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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN- As the late, great Rush Limbaugh used to say, he liked to “mock absurdity by being absurd,” such as when he referred to radical feminists as “feminazis,” did “animal rights updates” and things of that nature.
Now, we see where a college student in Sweden took the issue of so-called “white privilege” and brought it to an extreme level, according to The College Fix.
Arvid Haag signed up for a class at Stockholm University called “Critical Whiteness Perspectives in Nordic Culture.” And here you thought wokeness was only an American disease.
Haag had the opportunity to blow some money on what he called an “absurd” class due to some local pandemic rules, which provided grants to students in the form of student financial aid.
Haag figured that since the class wasn’t costing him anything out of pocket, he’d “get something fun” out of the “harmless” class, however he soon found out that many of his fellow students took the whole “critical whiteness” thing quite seriously, which he referred to as an “American-born ideology.”
Toward the end of the class, Haag would participate in the class sporadically, offering “critical” comments on occasion.
However he decided to wait until near the end to offer the ultimate mockery of the class in the form of an essay entitled, “Black And White Drinks,” which he described as “an account of what had happened from the early 20th century in the struggle between coffee and milk.”
In the essay, Haag told “how the marketing of coffee has been characterized by highlighting ‘black and exotic elements’ of the drink. When it comes to milk, it has instead been ‘the local and white’ that has been emphasized.”
The question one can ask is whether it is really a reconciliation between milk and coffee that has been implemented or whether adding milk to the coffee is a way to take away from the coffee its unique properties and instead impose the black drink white properties.
Milk in the coffee can with critical glasses be seen as a drink-based colonization. The hot and strong coffee cools and is rounded off in taste with the help of the milk, which thereby controls and domesticates the coffee.
In the interview, Haag acknowledged that he hadn’t even read “most of the books or blog posts” he cited, and for that matter didn’t know what “critical whiteness perspectives meant.
Despite all of that, Haag actually earned a “B” for the essay, with the instructor noting it was an “exciting topic” that employed “critical thinking.” He even suggested Haag expand upon his essay in a longer expose.
The only criticism given was that the paper “did not have exact source references [for the] photos.”
“[The joke] must have gone over his head,” Haag continued.
Haag’s hoax is certainly not the first time such a ruse was put over on academics.
One such case is the “Sokal Hoax,” where a mathematical physicist at New York University named Alan Sokal submitted a sham article to a journal called Social Text.
In that piece, Sokal took then-current topics in physics and mathematics, and “drew various cultural, philosophical and political morals that he felt would appeal to fashionable academic commentators on science who question the claims of science to objectivity.”
Two years later, Sokal revealed the hoax in a separate journal, and revealed how he had “pulled the wool” over Social Text, noting he the article he wrote had been “liberally salted with nonsense.”
He said the only reason his opinion was accepted was because “(a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions.”
Things have gotten so absurd that it has become difficult to differentiate between factual work and satire. An example of that is the Babylon Bee, a satire site which pushes stories that are so absurd as to be unbelievable, however in the crazy 2020s, much of what they publish comes true.
College Fix identifies such essays, noting its hard to tell the difference. An essay called “Glaciers, gender and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research” was a legitimate essay, while another, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” was not.
Another bogus essay was entitled, “Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism,” a “feminist” version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Want another hoax people fell for? How about one which said dog parks were “manifestations of rape culture and oppression.”
We recently reported on a number of white college students in the US, who lied about being minorities on their college applications to increase their chances of being admitted. For more on that, we invite you to:
Hey, if you can identify as a different gender, maybe it works for race and ethnicity too? It worked for Rachel Dolezal for a while, right? According to Breitbart, a new study has revealed that the current focus on diversity in colleges and universities has caused an uptick in the number of white applicants lying about their ethnic identity when applying for college.
According to Intelligent, “Some college applicants are misrepresenting their race in an effort to use their desired school’s diversity efforts to gain admission, or obtain more financial aid,” they reported.
A survey conducted on the platform Pollfish found about 1,250 white college applicants 16 and older said they “lied on their application by indicating they were a racial minority.”
Of that grouping, an overwhelming majority (81 percent) said they lied in order to increase their odds of acceptance, while 50 percent said they were seeking financial aid.
The parameters of the survey required respondents “to have previously applied to a college or university in the U.S.” while advising students to answer truthfully and to the fullest extend of their knowledge. The survey did not seek to independently verify each claim.
Demographically, white males were “three times as likely than women to lie about their race,” with 48 percent of that group claiming to have lied on their application, while only 16 percent of women of women lied on their applications.
“Lying also varies by age groups, with 43 percent of people 35-44 years old, and 41 percent of 16-24 year-olds admitting to faking a racial minority status when applying to college. Those rates are lower for 25-34 year-olds (31 percent); 45-54 year-olds (28 percent), and people 54 and older (13 percent).
