are clear examples.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reve…

http://www.bustle.com/articles/71400-6-r…

More reading on how these issues are being discussed and taught in college with today's emphasis on systemic oppression instead of simple prejudice:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectio…

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Intersectio…