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American University Could Force Students to Study Oppression, Live Under It

Turning residence halls into indoctrination camps.

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American University has convened a working group to "reimagine" its general education requirements: the courses that all students, regardless of major, must take before graduating. The working group's singular aim, it seems, is to force all students to study "oppression" ad nauseam—in the form of mandatory education about inequality, colonialism, slavery, marginalization, and privilege.

The group also wants to re-organize AU's residential facilities so that students must reside with the other people in their "oppression studies" courses. They will live under the tutelage of upperclassmen with special training in the subject, taking part in projects and team-building exercises.

In other words, AU students will not merely be forced to study systemic oppression—they will be forced to live under it.

Read this document for yourself and tell me if I'm missing something:

Complex Problems (3 credits): All students, including transfer students, must take a Complex Problems seminar. … Although many Complex Problems courses will draw heavily on the social sciences (in the analysis of such issues as inequality, social violence and health care access), others will be grounded in the sciences (climate change, dementia) or arts and humanities (art and politics, post-colonial expression).

AU Experience II (1 or 3 credits TBD): A three-credit required course, taken by all AU students in their second semester, normally with the same discussion leader and students and in the same hybrid, discussion-intensive mode as AU Experience I. … Students will explore how historical violence, such as the early slave trade and genocidal conquests, shape the contemporary experiences of marginalized groups and struggles for human rights. Class materials will consider how entrenched systems of inequality marginalize some groups and privilege others.

If budget allows, the committees recommend that all students living on campus be housed with their Complex Problems cohort. Separate AUx cohorts will benefit from the work of upper-class peer mentors, who will contribute to the group while taking a three-credit 400-level peer mentoring class. Assuming that ongoing discussions around the RiSE project lead to creation of student support teams for students in their initial semesters, these teams will be assigned to specific AUx cohorts.

The Cato Institute's Walter Olson, who first reported on the existence of the working group document, quipped, "I wonder whether they will wind up calling these mentored support teams "block committees for the Defense of the Revolution."

Olson also points out that AU is hardly the first university to contemplate turning its residence halls into George Orwell's Room 101. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education previously revealed a vast conspiracy to transform the University of Delaware's student housing into indoctrination camps.

There's nothing wrong with teaching students about oppression, but classrooms rather than dormitories are the proper setting for such an education. In the classroom, students can (ideally) challenge each other and their teachers. In the dormitories, defying the authority of the indoctrinators can feel like some kind of honor code violation and result in disciplinary action.

But maybe students should learn about oppression—if only so that they can identify clumsy attempts to impose it on them. 

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109 responses to “American University Could Force Students to Study Oppression, Live Under It

  1. There’s nothing wrong with teaching students about oppression,

    Depending on how its done. If “teaching students about oppression” is code for “teaching terrible history and a delusional view of modern society”, I would say there is something wrong with it.

    1. Syllabus
      Unit I – Creating a Climate of Uncertainty

      Unit II – Informing on Others for Fun & Profit

      Unit III – Getting Them Before They Get You

    2. All people of every color in America today (except perhaps Native Americans) are less oppressed than they would be if they weren’t here. I saw a comment recently from a black woman saying something along the lines of “We were once Kings and Queens a long time ago far away.” I pointed out that those ancient Kings in Africa were warlords who enslaved millions of black people for centuries before white people got there, after which they traded their slaves for guns so they could conquer and enslave even more people. The responses to that were not pretty.

      1. Funny how everyone was or would have been a king or queen; nobody was a farmer or slave. Of course many of those kingdoms were smaller than a small US county and their wealth was of a rather meagre character.

        As far as the Native Americans, you don’t know how things would be if they were left to their own devices; maybe better, maybe worse. Also, quite possible they would have been conquered by someone else had the europeans not gotten there first and the NAs not developed firearms.

        1. I agree about the Native Americans. They are the only group that got a “perhaps”. As for the Central and South American natives, they are definitely better off now than under Mayan or Incan rule.

          1. It is also possible that in another timeline that the Mayan empire would have expanded into North America.

            1. …into North America into the territory that is now the USA.

