Shame

At my university we are now going to be forced to add to our syllabi a notice encouraging students to narc on professors who say something students interpret as racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, or making them uncomfortable in other ways. A phone and email of the “bias response team” that will investigate each claim and mete out punishment will be provided.

Americans, what have you done to yourselves? How are you not ashamed? I cringe in shame for you. You sit there, silent and eager to please, and nobody except an immigrant like me stands up to this.

46 thoughts on “Shame”

    1. Another one would be to report the “bias response team” for any minor transgression. Play fire with fire. Works better if you’re “an oppressed minority.”

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  1. You blame Americans, but honestly this is a humanities issue. This crap is not coming from science, engineering or business schools. It’s always the same departments: sociology, anthropology, etc. I think this is their way to make themselves feel important and in control, because deep down they know their contribution to society is almost nil.

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    1. Everybody else is sitting quietly by and accepting it, though. There hasn’t been a peep against this out of engineering or business. Business has gone woker than academia anyway these days.

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      1. Our school of engineering is very powerful. They have the biggest, most beautiful building on campus. Why aren’t they saying anything?

        It always falls to me and one Polish fellow to speak out. Everybody else is mum.

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            1. I speak up and everyone reaches for the smelling salts and rolls eyes like I am a complete barbarian. Just found out that essays on diversity and inclusion now have to be part of every tenure package. FFS.
              I know these people aren’t stupid, why are we all pretending that all of this is not complete vacuous bullshit?!

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              1. Hey, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s take a bunch of people who have always been good at school and know how to get papers past reviewers and editors and let’s ask them to write essays saying that they agree with the official ideology! Bonus points if they say it in the preferred jargon!

                That will surely weed out the non-believers!

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              2. I’ve decided that my essay on diversity and inclusion will be built around the metaphor of a greengrocer. My hypothetical greengrocer will put up signs in his shop announcing the shop’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and will contemplate the messages that these signs send regarding his relationship with his community and the governance thereof.

                The administration will no doubt be impressed by the novelty of my essay. Since I recently took up playwriting, I think I can really do something with this theme.

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              3. My main character will live in a hovel and deal with customers who want to pay by check. Most of his interactions will be with a very heavy man named Allegory. In the end, he will leave his greengrocery to work in a beer factory, then become President.

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        1. I’m an engineer and the same is true at my university.

          We simply don’t have the time and energy to spend on these issues. As a student, the course load is very heavy, the job interviews are gruelling where you spend an entire day interviewing with four or more people about an insane range of topics.
          They did a survey and found that humanities have the least amount of quizzes and tests. They get to spend their time writing nonsense critical theory crap that counts as part of their course credit. Protesting is also heavily encouraged.

          In addition, we’re generally just not loud and prefer to be left alone. But that’s definitely starting to become harder everyday. I’m hoping we hit a tipping point soon.

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          1. I absolutely 100% agree that we’ve got way too much free time on our hands. We don’t like to admit it but we don’t work 15% of what people in pharmacy or engineering do.

            So yeah, no argument from me here. I’m very annoyed by the lazy layaboutism in the Humanities.

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              1. Exactly! It’s astounding the number of people the cult of diversity employs. It’s basically a hidden jobs program for people that don’t qualify for anything useful.

                I don’t think they will ever really gain much control or become more than a nuisance outside of academia. As soon as they threaten the bottom line, they get cut out. We’ve seen that at Google and other “progressive” companies that have already started to crack down.

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              2. That’s what my analyst always said when I started ranting about this. People need to pay their mortgages. You wouldn’t want them not to be able to pay their mortgages, right?

                I now spend many Zoom meetings where people discuss why they refuse to come back to work mumbling “mortgages, mortgages.”

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              3. Be ready to see more of it during the Biden administration. It’ll last until productive people get tired of carrying all the slackers and elect a Republican again.

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    2. Oh yes, but when their turn comes – it is coming already – they’ll take it lying down. So, what’s the difference ?

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  2. “How are you not ashamed?”

    I’m not ashamed because now that I’m retired from medicine and the military, I’m not responsible for the thoughts or behavior of anybody on this planet except myself. That part of my life is over and done, and I have no nostalgia for any trace of it. Tomorrow belongs to your generation now. Good luck dealing with it.

    (Hint: The world will work out okay in the long run — it always does.)

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      1. “It didn’t where I’m from.”

        In the long run, it outlived Communism and slave-state status. Isn’t that a good start?

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  3. “nobody except an immigrant like me stands up to this”

    Somebody on a previous thread asked how to go about standing up against some similar nonsense (maybe lockdowns).
    I didn’t answer then but since I live in a place with long and deep (and necessary!) traditions for dealing with unaccountable corrupt tyrannies… I’ll share a bit.

    Non-compliance. Don’t do something if you think you can get away with it. Keep putting them off with “It’s been a crazy week and I have no time because (invent a bunch of things that need your urgent attention)” Always be polite, just too busy right now (If you could see my schedule!) and/or invent something else that some other branch of the bureaucracy is making you do. If you’re a big enough name then put them off with “I prefer to let my work speak for itself”…

    Comply but in a way that makes clear the contempt you feel for the project… If you have to write a diversity essay then start with “Webster’s Dictionary defines “diversity” as….” have your students write diversity essays in Spanish and then cobble them together with a translation into English… riddel your essaye with spelling erors.

