DAVIDSON, NC – Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina, is offering a course this fall titled, “#Abolishthepolice: Race and Policing in the U.S.”
The course is listed under African Studies and “explores the specific relationship between blackness and policing in the U.S. from a philosophical perspective,” according to the course description.
— Lee Turner (@LeeTurner13) July 16, 2021
The course description reads:
“We will enlist black political and feminist theories and social and political philosophies to critically examine and think through issues of race, criminalization, incarceration, police militarization, predictive policing, surveillance, and domestic security.”
Students can use the course to satisfy the requirements of social and scientific thought, and for Africana and Sociology majors.
The college catalog contains a description of the course, which is labeled AFR 222. The description continues:
“As numerous experts have shown, the U.S. has the highest rate of police violence and misconduct in the world in addition to the highest rate of incarceration. Scholars have shown that black, brown, and indigenous people are disproportionate police targets.
“And because police violence and gendered violence are intrinsically connected, black trans and gender-nonconforming people, and black people with disabilities and mental health issues, routinely experience surveillance, arrest, incarceration, and sexual assault at the hands of law enforcement at significantly higher rates than any other racial demographic.”
Starting in fall, Davidson College, Davidson, NC will offer "#Abolishthepolice: Race & Policing in US."
"Critical Black studies" course aims to take a philosophical look at relationship between Blackness & policing in US, per course info. So What's Next?https://t.co/pucKJ2GijZ
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The course, instructed by Claudia Gracia-Rojas, claims that “current mainstream conversations ask how we can reform the police to lessen harm against marginalized communities. I suggest we begin elsewhere.”
The description does not elaborate further than to say that the instructor proposed students “begin with a deceptively simple question: What is policing?”
In a statement given to Fox News, Davidson’s Director of Media Relations Jay Pfeifer said:
“(The school is a) student-focused institution of higher learning, grounded in the Christian Reformed Tradition and therefore faithful to a God bound by no church or creed.
We explore all reality through unlimited employment of our intellectual powers. That same faith tradition extends our loyalty to the whole of humanity.
We value diversity and respect the world’s various religious traditions. We honor the dignity and worth of every person. We focus on studies that are liberating and dedicate ourselves to the quest for truth.”
The offering of any class, whatever its title, reflects that it covers a subject worth studying. Grounded in these values, Davidson assists students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service.
We hope our graduates think clearly, make relevant value judgments, discriminate among values, and communicate freely in the realm of ideas.”
— RI Tea Party (@riteaparty) July 15, 2021
Bard College, a New York liberal arts college, is also offering a course this fall studying how to “sell the abolition of prisons.
Bard College, who received $500 million dollars from billionaire George Soros this year, is offering the course titled “Abolishing Prisons and the Police,” which aims to teach undergraduates how to “sell abolition to the masses and design a multi-media ad campaign to make prison abolition go viral.”
The course description states:
“This course explores what’s to be gained, lost and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons.
Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy, and more) we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering.
“In turn, we will explore a history of the punitive impulse in American social policy and seek to discern means of intervening against it. Finally, on the specific question of prison abolition, we will think through how to ‘sell’ abolition to the masses and design a multi-media ad campaign to make prison abolition go viral.”
— Damien Williams (@dayman23) July 15, 2021
Bard College launched a Hate Studies program in 2018, and the same category, along with such courses as “Queer Cinema,” “Capitalism and Slavery,” and “Sanctuary: Engaging State and Local Government for Human Rights.”
Kwame Holmes, a Human Rights Project scholar at Bard, is set to teach the fall class.
Holmes has a history of calling for the abolition of law enforcement, notably writing an op-ed last year called “Why Abolish the Police?”
As of July 14, the Davidson College course had seven seats remaining to be filled. 18 students have registered for the course.
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College offers course on how to “sell” idea of getting rid of prisons “to the masses” – here’s who’s financing them
July 11, 2021
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ANNANDALE-ON HUDSON, NY- “Defund the police?” How about “defund colleges and universities?”