Nearly half of all respondents who lied about their minority status (48 percent) identified themselves as Native American on their applications. 13 percent claimed to be Latino, 10 percent claimed to be black, and 9 percent claimed to be Asian or Pacific Islander.
Twice as many men as women claimed Native American heritage on their applications (54 percent compared to 24 perectn [sp]). Meanwhile, one in four women (24 percent) claimed to be Latino. Women are also more than twice as likely as men to pretend to be black (18 percent to 8 percent).
According to Kristen Scatton, managing editor for Intelligent, she believes the popularity of applicants who claim Native American heritage is likely derived from the idea that “many Americans of European descent have some Native American DNA in their bloodline.”
“For college applicants who are trying to give their application a boost by pretending to be a racial minority, they may seize on this notion that many Americans of European descent have some Native American DNA in their bloodline,” said Scatton. “However, research has shown that’s not all that common, particularly among white Americans.”
“Lying on a college application about anything, including your race is never a good idea,” she said. “Colleges can and will rescind admissions offers if they discover students lied during the application process.”
All of this came to light as a result of the college admissions scandal which took place in 2019. While the primary focus of the scandal was on wealthy elites, such as Hollywood celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin bribing college officials, some students were also told to lie about their race.
In the case of Huffman, Loughlin and others, they paid over $25 million to a man named William rick Singer between 2011 and 2018 to bribe college officials and inflate entrance exams, as well as lying about extracurricular activities.
In case you missed it, here is a story about a university professor deciding to resign his position due to woke policies at the institution.
PORTLAND, OR – Peter Boghossian, an associate professor who has taught philosophy at Portland State University for the past decade, resigned Wednesday, saying the university has made “intellectual exploration impossible.”
In his resignation letter submitted to Provost Susan Jeffords, Boghossian wrote:
“I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion.
Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions. This is why I became a teacher and why I love teaching.
“Brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible.
It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a social justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.”
Boghossian often invited lecturers from many schools of thought to talk in front of his students during his ten-year tenure with the university. He wrote that he did so to expand the thought and questioning of his students:
“Over the last decade, it has been my privilege to teach at the university. My specialties are critical thinking, ethics, and the Socratic method, and I teach classes like Science and Pseudoscience and The Philosophy of Education.
But in addition to exploring classic philosophers and traditional texts, I’ve invited a wide range of guest lecturers to address my classes, from Flat-Earthers to Christian apologists to global climate skeptics to Occupy Wall Street advocates. I’m proud of my work.
“I invited those speakers not because I agreed with their worldviews, but primarily because I didn’t. From those messy and difficult conversations, I’ve seen the best of what our students can achieve: questioning beliefs while respecting believers; staying even-tempered in challenging circumstances; and even changing their minds.”
He said that he began receiving push back from the university when be began publicly questioning “social justice factories”:
“At first, I didn’t realize how systemic this was and I believed I could question this new culture. So, I began asking questions. What is the evidence that trigger warnings and safe spaces contribute to student learning?
Why should racial consciousness be the lens through which we view our role as educators? How did we decide that “cultural appropriation” is immoral?
“Unlike my colleagues, I asked these questions out loud and in public… the more I spoke out about these issues, the more retaliation I faced.”
He said in the 2016-17 academic year, a former student lodged a complaint against him which turned into a Title IX investigation. It was concluded that Boghossian did not violate PSU’s discrimination and harassment policy, though it was recommended that he receive coaching, he said.
Boghossian made headlines as part of a three-man team that went public in 2018 with a project rooting out what members describe as political bias in academic publishing. The academics posed as gender studies scholars and submitted hoax papers to journals to see if they’d get published and succeeded in several cases.
Publishing journals included Gender, Place and Culture, Hypatia, Sex Roles, Fat Studies, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Affilia, and Sexuality & Culture. Accepted papers include those on an adaptation of Mein Kampf, “fat bodybuilding” and monitoring “rape culture” via “dog-humping incidents” at parks in Oregon.
Boghossian was the only one of three researchers on the project to hold a full-time academic position, and Portland State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) determined he committed research misconduct.
The university claimed the journal editors and reviewers tricked by the hoax papers were “human subjects” being researched, and that type of study required approval.
A determination letter from the university read:
“University policy requires that all research involving human subjects conducted by faculty, other employees and students (on campus) must have prior review and approval by the IRB.”
In the resignation letter, Boghossian wrote that he faced threats and harassment for his work, and the university did nothing except come after him:
“Shortly thereafter, swastikas in the bathroom with my name under them began appearing in two bathrooms near the philosophy department.
They also occasionally showed up on my office door, in one instance accompanied by bags of feces. Our university remained silent. When it acted, it was against me, not the perpetrators.
