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It’s amazing that we are putting kids immediately into financial insolvency, not so they can learn a valuable skill...but rather so they can take a useless major at a school with an $80,000 tuition, and in turn the University can pay Maoist administrator that teach the indebted students how to be embittered racists.

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After the last two years, I feel little sense that most large institutions in America have retained much credibility anyway. I have to actively seek out the news from small private sources, because I cannot rely on newspapers or television news. The Twitter files show us that an array of government agencies has been actively censoring speech in the public forum for years, and continues to do so, yet somehow my friends and colleagues have no idea that this is even occurring. I do not trust anything the government says, whatsoever. It all used to make me angry, but now I just feel sad because it sure seems like the unavoidable endgame around this movement will be violence; either from them when they insist on their Maoist policies, or from people like me who will refuse them no matter what.

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Look, we can endlessly research, write about and remonstrate regarding this nonsense or we can give it the back of the hand it deserves. Because if it continues it will tear us apart. The backlash is already growing and, if not calmed, it will be ugly and violent. Let's not kid ourselves. Every Democrat in the House voted for the comical Hakeem Jeffries; a radical who supports slave reparations. The notion that people who never owned or profited from slavery must be made to pay "reparations" to people who were never enslaved. This needs to stop. It is sheer idiocy and lunacy. There is nothing wrong with casting a wide net for talent, giving people a helping hand and treating everyone with dignity and respect. But there is everything wrong with demonizing the white race and elevating others based solely on their lack of "whiteness." And, when you tell me that my children and grandchildren must be made to suffer for "crimes" I did not commit, I will not take that kindly. Or lightly. Do so and I will regard you as my mortal enemy.

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Great article. Thanks!

Structural stupidity is at least one of the reasons why U.S. colleges and universities are seeing such a precipitous drop in enrollment overall.

Certainly, it's the reason why there's been a 25% drop in the last 10 years in the number of students studying the liberal arts and humanities.

You _may_ resign yourself to putting up with this BS if you have a specific career goal in mind that can only be achieved by putting in your time. But there is absolutely no reason to pay huge amounts of $$$ to learn how to _think_ in RightSpeak.

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We’re screwed. This country will never be the same. Couldn’t even finish this because this mindset is too insane. Talking about whiteness in the medical field? I’m glad I’m older…just feel sad for the little ones in my family.

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Jan 9, 2023·edited Jan 9, 2023

I was thinking Desantis was overdoing the anti woke thing, Probably not. Ohio State university with 132 DEI on staff looking to cause racism.. Doesn't their Republican state legislature control the funding in Ohio?

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John McWhorter, PhD linguistics (black, liberal atheist) sees DEI and similar stuff as a faux religion. A failed, dysfunctional belief system that creates toxicity, and does nothing positive for black people, except the ones taking elite jobs that promote and perpetuate “woke” DEI type stuff.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58133534-woke-racism

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“Kendi demands a totalizing approach that means everything must be actively anti-racist, and if you’re not actively anti-racist, you’re racist,” Haidt told me...

...but becoming 'anti-racist' requires that you adopt racism as your personal ethic, deciding who is - and is not - worthy of 'special' treatment according to the color of their skin.

As is the case with the third law of thermodynamics, "you can't get out of the game." The University of Rochester tried to paper this over in the most recent edition of their alumni magazine. A year ago, a Penn State professor was bullied into removing his name from an academic paper over political correctness concerns raised by the campus 'Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Climate Change' committee - no, I am NOT making this up - which had taken it upon themselves to censor the rest of the university's academic research according to the new paradigm.

You can't fix stupid, but you can refuse to support it. That recent fund-raising letter from your dear old alma mater? The two universities I attended were guilty as hell. Neither received a single dime - nor will they, until they clean up their act.

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"… documenting and exposing how many of our most important institutions—medicine, the media, the law—are increasingly being captured by an ideology …"

Thank you, Bari, for your commitment to this. Nothing is more important.

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Today’s McCarthyism

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One small quibble: it's not DEI; it's DIE - which better describes their mission and, ultimately their fates.

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The cost of tuition has skyrocketed while the education provided has plummeted. These universities are accepting government money in the form of loans to students who are being sold a bill of goods. In the meantime the universities are spending a fortunen DEI officers who do nothing but dumb down education, hire professors based on their skin colors and/or ideas rather than their merit, and hold professors and students hostage to this crazy ideology. Alumni should stop funding their alma mater if they promote this nonsense and indoctrinate their students. Everything is about diversity until it comes to diversity of thought. Hillsdale College does not accept government funding and is one of the only schools that continues to have high standards for learning and debate.

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DEI is just the most egregious example of the abandonment of principles we academics once considered unassailable. Remember the single-sentence commitment to equal opportunity employment in the want-ads section of professional journals and magazines? Who could object to that self-evident statement? Read the text now and compare. Grade inflation is another example...the "Gentleman C" is extinct. Now the distinction (if any) is between A+ and A. Thus, everybody is "more than excellent" or just "excellent". This trend is long in the making: from, say, 1968 to 2023....that makes roughly 55 years.

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How can I send this article to my “friends” in academia? They are in denial.

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So glad I attended university before the rot set in.

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Nassim Taleb’s article about how “dictatorships of intolerant minorities” form is a classic. It describes the psychological fragility of people to having their collective intelligence, sense making, disrupted.

The people disrupting the system with DEI are sociopaths exploiting organizational fragility.

The result is always dysfunction and incompetence. Organizational failure. Dismal morale of employees.

Non-“whites” that dare to challenge DEI hegemony are marginalized, such as Roland Fryer, and:

https://community.fairforall.org/c/fair-news/erec-smith-black-people-who-oppose-critical-race-theory-are-being-erased

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