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Would also mandate diversity training

MicroDreamstimeIn recognition of their complicity in “structural racism and oppression” at Occidental College, the faculty will vote on a resolution that mandates diversity training, requires all academic departments to make racial sensitivity a component of in-class instruction, and allows students to “report microaggressions” between students and professors.

The proposal, dubbed the “Plan of Action,” was created by Occidental’s Faculty Council, which governs academic affairs on campus. Reason obtained a draft of the proposal, which will be presented to the entire Occidental faculty at a meeting on Tuesday. From its introduction:

We recognize and are inspired by the leadership of Oxy United for Black Liberation and their call for widespread institutional changes in the culture of the College. We affirm that Black lives matter and also affirm the broader ideals of social justice to which their call speaks. We recognize that the structural racism and other forms of oppression of the College violate our commitment to ensuring equity and excellence in our educational programs for all of our students. We also acknowledge that our collective inaction as a faculty body makes us complicit in the failures of the College to make our Mission a lived reality. For this we apologize for failing you, our students.

The Plan of Action seems to be a response to recent protests on campus; students occupied the administrative center and vowed not to leave unless Occidental President Jonathan Veitch agreed to resign. They also want Occidental to hire more professors of color and fund new diversity initiatives.

The students will get many of the things they want, if the full faculty body approves the Plan of Action. The resolution would mandate diversity and ally training for all faculty, beginning in January 2016. “We empower the Dean of the College to ensure compliance,” the plan reads.

The plan also obligates professors to place a much greater emphasis on topics relating to race and ethnicity—even if they don’t teach subjects that call for much examination of social or cultural issues. “All departments must incorporate issues of cultural and racial identity and diversity in their curricula,” the plan reads. Does all departments include mathematics? Physical sciences? I imagine that it does.

Perhaps most worrying, the plan calls for a microaggression monitoring system that would allow students to report faculty members for offending them. The plan explains that this is necessary to correct “power imbalances between faculty and students.” But students will have too much power if they are granted the right to be safe from microaggressions—which are, by their very nature, subjective and relatively inconsequential. How are professors supposed to teach if they have to worry about being reported and investigated for unknowingly saying the wrong thing to a student?

In an email to Reason, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff expressed numerous free speech concerns about the resolution. Here is FIRE’s statement, lightly edited:

We are troubled by the new proposed faculty resolution at Occidental College as it requires speech policing, substitutes academic freedom and judgment with top-down ideological commitments, and stifles diversity of opinion in the favor of imposed orthodoxy.

Given that microaggressions can be unconscious and often exist in the eye of the beholder, the call to “address and report” professors' microaggressions creates a bottomless pit of speech policing.

Mandatory diversity training of all faculty puts even seasoned professors in the position of being told what ideological assumptions they should or even must have. Academic freedom requires professors to follow their own research where it takes them regardless of the opinions of paid consultants.

Finally the requirement that all professors, even hard science professors, incorporate “issues of cultural and racial identity and diversity in their curricula,” violates basic tenets of academic freedom and scholarly independence.

FIRE vowed to challenge the proposal if it is adopted by the faculty.

Neither Occidental College, nor Faculty Council Chair Anthony Chase, immediately responded to a request for comment.

View a draft of the proposal here.

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    Diversity Training: How to deal with Conservatives

  • Quixote||

    Students should also be instructed to report any trigger-speech incidents—including inappropriately deadpan "parody"—to the police, just the way distinguished academic officials do at institutions like New York University. See the documentation of America's leading criminal satire case at:

    http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  • ||

    Plan of action. Plan of fucking stupidity. It sure is nice to see these leftists eat their own just like we always said they were going to do.

  • JW||

    I never thought that the next purge of the intellectual would be on the honor system.

  • Lee G||

    Gee, I wonder what will happen to those who vote against it?

  • ||

    The same thing that will happen to those who voted for it, it will just take a little longer.

  • TimothyZ||

    Heh, the revolutions eat their own, don't they?

