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Students at Western Washington University have reached a turning point in their campus’s hxstory. (For one thing, they’re now spelling it with an X—more on that later.) Activists are demanding the creation of a new college dedicated to social justice activism, a student committee to police offensive speech, and culturally segregated living arrangements at the school, which is in Bellingham, up in the very northwest corner of the state.

Students have the right to push for robust changes to campus conditions, of course. But if administrators care about free speech at all, they will ignore these calls to create an almost cartoonishly autocratic liberal thought police on campus.

WWU’s student-activist community—the frightening-sounding Assembly for Power and Liberation—made their demands public last week. The document begins by noting that the activists crashed a Feb. 12 Board of Trustees meeting in order to demand “accountability for the violence enacted on this campus,” and were subsequently surprised that none of the trustees accepted an invitation to come to an assembly meeting to “take accountability.” Pro-tip, students: If you ruin other people’s meetings, don’t be surprised when they skip out on yours.


The most substantial of the activists’ demands is a call for a new college that would essentially train students to become social justice warriors (a term often applied derogatorily by critics of leftism that nevertheless seems appropriate here). WWU must meet the needs of this new “College of Power and Liberation” by immediately hiring 10 faculty members—subject to the approval of student-activists. Finding the money to do all this is solely the responsibility of WWU’s administration, “whose accountability to students should be expressed through their fervent advocacy for students’ needs at both the local and state levels,” according to the activists, who want an extra $50,000 to throw a kick-off party for the new college. Another $45,000 will go toward paying students to do “de-colonial work on campus,” whatever that means.

Activists have also demanded the creation of an Office for Social Transformation, which would employ 15 students—young Robespierres in training—for the purposes of monitoring “racist, anti-black, transphobic, cissexist, misogynistic, ableist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and otherwise oppressive behavior on campus.” (Anti-Semitism, one notes, is curiously omitted.) These students will be granted terrifying powers to discipline faculty members who commit microaggressions. Professors—even tenured professors—can and will be placed under investigation if they are accused of maintaining insufficiently safe spaces within their classrooms.

These measures are hailed as “progressive” by the activists—because what could be more progressive than committees of liberal extremists conducting thoughtcrime investigations?

The third serious demand is for the creation of new residence halls geared around specific cultural identities. Students claim the goal is for people from different backgrounds to live together and make new connections. But if this were true, no new dorm arrangements would be necessary—different people living together is what happens at college by default. Reading between the lines, it sounds like student-activists actually want the opposite: They want to create residential safe spaces built around certain exclusive group identities.

The result of such arrangements would be a form of de facto cultural segregation that one might expect students would oppose if they were actual progressives. In any case, these communities will be policed by residential advisors tasked with the specific goal of creating social justice activism programs. As with the proposal for “oppression studies” in the dorms at American University, it seems like the idea is to turn the campus into a zone of liberal ideological conformity from which there is no escape.


Keep in mind that WWU is already an extremely liberal campus with a number of social justice-oriented activities: it has a department of Education and Social Justice, a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, a Queer Resource Center, a Social Issues Resource Center, and an Ethnic Student Center.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. These programs undoubtedly have much to offer, and contribute to the rich intellectual culture of the university. But there must come a point at which adding more and more far-left instructional options actually detracts from the campus’s intellectual diversity. Besides, the student-activists don’t want to just add more options—they want to push them on everybody.

At the heart of this effort lies a bizarrely totalitarian ideology: Student-activists think they have all the answers—everything is settled, and people who dissent are not merely wrong, but actually guilty of something approaching a crime. If they persist in this wrongness, they are perpetuating violence, activists will claim.

The list of demands ends with a lengthy denunciation of WWU’s marginalization of “hxstorically oppressed students.” The misspelling is intentional: “hxstory,” I presume, was judged to be more PC than “history,” which is gendered, triggering, and perhaps violent. It’s easy for me to laugh at these clumsy attempts to make language obey the dictates of political correctness—but I laugh from a position of relative safety, since I am not a WWU professor.

On the other hand, if a member of campus were to insist on the proper spelling of the word, would he or she (or xe) have to answer to the Committee for Social Transformation?


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/07/the-college-that-wants-to-ban-history.html

College students (not all) have now gone full retard. Never go full retard.
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The best books... are those that tell you what you know already. - George Orwell
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Honestly, if someone has nothing to contribute to society, then their opinions are invalid to me. You have to know history to know what you are talking about first of all. Second, if you are interested in learning about being offended go to tumblr. History matters because it might be forgotten. Regardless if it's negative, you won't be able to learn about different perspectives of history. If learning about certain parts of history offends you, doesn't mean that it should be put away.

