Purging Dude Walls Toward Leftist Utopia

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Founding Fathers
Founding Fathers, the first Dude Wall?

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- If the left is so loving, tolerant and inclusive, why is it so driven by unquenchable bitterness? What fuels it to divide Americans?

No, I'm not talking about the Democratic presidential candidates, though any one of them demonstrates the same theme. The American left is just gorged with angst and apparently on a mission to share its misery. The insanity emanating from leftists today is overwhelming.

It used to be that when you came across an outrageous story in the news, you just shook your head and thought, “This is weird.” But you found solace in realizing it was not representative of the societal norm. Sadly, that's not true anymore. The left has made great strides in normalizing insanity.

It's as if each day's news is an orchestrated clinic on how to make society sound crazier today than it was yesterday — and it was way crazy yesterday.

Let me give you a typical example. NPR reported that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was at Rockefeller University a few years ago to present a prize to a prominent female scientist. Upon entering the auditorium, someone heard her say, “What is up with the dude wall?” One side wall was covered with portraits of award-winning scientists from the university, and Maddow was distressed that they were all men.

Maddow was not alone. “One hundred percent of them are men,” said Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist with the university. “It's probably 30 headshots of 30 men. So it's imposing.” Her word choice is instructive.

Vosshall explained that Maddow's comment made her realize that for years, she had been uneasy about seeing rooms and hallways at scientific institutions adorned with portraits of white men.

“It just sends the message, every day when you walk by it, that science consists of old white men,” she said. “I think every institution needs to go out into the hallway and ask, ‘What kind of message are we sending with these oil portraits and dusty old photographs?'”

Let me stop here and ask you: If you were to see photos or portraits of distinguished men in a university setting, would you feel like the university was sending you a message? Would it strike you as “imposing”? Would you view it through a gender or race prism?

Well, Vosshall is taking action. She's part of a committee that is going to give that Rockefeller University wall a makeover to add more diversity. I'm not quite sure how they'll accomplish that, since the wall of fame consists of those who won either a Nobel Prize or the Lasker Award, a prestigious medical honor. You can't add new portraits without changing the criterion for wall placement.

It seems that “dude walls” are everywhere. Hallways of a main building at Yale School of Medicine display 55 portraits — all are white, and only three are women. Irredeemably scandalous!
A couple of female students and a female associate professor at the school studied the effect of these portraits and published their findings in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “Students felt like these portraits were not just ancient, historic things that had nothing to do with their contemporary experience,” said one of the two students. “They actually felt that the portraits reinforced contemporary issues of exclusion, of racial discrimination — of othering.” “Othering”? Who thinks like that? Plenty of people, that's who — and there are more thinking this way all the time, courtesy of leftist indoctrination.

These portraits, which were selected based on some standard of achievement, struck students as racially offensive. Surely, reasonable people would not infer that racial considerations had anything to do with the selection of the photos. But that doesn't matter. The left has trained generations of people to think of almost everything in terms of identity groups, and the result is a societal obsession that is alienating and dividing Americans at every turn. How can this be healthy for anyone?

Nevertheless, some schools are taking action and changing their displays to be more diverse and inclusive, history be damned. Dr. Jeffrey Flier of Harvard Medical School was taken aback when he visited Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and found that 31 large portraits of distinguished men from the university had been removed and only an empty wall remained.

“When I last lectured in @BrighamWomens Borstein auditorium, walls were adorned with portraits of prior luminaries of medicine & surgery,” Flier tweeted. “Connecting to a glorious past. Now all gone. Hope everyone is happy. I'm not. (Neither were those I asked- afraid to say openly). Sad.”

With all the strides that have been made in this country on racial and sexual discrimination, it is alarming that leftists, who dominate our major cultural, educational and media institutions, are consciously driving a wedge between groups in our society. It's clear that equal rights and treatment is no longer their focus. Rather, they seek to demonize groups they perceive as historically and currently privileged villains.

What is their end game? Is it truly equal rights, opportunity and respect? Or is it something more sinister, such as revenge and ostracization of certain groups as part of a fundamental transformation of our society into some unattainable, balkanized, socialist utopia? Leftists who preach the loudest about love, harmony, tolerance, diversity and inclusion are polarizing our society and overwhelming it with distrust, suspicion and ill will. Nothing constructive can come from this.


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Fatebekind
Fatebekind
10 months ago

I don’t think that they are going to be thrilled when 30 years from now most of the wall will be Chinese and Indian women because that is the majority of people working in research now. They still will not be satisfied.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
11 months ago

How dare they exclude unqualified women.

Hankus
Hankus
11 months ago

Sorry Libtards, real life does not hand out participation trophies.

hippybiker
hippybiker
11 months ago

Eric Blair at best was an optimist!