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    The proggies professor tears of woe will satiate my appetite for decades !

  • Hugh Akston||

    Pass it. Pass it and enforce it thoroughly and ruthlessly. The only way out is through.

  • ||

    this

  • The Grinch||

    Sounds like a good idea. Of course it won't be: it'll be enforced selectivity and used to crush dissent.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    There is no dissent. Outside of the business and STEM classes the profs are all pure Marxists. The students will eat them over the smallest infraction. None of the SJW get into the STEM classes so those are sort of safe.....and those kids in the hard sciences will get jobs.

  • rudehost||

    Of course they don't get into STEM classes. You need to be intelligent and be capable of logical reasoning. Both are a bridge to far for pretty much every SJW ever born.

  • MarkLastname||

    Unfortunately this is not true; STEM fields may be insulated from the madness, but they are not safe from it. SJW-types, not scientists, run the universities, and therefore have the power to enforce policy on any department they want and in some cases to change curriculum, or require special treatment. Sooner or later some math or science professor is going to get reprimanded because his failure rate for women or minorities is higher than for whites/Asians or males (for confounding reasons, of course) and they're going to be forced to lower the grading bar for 'special' students.

    It's also worth noting that a scientifically and mathematically intelligent person can still subscribe to retarded political ideas, so plenty of STEM students and faculty are susceptible to conversion by these people. I wouldn't be surprised if many "women in science" organizations on campuses already basically serve to proselytize this asinine social 'science' nonsense.

  • R C Dean||

    I doubted that this wave of SJW idiocracy would burn out at one or two campuses in a few weeks.

    And it looks like I was right. Good. Higher ed in this country needs to be scraped down to the dirt and rebuilt.

  • tonykeywest||

    I think you are right. Even Newsweek has an article today condemning this idiocy.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The proposal, dubbed the “Plan of Action,” was created by Occidental’s Faculty Council,

    Let 1000 flowers bloom?

  • ||

    I expect them to vote for their own shipment to agricultural reeducation camps next.

  • ||

    Don't worry, they will.

  • SIV||

    I could get behind that.

  • ||

    Why are people so fucking stupid?

  • kinnath||

    The wisdom of crowds.

  • Hugh Akston||

    They're not educated enough. Free universal college will fix that.

  • ||

    Just look at how Europe is doing!

  • ||

    Leftists. That's all that needs to be said.

  • Jack Strawb||

    I'm skeptical. Let's see if they come up with WMDs here.

    Btw, a majority of Louisiana Republicans who have an opinion on the matter, find Obama more at fault than Bush for the government's response to Katrina.

    How any idiot can think unreason is primarily the province of the left baffles me.

  • MarkLastname||

    Well, to their credit, at least the Louisiana bumpkins didn't blow $200,000 each of their parents' (or taxpayers') money to become as retarded as they are.

  • Adans smith||

    Nothing like people that willing line up against the wall. Makes purges so much eaiser.

  • ||

    I feel like I'm watching "And the Children Shall Lead" or Village of the Damned when I read these stories of the faculty being seemingly terrified of the students and willing to hamstring themselves to stop them from mobbing them. It's really, really odd.

  • ||

    I eagerly await a 3rd Village of the Damned with a more culturally appropriate set of children. Although the Aryan kids from the original have ironic value now.

  • ||

    Look man, the 2nd one wasn't too bad but it had fat Kirstie Alley and then it was the first movie where you saw how much Linda Kozlowski had let herself go. Talk about a downer.

  • ||

    Plus Christopher Reeve was Still Christopher Walken.

  • ||

    Too soon! I just watched Superman a little while ago!

  • ||

    I've always found Alley pretty hot, even when she was so called fat.

  • SIV||

    Way back in the early mid 70s she used to be roommates with a very young Mimi Rogers. They woulda made on hell of a fine Scientology sandwich.

