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N.Y. College Students Accused of Fabricating Racially Motivated Attack

4th May 2016

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Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney’s Office said.

Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

Yet Another Racism Hoax.

The State University of New York at Albany rallied behind the students, who are black, when they came forward with claims that a group of white men and women attacked them on January 30 in a confrontation on a city bus. Students held a rally and university President Robert J. Jones said in a letter to students and faculty that he was “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.”

Others came to their defense on social media using the hashtag #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. The People of Color Caucus issued a letter in support of them.

But university police said an investigation revealed that no one used racial epithets against the women. Instead, they assaulted another passenger and falsely reported the incident.

“What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,'” University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in February. “The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

I guess it’s racism to defend yourself against black people assaulting you.

Black Lies Matter.

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Ellen Pao Is Back!

3rd May 2016

And Steve Sailer is there to tell us all about it.

South and East Asians are considered white for the purposes of diversity statistics (except Ellen Pao, of course), but they’re told they’re People of Color for the purposes of hating Republicans and evil white men.

Still no pictures of Pao and her gay black diversity litigant scam artist husband Buddy Fletcher.

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Donald Trump Naked Painting Artist ‘Punched in the Face by Trump Supporter’

2nd May 2016

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The artist behind a nude Donald Trump painting has claimed she was punched in the face by a supporter of the Republican hopeful.

Illma Gore made headlines earlier this year when her painting of Mr Trump with a small penis, titled Make America Great Again, went viral. It is displayed at the Maddox Gallery in London.

On Saturday, Ms Gore shared a picture of herself with a black eye to her Instagram page.

“Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, ‘Trump 2016!’ in Los Angeles,” she wrote.

Sorry, but I find that vastly entertaining. ‘Mommee! Johnny hit me back!’ She should try painting a picture of Mohammed with a small penis and see what she gets.

Looking at her picture, it’s hard to tell where the makeup and tattoos stop and the bruises begin. ‘Were you injured? Or is that a political statement?’

“Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially through art, I think violence is disgusting […] This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn’t safe.”

It would seem that the pervertatarians can dish it up, but can’t take it. Poor special snowflakes. Somebody needs to educate them that ‘passion, opinion and emotion’ are the precursors for violence, as ultra-left riots around the world testify. I rather suspect that she would be among the first to distinguish what happened to her from what happens to any person who ‘does art’ that the ultra-left disagrees with.

The artist also pleaded with Mr Trump to stop “glamourising and perpetuating violence” and to “make America decent again”.

Perhaps she needs to talk to the Black Lives Matter crowd. Good luck with that.

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Back to Your Safe Spaces, WHM Is Ending!

1st May 2016

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Today is the last day of Whiteness History Month up at Portland Community College, though it is not clear whether the social justice set at PCC want the world to know about it or not. Yesterday a person attempted to videotape a session on feminist theory, and as you can see at the beginning of this six minute video, one of the instructors encourages people in the audience to physically obstruct the person’s video.

Now, never mind the charming people who turn up on the video: if you’re preaching about justice, why wouldn’t you want more people to see and hear you? This takes gnosticism a bit too far I think.

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Black Students at Salisbury University Caught in Racism Hoax

29th April 2016

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Again? But that trick never works….

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Newest ‘Progressive’ Bugaboo: ‘Intergenerational Unfairness’

29th April 2016

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Today’s young people have been disproportionately hit by the financial crisis and continue to struggle. Unemployment in this age group is high and job security poor. They have been priced out of the housing market and forced to rent at ever-spiralling costs.

Don’t have something you want? You’re a Victim!

‘I was just standing there, right?, and like this financial crisis just came up and hit me.’

I have noticed that pre-schoolers are disproportionately excluded from the country’s Olympic teams. Let’s get Obama right on that.

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Black students connected in SU racist drawing

29th April 2016

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The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”

The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

[Yawn] Yet Another Hate Hoax by people who aren’t getting enough VictimPoints.

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Melissa Click Rewrites History, Thinks She Was Fired Because ‘I’m a White Lady’

25th April 2016

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White, perhaps, but hardly a lady.

