This here's a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue, two college students with lots of school to do. They both wanted a college education, and this is how each paid their tuition... They headed down to the U of El Paso, where paying for school was a great big hassle. Billy Joe worked, nose to the grindstone, Bobbie Sue partied and got a student loan. Go on, take tax money and run... Billy Mack is a politician in Congress, you know he don’t know what the facts is. He ain't got a clue ‘bout fairness or justice, he makes his livin' off of the people's taxes. Bobbie Sue, whoa, whoa, she didn’t have to repay. Billy Joe got shafted, wouldn’t you say? She got the money, hey, You know she got away. Her degree was worthless, she’s on welfare today, Singin' go on take tax money and run... Go on, take tax money and run…
Fundamental to freedom is free speech. Free speech is the first freedom lost as despots seek and solidify power over people.
In his excellent article “The Fight for Free Speech” the late Walter E. Williams makes a compelling case for free speech and against the tyrannical trends trying to take away freedom of expression from political opponents. In the remainder of this post I excerpt several portions of Williams’ article.
“The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. Chief among their lessons is a need to attack free speech in the form of prohibitions against so-called hate speech and microaggressions… It is a tragic state of affairs when free speech and inquiry require protection at institutions of higher learning.”
Right on. I’m going to say here what many so-called intellectuals will consider to be a “microaggression” (or macro, perhaps), or may even be considered by some as “hate speech”: I utterly disrespect and despise anyone — particularly the supposedly “educated” of academia — who seeks to silence or censor their political opponents. Their efforts are evidence that the beliefs they so desperately seek to shield from questions and criticism are wrong.
A monopoly of ideas is just as dangerous as a monopoly in political power or a monopoly in the production of goods and services.
A monopoly of ideas — i.e. the silencing and censoring of opposing ideas — is precisely what leads to and perpetuates monopolies of political power, and the inevitable totalitarianism, oppression and suffering inflicted upon the masses by those who hold the monopoly.
We might ask what is the true test of a person’s commitment to free speech? The true test does not come when he permits people to say those things he deems acceptable. The true test comes when he permits people to say those things that he deems offensive.
Anyone who claims the right to free speech for themselves, but denies that right to someone else they deem “offensive” or “wrong”, is not just a hypocrite, but is also a tyrant.
Tyrants everywhere, from the Nazis to the communists, started out supporting free speech rights. Why? Because speech is important for the realization of leftist goals of command and control. People must be propagandized, proselytized and convinced. Once leftists have gained power, as they have in most of our colleges and universities, free speech becomes a liability. It challenges their ideas and agenda and must be suppressed.
I can only imagine the self-recriminations and regrets rampant among the “useful idiot” academics, journalists and news people who used their free speech rights to propel to power Lenin and Hitler and Stalin and Mao and Ho Chi Min and other brutal despots, only to later be compelled to be pathetic propagandists or, if they dared oppose their masters, to be numbered among the expendable millions of cold corpses. The complicit professors and pundits of today may find themselves in such a predicament one day in the not-too-distant future.
You would really have a hard time making this stuff up, never mind getting someone to believe it. But it’s true.
The University of Florida’s Anthropology department recently sponsored a town hall they specifically told white students not to attend. It was just for so-called “BIPOC” students, meaning students who are black, indigenous, or “people of color”. Here is part of the text from an email sent to all students who were enrolled in an anthropology course:
“We have some amazing graduate students in Anthropology that are holding a virtual Town Hall tomorrow… to discuss future directions and goals for a BIPOC Anthropology Group (open to non-anthro BIPOC majors and minors).
