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Residential Advisor Loses Job Because She Didn't 'Demonstrate a Commitment to Social Justice'

She liked to 'play devil's advocate.' That was a bad thing.

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Minnesota
Tony Webster

Justine Schwarz, a residential advisor at the University of Minnesota, lost her job because program administrators thought she was insufficiently committed to promoting social justice.

"[She] has not demonstrated a commitment to social justice growth and promotion to residents," a director wrote in his review of Schwarz.

Furthermore, Schwarz liked to "play devil's advocate" when talking with other people about "diversity and social justice." Schwarz's zeal for wide-ranging debate on these subjects called into question whether she could be trusted to behave like a good social justice advocate, according to the review.

In other respects, Schwarz was a model residential advisor.

"Justine's residents love her," her review noted. "She has been able to connect with many of her residents on a personal level."

Over at Campus Reform, David Blondin and Maddison Dibble of the Minnesota Republic­—Minnesota's conservative student newspaper—gathered impressive evidence that the training program for residential advisors leans heavily to the left: RAs must learn about oppression, power, and privilege. They even have to watch a Buzzfeed video about the reinforcement of traditional gender roles.

It's one thing to teach RAs—the students who handle dorm disputes between other residents—something about privilege. It's quite another to require them to preach these views to incoming students.

But Schwarz says Sean Smallwood, her evaluator, was at odds with her because of philosophical disagreements:

Additionally, Schwarz alleges that she was confronted by Smallwood in a one-on-one conversation where he was adamant that she should feel oppressed because of her womanhood, and felt individually targeted for her political opinions whenever she had to meet with Smallwood individually.

I've previously warned about the dangers of politicizing life in university residence halls.

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  1. Well, was being an unabashed, mindless purveyor of identity politics a condition of her employment?

    1. I believe that was in the very, very fine print.

      1. Well, on the other hand, they hired someone named Schwarz. How much Israeli divestiture did they think she would be on board with?

      2. Like white ink on a digital resume?

    2. It’s academia? If she’s faculty or involved in any type of PR, then absolutely.

    3. My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour… This is what I do

      =========================== http://www.4dayjobs.com

    4. My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour… This is what I do

      =========================== http://www.4dayjobs.com

  2. “Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=accEKtBebaU

    1. One of my favorite lines ever.

      1. -1 jet engine

  3. Sean Smallwood

    Great Freudian name.

    1. This.

      “I wanted to say “Mom, please pass the salt”, but it came out “You bitch, you fucked up my entire life!”

    2. I should’ve known somebody would have already made this joke.

    3. Imagine if he gets married and his mate’s family name is Pecker. He’ll have to get a hyphenated name to be considered University material. So he’ll be Sean Smallwood Pecker. Heh.

      1. No. You’re taking the joke backwards.

        1. Yeah, but just imagine the guy standing beside his wife while checking into a hotel. You gotta use the hyphenated, or it’s a micro-aggression. Is there any person working a hotel desk anywhere that will not bust out laughing when he says that? I think not! ‘Hey guys, can you please take the bags up for Mr. Smallwood Pecker?’.

          1. Like, a tiny bird that uses jackhammer-like motions of its beak to remove insects from tree bark? There’s a small woodpecker that lives in the tree in front of my house. It’s cute.

          2. ‘Hey guys, can you please take the bags up for Mr. Smallwood Pecker?’

            “I’ll take the blonde; you can have the brunette.”

      2. Or just go for the combined name Peckerwood.

        “Peckerwood” is my favorite racial epithet ever.

        1. +1 fine collection of tick pimps, boilbacks, and yard sleepers

        2. “Peckerwood” is my favorite racial epithet ever.

          Peckerwood is a racial epithet? Huh, learned something new.

          Obligatory.

          1. How can people leave H&R, when we learn shit like *this* here?

            1. It’s why I keep coming back.

              1. That and SugarFree’s literary “masterpieces.”

          2. “It’s alright. I’m taking it back!”

      3. His family originally comes from East Anglia and when they came to America, they changed their name from the Tinycocks so that they would not be the object of ridicule.

        1. They wert fam’d for the remarkable portability o’ their fowl!

          1. SIV would.

      4. There’s not much anyone can do about their last name. But the first name is certainly up to the whims of the parents.

        I would have named the boy Grant.

    4. Where have all the Buck Turgidsons gone?

    5. “Sean” is an Irish name meaning God’s gift, and he was anything but. Is that the joke?

