Has Political Correctness Gone Off the Rails?

2017 January 14
by bc3b

We all know the answer to that question, don’t we?

Nowhere is political correctness more in control that in US colleges, a bastion of safe zones and microaggressions where speakers with opposing points of view are banned. Political correctness is especially strong in small, expensive liberal arts colleges like Oberlin in Ohio. For those not familiar with Oberlin, it’s about 50 miles west of Cleveland.It has been a hotbed of progressivism since it was founded.

Political correctness played a major role in deciding the 2016 election. It enabled Donald Trump to solidify middle class working whites around him. It shaped the Clinton campaign as Hillary literally wrote off working class whites, focusing on blacks, Hispanics, the LGBT crowd and womyn. And, at places like Oberlin, leftist students were so focused on political correctness and fighting racism and sexism that the election was over before they knew it.

Here’s an excerpt from Spiegel on the effects of political correctness. If you have time on a slow Saturday, the entire article is linked. It’s a great read.

Even as the white working class and lower class flocked to Trump in droves, students at Oberlin were busy organizing a protest against the food served at the Afrikan Heritage House. A few students had pointed out that the dishes there were at most Westernized interpretations of the original recipes, a state of affairs which showed a lack of respect toward African traditions. This offense, too, has a term: “cultural appropriation.”

Meanwhile, Asian students complained that the cafeteria served bánh mì using inauthentic ingredients, prompting accusations of cultural imperialism.

The college took the complaints seriously, as it does with all grievances lodged by students. It has a reputation to protect — and must also protect itself from the lawsuits that many of its students’ parents can easily afford.

The cafeteria had to issue a public apology. But it shouldn’t have been only the Vietnamese students who felt insulted — it should have been everyone. After all, another term often used at Oberlin is “allyship.” The theory basically goes like this: Someone who has spent his life as a heterosexual white male will never be able to understand how an incorrectly-made sandwich could trigger a trauma. Nor would he ever truly be able to comprehend the systemic microaggressions that a black woman might be exposed to. But he could make himself her “ally,” by taking her experiences seriously and accepting them at face value, whether or not he is able to comprehend them personally.

For some professors, it has gone too far. One of those is Roger Copeland. On a recent Friday afternoon, he made his way to the Slow Train Café, the only place at Oberlin where everybody meets up during the day — professors, students and activists. He has come to talk about everything he believes has destroyed his profession. He has recently accepted an early-retirement severence package and will be leaving the school in a few weeks. Professor Copeland has taught for over 40 years at Oberlin. He is a theater professor and he looks the part. He arrives wearing a Hawaiian shirt and speaks, even in normal discussion, as if he were reciting Shakespeare from the stage.

Copeland himself took to the streets in protest in the 1970s: against the Vietnam War, against Watergate — the big things. On two occasions, he was arrested.

‘Unsafe Learning Environment’

Today, though, it’s personal pronouns that his students are squabbling over and Copeland has little understanding. He says students no longer want to be addressed as “he” or “she,” but as “X” or “they” or newly created personal pronouns. At Oberlin, terms like “Latina” or “Latino” for people with Central or South American backgrounds have been replaced with the gender-neutral “Latinx.”

Two years ago, Copeland asked a young student who was editing a video during rehearsals for a stage production if she would manage to finish editing the footage by the end of the week. He didn’t get the immediate response and things were hectic. “Yes or no?” he called out in his exalted way. “Yes or no?”

The student, who Copeland says is an Asian-American lesbian woman, stormed out of the rehearsal, not that uncommon of an occurrence in theater. Later, the dean ordered Copeland to his office and accused him of having berated a student and of creating a “hostile and unsafe learning environment.” There was that term again: “unsafe learning environment.” The dean handed him a document and asked him to sign it. Copeland refused and provided the names of others who had been present and who could attest that he hadn’t berated the student. The dean said it didn’t matter. What mattered was that the “student felt unsafe.”

The matter led to a formal Title IX investigation for sexual misconduct. Copeland hired a lawyer and the probe was dropped after a year. The whole thing cost Copeland thousands of dollars. Worse yet, he says, he lost his ideological compass.

What was going on? Where, if not here, did young men and women have the opportunity to mature into citizens, into people who could also confront unpleasant views?