“To ensure this event is a safe space, the organizers are asking that you reach out to them for the Zoom link. An important message from them: ‘We kindly remind all that you respond to this space is only for those who identify as a BIPOC individuals in this department. While we appreciate white students may want to join to learn more about the BIPOC perspective, we ask they respect this space as a chance for BIPOC students to come together as BIPOC. We cannot hide our skin color… We ask white students to respect that this is a space where BIPOC students can come together without the need to perform any emotional or mental labor to explain their experiences as BIPOC. Additionally, we acknowledge colorism exists within our own BIPOC communities, and therefore we kindly ask all BIPOC students to be mindful that we will be a diverse group of BIPOC students, and it is expected we will respect differences in experiences due to colorism.'”
I can look past the bad grammar (barely). But I can’t turn a blind eye to the blatant and disgusting racism — what the organizers euphemistically call “colorism”.
The fact is that nobody can hide their skin color, and everybody is a person of color, whether pink, peach, tan, brown or black. Each and every person has a unique background, perspective and outlook. To pretend that because a person is light-skinned they somehow contribute less to diversity than a darker-skinned person is the epitome of “colorism”, which is, of course, racism.
The racist organizers and complicit attendees of this blatantly discriminatory and overtly racist event need to emerge from their silly “safe space” and experience the “emotional and mental” growth that real diversity engenders.
They are the real racists.
We all know what BS is.
MS is more of the same,
and PhD is piled higher and deeper!
Reported by KGW.com on 2013-11-05
Corbett Middle School [Portland, OR] football coach Randall Burbach has been fired for planning an awards dinner at a Jantzen Beach Hooters….
Big kudos to the school administrators that fired the coach. Regarding the coach, it is people like Randall Burbach that are rotting our educational system and society.
Reported by Fox News on 2013-10-17
Police say a substitute teacher at a Pittsburgh-area high school took heroin before work and passed out in class. KDKA-TV reports that Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson says 26-year-old Christopher Chiappetta, of Pittsburgh, was arrested Wednesday after he passed out in front of 11 students. Authorities say they found four baggies of heroin in Chiappetta’s pocket and marijuana in his car, and that he confessed to using heroin around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Just a substitute teacher… But substitute teachers often become full-time teachers. Someone who does heroin (or any illicit drug) is too stupid to be a teacher. Seems teachers are getting dumber, which would partially explain poor educational outcomes and America’s low education rankings.
Reported by WSVN.com on 2013-10-17
A South Florida teacher has been fired after she is accused of providing students with alcohol and condoms. The Miami-Dade School Board terminated Isabel Diaz Almaraz on Wednesday for acting inappropriately with students…. Almaraz was a full-time dance teacher at South Miami High School. The district first began to investigate Almaraz because of several complaints from parents….
Kudos to the school district for firing the teacher. Teacher misbehavior (too nice a word) is way too common. There should be near-zero tolerance for this type of bad behavior from teachers.
Reported by Fox News on 2013-10-16
A South Carolina mother says her son was suspended for drawing a picture of a cartoon bomb at home and bringing it to school. Amy Parham [said] her 13-year-old son, Rhett, was suspended from Hillcrest Middle School after showing the drawing to classmates, who reported him to administrators…. ‘They knew he was not actually having a bomb, creating or making a bomb. But that they could not go with out making an example of him and take some type of action because they were worried about their perception’….
Zero tolerance = zero brains… Just drawing a picture of a bomb, or of a gun, or knife, is absolutely not grounds for suspending a student, and certainly no child should be “made an example of” in order to preserve somebody’s image. The administrators knew there was no danger, therefore they should have taken no action.
Reported by The Blaze on 2013-10-16
What’s your religion? Your sexual orientation? Your parents’ political affiliation? Should “assault rifles” be banned? Who’s to blame for the government shutdown? Do these sound like questions that high school sophomores should have to answer? A Maryland high school that is “Common Core” compliant — as described to TheBlaze by a representative — allegedly administered a survey to its sophomore class that pried for personal information….
Schools have zero business asking for this kind of information from students. None of the info has anything at all to do with the education the students should be getting. It is high time that schools returned their focus to the fundamentals, and stopped trying to indoctrinate students socially and politically with progressive propaganda.