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July 17, 2017

Today in the Social Justice Wars

Betsy DeVos Promises to return the DOE's Office of Civil Rights to its historical mission as a neutral investigatory office, not an agenda-setting PreCrime division.

One of the most high profile of those cases was the “guidance” issued under Title IX concerning bathroom use by “transgender students.” It was never debated by Congress nor codified anywhere except in an executive memo, but it may as well have carried the force of law since Washington was threatening schools’ federal funding if they failed to comply.

But the more far reaching aspect of the way the Office of Civil Rights was operating concerned the repeated pattern of choosing to launch lengthy studies looking for “patterns of abuse” to affect overarching policy changes at schools rather than addressing the individual complaints of students or teachers under established law.

A couple of weeks back the College Fix headlined an article, As the DOE promises to end witch-hunts, the witch-hunters cry foul, which is worth reading.

More at Instapundit: A professor called DeVos a (deep breath) "powerful handmaiden to a hegemonic white supremacist capitalist patriarchy." All for wanting to put the neutral back in neutral tribunal.

A former college student accused of making a false rape claim in order to spare her reputation is claiming a new defense: not guilty due to "psychiatric disability."

I've done some googling and can find no details on this claimed affliction -- everyone just calls it an unspecified "psychiatric disability."

She's trying to avoid having to take a plea deal-- which includes two years of prison.

A new paper about "Feminist Geography" claims you're committing a Social Justice War Crime if you cite straight white men in your research papers.

Maybe if minority/female "geographers" wrote more papers about, you know, geography than Social Justice War Crimes, they'd find themselves cited more.

Pomona College knew about new LGBT outreach director's (or whatever bullshit make-it-up position) history of anti-white and anti-herterosexual tweets before hiring him, but that's okay -- racism is okay if you're racist against the One Evil Race, and sexual preference bias is fine if you hate those icky straights.

And on that, Trinity College has decided to not punish a black professor for his anti-white tweets -- including his sweet "Let them die" tweet about Steve Scalise and the other victims of a Social Justice Assassin -- because some people in the academy deserve absolute freedom of speech.

Others, not so much, obviously.

Columbia University has settled with the student accused by "Mattress Girl" of rape -- Columbia University helped make him look guilty by giving Mattress Girl class credit for parading around with the mattress she wasn't raped on. And they've agreed to some form of compensation for the unjustly accused.

A University of California student who contrived claims of racial harassment by police has now been arrested as a major racist.

Well they didn't arrest him for racism -- not really. Just for a lot of vandalism, much of it racially motivated.

Ismael Chamu was picked up by police on Thursday, and is sitting in Berkeley jail on $85,000 bail. Berkeleyside reports he faces charges of “felony vandalism causing $400 or more in damage, the commission of a hate crime, hate crime enhancements and conspiracy.”

The "hate crime enhancements" include the graffiti "F*** white people." Also -- I don't believe this is any kind of hate-crime trigger -- "FTP," which stands for "f*** the police."

The Chicago "Dyke March" (that's what they call themselves; not making this up, people, I'm too lazy) is doubling down on using the slur "Zio," a put-down of Jews which popularized by David Duke.

I hadn't heard of the slur before, but The Rule is that once someone brings a term's Concerning History to your attention, you have to stop using it, otherwise you're officially An Racist. (Pepe the Frog, anyone?)

The Dyke March is refusing to stop using it. Ergo....

Finally, from the It's Not Racism When We Say It Department -- which is better known simply as "Social Justice Warriorism" -- the precious tale of a librarian who suffered "racial exhaustion" from being surrounded by (ugh!) white people at a convention of librarians.

A April Hathcock, a Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU, recently attended the annual American Library Association [ALA] conference in Chicago, a trade conference for people in the library profession.

"It[']s been 5 straight days of being tone-policed and condescended to and ‘splained to."

Right after the conference, Hathcock took to her personal blog to describe her “Post-ALA Race Fatigue,” lamenting that she was suffering from “serious race fatigue” after spending five days amongst her colleagues [emphasis in original].

“Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and emotional condition that people of color experience after spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in the presence of white people,” Hathcock wrote. “The more white people, the longer the time period, the more intense the race fatigue.”

While Hathcock noted that she is normally exhausted after such conferences for reasons unrelated to racial issues, she said that this time she “hit her limit” after spending five days “being tone-policed and condescended to and ‘splained to.”

...

She also slammed the “nice white ladies” who told her to be “civil” and “professional” when she tried to “talk about the importance of acknowledging oppression and our profession’s role in it.”

By the way, you should know that Social Justice Warriors feel that you're forcing them into uncompensated emotional labor when you make them berate you and scold you, and they want to be compensated for this "emotional labor" of beating up on you.

Scripps College, a prestigious women’s school outside Los Angeles, is promoting the idea that non-white students must be given monetary compensation for the “emotional labor” of having to deal with so-called microaggressions.

Campus resident assistants at the school are hanging up two sets of posters titled “Emotional Labor 101”: one for whites, and another for minorities, whom the posters dub as “victims of emotional labor.”

Per the Claremont Independent, both posters define “emotional labor” as having to exert energy “for the purpose of addressing people’s feelings, educating, making people comfortable, or living up to ‘social expectations.’”

Let me Mansplain to you why that's not gonna happen, Sally.


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