  • ||

    Linda Kozlowski never had much to let go. Jesus, did,you,used to fap out to Crocodile Dundee in the scene where she had a thong on and was taking a dip in that pond?

    You sick fuck. That chick with balls on her was better looking than Kozlowski.

  • jester||

    Why do you hate cottage cheese?

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    Linda Kozlowski letting herself go? I this this is the polar opposite of 'letting yourself go.'

  • Jack Strawb||

    Fuck me, that's horrifying.

    The self hatred...

  • ||

    It's just that the idiot faculty agree with the students and are actually the ones who have been encouraging them to act this way for decades. Now that it's finally happened, they cannot put the monster back into the cage, instead they will themselves be devoured by it. To admit they were wrong and attempt to stop this would be like coming out and saying they are Republicans, they can't do it and they won't.

  • plusafdotcom||

    Well, my first reaction was that the faculty should be, in parallel, crafting some really wonderful retirement packages for themselves, because I can guarantee that most of them will be 'microaggressed' out of their jobs within the next few semesters!

    And who will the College find on the open market who'll be willing to fill those new job openings?!

    This is a spectacular confirmation of AR's "20th Century Motor Corporation" scene... where John Galt stands up and walks out...

    I can't wait for the next chapter to appear!

  • Free Society||

    No one say anything critical about this article or this particular author. Anti-Robby oppression, structural and micro, will not be tolerated. Violators will be lectured and ridiculed for anything that might be considered Anti-Robby vitriol.

  • ||

    Jesus, you are fucking obsessed. Seek help.

  • Loki||

    Calling someone obsessed and suggesting they seek help is a microagression against the mentally disturbed. Report to camp 13846 for immediate re-education, citizen.

  • ||

    Is it all right if I take the same train as the Occidental faculty? I mean, they're already headed there anyway.

  • Loki||

    Camp 13846 IS Ceti-Alpha V Occidental College!

  • ||

    There won't be any need to build re-education camps, they're converting college campuses into them.

  • DarrenM||

    Up to 13846 already?

  • Free Society||

    Jesus, you are fucking obsessed. Seek help.

    Being critical in Robby article threads is rather triggering for isn't it, Epi? This warning was provided with you in mind above all others. Talk about obsession, you just can't help yourself.

    LEAVE ROBBY ALONE!!!

  • Zeb||

    Because you never would ridicule or lecture anyone over the style or content of comments. Nor would you ever criticize anyone or show exasperation over obsessive pedantry or tiresome repetition.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Agile Cyborg|11.20.15 @ 11:52PM| block | mute | toggle | #

    Agile thinks Robby Soave is the Mona Lisa of modern Millennial samurai standing in the gap like a motherfucking scribe ninja looking down at the cold scrabbling anger of modern lost weak collegiate dim songs across the nation.

    That sums it all up for me.

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    I don't read anything in this article that justifies the behavior of the students or Occidental’s Faculty Council. I think Robby has a very mediocre ghostwriter.

  • Lee G||

    "I believe students were able to shift the campus culture by starting conversations about racial justice and sexual assault and forcing people to recognize their privilege," she said.

    Thoughtcrime for the win.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    Nothing like force to create tolerance.

  • MSimon||

    Here is how the forcing needs to take place:

    "You're a white person? Kindly accept this ten dollar bill."

  • Jack Strawb||

    I don't doubt all the Western women on campus will quickly do just that, recognize their enormous privilege.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    I wonder if they will discuss interracial rape rates. That will reveal who the true victims are.

  • Rich||

    We affirm that Black lives matter

    Um, heil.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    From the proposal:

    In recognition of the power balance between faculty and students, we will work in consultation with the students and CDO to develop an effective mechanism to address and report microaggressions or other conflicts with between students and faculty

    The CDO is the chief diversity officer.

  • R C Dean||

    an effective mechanism to address and report microaggressions

    In this day and age, it will need to be multi-modal:

    (1) A complaint inbox for paper complaints, that feeds directly to a shredder.

    (2) An email inbox that is set up to treat all incoming email as spam.