      1. Maybe it was God’s gag gift.

  4. But just remember, school choice is bad because your kids might be brainwashed by bible-thumpers.

    1. Hey, no joking. Trump made some lady the head of the DOE and she’s bringing back segregation, including white/colored bathrooms. Education is doomed and you make jokes!

      1. See I’m kind of confused about that. Some people say she’s just going to make them all learn about Jesus, some say that she’s going full on segregationist, and some say she’s going to either kill them all or make them work in sweatshops.

        Can you tell me which it is?

        1. All of the above.

        2. Not sure, but if she’s selling off any orphan slaves, I’m in the market for a few dozen. I can’t get these snowflake tear barrels stacked high enough.

      2. “Education is doomed ”

        Doomed should always be capitalized when referring to any Trump policy. I’m going to have to report you for failure to demonstrate a commitment to our social justice policies. /educated_prog

      3. Once the inner city blacks have access to private schools, the public schools wont even need colored bathrooms. Devious!

  5. Furthermore, Schwarz liked to “play devil’s advocate” when talking with other people about “diversity and social justice.”

    The horror!

    1. Even acknowledging that arguments against their “diversity and social justice” foolishness is beyond the pale, evidently.

      1. “Shut up,” they explained.

      2. Even acknowledging that arguments against their “diversity and social justice” foolishness [exist] is beyond the pale, evidently.

        pretty much.

        its a strategy they use all the time. they don’t want to rebut arguments, so they claim the arguments [or the terms the arguments rely on] simply ‘don’t exist’

        see: “political correctness'”.

        1. The Ssocial Science is settled.

        2. Which is why these snowflakes can’t defend their own opinions. They just spontaneously combust.

      3. There are no arguments against social justice and even implying that there are makes you LITERALLY worse than Hitler. /progtard

  6. “administrators thought she was insufficiently committed to promoting social justice”

    Not been toeing the party lion, huh comrade? Looks like it’s about time for some nice toenail removal therapy.

    1. You misspelled “towing.”

      1. Beat me to it.

        Come on, people, tow the lion.

        1. Yeah, but you can’t remove someone’s townails for not towing the lion. People will just do whatever they want!

          1. Eenie, meanie, miney…moe
            catch a tiger by his tow
            If he hollers, make him pay
            Fifty dollars every day

            1. There’s something racist in there.

              1. Only in your version. Funny thing…wiki had that version too. I learned both as a young ‘un. We actually used tiger more. ‘Cuz tigers are cool.

                1. Racist.

                  Niggers are cool too.

                  1. One of my best friends is a nigga. Real nigga as in affiliated with a gang and sold crack. We had some of the best conversations on philosophy, astronomy, and even race relations. He taught me the joys of Dolemite.

              2. I don’t think Mark Twain ever actually referred to him as Tiger Jim.

                1. I got tiger blood, man.

          2. Even if you did, it would all be a bit of a damp squid.

  7. 1970s – I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan!
    1980s – I am woman hear me roar!
    2010s – I am a helpless victim of endless oppression by the Eurocentric patriarchy.

    1. You don’t even got your own cigarette now, baby!

      1. “You’ve come a long way, baby”–As in full circle.

        1. Yeah, now make us a sammich.

        2. This is now an aspirational image.

    2. But I thought that The Future Is Female! Hillary wouldn’t lie to us, would she?

  8. Schwarz liked to “play devil’s advocate”

    Everyone knows that there’s 2 sides to every issue = the correct one, and the one that racist misogynist deplorables take.

    1. 97% of scientists agree.

      1. The science is settled.

    2. Schwarz liked to “play devil’s advocate”

      Sounds like she created a slight breach of etiquette.

  9. From the article: “It’s one thing to teach RAs?the students who handle dorm disputes between other residents?something about privilege.”

    Can the writer please explain what one thing has to do with the other?

    1. Like what does dispute resolution have to do with privilege? Shouldn’t they merely open the code of conduct and resolve the dispute according to it regardless of race, sex, religion, natural origin or other factor?

      Or is it too much to ask of the author to treat people based on the content of their character rather than by other stuff?

      1. Like what does dispute resolution have to do with privilege?

        You need to be able to look at a conflict and determined which of the parties involved is higher in the progressive stack. Then you tell the others to Shut Up.