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You even PC, bro?

But yeah, campus culture and the overall SJW 'culture' is going the "Reality? What reality?!" way.

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The author seems fairly bias, though moderately so in terms of saying these courses have much to offer, but it still bothers me.
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It's okay, there are plenty of different universities to go to.
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Sounds like parody.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

The author seems fairly bias, though moderately so in terms of saying these courses have much to offer, but it still bothers me.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/contributors/robby-soave.html

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I'm so tired of social justice warriors and the progressive left. They are embarrassing America when we're already doing a good enough job with our nominees.
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The Robespierre analogy sure is apt; eliminate the enemies of the revolution indeed. If these students had any self-awareness or understanding of history, they'd be seeing some disturbing parallels. I usually roll my eyes and move along whenever outrage culture rears its ugly head, but this is so blatant that it deserves to be mocked.

If there's some kind of afterlife then Pol Pot is there nodding his head in approval and just hoping these students might go a bit further.

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The most substantial of the activists’ demands is a call for a new college that would essentially train students to become social justice warriors (a term often applied derogatorily by critics of leftism that nevertheless seems appropriate here).


This is actually hilarious.

Also you don't even have to be a current student or past student to sign the petition.


Note: You do not have to be a current or former WWU student to sign this petition. We appreciate all support
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Really, if you don't like it then find another college.
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/07/the-college-that-wants-to-ban-history.html

College students (not all) have now gone full retard. Never go full retard.


WILL YOU PLEASE F***IN' GO BACK AND WATCH TROPIC THUNDER, AND FIND OUT WHAT THAT PHRASE ACTUALLY MEANT???????

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Sorry....But the fact that it now has five or six vague definitions now, depending on who's dopey enough to misquote it, is a rapidly cropsying trend that's starting to trample on my love of good movie dialogue. Just.....don't go there with me.


Students at Western Washington University have reached a turning point in their campus’s hxstory. (For one thing, they’re now spelling it with an X—more on that later.)


Let me guess: "Because world and American history is nothing but one thousand years of oppression of woman and minorities, and enforcing outdated social/gender stereotypes!"

Learning only the history you want to, by studying only the bad bits you want to protest, is sort of like deciding you don't want to learn the whole alphabet and only want to learn the vowels. Even Sesame Street doesn't do that.

Case in point,

The word history comes ultimately from Ancient Greek ἱστορία[12] (historía), meaning "inquiry","knowledge from inquiry", or "judge".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History#Etymology


Hey, how about that? It doesn't come from "His (white-male supremacy)-story", like we were all paranoid to think it did!
Gee, guess that makes us, uh, wait, what's that word I'm thinking of?--Oh, yeah, I remember: WRONG!

(It's sort of ironic to call it "Politically correct", when most of it drops its facts on the floor spectacularly?
I mean, what are they going to do next for an encore, misquote Tropic Thunder?)
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this is already like several months old, and since the actual petition is talking about having it in effect by spring 2016, it's safe to assume it's not happening anymore (not that it ever actually would have). it only got 616 signatures, and since literally anyone can sign that doesn't say much, especially since a lot of people probably signed it as a joke

this reads like one of the most heavy-handed parodies of "sjws" (by the kind of person who would unironically use that term) i've ever seen. i can't even say for sure that that's NOT what it is - i don't really feel like thoroughly researching it to find out or anything. but even if not, all it would have taken is like a few people who thought this was actually a good and realistic idea - as someone who spends most of my time on tumblr, the kinds of people who would take something this over-the-top seriously are a lot rarer than you seem to think

like . . . if you want to believe this is an accurate representation of how bad the "sjws" in colleges have gotten because it fits your narrative, go ahead, but i'm just saying this probably shouldn't be taken seriously at all
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Students at Western Washington University have reached a turning point in their campus’s hxstory. (For one thing, they’re now spelling it with an X—more on that later.)


Let me guess: "Because world and American history is nothing but one thousand years of oppression of woman and minorities, and enforcing outdated social/gender stereotypes!"

Learning only the history you want to, by studying only the bad bits you want to protest, is sort of like deciding you don't want to learn the whole alphabet and only want to learn the vowels. Even Sesame Street doesn't do that.


I think it's referring to the fact that History begins with His...
I'm not sure which reason is worse.
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