    (3) A toll-free phone number (make it a cell, so it can collect texts). The phone itself sits in a locked drawer. Nobody has the key.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I thought there was supposed to be a power balance between students and faculty.

  • MSimon||

    The batteries will be permanently connected to a recharger.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Is the "Plan of Action" renewed every five years?

  • MSimon||

    Upgraded.

  • Zeb||

    I'm still getting over the fact that anyone actually ever seriously uses the term "microaggression".

  • ||

    Someone who gets a complaint about a microaggression should respond, "I'm micro-concerned about this. I take your complaints micro-seriously."

  • Lee G||

    Help! Help! I'm being microaggressed!


    Meh, just doesn't roll off the tongue as well.

  • TimothyZ||

    What about: Help! Help! I'm regressing!

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    The students are revolting!

  • Loki||

    If anyone ever un-ironically uses the term "microaggression" around me it's going to take a lot of self control to not punch them in the nose as hard as I can.

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    That's very macro of you.

  • MSimon||

    Mega

  • R C Dean||

    "I have a micro-response to your claim that I micro-aggressed you. There. Did you catch that? I can do it again if you want me to."

  • Zeb||

    Nice.

    Here I am giving a micro-fuck.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Let me play you a sad song on my micro-violin.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    In some jobs claiming microaggressin will get you beat down.

  • jester||

    Major in microbiology?

  • Michael Ejercito||

    With my mega-dick, of course.

  • Chip Chipperson||

    Had an intern say it to me recently. She was not an intern for very much longer.

  • DarrenM||

    Whatever happend to plain old "aggressions". Do we have to differentialy between microaggressions and macroaggressions now? Or are the other types of aggressions centiaggressions, nanoaggressions, etc.? I'm confused. (Not an abnormal state of existence.)

  • Wasteland Wanderer||

    There aren't enough real aggressions to keep the Outrage Train rolling, so they had to create microaggressions as an alternative fuel source.

  • MarkLastname||

    Next up: nano-aggressions; then pico-agressions.

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    FIRE vowed to challenge the proposal if it is adopted by the faculty.

    Why? I'm cheering on the idiots. Drive out every single person in academia who has any value whatsoever, and replace them with the idiot students. Let the lunatics run the asylums. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

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    How long before some colleges go the opposite direction and hire these outcasts that value unfettered freedom of speech and respect any differing opinion? I could see them becoming a force if they made the conscious decision to do so at a few elite universities and got rid of the SJW losers that make their living off of imposing their will on others through threats and intimidation.

  • ||

    Well, there's going to be blowback against this stupidity in some form or other. But I suspect that any universities who try what you're suggesting will be labeled racist by the media and will be the subject of constant harassment by the federal government. Also, there will be constant protests on the campuses by the idiot students from the PC campuses, as they will have plenty of time, since they obviously don't study or do anything else that takes their time.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    I'm not so sure. The bulk of kids who attend college go to make some bank, get laid, and graduate with a job. If some good schools buck this trend they could create a real market for quality students who will actually be contributing members of society and more importantly for the school give them big money later. Really, how many of these SJW's will be pulling in money, unless they win a microgrression lawsuit against the state or something ?

  • MarkLastname||

    It can get a lot harder to find a job once you've been labelled a racist or a rapist. A few people with megaphones and podiums are more powerful than a complacent majority. I think history has been very clear about that.

  • Chip Chipperson||

    I would agree with you if they didn't suck up so much federal and state money. Private universities? Enjoy the crazy train.

    Unfortunately, we have an obligation to make sure pubic universities don't become outright lunatic asylums. Too late, I know, but still.

  • MariontheLibrarian||

    "First they came for the idiots in academia, and I said nothing...."

  • MariontheLibrarian||

    "First they came for the idiots in academia, and I said nothing...."

  • W. Chipper Dove||

    Hell, you said it TWICE.

  • Loki||

    Does all departments include mathematics? Physical sciences?

