“Mom, Dad…about those slaves you owned…..”

Universities foster and elevate victimhood

In today’s zany world, it had to happen. Intending-to-produce-“snowflake“-guilt courses such as the Problem of Whiteness within the African Cultural Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and White Privilege along with courses in Black Lives Matter. As colleges offer monetary scholarship inducements at Sam Houston State University in Texas lunacy has reached its zenith.

Now we read that Students at Western Kentucky University voted in favor of a resolution seeking to provide free tuition to black students as reparations for slavery. The Student Government Association passed this resolution Wednesday by a vote of 19-10, according to this report in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Their parents and other Kentucky taxpayers will be footing the bill for what the coddled students regard as free.

The Civil War ended over a hundred and fifty years ago. President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, halted slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Today, any American with a determination to succeed can work, study, achieve and aided by a wide variety of academic scholarships, complete their education. 

Yet people out-hustle themselves to claim greater victim status. There are countless books on the topic, detailing every conceivable affront.  The very concept of victimization now carries with it an odd measure of prestige. Academia has fostered a nation of victims who revel in their new-found status and exhibit an ambivalence about growing up.

Writing for PJ Media, David Solway’s snowflake” description is as good as they come:

“Anyone who has followed academic issues since the anti-intellectual 1960s knows that the university is in serious trouble, catering to a professoriate that has bought into the travesty of “social justice” a coercive ideology obsessed with “victim groups.”

The university’s ancestral mission of pursuing truth has been replaced by a species of social engineering and leftist indoctrination. At the same time, it views its mandate as establishing a “safe space” for a student clientele that spends far too much of its time and energy “wringing its hands over pronouns, gluten and microaggressions” (link to Jon Brown at American Thinker) rather than devoting itself to the rigors of study and the acquisition of honest merit. These impoverished souls have come to be known as “snowflakes,” justifiably.”

The victim mentality is a cultural phenomena that looks to blame others for perceived shortcomings. For too many, the long acclaimed sense of personal responsibility has given way to desiring a mantle of inevitable weakness.  Universities stand as a testament to that foolish philosophy.

Recently the students at Notre Dame University protested Vice President Pence, a former Indiana governor and native son, as their commencement speaker, saying his appearance on campus “made them feel unsafe.”

Conservative Ann Coulter has been disinvited to speak at left-wing Berkeley University, where repression of First Amendment freedoms take center stage.

Here are but a few of our recent posts under the heading “academia”

April 17, 2017: Clemson Univ. teaches expecting promptness is racist.

April 10, 2017: Skewed news & rethinking the desirability of a college education

April 1, 2017: NAU educrat docks student’s grade for use of “Mankind”

Dec. 24, 2016: Tucker Carlson eviscerates overindulged, liberal college student

5 Responses to “Mom, Dad…about those slaves you owned…..”

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    There is an answer to the dismal quality of higher education: Hillsdale College! Read the vision they set out to instill in their students. It’s unlike the state schools here and Berkeley and Fresno State, as examples.
    They accept no federal money, so there are no strings attached to the curriculum. They even offer online free courses for anyone who is interested in broadening their knowledge of Western Civilization, American History, the U.S. Constitution, etc.
    Check it out!

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I saw this somewhere and agree wholeheartedly: “Colleges and universities are madhouses of Progressive jackassery. ”

    Tucker Carlson had a black woman on who was from Western Kentucky University, mentioned above, supporting free tuition for blacks. He asked her if we should do blood tests to determine who is black enough. Also, what about a black who wasn’t born here – can they get free tuition? He had her – it took her a few seconds of silence to come up with a robotic answer. He was terrific.

    Anyone who morns the loss of O’Reilly (I don’t) without noting and celebrating the ascension of Tucker Carlson is missing the good news. He’s the best thing since Wm. F. Buckley on Crossfire. And much smarter than Bill O.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Here’s an email received today. Specially crafted for today’s American college graduates.

    The Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA)

    The Democratic Senate is considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills and ambition.

    “Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”

    In a Capitol Hill press conference Nancy Pelosi pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).

    Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

    Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

    Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”

    “As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.” With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Said Sen. Dick Durbin,II: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    A philosophy professor at San Francisco State University, who lectures on anti-authority, has been tentatively identified as the guy who swung a bicycle lock and chain at a Trump supporter during that violent scene recently where the police sat in their cars and watched. Eric Clanton.

    Meanwhile, professor Barrack Obama has announced that he will be re-entering the community activist field and will be lecturing first at University of Chicago. This, after spending over a month on a private island in French Polynesia and yachting with Tom Hanks; Oprah and her gal pal Gayle King, and Bruce Springsteen.
    Interesting that Springsteen dropped a “protest song” about Trump as soon as he got back on dry land.

    • Capt. Marvel says:

      Regarding that Bruce Springsteen anti-Trump ditty, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that Barry O helped write the lyrics.