            2. The Mayans never developed a cohesive empire – it’s possible they could have been united by a charismatic leader, but even at its height, Mayan civilization consisted of dozens of city-state confederations that were constantly at war with each other, much like ancient Greece. And the heyday of Mayan culture had been over for 600 years by the time the Spanish arrived. This actually helped some of their cities survive longer than other indigenous centers – the Spaniards had to conquer each city in turn, rather than seizing a single capital and its ruler. To this day, there are thousands of people in southern Mexico who speak Mayan dialects and not a word of Spanish.

              Mayan traders did travel far and wide, though – trade goods, including distinctive obsidian knives, have been found on Caribbean islands and as far north as Cahokia, across the Mississippi from modern St. Louis.

              The Triple Alliance, a.k.a. the Aztecs, on the other hand, WERE a highly motivated expansionist empire. They were blocked from northward expansion by the almost-as-powerful Tarascans, though.

          2. Life under the Inkas probably wasn’t so bad, considering we’re talking about the 15th century. The state had a level of control over the economy that would make Bernie Sanders cream his pants, and was responsible for the distribution of all goods and services – there were no markets, and everybody worked directly for the government. The Inkas practically invented the idea of digging holes and then filling them – there are two Inka sites high in the mountains that have three stone-paved roads between them, each one built on the orders of a different emperor.

        2. Even the ones in the upper classes were relatively impoverished by our standards. They might have lots of servants who were much worse off, but their diets were restricted by what was available, health care was non-existent and their cleanliness was questionable.

          As for the Native Americans, I doubt any of those who romanticize them would have liked to live under any of the great cultures: The Mayans, Aztecs, Incas. The Northwest Tribes kept slaves.

          1. health care was non-existent

            Meh. They had traditional healers of limited effectiveness. But then the european physicians of the time weren’t much better.

            The Northwest Tribes kept slaves.

            Stop contradicting the narrative!

            1. “Traditional means of limited effectiveness”
              – putting a knife under the bed of a woman giving birth to ‘cut the pain’
              – bleeding
              – remedies that would embarrass a homeopath
              – mercury for syphilis
              – spells to cast out demons

              1. Don’t knock the spells. I pray daily and it helps!

          2. The Northwest Tribes kept slaves.

            The downfall of the Haida nation came when they started enslaving American and British sailors, which of course got them conquered posthaste.

            1. Fun fact: in one of the Haida creation myths, the trickster god Raven brought human beings into the world by pulling them out of the ground – because he was throwing a party and didn’t have enough guests.

          3. A popular name in the valley where I live is “Hellgate,” e.g., “Hellgate High School.” The name comes from the narrow northwest entrance to the valley. French fur trappers called it Porte de l’Enfer – Hell’s Gate – because of all the remains of the Salish killed by the Blackfeet.

            Seems all human societies have been violent.

        3. “Funny how everyone was or would have been a king or queen; nobody was a farmer or slave”

          This also applies to people who believe in reincarnation when talking about their “past lives”.

      2. “We were once Kings and Queens a long time ago far away.”

        No, sorry, odds are that your ancestors were not kings or queens and had at least as shitty a life as the vast majority of people everywhere did centuries ago.

        And “we” are not out ancestors. I’m sure a healthy number of white Europeans have ancestors who were enslaved at some point too.

        1. I’m sure a healthy number of white Europeans have ancestors who were enslaved at some point too.

          Yes, the vikings were big on taking thralls, aka slaves. As were the Romans. But if you mention that it’s either evidence that white people are inherently slavers, or “that doesn’t count, because…something.”

          1. What do they say about the traditions of slavery in Africa (that are still going strong in some places)? I guess that’s white people’s fault too somehow.

            I’m sure it’s true that demand from the European slave trade encouraged more slave taking in Africa. But it wasn’t invented by white people by any means.

            1. What do they say about the traditions of slavery in Africa (that are still going strong in some places)?

              That is either denied or blamed on whites. And for these purposes, arabs are not “white.”

        2. Everyone who has done ancestry research finds a few nobles back in the old country. For each Duke, they also hit dozens of dead-ends – all the peasants and slaves who worked the dirt and died anonymously.

          1. Since the number of ancestors doubles with each generation, by the time you go back 40 generations, you mathematically have over a trillion ancestors. Obviously there is a lot of overlap and inbreeding, but the simple fact is that everybody living a few thousand years ago whose line did not die out is one of your ancestors through many lines of descent. (There was just enough leakage between the classes to spread the genes out.)

            1. Yep – if it was possible to map the ancestory of everyone back 200 generations, you would find that everyone is descended from slaves and slave owners. No exceptions.