    Actually the Math and Physical Sciences departments will be disbanded. Because math and sciences tend to be dominated by white cis-hetero males, they're clearly an extension of the PATRIARCHY and WHITE PRIVILEGE RAPE CULTURE promoting power structure inherent within western civilization. /SJW douchebag

  • Zeb||

    Asians are pretty dominant in math and engineering and hard sciences too. But I guess they get to be honorary white people for this purpose.

  • ||

    Asians are going to be, in many cases already are, lumped in with evil white people.

  • Loki||

    They tend to be successful without relying on the state too, so yes.

  • TimothyZ||

    *narrows eyes*

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    Really, an Asian joke? At this juncture?

  • Cloudbuster||

    Too soon!

  • Rhywun||

    Actually the Math and Physical Sciences departments will be disbanded.

    Might as well. Any resumes the graduates sent out would just go straight into the woodchipper anyway.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Let's hope so, then there will be no excuse not to shut the universities down.

  • R C Dean||

    I am so looking forward to the inclusion of issues of cultural and racial diversity in the athletics department. The sensitivity classes should be a treat, too.

  • H. Protagonist||

    Pretty easy to incorporate, really:

    "Now, class, we're going to learn how to properly solve for the static loads on this cantilever beam. Think of the beam as one of the supporting members of the structural oppression that our students of color have faced throughout their lives. The load, placed at point LGTBQ, can be thought of as the added weight that society has placed on under-represented minorities, preventing them from rising to the level of equality that American culture purports to value so highly. Now, assuming this load has been placed there by a group of cis-, straight, privileged white men (as it undoubtedly is), how many current faculty must resign in order to equalize the forces of oppression in this system?"

  • Long Woodchippers||

    that deserves some jazz hands

  • MSimon||

    Jazz hands? Vagina clap!

  • Napoleon Bonaparte||

    Would have been more to the point to have voted to burn the place down.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    That may be how FIRE intends to challenge it?

  • ||

    Finally the requirement that all professors, even hard science professors, incorporate “issues of cultural and racial identity and diversity in their curricula,” violates basic tenants of academic freedom and scholarly independence.

    :headdesk:

  • Lee G||

    Those tenants should complain to the equal opportunity in housing review board.

  • ||

    No, he means people who Occupy Academic Freedom.

  • ||

    Any tenants of academic freedom and scholarly independence are slowly being evicted from college campuses.

  • TimothyZ||

    "[b]tenants[/b] of academic freedom" A pox on their house!

  • Brochettaward||

    You pedantry is the equivalent of outright aggression at this point.

  • Microaggressor||

    You know who else wanted all educational departments to incorporate issues of cultural and racial identity?

  • Lee G||

  • ||

    Socrates?

  • Long Woodchippers||

    so much for color blind. now we are required to see race in everything

  • Lee G||

    I used to think these kids were delusional in the belief that they could effect anything, but now I realize that they have found a lever they can actually work. Wall Street told them to go to hell, but colleges are prostrating themselves before their retarded intifada.

  • ||

    ...requires all academic departments to make racial sensitivity a component of in-class instruction...

    "For our advanced calculus today, we will be learning how 1 white student + another white student = the oppression of all black students on campus."

    These tucking retards are trying to take us back to the Stone Age.

  • ||

    Fucking retards.

  • ||

    rucking fetards?

  • ||

    Rooby Rooby Roo!

  • MSimon||

    These tucking retards are trying to take us back to the Stone Age.

    We never ran out of stones. Don't bogart.

  • ant1sthenes||

    So, how long until they take hostages and execute the ones that can't recite "black lives matter"?

  • SIV||

    Not soon enough.

  • TimothyZ||

    ant1sthenes, It'll look like the Judea People's front trying to work out their manifesto.

  • ||

    I second that.

  • SusanM||

    I'm almost certain I'm going to regret asking this but I just can't resist: Is there some little part in any or all of you that really, really hopes that these nonsense dystopian scenarios comes true? Obviously, being a dashing renegade or resistance leader is more fun than being an accountant but the truth is that it really isn't as likely as it may seem.