    For the narc notice… “If you wish to inform against your professor, then please contact (give contact info).

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    1. Well, they wouldn’t be able to complain about the diverse spelling. But why translate it into English? Surely it would be more diverse to just submit everything in Spanish.

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        1. And remember to tell them that you completely understand and empathise with the oppression that they have sufferered and are willing to speak slowly and help them with the big words if they find it difficult to understand

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          1. “willing to speak slowly and help them with the big words if they find it difficult to understand”

            I wouldn’t do that as it would immediately (correctly) be interpreted as disrespect. Real sabotage requires some level of dissimulation. The important thing is to retain a surface air of seriousness and respect. You absolutely want to fulfill this requirement you keep messing up but you’re not sure how… it can help to use some (not too much) inclusive language. “What can we do now?” They may end up wasting their time by doing it for you…

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            1. Normally the disrespect is directed at the beneficiaries of these jobs. If somebody’s only qualification is that they are “diverse” then why expect them to have any actual ability to do their job? Eventually the more successful members of the diverse group want to be valued for their own achievements and don’t want to be a diversity hire. They then become opponents of the whole project.

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              1. ” disrespect is directed at the beneficiaries of these jobs”

                Disrespect engenders hostility which is anger which is armor. The goal is to decay the armor and/or ultimately get them to shed it.
                Assume that most of these people are fairly good people (no worse than average) doing a job they might actually believe in. Open disrespect just convinces them the job needs to be done.
                Just. Try. To. Help. It’s much harder to resist someone who’s just trying to help and/or do the right thing but keeps messing up. The truly great disruptors don’t use anger and hostility (easy to fight against) but sympathy and engagement.
                Of course not everyone can pull that particular combination and so it’s not recommended unless you’re sure you can maintain a pleasant demeanor expressing exasperation only at your own incompetence…

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              2. Yeah, I guess I’m really thinking more about people looking for a free ride or people who want to occupy senior positions on the basis of being a member of group X. There will likely be a lot of them in the Biden administration.

                Obviously it is unhelpful to be obnoxious to people you know personally if they are just regular people trying their best.

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  4. Don’t worry, the college-industrial complex will collapse entirely in the very near future. Whatever can’t go on, won’t. They can’t keep inflating tuition and adding BS “diversity and inclusion” jobs indefinitely, and these parasites don’t have the sense not to kill the host. Even before they all decided to go online, there was some movement away from attending college, and toward going to trade school instead. Since the plague restrictions, that’s accelerated. My nephew– whose college is completely funded, if he wants to go– just graduated high school, and opted out of college this year, to see if in-person classes came back. In the meantime, he’s taking a welding class.

    I mean, bully for you, since you work in academia, but… I expect in another ten years something resembling decent education options will have re-emerged. It might even take over some of the same buildings 🙂

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    1. I have been wailing and screaming about this for years and nobody’s paying attention. I cannot convince people that we are killing ourselves with all this crap. They are unreachable.

      Good for your nephew. He’s made the right decision.

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    2. I do not mind some new more meritocratic system emerging, but realistically one cannot significantly tweak one part of the society (academia) while leaving other interconnected parts of the puzzle untouched. Let’s say we bury the business model of academia somehow. (Great, IMHO, I am tired of it.) This means taking it away from being regulated by the free market and towards something else. I do not know what else – German system, ex-Soviet system, any system with limited admissions where the university is not interested in increasing the numbers of students at all costs. But the Republicans will be the first to oppose it, not only the so-called “left” (preferring high-tech capitalists to traditional ones does not make anybody “left”, but it is a different story). Because it is “sooocialiiism”… I am not sure people of the US are prepared to move in a traditional left direction (the one where economy is above identity) and abandon the “market will regulate everything” dogma.

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        1. Leaving SAT in place will have very minor effect.. The problems with the business model of academia. various offices not directly related to teaching or research, etc, etc started long before someone had a bright idea to abolish SAT. One cannot fix the system by minor tweaks, one has to change the operational philosophy of the system.

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          1. I definitely can’t change the whole system and neither can any of us. But we can oppose wrongheaded practices that are making things worse. Herding students into the debt jail of unpayable student loans is wrong. Wokies deploy the rhetoric of racism against us but we need to stay on point and stand up. Don’t let them dupe us.

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      1. Who says it will move in a socialist direction? The only thing that seems certain at this point is that the universities as we now know them will not exist in ten years. In my imagination, some of the derelict campuses will be purchased by trade schools, some will be converted to retirement homes, some perhaps repurposed as monasteries. Perhaps a few may remain as something akin to colleges, but run on a much, much tighter budget and a drastically smaller scale. Who knows?

        What seems clear is that we are heading into an era where expensive degrees will not be much in demand. Even fields such as engineering might be better taught in an OTJ or apprenticeship model– ask anyone who works with fresh-out-of-college structural engineers.

        All of that is a best-case scenario, of course. There’s no rule that says knowledge and education must keep advancing, or even functioning, at all. Civilizations routinely go through periods where knowledge is lost. There’s no reason ours should be exempt.

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