              1. I used to love pointing out to those anti-semites who called Jews “Christ Killers” that every single person on earth (with the exception of a few isolated populations like the Australian Aborigines) is descended in some way from every member of the mob confronted by Pilate.

            2. everybody living a few thousand years ago whose line did not die out is one of your ancestors through many lines of descent

              Well, everyone who was geographically connected at the time. You probably have to go back to when Australian Aborigines split off from the rest of the Eurasians to find a common ancestor for all humans.

              1. His name was Dave. Dave from Mohenjo Daro. He was kind of a man-slut.

            3. Unless you are from either Wales or Kentucky, in which case it usually takes 4 or 5 generations for the number of ancestors to double

        3. My ancestors were kings. Responsible for a burgeoning slave trade too!! But don’t worry, we Ua Imair only enslaved the Irish, and oppression against white people doesn’t count these days.

          1. Oh, so we have to consider the Irish “people” now, too? Political correctness has gone too far.

        4. Yeah, but the attitude of “better to rule in hell than serve (or even just not rule) in heaven” explains a lot of the attitude.

      3. Disclaimer: I think the policy referenced in the article is insane.

        That said, I don’t really get the point of your comment. The fact that people may be mistreated more elsewhere doesn’t justify any mistreatment they receive here. Governments in general are much more oppressive outside of the US and a small number of other first world countries, but that doesn’t prevent people here from criticizing and complaining about the government here on a daily basis. Also, the state of things today isn’t much of a consolation for people who were killed or enslaved and died hundreds of years ago.

    3. Why can’t we teach kids about how Columbus peacefully discovered America and sat down with the Pilgrims and Indians with a big turkey and lived in harmony forever more, like it actually happened?

      1. Re: Tony the Marxian,

        Why can’t we teach kids about how Columbus peacefully discovered America[…]

        You mean instead of teaching them how historical violence, such as the early slave trade and genocidal conquests, shape the contemporary experiences of marginalized groups and struggles for human rights in a hybrid and discussion-intensive mode?

        By the way, I was never taught that Columbus peacefully discovered America. I was taught he duped the queen of Spain to pay for an expedition to India by claiming the world was smaller than what scholars at that time knew it was, that he found an island, fought the Indians there and that such led to the Conquista and losing our noble “Aztec Heritage” (whatever the fuck that was.)

        1. I am not going to disparage Columbus’ courage; it took a lot of balls to set off on that voyage. But I think we can get an idea of what kind of person he was from the fact that even the Jesuit priests objected to his treatment of the natives.

        2. Yes – I learned he was kind of a huckster and high stakes gambler who couldn’t do math. Actual mathematicians in his day knew the world was round and had a pretty accurate idea of how far away India really was (too far to sail).

          1. Columbus, on the other hand, believed the world was pear-shaped, and that what he referred to as the “nipple” of it could be found in Venezuela, and contained a secret entrance to Heaven.

            1. Seems legit.

        3. noble “Aztec Heritage” (whatever the fuck that was.)

          A religion of regular human sacrifice as a fig leaf to justify state power, mostly. Tlacaelel was a genius religious manipulator, like if you crossed Machiavelli with L. Ron Hubbard (except with more people getting their hearts ripped out).

          1. As part of your Aztec heritage, though, you get to take credit for tacos (tlacoyo), which is pretty neat.

      2. It’s like you were there! At the kiddie table!

      3. Because then we’d have to explain how the indigenous peoples were fucked over by the governments of the time, and that wouldn’t do, would it?

    4. The State is the biggest bully of them all. (Yes, I know American U. is a private school.)

  2. The inmates have taken control of the asylum.

  3. Why mandatory, because if ever adapted, Political Correct thought is actually a technique for brainwashing, based on Marxist Critical theory

    It is a system of cyclical logic that once adopted by the user never allows for another approach, and the end-game is that the assigned antagonist always embodies hatred, racism, or oppression.

    They become intellectually trapped because in order to see and realize when they err, they would have to empathize and entertain their assigned antagonists point of view…this causes great cognitive dissonance due to contradicting their previously assigned value of the antagonist and so is rejected or avoided.

    The remaining cognitive dissonance is alleviated by the religious cult-like belief that they are on the ” right ” or ” good ” side of every issue, always battling racists, bigots, and oppressors

  4. It’s probably far too much to hope for that proposals like this might push students out of their ghettos and into genpop.