Melissa Click, the scowling face of campus repression and candidate for least self-aware person in academia, is attempting to rewrite history in her remarks to an all-too sympathetic reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Click’s confusion is such that she sees herself as a white savior of oppressed black students on campus while simultaneously believing that the university fired her because she was a white lady. She is also actively courting free-speech-martyr status, despite the fact that she repeatedly attempted to censor journalists and faculty members. Click isn’t sorry: she’s sorry she got caught.

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CakeGate: Whole Foods Strikes Back

20th April 2016

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Yesterday Austin native Jordan Brown, an openly gay pastor claimed that his local Whole Foods deliberately wrote a gay slur on a cake he ordered. According to his version of things, he did not see it until he got to the car.

Which is an absurd story. Here’s the cake, allegedly in the original package:

The whole point of the transparent top is so that the customer can verify that what he asked for is what was produced. To suggest that anybody would believe that a customer would pick up the cake, pay for it, and then get home without noticing this, just beggars belief.

When Brown contacted Whole Foods, the employee was extremely apologetic, but then claimed that the bakery employee in question did not write the slur. Furious, Brown decided to stage a dramatic performance on the Internet, and hold a news conference, claiming that the anti-gay slur was akin to being called the n-word. The Twitter caption of the infamous cake read: “This is not the cake I ordered, @WholeFoods, and I am offended on behalf of myself & the entire #LGBTQ community.” Brown has retained an attorney and is in the process of suing Whole Foods for discriminatory practices.

It didn’t take long for Internet commenters to raise doubts about this incident; many have pointed out that the icing on the top portion of the cake and the bottom where the slur is allegedly written have two different handwritings and colors. Another curious detail is that the worlds “Love Wins” are written at the top of the cake, instead of across the center like most lettering, leaving space in the middle for someone to add something later if they wished. There are no witnesses who can corroborate Brown’s story.

This is a black gay activist running a ‘discrimination’ hoax in hopes that a big corporation won’t want bad publicity and so will be willing to pay him off — the sort of scam on which Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have build their careers.

Unfortunately for him, he picked the wrong target.

Whole Foods emphatically denies this claim, releasing a statement that they produced the cake exactly as Brown wished. Later that day, Whole Foods declared their intent to pursue legal action against him. In a few short hours, Brown went from being a victim of institutional abuse to a possible perpetrator of a hoax for media attention. While there is no evidence of the latter yet, with no definitive proof of anything, this is likely going to turn into a round of he-said-he-said until someone can no longer afford the legal fees, and by then the news cycle will have moved on.

With any luck, he will find that the dogs he let out will turn and rend himself.

This sort of stunt is not at all new in the social justice world. A young black gay pastor in Austin may feel he’s not being noticed enough for his progressivism and adds persecution to gain his moment in the spotlight. After all, if you’re oppressed, and there are no cameras, did it really happen? The video showing Brown’s purchase of the cake shows that the label is on the top of the cake box, not on the side as Brown demonstrates in his own personal video. Labels are very easy to move. Even the wording on the tweet rings false. “I am offended for myself and the entire LGBT community” seems scripted and unemotional. I can say from personal experience that when you’re called a slur, you’re not thinking about your community in that moment. You’re thinking about yourself. Your day is ruined and you’re angry. You’re too rattled to have a press conference and lawsuit. And how was he able to mobilize an attorney and the press so quickly? Things moved a little bit too fast in Brown’s favor.

 

 

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Trump Chalking by College Republicans Is a ‘Hate Crime,’ Black Students Claim

16th April 2016

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Chalk messages triggered not just students but faculty and staff at the nation’s largest Catholic university.

DePaul University’s Black Student Union accused its College Republicans (CRs) of a hate crime because they organized the April 4 chalking outside the Student Center, with messages that alluded to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and praised police and Israel.

Though BSU representative Michael Lynch told The College Fix that he filed a hate-crime report against the CRs, both the DePaul administration and Public Safety department told The Fix they had not received any such report from Lynch.

In a campuswide email Monday obtained by The Fix, Vice President for Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski said “many students, faculty and staff found the chalk messages offensive, hurtful and divisive.”