  • Drake||

    Like a zombie apocalypse except you can shoot them in the chest?

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    No need for bullets. Surely mild constructive criticism will do the trick

  • toadboy65||

    Only in the sense that it will probably get worse before there is a popular backlash, and we will have a short period of reasonableness before extremists on the opposite side as the current ones take over and ruin everything. I do hope that the tipping point comes sooner rather than later. The longer we go before that, the worse it is going to get, and it is likely that we will go to an equally ridiculous extreme when the other guys are in charge.

  • Detroit Linguist||

    What frightens me is that this mindset will be set in stone if Hilary is president.

    But if The Donald is president, Muslims will have to wear yellow crescents, and we'll build a Berlin wall along the Mexican border.

    I really, really want a NOTA choice, but we won't have one.
    And the coming election is going to be really noisy and even more unpleasant than previous ones.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Heh.

    The Donald is just their mirror image looking back at them.

    Seriously. The contempt for rule of law or limited government? The magical thinking that if they just bully the right way, things will go the way they want. The disdain for traditional concepts of decency. They share the same premises. They just take them in opposite directions.

    The social justice cadres decided the rule of civility and honest discourse didn't apply, that it was all just a power game with the "cis white hetero males" as the chosen enemy. Well, a lot of those "cis white hetero males" have accepted that premise. And The Donald promises to lead them back to the top of the stack.

    My guess? My guess is that one of two things are going to happen. Either all this shit is going to implode on itself or it will keep going along its merry way. And if it's the latter, we'll see, even as the academic landscape remains fully and totally in the hands of the social justice cadres, the broader political landscape becomes increasingly authoritarian conservative. Probably not Trump. Or even the next Trump. But, each time the Trump will be increasingly authoritarian in their approach. And eventually, if this keeps up, one will wind up in power. And the universities will be faced with everything they've accused their ideological targets of being having absolute power over them.

    Good luck with that.

  • esteve7||

    This has only been out for a few weeks, decried as strawman, and it's already happening.

    3x3 = Gender Equality
    "Is this a joke?"
    "You think Gender Equality is a joke?!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

  • ztnjpv||

    you can't make this crap up.

  • Adam330||

    I wonder when alumni donors will start telling the college administrators that they're done with contributing so long as they continue to give in to this nonsense. I plan to tell mine the next time they solicit me, which will likely be soon since they always come calling around the holidays.

  • Drake||

    I've already done so - but in my case that really was a micro-aggression.

  • MarkLastname||

    Unfortunately the biggest donor of all - the state - is the one telling them they won't contribute unless they do give in to all this nonsense.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    These self-hating professors should come up with something more dignified.

    (content warning)

  • SusanM||

    That's appropriation - it's Occidental college after all.

  • Number 2||

    The very name of their institution is Eurocentric, racist and imperialist.

  • MSimon||

    Could they call it Ottawa? Or Dakota? Or Omaha? Or Winnebago?

  • MSimon||

    How about Accidental College. Their motto "It is an accident if you learn anything useful here."

  • John C. Randolph||

    There were many things to admire in traditional Japanese culture. Hara-Kiri is not one of them. It's a disgusting, savage, and idiotic ritual.

    -jcr

  • Egypt Steve||

    Roman suicide, on the other hand, was noble.

  • MarkLastname||

    Yep, just ask the fellows at the Cato institute.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    Read Rober Conquest's book on the Stalinist purges of the '30s-40s. The similarities are mindblowing and frankly, terrifying.

  • Win Bear||

    Except for the part where this is a private college making private decisions about how to ru(i)n themselves, yes, this is exactly like the Stalinist purges! Why doesn't anybody see that???

  • Number 2||

    Except that these private colleges rely substantially on government funds, and are instituting these policies in significant part because the federal government requires them to do so as a condition of receipt of government funds. Conditioning receipt of a government benefit on the surrendering of constitutional rights is itself unconstitutional.