    1. Nicole prefers solitary confinement.

      1. Duh.

  5. (climate change, dementia)

    But I repeat myself

  6. College: That thing your parents did that put them crippling debt, that eventually ceded control to Marxist revisionism in the name of mathematical (dis)parity.

    The age of “tele-commuted” education can only get here so fast.

  7. This insane, completely disproportionate obsession with “oppression” is really starting to remind me of people who get obsessed with something they consider “bad” and turn out to be fetishists for that thing. Like virulently anti-gay preachers who get caught with rentboys, or child pornography investigating cops who turn out to be pedophiles, or sex trafficking combating NGOs that turn out to have a bunch of rapists in their midst.

    It’s just too disproportionate. None of it makes sense unless the people obsessed with it and pushing it are living out some fantasy. Otherwise it’s just absurd that anyone would expend that much energy over something that is so obviously blown vastly out of proportion.

    Always, always be wary of obsessed people. They have serious fucking problems.

    1. No question. The go-to move for these SJWs is always to oppress somebody, to the limits of their ability to do so.

      1. Oh, the ongoing calls for the feds to “do something” (kill someone) as a response to the Oregon standoff are very telling.

        1. Well, it has been too long since anyone got killed in a standoff with the Feds.

          But seriously, why “do something”? They aren’t causing any harm right now. In fact, they are enriching the local economy, which usually pretty much shuts down in the winter.

          1. Srsly, Zeb? Let me paraphrase my derpbook feed – “but they’re armed terrorists, and the authorities would have acted long ago if these people were black.”

            1. Yeah, look at the way the authorities brutally slaughtered the Ferguson and Baltimore rioters.

            2. Half seriously.

              Seems like they think that “armed” is sufficient to deem them terrorists. I would have thought they would need to do some actual terrorism to earn that name.

              1. Well the progs sure are terrified!

    2. Well, it’s not like it’s a secret they want to oppress others.

      1. But they get so screechy when you call them on it!

      2. But they think it is, Nicole. They think you can’t see that about them. They think they’re “hiding” their true desires behind a smokescreen of social justice.

  8. Students will explore how historical violence, such as the early slave trade and genocidal conquests, shape the contemporary experiences of marginalized groups and struggles for human rights.

    A person in this university who doesn’t believe in such claptrap will be marginalized and violently removed from the university.

    1. I love the way the conclusion is assumed in that course description, which elides the really interesting question:

      Students will explore how whether historical violence, etc.

      1. I dunno. I think it’s pretty clear that historical violence and oppression shapes contemporary experience for everyone.

        Something tells me, though, that they aren’t going to spend too much time on the early slave trade among black Africans, and in the Arab world, nor the genocidal conquests of early Islam.

        1. Good scholarship spends some fair amount of energy on what everyone thinks is pretty clear, to see if it is, in fact, the case.

          Historical violence and oppression from last year? Sure.

          From a millenia ago? Probably not.

          Plenty to chew on, from all around the globe and throughout history, about how (and yes, whether) violence and oppression affect people years, decades, centuries after the fact.

          1. Well, for the central example of slavery, at least, I don’t think there is much doubt that it had a significant influence on how contemporary society looks. There wouldn’t be any such thing as “African-american” if not for that.

            I might have left out the “marginalized groups” part, though. It influences the experiences of everyone and phrasing it that way reveals a specific agenda.

  9. but classrooms rather than dormitories are the proper setting for such an education.

    On the contrary, the most effective place for psychological rape is one’s own living quarters.

  10. Hmm, another school I can cross off the list of potential colleges for my son.

    1. Don’t “Cross it off”.

      Just show him the cirriculum. If he has any brains, he’ll sprint in the other direction.

      1. Oh, I agree. I want my son to make his own decisions. If he wants to go to indoctrination central, I would let him go.

        1. “Sure, son. You can go to Oberlin. On your own dime. And no, I’m not guaranteeing any loans, either.”

    2. +1. This bullshit is actually kind of helpful in that regard.

      Hey colleges! If you want me to open my checkbook, you better show me a good ROI. Otherwise, it’s seed money for Tundra-Spawn, Inc.

  11. Reasons to be glad I never had kids…they keep piling on. My head would split open if I had to help a young human navigate this world.