They also violated campus regulations by endangering DePaul’s tax-exempt status, he said – a claim that has been repeatedly challenged by a free-speech legal advocacy group.

I predict a sunny future for ‘Trump 2016’ chalkings now that the Fashionable Victim Class has revealed that doing so will wind them up like a cheap watch.

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Black Students Blame America for Black Girl Who Attacked White Guy With Dreadlocks

15th April 2016

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We’d say this is the pot calling the kettle black, but that could be perceived as racist.

Of course. If you’re a Certified Victim like this girl, the other guy you attacked cannot be a victim, really, by definition.

The Black Student Union at San Francisco State University is defending Bonita Tindle, the black student who physically attacked the white student Cory Goldstein because he wears dreadlocks, and saying a viral video “misrepresent[s]” their altercation.

Actually, I’m at the point that I’ll welcome anybody, even a Certified Victim, attacking a white student who is wearing dreadlocks, a fashion that I have always thought a symptom of how far our culture has degenerated.

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We’re All Sickos Now

12th April 2016

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It is widely thought to affect the brain in a similar way to cocaine, and now a new study has suggested people addicted to sugar should be treated in the same way as other drug abusers.

According to researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), excessive sugar consumption increases the dopamine levels in a similar way to other drugs such as cocaine.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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We Are All Sickos Now

11th April 2016

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Many of psychology’s concepts relating to the negative aspects of the human experience have expanded their meanings so that the now encompass a much broader range of phenomena than before, according to University of Melbourne pscyhologist Nick Haslam. In his article, “Concept Creep: Psychology’s Expanding Concepts of Harm and Pathology,” Haslam focuses specifically on the expansion of the concepts of abuse, bullying, trauma, mental disorder, addiction, and prejudice. These concepts have undergone both “vertical” and “horizontal” expansion over the past few decades. By vertical, Haslam the concepts meaning is less stringent and covers milder variants of the phenomenon to which it initially referred. Horizontal expansion occurs when the concept is applied in a new context.

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How to Avoid Empathy Burnout

10th April 2016

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It’s easy — be a grump. Saves a lot on gas, too.

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‘Tell the truth:’ Bill Clinton Clashes With Black Lives Matter Protesters

8th April 2016

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Former President Bill Clinton was involved in a heated exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters Thursday at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia, where he was forced to defend his record as president and his wife’s past statements.

Not something they are accustomed to doing.

For almost 15 minutes Clinton sparred with protesters who objected to the 1994 criminal justice reform bill he signed into law as president that increased prison sentences for a number of gang-related offenses. Black Lives Matter activists claim the bill disproportionately hurt African-Americans.

Perhaps that ‘s because ‘African-Americans’ disproportionately commit gang-related offenses. But of course that would be Noticing and so is not allowed.

A visibly agitated Clinton told the protesters that the bill helped crack down on gangs who were killing African-American children.

The dirty little secret in all of this is that black lives don’t matter all that much to other blacks. But that would be Noticing, and so is not allowed.

“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter.  Tell the truth.  You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns,” Clinton yelled.

Truth from a Clinton. Whoda thunkit?

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When It Comes to Age Bias, Tech Companies Don’t Even Bother to Lie

5th April 2016

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Imagine you’re African-American and working at a 500-person technology company where everyone else is white, and one day the CEO declares in a national newspaper interview that his company’s lack of diversity isn’t an accident. In fact he prefers to hire white people because when it comes to technology white people simply make better employees.

That statement would be unthinkable. But what if a tech CEO made the same comment about age?

I suspect the truth is that tech startups prefer young workers because they will work longer hours and can be paid less.

Got it in one.

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Couple Cause Outrage in Mexico After Setting Up Crowdfunding Page to Help Them Leave ‘Hell Hole’

5th April 2016

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A couple from New Zealand have caused an outcry after they described Mexico as a “hell hole”.

David and Nicky Beard travelled to Mexico to have triplings – three babies born from one set of sperm and one egg, but carried by different surrogate mothers.

After running into financial difficulties, they publicly appealed for money, making claims to media about the “cockroach-infested hospital” in a “dangerous country” they described as “third world”.

