Have you ever read some literature or even a novel and thought:

“I wonder what race the author is, I hope they’re not white”?

Well, get ready for the latest outrage at a prestigious Catholic university based in Indiana.  Students think the curriculum has too many white authors. There’s simply no end to what collegiate aged students will condemn to be crimes against their fragility.

While college is meant to be an environment of discussion, debate, and aspects that are meant to prepare young adults for the world they’re about to enter, students are proclaiming that assimilating to university curriculums is somehow detrimental to their existence and an attack on minorities.

Student activists at the University of Notre Dame are now calling for the removal of white authors from the university curriculum to “decolonize” the university. Their position comes from one of the infamous social justice ilk, perceiving the digestion of white authors to be too awful to stomach.

According to the students:

“…diversifying the canon helps eliminate the violence of only privileging white scholarship.”

If you’re having difficulty connecting the dots between violence and white authors of books, trust us, we are too.

According to a report by The College Fix, a student activist group at the University of Notre Dame who have dubbed themselves “End Hate at ND”, is demanding that the university radically rewrite their course curriculum because they believe it currently features too many works by white authors.

What should be something completely irrelevant has clearly struck a chord with the identity politic crowd at the historic school.

The student activist group decided to published a list of demands to their Instagram page regarding their outrage with the school.

The students want the curriculum be completely revised so that the literary works of minority authors account for at least 50 percent of required readings. Instead of being critical of the quality of the content delivered, they’re more concerned about the vessel from which it’s delivered.

Amid the frivolous requests from the student group, they offered their take on why this change must come about:

“Cultural competence is key in building empathy for marginalized folks. No course or program of study should have a view limited to white, western, and/or male voices.

We demand that people who are of Color, Indigenous, Black, queer, or not male are represented in the authorship of at least half course and major required readings.

Diversifying the canon helps eliminate the violence of only privileging white scholarship. Everyone should see themselves represented in coursework.”

If you thought it ended there, it doesn’t. The group is also frustrated that the university has rules regarding the visitation of students of the opposite gender within the dorms, mainly rules that avoid overnight stays between male and female students.

The practice, which is called “parietals,” forces students to end visits with students of the opposite sex at midnight on weeknights and 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Somehow, the group of students perceive a rule solely aimed toward male and female students intermingling overnight as an attack against non-hetero students. They contend that the practice enforces a sense of “heteronormativity” that propagates “homophobia” on campus.

The activist groups are failing to realize that it’s a Catholic university, and will likely have rules about men and women staying the night in each other’s dorms. Furthermore, there’s plenty of universities that don’t have that kind of rule either.

Patrick Reilly of the National Catholic Register published a column on the fight against “parietals” at Notre Dame on Friday. Reilly makes the case that ending this tradition of limiting opposite-sex visitation time would be a “disaster.”

Patrick Reilly’s article further explained:

“Even more, Notre Dame should consider further limiting nighttime visitation and insisting on open doors when someone of the opposite sex is present,” Reilly wrote.

“Even better, the university would provide sufficient meeting spaces for students in other buildings and end opposite-sex visitation to dorm rooms altogether.”

The reality is there’s always going to be a school that better aligns with who you are, what you want to do, and the courses you’d like to take. However, trivial griping about what the race is of someone who penned your well laid-out course is just far too out there.

It’s almost as bad as the college students this week demanding that prisons be shut down across the country – all in the name of “justice”

Students at the Ivy League school Brown University apparently want to get rid of prison time as a means for punishment or incarceration. 

A group called “RailRoad” is behind the growing number of students pushing for an overhaul to the country’s current criminal justice system.

“The end goal is to not have prisons as any form of incarceration,” student Grace Austin, a member of the group called RailRoad, according to a report from WND.

The reason behind the call to abolish correctional facilities?

It doesn’t help offenders to grow as individuals.

“Punishment at any stage doesn’t guarantee any kind of growth,” she said.

 

Another student in the group says that prisons don’t provide justice, but rather just dole out punishment. And they say it’s minority groups who are suffering because of it.

“Prisons were founded in the ideas of punishing the poor, punishing people of color,” student Aida Sherif said. “I don’t see it as an institution that can ever fully break away from those foundations.”

And now they’re pushing for their ideas to become reality. 

The group’s Facebook page says that RailRoad’s goal “is a world where the Prison Industrial Complex in all of its forms has been destroyed and built in its place are systems of accountability that allow for healing and growth.”

But, let’s be real for a moment.

How does the family of a murdered victim feel after seeing the convicted killer goes free – and better yet, gets to go through “rehabilitation” treatment centers that’s paid for with taxpayer money?

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Rikers Island (Wikipedia)

 

How can police officers continue to go to work every day while dangerous criminals who were just arrested or even convicted of a crime roam about the community?

How many innocent lives would have to be lost before we realized that it wasn’t working?

The group went on to echo the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying that there would be alternative ways to help rehabilitate someone who has committed a crime.

“Our society is constructed in a way that would have us believe prisons are absolutely necessary,” Sherif said. “People perceive it as crazy, unreasonable, dangerous, too radical. Abolition is not anarchy.”

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Students within the group also made it known that they want the faculty at the school to begin hiring people who have served time in jail as part of a “fair chance” clause.

“If people aren’t totally on board with the issue of mass incarceration and prison abolition in general, then they may not necessarily be as convinced about fair chance hiring,” one student said. “Anything that is interrupting the cycle of incarceration is abolitionist to me as long as it’s not further entrenching the system of incarceration.”

Freshman rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently compared our system of so-called ‘mass incarceration’ to that of slavery, calling for an end to locking people up.

 

“A cage is a cage is a cage. And people don’t belong in them,” she posted. 

 

She went on to say that the United States “incarcerates more than anywhere in the world,” saying we had “more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that many prisons are currently being used for individuals who belong in “mental hospitals, homeless shelters, & detox centers,” and that federal funding for the facilities could be directed elsewhere for alternate methods of rehabilitation.

Ocasio-Cortez says that America has a prison problem. Her solution? Shut ’em down. (AOC Facebook)

 

She inferred that taking people out of the cage would greatly decrease criminal activity.

“If we invested meaningfully, what do you think would happen to crime?” she questioned.

 

Seems she had our next question pinned, but didn’t exactly have an answer for it.

“People tend to say ‘what do you do with all the violent people?’ as a defense for incarcerating millions,” she tweeted as she skirted around an actual answer to the question. “Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, and either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today.”

She went on to say that no matter the reason, America needed to find a new way to handle crime, because many people in the system “don’t belong there at all.”

To ‘prove’ her point, AOC cited a man her who been jailed for 10 days for oversleeping his jury duty as well as a woman who claimed to have been ‘tortured’ by being ‘force-fed pills’ and being placed in solitary confinement for months while in Rikers Island. 

 

As we’re sure many people are aware, there are changes that could be made to the criminal justice system in our country to help it improve. The same could be said about anything that we’ve created as a society. Policies that could be changed to help decrease recidivism, steps we could work on to help rehabilitate instead of furthering a lifestyle. 

But does that mean closing down prisons from coast to coast?

Not a chance. 

 


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