“For me, the years that followed were marked by continued harassment. I’d find flyers around campus of me with a Pinocchio nose.
I was spit on and threatened by passersby while walking to class. I was informed by students that my colleagues were telling them to avoid my classes. And, of course, I was subjected to more investigation.”
In concluding his resignation letter, he wrote that freedom to question is a fundamental right, and unlike Portland State University, educational institutions should remind students that the right is also a duty:
“Portland State University has failed in fulfilling this duty. In doing so it has failed not only its students but the public that supports it. While I am grateful for the opportunity to have taught at Portland State for over a decade, it has become clear to me that this institution is no place for people who intend to think freely and explore ideas.
“This is not the outcome I wanted. But I feel morally obligated to make this choice. For ten years, I have taught my students the importance of living by your principles. One of mine is to defend our system of liberal education from those who seek to destroy it. Who would I be if I didn’t?”
In a statement, the university said:
“Portland State has always been and will continue to be a welcoming home for free speech and academic freedom.
“We believe that those practices are not in conflict with our core institutional values of student success; racial justice and equity; and proactive engagement with our community.”
The university refused to comment on Boghossian’s resignation specifically, calling it a “personnel matter.”
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University spends $50k to remove a rock that triggered students, claiming it reminded them of the past
August 8, 2021
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MADISON, WI- Simply put, you cannot make this stuff up. Apparently, rocks are now “racist.” At least that was the allegation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where the university spent in the neighborhood of $50,000 to remove a rock that is likely billions of years old because—racism.
🚨#BREAKING : University of Wisconsin removes Chamberlin Rock, seen as sign of racism
The University of Wisconsin removed a large 70 ton boulder from its Madison campus on Friday at the request of minority students who view the rock as a symbol of racism pic.twitter.com/qFHTZCn8tW
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) August 7, 2021
According to the Post-Millennial, the rock, called the “Chamberlin Rock,” which has been sitting on Observatory Hill since 1925, has been removed from university property. Seriously we are at a time when people are offended by a flipping rock.
Apparently the rock was referenced by some kind of derogatory nickname for a large rock around 85 years ago.
The rock, dated at around two billion years old, is an example of the pre-Cambrian era, defined by scientists as the largest span of time in Earth’s history prior to the current Phanerozoic Eon, according to Science Direct.
The rock was dedicated as a monument to honor Thomas Chamberlin, a geologist who served as president of the university between 1887-1892.
Last November, a group of students who apparently spent more time being offended than actually engaging in their studies, claimed the rock was a reminder of so-called “past and present injustices faced by students of color.”
The chancellor of the university, Rebecca Blank apparently bought into it. The Wisconsin Black Student Union, in partnership with Wunk Sheek, the Native American student organization pushed for the rock’s removal.
“Now is a moment for all of us BIPOC students to breathe a sigh of relief, to be proud of our endurance, and to begin healing,” said @d8alder.
The rest of the story on the removal of Chamberlin Rock Friday morning: https://t.co/rSy2vBJZEn
— Erin Gretzinger (@GretzingerErin) August 6, 2021
“It took courage and commitment for the Wisconsin Black Student Union to bring this issue forward and to influence change alongside UW’s Wunk Sheek student leaders,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor said.
“In the midst of demands for justice following George Floyd’s murder last summer, the students wanted change on campus, and they worked hard to see this through. While the decision required compromise, I’m proud of the student leaders and the collaboration it too to get here.”
“Courage and commitment?” To move a rock? How are these whiny snowflakes going to survive in the real world?
The former president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union, senior Nalah McWhorter watched as the dream of having the racist rock removed took place on Friday morning.
“It was very meaningful for me to be there and to see the process all the way through to the end,” McWhorter said wistfully. “It was about a year ago that we released our demands and met with the chancellor and explained to her why those demands meant so much to us. It was a powerful moment today to see this demand come full circle.”
McWhorter is hoping the rock’s removal will inspire other students to advocate for change on campus. Perhaps next they can move some offensive flowers, or perhaps have all the trees removed from campus, since in the Jim Crow south lynchings occurred from trees. You know, racism and all.
I demand they cut down all the trees that witnessed this rock's behavior! https://t.co/7isCvehyef
— 🍻 (@McCauley_B3) August 6, 2021
“I see this as offering the next generation of students something to build off of,” she said. “We got this project going, and now the next round of students can continue to work on the other demands and come up with other ideas. We hope this movement and this momentum carries on.”
There was a plaque affixed to the offensive, racist rock which was removed. A new plaque honoring Chamberlin will be placed in Chamberlin Hall on campus.
Historians at the university were unable to find any evidence that the racist term attached to the racist rock was used by the university in any capacity.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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