        1. That almost sounds like what the author is alluding to. I can’t imagine that being the case for a libertarian, so I’ll leave it to him to explain the correlation of the two. I’m sure he will have a thoughtful and libertarian answer for us.

          1. I’m sure he will have a thoughtful and libertarian answer for us.

            BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!1!!!111!!!!!!

          2. Look, it’s really difficult and scary to confront the fact that maybe you were wrong about things in the past and maybe people who taught you weren’t always correct. Hopefully one day Robby will grow up and be able to take the libertarian ideas on individuality to their full conclusion.

        2. Indeed. Asking what ____ has to do with privilege is like asking the Pope what ____ has to do with God.

          Privilege theory is described as “intersectional” because every grievance in some way colors their perception of the entire world they see. These are the people who shoehorn identity politics into the most ridiculous places (to the average, non-brainwashed person) because it’s literally all they think about, and they see themselves as engaged in a total war to “educate” the masses about their virtuous mission. That also explains why the administrator could not even begin to tolerate her dissent from the obvious “truth”.

      2. “Like what does dispute resolution have to do with privilege?”

        One could also ask what demonstrating “a commitment to social justice growth and promotion” has to do with education.

      3. Shouldn’t they merely open the code of conduct and resolve the dispute according to it regardless of race, sex, religion, natural origin or other factor?

        Spoken like a cis-gendered heterosexual male shitlord.

    2. I didn’t get it either. Both “things” were equally f—–g stupid if you ask me.

      1. Which is why Robby was the one to write it.

    3. It is a thing, it is perhaps not a particularly useful thing. It is not as stupid as expecting them to push it themselves. On the grand scale of stupid, with 5 being standard bureaucratic stupid, and 10 being full bag on head moronic, it rates a 6.5 or so.

      Forcing the RAs to preach it and act as priests for the cause instead of you know, doing their job, that rates more like a 7.5

      Firing someone for not following through rates more like an 8.5

      She was good at the rest of her job so 8.8

    4. RAs by definition are ABOUT privilege ? they have keys!

    5. What they need to teach an RA is that some of the students are going to pull some SJW bullshit to get out of trouble when they get in a fight, or to get special favors, and to not let them get away with it…oh, yeah, that would be the advice in the “real world”…never mind.

    1. That’s precisely the clip I was hoping it would be.

  10. Additionally, Schwarz alleges that she was confronted by Smallwood in a one-on-one conversation where he was adamant that she should feel oppressed because of her womanhood, and felt individually targeted for her political opinions whenever she had to meet with Smallwood individually.

    I’m hoping that allegation is made in a court filing over the gender discrimination, the micro-aggressing, the triggering and the othering in her hostile workplace environment lawsuit. Who does this guy think he is, treating a woman as a silly little girl who doesn’t even know her own mind? What is this, 1955?

    1. Yeah seriously, that’s Not Okay.

    2. It’s strange that “we” used to celebrate the idea that “Gedanken Sind Frei” but now “we” insist that a person’s identity be accepted as their prison. It’s almost like the whole worldview is about controlling what people think.

    3. I was wondering why she didn’t raise those issues. What modern wymn wouldn’t want to file multiple complaints about this? WHat does a mere man know about what wmyn should think or teach?

    4. I’m hoping that allegation is made in a court filing over the gender discrimination, the micro-aggressing, the triggering and the othering in her hostile workplace environment lawsuit.

      “But, your honor, she was suffering from false consciousness and I was only trying to saver her from herself!”

      Who does this guy think he is, treating a woman as a silly little girl who doesn’t even know her own mind?

      But remember, he’s the one who’s “totes woke.”

    5. I remember when I was working a union job and the rep was trying to get me to file a grievance about per diem rates (which was valid per the contract – the union wanted to stretch out city limits boundaries by tacking some extra distance outside of them) as a sexual discrimination case when there was a guy from the same place getting the same pay. They weren’t particularly happy with me when I declined to do so – on either aspect.

  11. Smallwood.

    I’m sorry. Any many who zealously adheres to SJW doctrines is a cunt.

    1. So…you’re saying he needs to change his name to “Bighole”?
      Or Smallslit?
      Smellshit?
      Sandvag?

      1. Smallwoodpecker.

  12. They even have to watch a Buzzfeed video

    wait, robby thinks this is a *bad* thing?

  13. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bay…..915758.php

    Remember people, the left hates you and they would kill you if they had the power to do so and get away with it.