  • Win Bear||

    Well, yes, indeed, that does make it like Stalinist purges! Having your research grant denied, funding for feminist studies removed, or, gasp, not getting tenure in the social science department, is in every way like being sent to a Siberian labor camp or being shot in the head! Why don't people see that???

    I observe that the conservatives and libertarians in the US are often behaving in the same self-righteous, ignorant, and entitled way as the progressives and socialists. It must come with growing up surrounded by such wealth and freedom.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    You're quite optimistic if you think this won't spread to other university systems.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    And in any case, a system in which students are encouraged to denounce each other is much more like Maoism. Good call.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I'm sorry I microaggressed. I'm a bad boy. I need to be spanked. Spanked hard.

  • MSimon||

    You need to be tortured. You will not only not get a spanking. No one will touch you.

  • Daisy Glaze||

    My alma mater, acquitting itself ever gracefully in the public eye. I've been getting emails with updates on the situation from the school - letters from the administration to the alumni which are phrased in a fearful, prostrate, ass-kissing, eggshell-stepping manner that fills me with disgust. And my peers are doing that retarded vague positivity solidarity thing on Facebook about it - gross.

    There was also a HuffPost opinion piece written by one of the current protestor-student-leaders that was juuuuuuuuuuuuussttt shy of parody - I didn't know the words "womxn" and "Latinx" were actually in play, but they're in play. And it was written so poorly, that chick should be failing each and every class that requires writing and grammar. Hey there, admissions office - the call is coming from inside the building. Never donating to these morons.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You shoulda just gone to Whittier.

  • Win Bear||

    I didn't know the words "womxn" and "Latinx"

    Spanish is even more sexist and misogynistic than English, apparently.

  • Daisy Glaze||

    Yeah, that language is a serious fixer-upper. Is this how you get job-creation?

  • MSimon||

    Those word are x rated.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Were I a member of the faculty at this college, and any snotty little SJW prick decided to get in my face and accuse me of "microaggresssion", I would immediately eject it from my class with an admonition to the rest of the students that guilt-peddling is something I will not tolerate.

    -jcr

  • Win Bear||

    And then you'd be drawn and quartered by the faculty and administration.

    What you should be doing is simply start looking quietly for a different job.

  • John C. Randolph||

    you'd be drawn and quartered by the faculty and administration.

    Drawn and quartered by a pack of sniveling pussies who cower to screaming toddlers? Not likely.

    -jcr

  • MarkLastname||

    Today's student unions are tomorrow's HR departments; the private sector is simply the next conquest.

  • Real American||

    accusing someone of a microaggression is a microaggression.

  • jester||

    It was nano aggression, for the record.

  • Egypt Steve||

    Microagression calls for a microresponse.

  • Micu5||

    Heck, why not just get rid of all those silly degrees they offer, like Biochemistry, Math and Computer Science, and replace them all with Racial Sensitivity?

  • Win Bear||

    It's Occidental. Obama went there. Getting a science degree from them is already pretty meaningless these days. Occidental graduates seem mostly successful in media, journalism, and politics.

    http://tinyurl.com/p28mhwf

  • jester||

    There's no success like failure,
    And failure is no success at all
    -Bob Dylan

  • Michael Ejercito||

    How did they become successfvul if all they learned was bullshit.

  • Empress Trudy||

    I hope every single teacher, TA, administrator and staff member is fired or quits as result. I hope 50% of the student body is hounded to transfer.

  • Mainer2||

    If you tell these pampered little snow flakes to go get a job, that would be a....

    Mike Rowe aggression.

    Get it ? 'cause Mike Rowe has that MikeRoweWorks foundation....ahh never mind.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    I'll show them a Mike Rotch aggression.

  • MSimon||

    If they bring up Mike Crow aggression give them the bird.

