Everyone except Christians.
Why do some Christians indulge in so much whining and paranoia?
Apparently there is a lot more of this story with outside agitators coming in to build up this phoney scenario of blacks not having a safe place. Putting in place a black guy ensures the school will see all kinds of reports of imagined slights. S far I have not seen Sharpton and Jesse come in to get their pound of flesh.
It is funny how a school official’s email went from do not be so sensitive to implied affronts. So far I have not seen any actual reports of students picking on blacks and the inverse seems to be true with blacks trumping up an incident.
This is like a guy coming up and slapping you in the face and you responding with “What the heck” and then being accused of starting it.
Being paranoid does NOT mean someone’s not out to get you, Jazzhead.
The following message was provided to the Yale community by Yale’s President and the Dean of Yale College:
Dear Members of the Yale Community,
In the past week, many of you have written to us to express your support for two of Yale’s central values: respect for our diverse community and the freedom to speak and be heard. You have written as students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the university, in many cases to share personal struggles that stretch far before any of last week’s events, in other cases to stand by ideas that define the university’s mission, and in still others to do both. As we plan the next steps, we want you to know that you have our full attention and support.
We cannot overstate the importance we put on our community’s diversity, and the need to increase it, support it, and respect it. We know we have work to do, for example in increasing diversity in the faculty, and the initiatives announced last week move us closer toward that goal. At the same time, we are proud of the diversity on our campus and the vibrant communities at the Afro-Am House, the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural, and the Native American Cultural Center. We are proud to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, staff, and faculty. We are proud to support women. And we are proud to attract students and scholars from around the world, of all faiths and traditions, and with all levels of physical ability. We are committed to supporting all of these communities not only by attending to their safety and well-being but in the expectation that they will be treated with respect.
We also affirm Yale’s bedrock principle of the freedom to speak and be heard, without fear of intimidation, threats, or harm, and we renew our commitment to this freedom not as a special exception for unpopular or controversial ideas but for them especially. We expect thinkers, scholars, and speakers, whether they come from our community or as invited guests, to be treated with respect and in the expectation that they can speak their minds fully and openly. By preventing anyone from bringing ideas into the light of day, we deny a fundamental freedom – and rob ourselves of the right to engage with those ideas in a way that gets to the core of Yale’s educational mission. We make this expectation as a condition of belonging to or visiting our community.
Protest and counter-protest are woven into the warp and weft of the Yale that you see around you today, and we embrace the right of every member of this community to engage in protest. The news and social media have reported threats, coercion, and overtly disrespectful acts, and these actions have added to the distress in our community. They are unacceptable. But we have also seen affirming and effective forms of protest, most notably in Monday’s march for resilience, which brought together over 1,000 students, faculty, and administrators to show solidarity for students of color. Students are gathering to share thoughts and feelings in helpful and supportive ways, faculty are offering teach-ins, and those affiliated with the cultural houses are championing change in constructive ways.
Forty years ago, explosive debates about race and war divided Yale’s campus, and in response the university formed a core set of principles to support protest and counter-protest. Those principles, available in a document known as the Woodward Report, apply today just as they did then. C. Vann Woodward, who chaired the committee that produced the report, recognized that “It may sometimes be necessary in a university for civility and mutual respect to be superseded by the need to guarantee free expression,” but he also cautioned that, “The values superseded are nevertheless important, and every member of the university community should consider them in exercising the fundamental right to free expression.” We give the principles in this report our fullest support, and we urge you to read this document. You can find it here. As an institution of higher learning, we must protect the right to the free and open exchange of ideas – even those ideas with which we disagree. At the same time, we do this on a campus that values civility and respect. We do not believe these are necessarily mutually exclusive.
We are grateful for your questions, your involvement, and your engagement, and we renew our pledge to take further actions to improve the climate on campus and support and enhance diversity; we will share those steps with you before Thanksgiving.
Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology
Dean of Yale College
Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies
I’m having a difficult time getting my head around the whole concept that “diversity” is a “goal” that should be striven for. Can anyone explain HOW a “diverse” student body, faculty or administration enhances the education of the students…which is SUPPOSED to be the entire FUNCTION of a university–or ANY institution devoted to “education?” I can SEE where it might be a good idea if you’re trying to INDOCTRINATE your students in some political philosophy or another, but NOT how it improves their EDUCATION. One moronic “Supreme Court Justice,” Sandra Day O’Conner, used the concept of striving for “diversity” as an EXCUSE to uphold the University of Michigan’s practice of racial bias in Law School admissions some years back.
I’m perfectly fine with a university’s goal to promote “diversity”, so long as diversity includes ideological diversity. There’s nothing “diverse” about a crowd of men, women and minorities all spouting the same left wing crap.
Bonfire of the academy: As liberal adults abdicate, the kids take charge on campus
Missing today, as then, is adult leadership. Too often university presidents, their boards of trustees and leading political figures default, and quickly, to the most reactionary progressives in modern student bodies. We want to be clear about this, because so many of these university leaders regard themselves as principled liberals. But their timidity is putting at risk the classical liberal values that are the essence of the idea of a university.
Many of our readers by now have seen the video of the Missouri communications professor calling for “muscle” to ban a student reporter from covering their protest. Or last weekend’s video of a Yale student shrieking at a dean to resign for defending free speech. Professors increasingly acquiesce to student demands for “trigger warnings” about course material that might offend them. Small student minorities ban commencement speakers or boo them into silence.
As this story unfolds it seems the kids are taking over the school with those in charge being forced to leave because of complaints like fearing to have to show up to take exams, unsupported accusations of racism, and more nonsense in general geared to drive away responsibility to replace it with childish attitudes that will work against these little darlings when they go out into the real world and try to make a living.
Those who buy into all this playmaking have set the nation back and I predict another blackman will not be elected for along time as president.
University officials, professors and instructors have no one to blame for this situation when they ENCOURAGE students to shout down conservative speakers and petition to have them banned from campus or allow students to get away with throwing pies at them without consequence.
The operational definition of hate speech is being expanded on many college campuses to include ANY speech with which one disagrees, including political positions that fall outside the proscribed campus progressive “group-think”.
University campuses are excellent and invaluable sources of learning/skill development for math/science courses of study - chemistry, engineering, physics, medicine, etc. On the other hand, I wouldn’t waste my time or tuition money in the humanities/social science departments (indoctrination centers) found on some of our college campuses. The sad truth is, all too often it is members of the faculty who are promoting/fomenting unrest and leading the attack on those whose viewpoints differ from their own and that of the students they have indoctrinated.
True diversity of thought/point of view is the LAST thing the campus “diversity police” really want.
True. Plus, the humanities/social science departments on almost all campuses (campi?) are magnets for those simply intellectually incapable of the rigors required in chemistry, engineering, physics, medicine, etc. so they attract those constitutionally incapable of reason and rationality. There’s a REASON why social science graduates are “commanding” salaries in the $20K/annum range and engineers command salaries in excess of $70K to start.
I was better at technical stuff than the social “sciences.”
They can’t seem to settle.
ANOTHER interim administrator and this time although he’s black…he has a background allegedly in education.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri’s governing board has appointed a recently retired black senior administrator from its flagship campus to be the university system’s interim president.
The Board of Curators named 68-year-old Michael Middleton on Thursday to lead the four-campus university system until a permanent replacement is found.
Middleton takes over from Tim Wolfe, who resigned Monday amid student-led protests over his administration’s handling of racial complaints. The Columbia campus’ chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, also announced Monday he would be leaving his position at year’s end for a new role at the school.
Middleton retired as deputy chancellor of the Columbia campus in August and became a deputy chancellor emeritus. He has been working part-time to assist Loftin design a plan to increase inclusion and diversity on campus.