Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Members of Student Government At KU Insufficiently Enthusiastic About "Diversity Ultimatum," Face Impeachment

Students and alumni of the University of Kansas are coming to the defense of three student government executives who are facing impeachment on charges that they were not sufficiently enthusiastic in their support of a student-led diversity ultimatum. 
Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George, and Chief of Staff Adam Moon are all facing demands that they resign by Wednesday or face impeachment proceedings after the Student Executive Committee voted 6-3 Friday in favor of a no-confidence vote against them, according to Huffpost 
The pressure on Pringle, George, and Moon came just two days after Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little moderated a forum at which a student organization called Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk presented a list of diversity demands that included hiring a team of “multicultural counselors” for students of color and instituting “mandatory, intense ‘inclusion and belonging’ training” for students and faculty. 
During the no-confidence proceedings, the Committee specifically claimed that Pringle and George did not "stand in solidarity with their black peers and proclaim that Black Lives Matter" during Wednesday’s forum. you have to not only support mandatory re-education camp, you have to do it with sufficient enthusiasm...
   Is there really any chance that everyone would submit to this totalitarian insanity? I mean...I think we all know that lots of students and faculty would submit...and happily. But there's no chance whatsoever that everyone would...right?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, the demands are for a para-faculty jobs program! Not for constraint (or, better yet, abolition) of the campus police. Not for tuition reduction, or increases in need-based (or, hell, race-based) financial aid. Not for admission of more minority students. Nope, it's for expansion of an open-ended, mission self-defining security and lifestyle bureaucracy.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I thought of your point when I saw this, and meant to give you a shout-out.

I noticed it in some other stuff, too. This is one of those points that, once it's made to you, really opens your eyes...or it's opened mine, anyway. I think that hypothesis is really important.

That bureaucracy is also (did I float this idea already) where a lot of paleo-PCs seem to have ensconced themselves, where they have been waiting, like Great Cthulhu, to rise again and wreak their terrible vengeance on the University and Enlightenment-friendly institutions...

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up to a point, it's surreal and slightly amusing watching the undergraduates doing, well, free labor on behalf of institutions that make college more expensive, undermine the value of their degrees (both educationally and economically), and are largely devoted to making the day to day experience of minority students miserable.

For me, it crossed the line from amusement to real anger when the Mizzou football team went "on strike" for these interests. This is a group of largely black undergraduates, who are actively used to produce massive amounts of revenue on hard, physical work for no real pay. They are lending themselves to expansion of, amongst other things, the Black Students Center, a type of institution that has, over and over, been exposed as enabling and colluding with coaching staffs to keep these kids from realizing any real education. Of course the Mizzou coaching staff was in unanimous support for this "strike": there will be more counselors on hand to put a nationalist veneer on talking second stringers out of majoring in mechanical engineering and into black history and sociology classes where, oddly, you never have to show up. How long would the coaching staff's solidarity have lasted if the football team had asked for half a damned percent of revenue from jerseys sold with the student's own name on the back?!

Contemplating the PC/NCAA point of nexus is where I go spittle flecked. The whirl of simultaneous exploitation and sanctimony is too much for little old me. If there is a bright side, it's this: The fight against this stuff cannot be much advanced by the white portions of the liberal political press. But, with the NCAA connection, this could lead to more careful scrutiny of PC in the sports and business press. I predict/hope, that the beginning of a broad, inclusive turn against PC will come from exposure of this glaring awfulness of the whole PC complex through exposure of the extraordinary awfulness the part that surrounds "student/athletes".

4:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I'm currently too traumatized by the Carolina AFAM/sports scandal to be rational about this stuff.

If I could push a button and demote big-time college sports back to a reasonable level--or even get rid of them completely--I'd reluctantly do it.

But damn, I do love college hoops...

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can keep on loving college b-ball. Hating the genuinely evil NCAA system doesn't mean hating sports, just wanting to get the players either paid directly or free to profit off their playing indirectly if b-ball is just supposed to be "enrichment". That's the way it works for every single other activity on campus. If you write a screenplay, invent a chemical process, or paint for a class, then you can sell the results. If the university get to take possession of what you make, then you're a paid employee and the scope of what the university gets to take is subject to agreement and employment law. Only big time sports is different.

But no, the only free labor worth concerning ourselves over is the crushing work of explaining why it is you're yelling at the Chancellor.

3:57 PM  

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