  12. Someone on here has repeatedly said the University as we knew it is obsolete. You are right.

  13. Agreed. Any communal activity in the dorms was annoying as fuck, and I was an RA who had to organize it. I’ve never been bad at any job like I was bad at that one. I only did it because it came with a double room and no roommate. There need to be safe spaces for people who hate pointless group activities involving random humans who you’d never socialize with otherwise.

    1. My RA freshman year was my hero. Ran the college radio station, complete subversive, absolutely hated collective activities, generous with his booze.

      Great guy.

    2. My school’s dorms separated the sexes by floor (Catholic college). My RA let my then-girlfriend (now-wife) sleep in my room. Best RA ever.

  14. Sounds like the new syllabus will be the perfect skill-builder for these precious snowflakes’ future careers in up-and-coming job fields such as Grievance Mongering, Online Concern Trolling, Certified Rape Accusation Specialist, and Professional Character Assassination.

    Who says this economy isn’t creating new jobs? There are entirely new, exciting fields opening up practically by the day!

    1. I can just imagine the future business cards:

      Mattress Girl Productions, Inc. / U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

      Mx. Precious Lill-Snowflake, B.S., M.S., C.R.A.P.*

      Phone: 1-800-555-FYTW
      Email: permapms1@hhs.gov

      *Certified Rape Accusation Professional

  15. Shouldn’t they start this at the top, the University Administration, Board of Directors, Senior Staff and the teaching done by people who could not get into University?

  16. Know what? Let ’em live under and experience it. It’s the only way that’ll learn ’em.

  17. So an Irishman will finally be paid more than a black man. Sorry we must ignore that part of history. One question if every student must take part in this doesn’t that mean some black students will have to oppress other black students or do they get a pass on this course, I’m confused.

  18. Went shopping for books this morning and ended up with a “mere” $240 in rentals. This is without a doubt extortionate, but I got to thinking about who’s extorting whom. AEI blames the textbook cartel and suggests instructors and universities go to an open-book policy in classrooms, but this seems simplistic. When we blame government contractors for $500 coffee makers and $3,000 toilets, we acknowledge that in the absence of any cost control incentive on the part of the buyer there will be no cost containment.

    In the textbook market, the buyers aren’t just students, who are vendor-financing their education anyway, but also universities, who have no incentive to make their product affordable. So universities make expensive textbooks a part of their curriculum and students add the cost to their growing loan debt. There’s no doubt some element of collusion between universities and textbook producers, and textbook producers are no doubt insulated against competition by copyright law and whatever else I haven’t thought of, but the system is awash in loan money and nobody has an incentive to lower costs. Hence I’m paying $240 to rent textbooks for 15 weeks, and I’m supposed to consider myself lucky it’s not more.

    1. In my experience, professors choose books and many professors are highly conscious of their cost, because they have direct relationships with students. I hear regularly from professors who are concerned with what they will teach and which editions they will select to keep the costs reasonable.

      1. “In my experience, professors choose books and many professors are highly conscious of their cost, because they have direct relationships with students”

        I had one who assigned EVERY class he taught all 3 of his published books. (*he’s up to 6 now)

        None were ever referenced in class once. “Read them, don’t read them, i don’t give a shit” He also encouraged all the female students to visit him during office-hours. He also showed up at student off-campus parties and hogged all the good booze.

        He was my adviser for 3 years.

        1. Sounds like he knew how to play the game.

  19. I think they should force students to read more black authors–just because they’re black.

    Anybody read about the growing Oscars boycott–because they didn’t nominate enough blacks?

    http://www.reuters.com/article…..SKCN0UW22N

    The Academy has promised to make nominations more diverse in the future.

    I have a dream that we will one day live in a nation where people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the quality of their work.

    1. Whoa, whoa, whoa, you want to judge actors and directors by the quality of their work?!

      That’s…problematic.

  20. “They will live under the tutelage of upperclassmen with special training in the subject, taking part in projects and team-building exercises.”

    Will there be cameras in the rooms to detect any deviance from correct thought and action?

    1. Only in the rooms of hot freshmen.

    2. “Projects and team-building exercises” sounds like forced political activism, doesn’t it?

      The Cultural Revolution was a succession of “projects and team-building exercises”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8OQYHGtn9M

      1. I thought team building was code for gang bang.

  21. in the same hybrid, discussion-intensive mode

    I can only imagine how these “discussions” will proceed in reality.

    discussion (noun) : the action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.