“We have spent every cent we have left to bring these three beautiful Kiwi babies into the world. We now need to get ourselves and the three babies out of this dangerous country and back to the safety of New Zealand,” the couple told the Gay NZ website.

Their friend set up a Give A Little online donations page to help them return to New Zealand, which has raised over NZ$28,000.

Funny thing about that … hellholes apparently don’t like being called hellholes. Who knew?

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NYC Latina Pols Blast Bernie Sanders as an Ally of ‘Anti-Immigrant Right Wing’

4th April 2016

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I swear, there’s no pleasing some people.

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Scripps Students Protest Madeleine Albright as Speaker Because She’s a ‘White Feminist’

4th April 2016

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Students and (allegedly) some faculty are upset at the decision to invite former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as Scripps College commencement speaker.

Part of the reason is the belief that she “enabled genocide” by yanking UN and US troops out of Rwanda in the mid-1990s.

Busted. (I thought Democrats got a pass on that sort of thing?)

Another is because she is a white feminist. It’s 2016, after all. Where are all the POC — People of Color?

“*Just out of curiosity* does anyone know how many POC we’ve had as guest commencement speakers at Scripps? 2…3?” asked another student. “real question. real problem,” asked one student on social media.

Man, there’s no pleasing some people.

 

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One Man Hospitalised as 20,000 Killer Bees Attack a Mosque in Arizona

3rd April 2016

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Islamophobic bees! Who knew?

No doubt it’s the Republicans’ fault.

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U of Michigan Students Call Police Over Pro-Donald Trump Chalkings

2nd April 2016

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Michigan continues to battle Massachusetts and California for the title of Most Socialist State.

According to The Michigan Daily, messages reading “#stop Islam” and “Trump 2016” were found on campus Wednesday. “The statements, which were largely washed off by Thursday, prompted students to call University police…” they report.

“This is so reflective of our student campus and the depths of racism and the things that students of color have to endure and that the administration is continuously silent on,” Michigan student Banen Al-Sheemary told the Daily.

Poor special snowflakes. Does that mean that Republican students (if there are any) would be justified in calling the police about pro-Hillary or pro-Bernie chalkings? I suspect not….

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Connecticut May Raid Yale’s Endowment for Much-Needed Cash

28th March 2016

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A bill introduced to the Connecticut Senate would tax the annual gains of any college endowment valued at over $10 billion. The high threshold effectively singles out Yale, as no other schools in Connecticut even come close to having an endowment that large. Yale’s endowment of about $26 billion is the second largest in the country, behind only Harvard University’s gargantuan $38 billion nest egg.

This is the sort of thing that the Tax Code specializes in — a provision that appears to be generally applicable but is specially crafted to help or hurt specific interests.

Connecticut needs money because of a rapidly-growing hole in the state’s budget that lawmakers are desperate to fill. The state has a current budget shortfall of $266 million, and its unfunded pension liabilities total about $26 billion, one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country.

Yale will soon find out that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Yale certainly presents a tempting target to lawmakers. In contrast to regular citizens or businesses, the historic school can’t simply relocate to avoid taxes.

Heh.

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White Candidate Faces Expulsion From Election for Making Black Opponent Feel ‘Uncomfortable’

24th March 2016

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I am not making this up.

One of the two white candidates was briefly suspended from campaigning in response to multiple allegations that he campaigned in an “intimidating, hostile, or coercive fashion which is intentional or persistent,” The Eagle reports.

Of course, you could never say that about a black candidate, even if it were true — that would be waaaaacist.

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At Emory, a trail of Trump tears

23rd March 2016

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“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

I am not making this up.

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Emory University President Vows to Hunt Down Student Whose ‘Trump 2016’ Message Wrecked Safe Space

23rd March 2016

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Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling “Trump 2016” in chalk all over campus.

Haters gotta hate.

The messages horrified many students on campus, who complained to Wagner’s office that they felt intimidated and unsafe. In response, Wagner tepidly endorsed the perpetrator’s free speech rights while making every effort to assuage the offended students’ fears.

But that’s not the end of the story: Wagner also announced that he would review security footage in hopes of identifying the perpetrators and subjecting them to the “conduct violation process,” according to The Emory Wheel. If the perpetrators are not students, trespassing charges will be filed.