In the latest edition of indoctrination nation, we take you to Bard College, a small private institution located in Annandale on Hudson in Dutchess County, New York.
On the heels of a $500 million donation from billionaire Marxist George Soros, the college is offering a course this fall called “Abolishing Prisons and the Police,” Breitbart reports.
A leftist named Kwame Holmes is going to be teaching the course. More on him in a minute. The description of the course reads:
This course explores what’s to be gained, lost and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons.
Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy and more) we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering.
In turn, we will explore a history of the punitive impulse in American social policy and seek to discern means of intervening against it. Finally, on the specific question of prison abolition, we will think through how to “sell” the abolition to the masses and design a multi-media ad campaign to make prison abolition go viral.”
According to the college, the class is part of the so-called “Hate Studies Initiative,” Fox News said.
According to Angela Morabito from Campus Reform, this is another in a line of indoctrination of college students being used by the far left.
“Bard College is attempting to do with prison abolition the exact same thing colleges did with the defund the police movement. Take a radical idea, plant it on college campuses, and then weaponize young adults to push it into the mainstream. Bard College, like so many schools before it, is becoming the public relations department for far-left fringe concepts,” Morabito said.
Bard College course: 'Abolishing Prisons and the Police' https://t.co/RG0pCBFaf1
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) July 5, 2021
As to the “instructor” for the course, Holmes is a far-left radical as his bio reads:
“Scholar-in-Residence in the Human Rights Project” and is described as a “critical geographer, historian, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the emotional politics of urban development and inequality.”
He reads the history of modern cities and social movements through a black queer studies frame. His work has appeared in Radical History Review, Occasion and No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies.”
Holmes is currently in the midst of revising a book manuscript called “Queer Removal: Liberalism and Displacement in the Nation’s Capital.”
Among Holmes’ “genius” ideas was one reported by Campus Reform, an op-ed he wrote on Chronogram entitled, “Why Abolish the Police?” whereby he encouraged abolishing police departments and replacing them with something called “neighborhood pods”:
Within a “pod,” neighbors construct a new, horizontally oriented social contract between themselves. While most mutual aid focuses on the delivery of essential services, neighborhood pods would also create intentional agreements around safety. Pod members may choose to pool resources to replace stolen property, to engage in rideshares if a car is vandalized, to supply food if someone is injured in a violent attack. Participants may agree not to call the police, refusing to absolve themselves of the responsibility to resolve conflict amongst themselves.
Apparently singing “Kumbaya” is optional. It is unknown if MS-13 and other gang members had agreed to sign on to the “pod” concept, but they would no doubt be “all over it.”
Holmes says that by establishing these Camelot-like pods, it would “eliminate the choice between an evil ‘doer’ and an innocent ‘done to;’ which in turn reframes crime form an absolute ‘wrong’ to a blow to health communal relationships.” Yes folks, this guy is teaching our college students.
Bard College’s “Hate Studies Initiative” is described on the school’s website as containing courses pertaining to:
Inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize and demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes which inform and give expression to, or can curtail, control, or combat, that capacity.” Courses noted with ** are new hate-centric courses supported with funding from the Bard Center for the Study of Hate (underwritten with a generous grant from GS Humane Corp).
What is it with these colleges and universities and their seeming obsession with “hate?”
The school further describes the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, which was established in 2018 through a “generous endowment from the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation” as an initiative that “works to increase the serious study of human hatred, and ways to combat it.”
“The Center will support faculty and students through the Bard network who want to study and/or combat hatred and its various manifestations,” Bard states on its website. That would seem to imply that policing and prisons are a manifestation of hatred. Got it.
In May, Breitbart reported that according to Bard College in a statement, they said the Soros donation, referred to as a “challenge grant” was “among the largest ever made to higher education in the United States.”
The college also said the grant would facilitate the school’s “exemplary educational and social initiatives, establish the College’s most substantial endowment ever, and set the stage for a $1 billion endowment drive.”
The college bragged that it was a founding partner of “the new Open Society University Network,” in partnership with Open Society Foundations, a Soros money-laundering operation that funds his far-left programs.
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