Vern
Vern
11 months ago

David Limbaugh, one of my favorites.
Those on the left don’t want to earn a place on the wall of integrity, they want it given to them without having to work for it. Just like Obama being given the peace prize as he got seven wars going all at once.
The left are very good at patting each other on the back and taking and giving credit where there is no credit due.

ras52
ras52
11 months ago

To Maddow and Vosshall, I am proud and happy to be an “old white man”.

Will
Will
11 months ago
Reply to  ras52

,me too my brother,me too !

Will
Will
11 months ago
Reply to  ras52

,I was very proud to be a White Man when I was a lot younger too. Plus,as a proud White Man, I have always loved my country too !

ras52
ras52
10 months ago
Reply to  Will

Will, you and me both.

Tim
Tim
11 months ago

“The insanity emanating from leftists today is overwhelming.”

And there you have it. Cloward & Piven writ large.

JPM
JPM
11 months ago

The insanity that is Feminism has destroyed the traditional marriage turned men into pansies and been responsible for most of the lunacy we see today across the nation. There are two sexes, gender was originally a literary and linguistic term to identify a writer or speaker (masculine or feminine gender, in Spanish a word ending in “a” is feminine and ending in “o” is masculine). Now thanks to Feminism we supposedly have dozens of “genders”. Feminism gave birth to the LBBTQRSWXYZ… or whatever the hell it is today and further encouraged homosexuality (a sexual deviancy and mental illness) to become… Read more »

loveaduck
loveaduck
11 months ago
Reply to  JPM

“Traditional” marriage? If you can’t handle your wife being an equal partner what is your marriage about?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
11 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

@duck, the phrase traditional marriage has nothing to do with who is in charge. The phrase refers to a union of a man and a woman, excluding all others. When some decided to drop the exclusion part, then terms such as open marriage, and traditional marriage became necessary to facilitate debate.
In my traditional marriage decisions fall along the lines of home or ranch, inside work or outside work, savings or jewelry. There is nothing equal about it.

Finnky
Finnky
10 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

@loveaduck – Your signin-names suggests you could be living with serious sexual deviancy. Your comment suggest that you have a rather skewed idea of what a “traditional marriage” entails. In some current circles, traditional is taken to mean man works and is in charge while woman is subservient. This is a common organizational form in much of Latin America and Asia, as it was in the 50’s in the US. For much of semi-modern western-cultural history – marriage has been more of an equal partnership. Go back a bit and you find that the man would go out to work,… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
11 months ago
Reply to  JPM

, Archeologists confirm that there are only two sexes.

Will
Will
11 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB,but crazy,lazy,uncle Joe Biden recently told a little girl there are,..at least three genders. She then asked Biden,what is the third one ? Shotgun Joe Biden then said, shut up kid,don’t get smart with me !

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
11 months ago
Reply to  Will

, Go Joe! Just keep talking. Bi den … Bi den … Bi den …!

JPM
JPM
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Bill, as a retired professional archaeologist, I concur.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 months ago
Reply to  JPM

, Wow, a real archaeologist! Have I got questions for you?

Finnky
Finnky
10 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB regarding archaeology questions. Please do share in the public forum. Yes seriously – I’d like to lurk through that.

joefoam
joefoam
11 months ago

Want to get on the ‘dude wall’ gals? get yourself a Nobel and join the club. We are not going to reward you with an honor you didn’t earn.

Whatzit
Whatzit
11 months ago
Reply to  joefoam

Why not?? We already do that for racial and for sexual “groups” that didn’t earn their place either. It used to be called affirmative action. Doesn’t matter if they “earned it” – just give it to them anyway. Besides – they’ll just accuse those who award the Nobels as being sexist, racist dinosaurs.

ExGob
ExGob
11 months ago
Reply to  Whatzit

You’re right, Whatzit! We have already shown the leftists that all they have to do is find something to complain about and we’ll take some action that is in their favor. Call it what you will, but to me it’s appeasement, and that’s what they want. And as soon as the issue is settled, they’ll find another. Leftists search for things they can label as being problematic then agree on who they will accuse as the culprit. Let’s forget about anything any of these old men ever accomplished, invented, discovered, proved, wrote or even wondered about, and rip those offensive… Read more »

Bill
Bill
11 months ago

What about the portrait (or half-portrait) of the signatories of the Treaty of Paris which includes no English signers because they refused to pose? Because there are no English portrayed; is that unfair discrimination or Anglophobia?

Operator Z
Operator Z
11 months ago

Whinnying little babies. It just proves how weak the United States has become. Where are all the real men and woman with intestinal fortitude?

CaptainKerosene
CaptainKerosene
11 months ago

Just destroy history and the future is easier to twist.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
11 months ago

@CK, I like it. I’m stealin’ it!