Free speech for we but not for thee.

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LGBT Student Activist Group Says Gay Men Not Oppressed Enough to Deserve Representation

22nd March 2016

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The National Union of Students’ LGBT Campaign—a coalition of British student-activists—passed a motion to end committee representation for gay men, because they aren’t as oppressed as other LGBT individuals: like students of color and transgender students.

I am not making this up.

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Brown U. Students Protest Black Transgender Speaker Because Jewish Group Invited Her

19th March 2016

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For the Crust, hating Jews trumps other considerations.

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The Sublime Narcissism of Getting Offended on Other People’s Behalf

18th March 2016

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A few months back I got into a Twitter argument about the uselessness of complaints about cultural appropriation, in particular a muscular form that takes it as offensive to consume the goods of cultures to which one does not belong — food, clothing, music, and so on. I pointed out the usual problems with this thinking. All culture is hybrid; there is no place where legitimate appreciation ends and shameful appropriation begins; a world without cultural borrowing is a bleak and terrible place; and as I’ve said many times, saying “you should only consume that which comes from your own culture” is functionally identical to the efforts of white supremacists to keep the people pure.

‘Progressives’ never think things through.

What inevitably happens, when white progressives complain about culture appropriation, is the denial of the agency of people from other cultures. To accept the idea that, say, an art museum holding an event at which people wear kimonos is necessarily a heinous act of appropriation is to presume that you know that no Japanese people would ever approve of such a thing, even though actual people in Japan will be very happy to at least sell you a kimono. I’m sure some Japanese people wouldn’t like Kimono Wednesdays. I’m sure some Japanese people would find it flattering. I’m sure many wouldn’t care either way. A common response to the controversy, in Japan, appears to have been bewilderment that anyone could be upset about it. But to become offended on the behalf of Japanese people, you have to presume that Japanese people have no agency. You have to presume that no Japanese person could say to him- or herself “I’m gonna make a choice, not as an avatar of a culture of millions of people but as an individual, to accept/encourage/facilitate white Americans wearing kimonos.” In place of their agency, you put your own righteous judgment.

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Left-wing Protesters Brought Mob Violence to UC-Berkeley Event Featuring Metallica Drummer

17th March 2016

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Liberal students attempted to shut down an event at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month by resorting to one of the worst kinds of censorship tactics: mob violence.

The event featured a discussion between notable people, including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Ulrich’s elderly father participated in the forum, as did wealthy entrepreneur Marc Benioff.

Members of the Student Labor Committee, the group that crashed the event, didn’t object to these specific speakers. Rather, they have urged a boycott of all speakers until the administration agrees to their demands, which concern the allegedly subpar conditions endured by contract workers on campus.

Ulrich, who hosted the event, went so far as to allow a protester to speak at the beginning of the event. This was not sufficient for the aggrieved. Eventually protesters stormed the stage and even assaulted Benioff. The police were forced to intervene.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Tomorrow Belongs to Mí

17th March 2016

David Cole looks at black vs brown ‘multiculturalism’.

Black Americans can only bully and caterwaul their way to victory when their targets are “white non-Hispanics.” Hispanics—regardless of how they categorize themselves racially—are unmoved by BLM guilt-tripping, and unafraid of confrontation. However, “white Hispanics” pose an especially daunting challenge to the black community. Many Hispanics/Latinos come from nations that are racially stratified, with lighter skin being at the top of the pyramid. I doubt I’ve ever been to a more unashamedly racist nation than the Dominican Republic…seriously, that place makes apartheid-era South Africa look like a Benetton ad. And for several years I produced films in L.A. for the “white Hispanic” market, and all I’ll say about that is that black folks are not exactly going to find a lot of work in that corner of the industry (and no one in that market is going to be cowed or influenced by “hashtags of outrage” like #OscarsSoWhite).

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Right Handed People Are the New Privileged Group on Campus

16th March 2016

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The left comes up with this stuff faster than average people can make fun of it.

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‘Blackout’ Student Protesters Demand End To ‘Oppressive’ Standardized Testing

15th March 2016

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Hey, when you’ve got a racket, take it for all it’s worth.