    I wonder if they will employ the progressive stack method?

  22. Maybe they should add one more mandatory class. Irony.

  23. “In the classroom, students can (ideally) challenge each other and their teachers.”

    No, you’re thinking of medieval universities, where students were *required* to practice their reasoning and debating skills, including engaging opponents’ arguments. Sometimes they and their masters had to discuss questions posed by members of the general public!

    “All of these forms, disputation, quaestio, and quodlibetal question, represent what has been called “the institutionalization of conflict” in medieval intellectual life. Raising questions or objections about anything from basic matters of Christian belief ? the existence of God, the coherence of the doctrine of the Trinity ? to important contemporary controversies ? the power of the papacy or secular princes, the ecclesiastical corruption ? was not only permitted but encouraged as part of the structure of university life. Thus, there was an important kind of intellectual and academic freedom enshrined in these practices of formal and public debate.”

    We need to get medieval if we’re going to revive the fine tradition of open academic debate.

  24. It’s funny that only FIRE and Reddit (and WND, of course) are the only sources for this Vast Conspiracy. Wiki draws nada and the the Kossaks report that maybe something happened..or maybe not. Are there any other sources?

    1. FIRE has an excellent track record of not making anything up, though.

      (Note that FIRE is shown as a source for a thematically related thing at U Delaware – the American U thing is linked to the school’s own website, as primary a source as is possible.

      On the Delaware issue, FIRE, on a bit of a search, has an entire dossier available on it, and a quick web search reveals local-ish reporting on the issue, too.

      “Conspiracy”, well, is Soave’s term, and one I think is meant as exaggeration for effect.)

      1. Okay, thanks! Pretty much jibes with the Kossaks and looks to be sourced well. I see FIRE as being way more partisan than they claim (NTTATWW being partisan, mind) and usually don’t trust them as an original source.

  25. Muhammad Ali was asked by a reporter upon returning from Africa after the Foreman fight what he thought of it. “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat,” was his reply.

    1. Why won’t black people go on ocean cruises?

      Because they won’t fall for *that* trick again!

  26. “early slave trade and genocidal conquests”

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they’re NOT referring to the 3000 years of Slavery that pre-dated the colonial-period in Africa, or the Bantu extermination of Pygmys in their conquest of the Congo.

    1. Just as likely as the original entomology of the word “slave” coming from Slavic will be brought up. And even less likely discussed than the enslavement of over a million Europeans at the hands of North African pirates.

      1. I’m not sure how solid that etymology is.

        1. Seems legit:

          late 13c., “person who is the chattel or property of another,” from Old French esclave (13c.), from Medieval Latin Sclavus “slave” (source also of Italian schiavo, French esclave, Spanish esclavo), originally “Slav” (see Slav); so used in this secondary sense because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples.

          This sense development arose in the consequence of the wars waged by Otto the Great and his successors against the Slavs, a great number of whom they took captive and sold into slavery. [Klein]

          http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=slave

          I mean, its on the internet, so it must be right. Right?

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  28. My favorite response to Oppression Studies was given – in a slightly different context – by a Canadian friend of mine.

    “Sucks getting conquered, doesn’t it?”

  29. And they don’t see how sinister this is…
    Countries that used to be “oppressed” by the British are still the best off in terms of both economics and freedom. Next in line of being better off is most any former European colony. It was the Brits who forced the end of slavery, which was widespread around the world and not an invention of Europeans.
    Everyone is oppressed in one way or another by their lack of good looks or talent or charm. by being fat. By being Jewish or Irish (drinking jokes) or Polish (dumb jokes) or German (hitler jokes)–it goes on and on. Or by careless parents or helicopter parents or by living in Jersey or wearing glasses or or…
    What do I do with my “white privelige”? I have helped people find jobs, advised young people, offered friendship to the lonely, helped old people with their luggage on the plane, given advice to immigrants, hold the door for everyone behind me, etc. Pretty dastardly of me, I know.

  30. I am amused by the focus on “complex problems”. A significant measure of the complexity of a problem is the difficulty in coming up with a solution. I find it hard to believe that the authorities will admit they don’t have THE solution to all the problems they present.

  31. Well, the oppressors are the leftists forcing all this crap down everyone’s throats.

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