    And lets put an end to any idea that the left doesn’t embrace violence. The article is about the organizer of the Berkeley anti- Milo riots. He considers then a huge success. the people who were beating people up “are not associated with him”, but he considers their efforts a success and is totally unbothered by the violence. He just apparently doesn’t have the balls or integrity to engage in it himself.

    1. That same pussy would be one of the ones his bosses line up against the wall to be shot. He is a use fullless idiot.

      1. http://www.bamn.com/tag/209

        I think he is the dude behind the microphone in the top picture. He doesn’t exactly look like he would be of any use in a street fight or really for much of anything.

        1. I think the marines have a term for his type: sandbag. Great when you’re storming a beach.

        2. He doesn’t exactly look like he would be of any use in a street fight or really for much of anything.

          Which is why their M.O. is to sucker punch people and run. If they attack someone who can defend themselves, they’d be liable to get hurt.

          Honestly, if some guy shot one of these clowns in the head during one of their little riots, I’d be just about certain to vote to acquit if I made the jury.

          1. So would I. I would never convict someone for shooting one of these bastards in a riot.

          2. If CA had a real governor, like Reagan, the National Guard would be there. Shooting into the crowd of rioters. Preferably over and over.

        3. Wtf is that website?

        4. I disagree.

          Four people could use his arms and legs as weapons when they each run out of bullets.

          1. Four people could use his arms and legs as weapons when they each run out of bullets.

            Not sturdy enough. Seriously, getting “beaten” with one of that guy’s arms or legs would probably feel like being whipped with a piece of cooked spaghetti.

    2. Of course they embrace violence. You cannot get people to accept a leftist regime without violence. I just have a feeling, that unlike the Maoist and Stalinist revolutions, this is going to go very badly for them.

      1. I hope it does!

        1. The blood of a hundred million cries out from the earth for justice.

      2. People are going to be screaming for the left to be put down before long. Especially if they start killing people in these riots.

    3. How does that square with Robert Reich’s proposition that the Berkley protests were a false flag operation?

      http://www.realclearpolitics.c….._flag.html

      1. You can count the number of times that Robert Reich has been right about anything in his entire life on less than one finger.

        1. I know which finger I will use.

          1. The one with the freaky-long fingernail on it?

    4. My Bay Area proggy friends assure me that the people condoning and excusing violence are a tiny fringe who are engaged in hyperbole and should not be taken seriously, unlike the alt-right. When I ask them “where are the videotaped scenes of people on the left opposing this violent fringe for making them look bad?” they have no reply.

    5. Leftist faculty spent decades creating this. And now the monster is loose and they can’t control it.

    6. “Remember people, the left hates you and they would kill you if they had the power to do so and get away with it.”

      So what’s your proposed solution, John?

      1. Ensuring they never have the power to kill me. What is yours? Oh yeah, you are one of them so think they won’t come for you.,

        1. I have no desire to kill you, John.

          How do you propose “ensuring they never have the power to kill me”?

          1. How do you propose “ensuring they never have the power to kill me”?

            I could be wrong but I doubt John would be too upset if they killed you.

          2. Personally, I’ve acquired the means and the ability to defend myself, my loved ones, and my property.

    7. He just apparently doesn’t have the balls or integrity to engage in it himself.

      Probably too much of a pussy. After all, when you engage in violence, there’s a chance that the person you attack could end up beating the living shit out of you. And I’m picturing this guy looking like the love child of Pajama Boy and Lena Dunham.

      1. At least it would get Pajama Boy to finally start talking to his parents about health insurance.

    8. “Everyone played a part,” he said. “Some engaged in breaking windows ? others held signs and made sure that the fascists and the police did not attack anyone.

      They really have no historical perspective on what a fascist really is, do they?

      1. We all remember Hitler’s valor on the front lines during WWII…

        1. Actually, he was quite valorous when he was in the army in WWI – picked the wrong side, but he done good, or at least that’s what his superiors at the time said.

          No, I’m not saying he was a good guy. Just getting the facts straight.

  14. Obviously it doesn’t apply in this case, but I can’t help but wonder whether this crap sort might eventually convince a more conservative state legislature to slash university funding. I mean, seriously, should conservative taxpayers have to pay to have their own views discriminated against and maligned? If the schools have the money to enforce this sort of authoritarian (I think the word is actually appropriate here) conformity, they have too much money. A healthy rightsizing might be just what’s needed to get taxpayer funded academic priorities in line.