Protesters interrupted the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents meeting for a third time last week, demanding the end of “blatantly oppressive” standardized testing.

The group of about 40 students, who call themselves “BlackOut,” stood up an hour into the meeting and began loudly chanting, “Ashé,” a Nigerian word referring to the creative power of an artist to make something happen, with others responding, “Power!”

The urge to loudly chant ‘Bullshit!’ or ‘Boring!’ would have overpowered me; probably a good thing I wasn’t there.

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Social Justice, Ideological Hijackings, and Ideological Security

13th March 2016

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Back in 2010 or so, I used to hang out at /r/anarchism on Reddit. It was a neat place to talk about how different strains of anarchism attempted to solve the problems of crime and invasions and economics without a state and money.

There were a few anarcha-feminists around, which worked all right for a while. But then they found a dangerously misogynistic troll who made them uncomfortable, and they got them banned. I think the story was that they were an outsider and troll sent over by the Mens Rights people to spread hate and misogyny or something. Nobody was willing to go out of their way to argue against banning such a person. But then they found a few more. The precedent had been set, and only a few people spoke up against the further banning, and those who did thereby outed themselves as misogyny apologists as well. Then, partially because there were so many “trolls” to ban, and partially because of the weak controls on who got to be moderator, some anarcha-feminists got moderator positions, and started banning and deleting the comments of the “trolls” who were making /r/anarchism an “unsafe and unwelcoming” space for women.

At this point, a more broad backlash started up. People were upset about the seeming violations of free speech, and how much non-spam stuff the moderators were removing. At some point, the moderators decided that the whole discussion was unproductive, and made a policy of deleting complaints about the moderation policy. They also were by this time consistently deleting everything that might make non-whites and non-men feel “unsafe”, and banning repeat offenders. Some of the other moderators were against what was happening and started to interfere, so if I remember correctly the anarcha-feminist moderators somehow removed all the other moderators who weren’t on board with their program.

Eventually the (anarcha-feminist) moderators replaced the black flag banner with the black and pink, and declared officially that there could be “no anarchism without feminism”, and anyone who disagreed was dangerously misogynistic and had to go. I didn’t really care one way or the other about feminism, but as something of an outsider, the whole incident seemed totally stupid. I wanted to talk about anarchism, not feminism, but somehow these people had taken over and ruined everything. I got bored and left for greener pastures.

Instead of laughing at anarchists for the irony of creating a totalitarian system for themselves, we should be alarmed and take note; a community of people absolutely opposed to oppression and authority and violations of individual rights wound up oppressing each other with arbitrary authority leading to the destruction of the usefulness of their community. We can scoff and write this off as an isolated incident or an inherent failure of anarchism, but we’ve seen similar happening or trying to happen all over: Effective Altruism, the Tech Industry, Occupy Wall Street, the Video Game Industry, and many other places. A pattern emerges in these examples and demands some investigation.

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Perils of the Crust

10th March 2016

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When Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were introduced by their husbands a few years ago, they clicked immediately — the two famous daughters swanned around Manhattan together for a time, posing on the red carpet at events like the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where they laughed and embraced for the cameras.

They seemed to genuinely delight in each other’s presence and had much common ground. Last year, Chelsea even compared Ivanka’s natural charm to her own father’s while praising her in the glossy pages of Vogue.

But with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now on track for a King Kong versus Godzilla political collision in November, that friendship has been put temporarily on hold — both women, sources close to them said, have chosen to no longer be seen together in public during the election. Given the personal nastiness and vitriol of the campaign already, it may be difficult for the relationship to recover.

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Diversity Efforts Make Things Worse

6th March 2016

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If you have ever wondered how it can be that two generations of affirmative action and diversity besottedness have brought us to the worst campus race relations in memory, the Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Rockefeller Center, Ronald Shaiko, has thoughts that will make blood boil in Parkhurst (where the President and Provost seem to think about nothing else). The resurgent Review has a well crafted interview with Professor Shaiko entitled The Diversity Debacle, the contents of which expand on thoughts Shaiko first expressed in a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Admissions Is Just Part of the Diversity Puzzle….

