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October 26, 2015

Melissa Harris-Perry: Republicans Can't Use the Phrase "Hard Worker" Because It Demeans Slavery and Single Working Moms, Or Something

Melissa Harris-Perry was heralded as America's Foremost Public Intellectual by Ta-Nahesi Coates, who himself was vaunted as "the new James Baldwin" for his truculent blog posts, so, when she says this, y'all be sure to listen up and let that Wisdom of the Oppressed drip deep into you.

Via the Free Beacon (with a transcript if you don't want to watch the video) and from Hot Air, with some commentary.

The Social Justice Warrior variant of the Race Card Game is just a variant of the age-old game of social ratf***ing-- a game played by vicious losers which consists of cutesy rhetorical gambits to put other people on the defensive, undermining them and sabotaging them, in order to make oneself seem grand.

Stephen Potter wrote about this practice in a series of parodies. It's a stupid game played by stupid, vicious people.

And it's more than just that, of course. It's also about establishing and mainstreaming a regime in which it is understood and accepted that there will be quasi-judicial punishments imposed for saying something the Speech Police don't like.

A private liberal arts college’s student government unanimously decided to slash its student newspaper budget following intense controversy over an op-ed that was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The opinion piece published in the Wesleyan Argus on Sept. 14 was titled, "Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think." Within a few days, according to the author of the piece, "all hell broke loose." Hundreds of copies of the student newspaper were destroyed, anonymous social media apps buzzed with negativity directed at the paper and the author, and a petition circulated the campus demanding that the paper be defunded.

On Sunday, the Wesleyan Student Assembly Senate voted 27 to 0, with four people abstaining, to pass a resolution cutting the Argus' funding by more than half and redistributes that money to other campus publications for paid worker positions and digital innovation. That funding would be allocated through measuring online data analytics and the student body’s vote...

According to the student newspaper, their funding will be reduced to $13,000 from $30,000 for the upcoming academic year.

As I say, their intend is to routinize all this, to make it just understood that this is the noncontroversial standard practice of operation.

It's time to start making our own hell over this increasingly fascist regime.

It's time to start breaking things.

I support Ben Carson's proposal to start using the Department of Education to monitor, and possibly defund, universities which hew this sort of hard leftwing line.

Wesleyan doesn't need to fund this newspaper -- but we sure the hell don't have to fund Wesleyan, either.

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