Nov 13, 2015

Genius Meme EXPOSES Hypocrisy of Mizzou Diversity Protests

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

American Thinker gives 5 reality checks for the age of diversity.
1. College campuses are less tolerant than ever before.
One result is that real debate and dialog suffer. The Atlantic’s Wendy Kaminer explains why.
One of the ironies of this drive for civility … [is that] you end up encouraging incivility, because people don’t know how to argue. They don’t know what to do when confronted with an idea they really don’t like. They don’t have an administrator they go complain to, and so they just shout it down because they haven’t learned how to do anything else.
Perhaps also due to the like-minded aspects of the blogosphere, people do not know how to respectfully argue their points of view. Shouting matches are too often the order of the day on the same campuses that embrace “diversity.” Conservative speakers are often not invited to campus, or else they are shouted down or interrupted. In fact, in America today, almost all protests that interrupt or shout down speakers are generated by left-wing groups like Code Pink.

Too many campuses choose to wall themselves off from differing ideas through anti-bullying or speech codes that attempt to provide an ipso facto restraint on speech. As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has put it, too often “speech I don’t like” is translated into “speech that should be outlawed.”
2. People who hold traditional views on marriage and other issues are wrongly dismissed as bigoted, homophobic, or in need of being cured.
This has been the downside to what I call “liberal inevitability” from the start. Just as the 12 Steps work “sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly,” too many liberals believe we will all come around to their views eventually. In their view, conservatives ought to be cured and will be eventually. When looking at Supreme Court justices, liberals could be right. Most of them do cave in some manner. But, thankfully, Potomac fever tends to be a local disease, and liberalism has been shown to be far from inevitable in other places.
Unlike today, decades ago, liberals asked to be listened to and given the opportunity to state their case. When I was a college student, I remember reading the story in our student paper of a gay student coming out about his sexuality. I remember thinking that writing that article took courage and that I ought to try to understand him. But now the tables have turned, and anyone who thinks differently from this student is considered an oppressor, ignorant, or morally deficient.

Recently, my alma mater, Williams College, conducted a celebration of one of its most distinguished political science professors, Robert Gaudino, who died at the age of 46 in 1974. The distinguishing characteristic of Gaudino’s teaching style was the Socratic method — his uncanny and disciplined style of teaching through asking questions. Another student and I who were both exposed to Gaudino’s teaching methods discussed recently whether Gaudino was a liberal or a conservative. The truth is, neither of us knew. The reason is because Mr. Gaudino believed that his calling was to teach and help us to think, not reach certain predetermined conclusions. This singular commitment made him a celebrated teacher — the kind we find all too rare today.
Unfortunately, too many teachers today use the classroom for indoctrination rather than education. At our local state university, story after story has come to me concerning professors bashing conservatives in the classroom, politically intimidating students, and even lowering grades for those who do not support politically correct conclusions. (This is not to be confused with conservative students who simply write bad papers that fail to support their arguments.)
3. Embracing diversity in household formation blinds us to the reality that children of lasting man-woman marriages fare best.
The diversity movement will protest that there simply is not enough research on non-traditional families to say what the impact on children might be. But what we do know is clear. Gay-parent households deprive children of a parent of the opposite sex. Children from families where the mother and father stay together are significantly more well-adjusted, confident, and adaptable than those who do not come from these families. Too often, diversity advocates focus on the well-being of couples while ignoring the impact on children. If the diversity movement says it wants to empower the powerless, shouldn’t it be concerned about the impact of its policies on children? Shouldn’t social policy show bias toward what works best and keeps the most vulnerable from being hurt? Or is the desire for same-sex adults to call their relationship “marriage” more important?
4. The diversity movement confuses rejection of views with rejection of people, shutting off debate.

My niece was fifteen years old. She had been home-schooled until the time she entered a nearby New England prep school as a day student. Her parents had taught her how to think. Soon after she entered the school, my niece was asked to join a group to plan student activities on campus, including the task of deciding guidelines of how debate was to be framed on campus. Someone put a motion on the table that read as follows: “All points of view are to be respected.” My niece proposed a change. “All people are to be respected.” “Not all points of view are worthy of respect,” she asserted. Her motion passed unanimously. Her fellow students immediately appreciated the difference between people and views, and they were right to do so.
Formally, in the days when people knew how to debate, the Oxford-Cambridge style was the order of the day. Ideas could be mocked, pilloried, demolished, propagated, and prosecuted as self-evident. People actually learned things. Nothing was off the table. After the debate, it was time to head to the pub.
Unfortunately, the diversity movement has wrapped itself in the wrong-headed idea that “I am my views.” This tends to place people of color, the LBGT crowd, and others claiming non-white ethnic heritage in a privileged position beyond criticism. In their eyes, everything becomes an ad hominem attack and is therefore out of bounds. The results are clear: why does one need an argument when, like Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, demonstrating that one is 1/32 Cherokee is enough? The result of this has been bad ideas like “black people cannot possibly be racist” and “because I am gay, you cannot criticize gayness in any way.”


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