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Coalition of Fringes’ Circular Firing Squad Aims at Chris Rock

2nd March 2016

Steve Sailer examines the brawl among Fashionable Minorities [tm] as to who is the victimiest.

American Jews would be prudent to be concerned that the growing anti-Israel BDS movement on college campuses, which is typically a favorite cause among exotic immigrant students. It’s a big deal at places like UCLA because student politics is divided up into a pro-Israel alliance funded by Israeli millionaires and an anti-Israel side among lot of foreign and immigrant students from Muslim or other Afro-Eurasian countries, along with some Europeans.

So far, the big American domestic minorities like blacks, Mexicans, and Chinese don’t pay much attention to BDS. But it could eventually spill over into or even merge with the current domestic white-bashing represented by #OscarsSoWhite and #JournalistsSoWhite. A nightmare scenario for American Jews is domestic blacks and Latinos and Asians eventually denouncing as discrimination the very high Jewish proportions found in most of the really good jobs in America.

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University of Albany Students Who Claimed to Be Victims of Racist Attack Charged

26th February 2016

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Three black female college students who claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white men and women have been charged themselves.

Officials at the University of Albany announced Thursday that two of the women, Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell, have been charged with misdemeanor assault and falsely reporting an incident. The third woman, Alexis Briggs, has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

The women, all 20 years old, claimed they were attacked early on the morning of Jan. 30 while riding a bus. They claimed that they were called racial slurs and were physically attacked while bystanders looked on.

Investigators say a review of multiple videos of the incident showed no evidence the women were victims of a crime or subjected to racial slurs. In fact, police said the women were the aggressors, assaulting a 19-year-old white woman.

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U. Michigan LGBT Center Creates Safe Space to Protect Students from Offensive Speakers—Both of Whom Are Gay

24th February 2016

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The University of Michigan’s libertarian and conservative students held a debate on free speech and feminism featuring conservative media personality Milo Yiannopoulos and leftist activist Julie Bindel last night. Their views are apparently so terrifying that the campus’s Spectrum Center—an LGBT awareness group—provided a safe space for students who felt “threatened” by the debate.

It’s a tad ironic that a gay group would feel the need to protect gay students from Yiannopoulos and Bindel—both of whom identify as LGBT. While it’s certainly true that venomously anti-gay gay people exist, humoring the idea that Yiannopoulos and Bindel represent some kind of existential threat to anyone is indulging in hysteria.

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Transgender Celebrity Booed by College Students

24th February 2016

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Caitlyn Jenner is a little too white and Republican for some college students.

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Ben Carson Says Obama Can’t Identify With Black Experience Because He Was ‘Raised White’

23rd February 2016

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Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon whose presidential campaign is on life support, said in an interview that was published on Tuesday that President Obama does not identify with the black experience because he was “raised white.”

Oh, that’s gotta burn….

“He didn’t grow up like I grew up,” Mr. Carson told Politico. “So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”

As has been mentioned many times before.

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Study: Urban Backyards Contribute Almost as Much CO2 as Much as Cars and Buildings

23rd February 2016

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Quick! Abandon the cities! Back to the Forest Primeval!

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Brickbat: A Black Day

23rd February 2016

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper sent out a campus-wide email condemning a “disturbing racist post” by two students that was “hurtful and destructive to our campus community.” Kopper believed the two had posted online a photo of themselves in blackface. In fact, if she’d spoken to them before she sent out her email, she would have found they had taken a photo of themselves getting a facial and were wearing exfoliation masks.

Oops. But that’s the Social Justice Warrior for you — to boldly find offense where no offense has been before.

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Investigation: Princeton Prof’s ‘Racist Treatment’ Claim False

19th February 2016

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The Mercer County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office has released the results of its preliminary investigation into the arrest of Princeton’s Imani Perry, and found that there was no wrongdoing on the part of officers.

According to First Assistant Prosecutor Doris Galuchie, “following Perry’s allegations of mistreatment, an internal affairs investigation reviewed all video evidence, police reports and court documents related to the case.”

“Based upon that review, the officer’s conduct is to be commended, not criticized,” she said.