  • toadboy65||

    The solution would seem to be for those opposed to this to report everyone and everything. File as many reports as you can manage without interfering with your study time. Report every article in school publications and websites. report the statues, portraits, and the names of the roads on the campus. Fill out elaborate reports on what you imagine someone might say to you under preposterous imaginary situations. And of course if you know the people behind the reporting system, report them every day. Report that they gave you a "hostile" look. It is impossible to defend against such a claim.

  • DarrenM||

    Bad headline.

    The way I read the article, the faculty is to vote on the resolution. Whether they are "Voting to Give Students Power ..." remains to be seen.

  • Lorenzo Valla||

    I hope it passes and serves as a test case in fucking stupidity as the school comes to a screeching halt.

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    It's becoming more and more difficult to complain about how fucking stupid and delusional these students are when the people we're paying to educate them are apparently just as fucking stupid and delusional....and spineless to boot.

  • B!||

    Occidental does have rules regarding academic misconduct.

    http://www.oxy.edu/student-han.....mic-ethics

    The proposal is clearly plagiarized.

  • tpaine||

    The professors use the tenure track to protect them from the competition of new ideas.
    When they finally do microagress, the administration will be obliged to remove them from contact with their victims.
    The administration will not however be able to stop paying them.
    Perhaps each campus will construct a lounge for them, so they have someplace to contemplate their penance.
    And we will pay for it all as our penance.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    "Look at that professor just sitting there...this must be part of the rubber room featherbedding!"

    "No, he's just sitting there."

  • Alan@.4||

    Pardon me for posing a possibly dumb question. I find myself rather curious about a couple of things.

    1.What is or might be the "microaggression" mentioned in the above.
    2, Who is the "aggressor"?
    3. . Who is the "agresse"?

  • MSimon||

    Posted on another thread:
    **********************************

    Aggression needs better calibration language.

    Microaggression. Nanoaggression. Picoaggression. And of course Femtoaggression.

    Where it gets really bad is Terraaggression. Or Petaaggression. And we have the milder Kiloaggression and Megaaggression.

    Size matters.

  • Bgoptmst||

    So, fucking kids are acting like kids and the college administrations are giving them a stage. I could give two shits if all of them lose their job. As long as the left doesn't try to erase college debt I'm okay with these kids spending a shit ton of money to feel good about themselves. Cocaine might be cheaper and more meaningful, but a bullshit 4 year degree is another option.

  • jester||

    New courses at Occidental:
    Gay/Lesbian Math Art
    African American Computer Science
    Theoretical Physics and Black Lives Anti-Matter
    Oppression Chemistry
    Rotokas, a really important language in our modern world
    Street Tacos
    Fuck it...oriental is a pejorative for Asians, ergo occidental is a pejorative for wonder bread. Why the surprise.

  • Win Bear||

    A Critical Theory of Black Body Radiation

  • MarkLastname||

    Math 162: Solving (and re-reproblematizing) the Riewomann Conjecture.

  • Win Bear||

    Apparently, when rational outsiders told the professors to "go fuck themselves", they took it literally.

  • gwood||

    That's not literally.

  • Jack Strawb||

    "We affirm that Black lives matter and also affirm the broader ideals of social justice to which their call speaks. We recognize that the structural racism... doesn't really exist at Occidental and if we tried to spell it out we'd look like even bigger idiots."

  • salliewilson514||

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do,

    www.OnlineCash9.Com

  • tonykeywest||

    What a bunch of whiney f@ggots we have become.

  • tonykeywest||

    For one thing blacks make up about less than 15% of the population. So of course the number of black professors and number of classes focused on black issues and black history will also be less. I think what they mean by racism is just that they think its unfair that they are a minority?

  • gwood||

    To be honest, I want them to vote for it.
    I want to see how quickly they can completely decompose as a university. It'll give the rest something to be wary of.

  • phimhoff@mac.com||

    Scratch that school off the list of schools that I would send my kids and dollars to. The statement by the University of Chicago on free speech should be the model, not this crap.

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