As a former toiler in the groves of academe, I suppose I should have a comment on the whole Oberlin thing. So here goes:
Or, as the kids these days say on the Internetz,
lol get fucked.
Still, since it’s good for a chuckle, join me for a trip down memory lane. This was quite a few years ago, but one of the departments in one of the places I worked (part of the composite I call “Flyover State”) was briefly threatened with legal trouble. A recent interviewee for an open faculty position asserted that he’d been blackballed because of his politics. As I had no dog in the fight, my only thought when I first heard about it was that it’s a stupid threat — how could you possibly prove such a thing?
My second thought, which got jammed into my head via email about five minutes after the first, was: You fucking idiots. For, you see, all the very very intelligent people in the department decided that this would be a great time to virtue-signal — and really, when isn’t a great time? — so they got on the campus listservs to insist that we “have a conversation” about “perceptions of bias,” in which, in the course of patting themselves on the back about how completely open-minded and unbiased and tolerant they all are, they unanimously agreed that of course they’d blackballed the guy because of his politics, and damn right, too — nobody to the right of Mao Zedong is welcome here.
They really ARE that dumb, y’all. Of all the dozens and dozens of hours of “training” they make you take at a modern U — sexual harassment training, “unconscious bias” training, etc. — not once did they bring in someone from HR to explain the cardinal rule of corporate communication: Never put anything on the company email that you’re not willing to see published on the front page of the New York Times. The rejected candidate didn’t end up pursuing her lawsuit, but I’m confident that this is only because no lawyer would take the case — being slightly smarter than professors, lawyers assume that nobody would ever be so stupid as to take written notes on a criminal conspiracy using the company email.
One wonders how many other schools, how many other times, dodged similar bullets?
Again, please note that this was many years ago. Several “generations” of professors and administrators have come and gone since then, so naturally the dumb have gotten oh so much dumber… to the point where you’ve got the fucking Dean of Students handing out, on campus, this flyer:
Sorry for all the italics, y’all, but I can’t think of a better way to emphasize the truly flabbergasting idiocy on display here. There’s just no way to spin this as a private individual acting as a consumer, or an academic pursuing scholarly inquiry. This looks like the official corporate position of Oberlin College because — given the circumstances — that’s effectively what it is.
And now Oberlin is $33 million poorer.
The fallout will be interesting, to say the least. As we’ve all noted many times, “Get Woke, Go Broke” is such a common phenomenon, we’ve got a catchy rhyming slogan for it. As we’ve all noted equally many times, the #Woke ostentatiously don’t give a shit. Universities are the #Wokest places in America… and they’ve all got serious cash-flow issues. What, you think the $100K salaries of the Diversity ladies and the five cafeterias for the football team come out of the company checking account? They use so much smoke-and-mirrors accounting, the Enron guys are getting a prison stiffie just thinking about it. Oberlin is now claiming that a $33 million hit will effectively close the college doors… and they’re probably right.
Will the university system as a whole wise up? I wouldn’t bet on it — like the man said, SJWs always double down. Fascinating times ahead. Fascinating, stupid times.Loading Likes...