Colleges: Islands of Intolerance ~ Disgusting VIDEO

By Walter E. Williams
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Colleges: Islands of Intolerance
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept?

Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head.

Let's examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate it plus pay for it.

Students at Evergreen State College harassed biology professor Bret Weinstein because he refused to leave campus, challenging the school's decision to ask white people to leave campus for a day of diversity programming. The profanity-laced threats against the faculty and president can be seen on a YouTube video titled “Student takeover of Evergreen State College” (Video Below).

What about administrators permitting students to conduct racially segregated graduation ceremonies, which many colleges have done, including Ivy League ones such as Columbia and Harvard universities? Permitting racially segregated graduation ceremonies makes a mockery of the idols of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion, which so many college administrators worship. Or is tribalism part and parcel of diversity?

Johnny Eric Williams : inhuman a-holes
Johnny Eric Williams : inhuman a-holes

Trinity College sociology professor Johnny Eric Williams recently called white people “inhuman assholes.” In the wake of the Alexandria, Virginia, shooting at a congressional baseball practice,

Williams tweeted, “It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white' will not do, put (an) end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemF—ingDie”

June Chu, dean of Pierson College at Yale University, recently resigned after having been placed on leave because of offensive Yelp reviews she had posted. One of her reviews described customers at a local restaurant as “white trash” and “low class folk”; another review praised a movie theater for its lack of “sketchy crowds.” In another review of a movie theater, she complained about the “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese.”

Harvey Mansfield, a distinguished Harvard University professor who has taught at the school for 55 years, is not hopeful about the future of American universities. In a College Fix interview, Mansfield said, “No, I'm not very optimistic about the future of higher education, at least in the form it is now with universities under the control of politically correct faculties and administrators”. Once America's pride, universities, he says, are no longer a marketplace of ideas or bastions of free speech. Universities have become “bubbles of decadent liberalism” that teach students to look for offense when first examining an idea.

Who is to blame for the decline of American universities? Mansfield argues that it is a combination of administrators, students and faculties.

He puts most of the blame on faculty members, some of whom are cowed by deans and presidents who don't want their professors to make trouble. I agree with Mansfield's assessment in part. Many university faculty members are hostile to free speech and open questioning of ideas. A large portion of today's faculty and administrators were once the hippies of the 1960s, and many have contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the values of personal liberty. The primary blame for the incivility and downright stupidity we see on university campuses lies with the universities' trustees. Every board of trustees has fiduciary responsibility for the governance of a university, shaping its broad policies. Unfortunately, most trustees are wealthy businessmen who are busy and aren't interested in spending time on university matters. They become trustees for the prestige it brings, and as such, they are little more than yes men for the university president and provost.

If trustees want better knowledge about university goings-on, they should hire a campus ombudsman who is independent of the administration and accountable only to the board of trustees.

The university malaise reflects a larger societal problem. Mansfield says culture used to mean refinement. Today, he says, it “just means the way a society happens to think, and there's no value judgment in it any longer.” For many of today's Americans, one cultural value is just as good as another.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

10 thoughts on “Colleges: Islands of Intolerance ~ Disgusting VIDEO

  1. @ Gil, I hate to agree but your post has a lot of truth in many universities. Go to college to have a good time and daddy pays the full bill, or get a football scholarship and milk your way through while destroying most everything in site.
    Tech schools are usually attended by those who want to learn and make money after they get out.

  2. It’s just like the late, great George Carlin said…they want peole who are just smart enough to do the paper work and run the machines. Welcome to 1984 Proles.

  3. Somehow the children of our children have become an entitled mass tuned in to the word “free”. Free food, free education, welfare, Medicaid, unemployment comp., free to express themselves any way they see fit. What they refuse to do is take any personal personal responsibility for their lives. They are a giant wave that continues to build upon itself. However they will be in for a big surprise once the silent majority stands up again — like they did in the last election — and changes their attitudes. It’s just a matter of time.

  4. I am sure there are some good educators out there, not many, but some. Still, tell me you are an educator, and I just lost my respect for you. What a liberal place schools are. Maybe it is the educators that need to grow up!

    1. @MBH Well, not all of us educators are bad, I’ve taught firearms and tactical training for more than 35 years. Any respect there? 🙂

      1. Not unless you have earned it. Plenty of ‘educators’ that need educating. P.S. Years of teaching does not equal respect.

  5. These people who speak about violence HAVE NO FRIGGING IDEA what they are letting themselves and their followers in for, NONE.

  6. Since when were universities ever a mystical place for genuine higher learning? It goes back to the “if you got lot of money and want to mingle with others go to university; if you want learn technical skills to get a high-paying job go to technical college.” Universities have been made by the rich for the rich they’re not there as vocational training.

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