And why is that?

“It is imperative to note that everything Perry claimed before the video came out is simply not true,” Galuchie said, “What happened to her had nothing to do with her race and everything to do with her driving 20 or more miles over the speed limit while her license was suspended and she had warrants out for her arrest.”

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Support College Censorship or Become Its Target, Prominent Gay Activist Discovers

17th February 2016

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Peter Tatchell is one of the most prominent and vocal gay rights activists in England, participating in causes and actions going back to the 1970s. He famously attempted a citizen’s arrest of extremely anti-gay Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe when the leader was visiting London. He was actually attacked and injured by Mugabe’s guards during a second attempt to arrest the man in Brussels in 2001. He has a lengthy history of support for LGBT causes, peaceful causes, and all sorts of left-leaning positions.

But he signed a letter opposing behavior by students in colleges in the United Kingdom who were attempting to deny the ability of speakers to discuss ideas with which they did not agree, so screw him. If Tatchell doesn’t support driving out speakers who hold unpopular views, then he shouldn’t get to speak either. So the argument apparently goes. Tatchell is supposed to give a speech today at Canterbury Christ Church University on “re-radicalizing queers.” But his support for open platforms for free speech are not queer enough for the National Unions of Students’ LGBT rep.

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Beyoncé Thanks Journalist Who Wrote About Significance of ‘Formation’ for ‘Understanding My Heart’

11th February 2016

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The song has been the subject on everyone’s lips since the singer dropped the music video unexpectedly on Saturday. Scenes in the politically charged video include Beyoncé on a New Orleans police car submerged in flood water and a young boy dancing in front of police officers who surrender their hands before the camera pans to a message on a wall: “Stop shooting us”.

Here’s a picture of this poor oppressed black woman:

Black women can be identified easily because black people have distinctive hair, noses, and lips. White Privilege leaves them shivering and hungry by the side of the road. Shed a tear.

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Working Makes British People Unhappy, New Study Finds

3rd February 2016

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Hey! Me, too!

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“I Would Like to Shank the Academy…”

28th January 2016

David Cole is delightfully dyspeptic today.

You see, the Oscars are supposed to “reflect America.” Didn’t you know that? Well, apparently it’s true. “You don’t reflect America, your industry doesn’t reflect America,” a coalition of minority activists bellowed last week. Will Smith agreed, telling Good Morning America in a live satellite hookup from his solid-gold mansion under the sea that the Oscars should “reflect” American “beauty.” Al Sharpton, who’s normally so wary of bandwagons, uncharacteristically raised his voice in support, claiming that the Oscars don’t “reflect modern America.” And at a recent event in L.A., actor David Oyelowo claimed that the Motion Picture Academy “doesn’t reflect this nation.”

Of course, the truth is the Academy’s nominees are not supposed to “reflect America.” Entertainment-industry hiring practices in general are not supposed to “reflect America.” They’re supposed to reflect the available talent pool, and nothing else. The notion that Hollywood is supposed to reflect America is a pernicious bit of nonsense that even some conservatives buy into when they counter the current Oscar protests by (correctly) pointing out that black actors get hired roughly in proportion to the percentage of black people in the U.S. However, making that point merely plays into the fiction that “representing America” is somehow the goal. It isn’t. Acting isn’t like food-service work, retail or clerical work, factory work, janitorial work, or customer-service work. No one is ever forced into acting by a bad economy. No man has ever said, “They’re closing the plant and shipping the jobs to India, so I guess that means I’ll have to learn Shakespeare in order to support my family.”

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Long Live the King

28th January 2016

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I’ve been expecting the day would some when the identity politics Left would turn on Martin Luther King Jr, and that day has arrived. Students at the University of Oregon (and surely elsewhere) are demanding that one of King’s most famous phrases, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” be taken down from a wall display in the student center because it is “not inclusive enough.”

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Latino Students at Duke Release Laundry List of Demands

27th January 2016

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Why not? Releasing lists of demands is all the rage on campus these days.

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Gay Scholar Blasted for Criticizing Feminism

26th January 2016

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It’s hard to remember who is allowed to criticize who.

 

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