    1. It has been falling, for quite some time.

      http://tinyurl.com/npjolfz

    2. Chau Sara protocol.

  15. “She has been able to connect with many of her residents on a personal level.”

    “She’s a goer. Know what I mean? Know what I mean?”

    1. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

    2. Is this an innuendo about the possibility that she behaves in a sexually promiscuous manner with respect to the residents?

  16. I can’t help but wonder whether this crap sort might eventually convince a more conservative state legislature to slash university funding.

    We can only hope. Unfortunately, it tends to take shape as, “Conservative X wants to impose his neanderthal biblical norms on campus Y by stamping out inclusiveness and Woke Studies curriculum,” giving the R Soaves of the world cover for sanctimonious mockery.

    1. To be honest, I can’t help but wonder if these stories are nothing more than a lot of tut-tutting that Robby knows will play well with the comentariat. If anyone were to actually act to curtail it, would he actually defend him or her? Or would we hear about how, to be sure, that person was genuinely loathsome?

    2. In the coming years, I HOPE, it will become passe for middle-class parents to send their kids to college, public or private. Starve the beast.

  17. So she didn’t want to “bash the fash”, as awesome as that is, eh Robbo?

  18. Heheh, “Smallwood”

  19. What a vivid reminder of how very much things have changed. In my day, early 90s, the RA was much more likely to hole up in their nice huge room and smoke pot all day than to “resolve” anything or talk about “privilege”. (Mine was an A-A female, BTW.)

    1. A-A? For some reason I first though ass to ass and can’t move beyond that.

      1. Oh, African American? Right, I’ve been told we’re back to black being the correct term, so I don’t think of that term much.

    2. My freshman RA (Penn State 1978), was all about “don’t smoke pot in the hallway” and “don’t turn your Pink Floyd up to a 105db”. He was not a political operative. He was an Eagle Scout and a good sport. He saw things on the straight and narrow but recognized that others did not.

      Now I’m getting to thinking the whole thing about college dormitory life, frats, and sororities should be abolished.

    3. In the 70s, my RA was useless and we never heard from him except for a few announcements. We had the entire wrestling team on my floor. Good thing the RA didn’t try any SJW on them, they would have ripped him a new one.

  20. “It’s one thing to teach RAs?the students who handle dorm disputes between other residents?something about privilege. It’s quite another to require them to preach these views to incoming students.”

    Really Robby? Have you ever met a progressive that didn’t press their advantage…

    There will be pogroms before long to march all the conservative students off of campuses.

    1. The fact that assholes exist is not sufficient reason to tag all _____ as assholes.

  21. Cross UM off the “grads to hire from” list.

  22. Regressives cannot tolerate dissent because Regressive ideas are bad and they can’t defend said ideas in open debate.

  23. “It’s one thing to teach RAs?the students who handle dorm disputes between other residents?something about privilege.”

    When Reason finally asks for Robby’s resignation, at least it won’t be a mystery.

    1. There are so many valid examples of reasons to fire him, it may actually be a mystery.

  24. This is Minnesota, what did you expect? The state that sent Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Al Franken to the U.S. Senate.

    1. This is Minnesota, what did you expect?

      The Goodwhite immigrants from Scandinavia and northern Europe, my tribe, are suckers.

  25. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. AMIRITE?

  26. You don’t feel oppressed? Well I’ll give you something to feel oppressed about. You’re fired.

  27. Seems like somebody has a small wood

  28. Libertarians live “right to work” until they don’t like the narrative of someone being fired.

    Noted.

    1. We just don’t like the *reason* this person was fired.

    2. As per usual, retarded leftist cannot distinguish between the notion of ‘has legal right’ to do something and ‘should’ do something. Par for the course for a totalitarian ideology I guess.

      1. Retarded leftist dosent know the difference between ‘right to work’ and ‘at will employment,’

    3. U of M is not a private employer, it is a government agency, thus not entitled to discriminate for viewpoint.

  29. Schwarz alleges that she was confronted by Smallwood in a one-on-one conversation where he was adamant that she should feel oppressed because of her womanhood

    Mr. Smallwood is saying “dammit bitch, you will feel oppressed NOW, or else”?

    Oh come on, this has to be fake!

  30. My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour… This is what I do

    =========================== http://www.4dayjobs.com

  31. Resadvisor unbellyfeel socjustice! Doubleplusungood!

  32. Why do you think we call them cheeseheads?

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