Copeland self-identifies as a leftist. He’s a man who has fought for social justice, for the rights of the weak, for freedom and for free speech. Now students were dismissing him as some old, reactionary grandpa who knew nothing about the vulnerabilities created by identity, skin color and gender, whether it be male, female, gay, lesbian or transgender, the full spectrum of LGBTQ, as people call it today — or “cisgender.”

Cisgender is a relatively new word and Copeland only recently became aware of it. He also learned that it is often used as an insult. It describes pretty much to a “T” what he is: a white, heterosexual man who is certain that he doesn’t want to be a woman and isn’t even a little bit bi-sexual.

Copeland isn’t the only victim. Across the country, “social justice warriors,” as they are disparagingly called, are leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, attacking professors, artists, authors and even DJs along the way.

Hat tip: Spiegel on line
43 Responses leave one →
  1. 2017 January 14 12:49 am
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    bc3b permalink

    jboz –

    Perhaps Oberlin should be on the radar for the Little Bozers. $65k a year for tuition, room and board. There’s nothing more exciting small towns in flat, scenic Northern Ohio and then there’s the chance to meet chicks like Lena Dunham. And, after graduation, a career as a social worker, community activist or in retail. What more could you want for them?

    Even left-wing professors can’t escape the heat at Oberlin.

    When I was in college, we were grateful if we didn’t need to get our stomaches pumped after eating in the cafeteria. Chop Suey or Chili – it looked the same and tasted the same.

  2. 2017 January 14 4:56 am
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    JBoz permalink

    One of his buddies is considering Oberlin. His mom is…get this…an attorney for the EPA. Figures.

  3. 2017 January 14 5:15 am
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    Guess who just made the endangered species list…

    “For the first time for a bumblebee and a bee species in the U.S., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the bumblebee an endangered species. The protected status goes into effect on February 10, and includes requirements for federal protections and the development of a recovery plan.”

    I can only imagine the BS this is gonna cause.

  4. 2017 January 14 7:20 am
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    justrand permalink

    bc3b…when was Political Correctness ON the rails?

    It has ALWAYS been a crock of shit.

    Society USED TO self-correct on hateful speech, pejorative terms, etc. People who engaged in such speech would be shunned, or worse. The “N-word” became the “N-word” because people found it offensive, and so it began dropping from our national lexicon (until revived by Rap musicians). But no “PC Council” was required to enforce it.

    Ahhh…but then the Left realized they could wield huge power if they could get people to start allowing THEM to determine what was and was not “acceptable”.

    Millions of people fell in line and starting surrendering their freedom of speech…and the list of Politically UNacceptable words & phrases grew exponentially.

  5. 2017 January 14 7:27 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC, I assume you are rhetorical, correct? 🙂

  6. 2017 January 14 7:40 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “… A few students had pointed out that the dishes there were at most Westernized interpretations of the original recipes, a state of affairs which showed a lack of respect toward African traditions. This offense, too, has a term: “cultural appropriation.”…”

    Funny I don’t remember seeing pictures of students pounding dahl with the wooden okwa for several hours to have a meal. To do it with a food processor would be cultural appropriation as well. Jeeez.

  7. 2017 January 14 7:43 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Don’t think we will have any of that cissy stuff at our school. When they finalize the rulings, I might just be armed in the classroom.

  8. 2017 January 14 8:02 am
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog: ” I might just be armed in the classroom.”

    As the saying goes: ” An ARMED society is a POLITE society”

  9. 2017 January 14 8:09 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    3,

    FWS just screwed up. Its a minor industry for sure, but bumblebees are raised commercially for deployment in the greenhouse industry. If the ruling stands that whole operation collapses and greenhouse production will fall.

    There could be a minor positive though. There is a product called Grazon that is a highly persistent herbicide (years) that are sprayed on hay fields to control broadleaf plants (which the bumblebee feeds off of). Grazon is effective because it warps the cellular growth patten of the plants stunting growth and preventing pollination. End result is Grazon could be effectively banned in this country as a result.

  10. 2017 January 14 8:21 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JBoz #2: My guess is that most students at colleges like Oberlin come from liberal upper middle class or wealthy families so the craziness at Oberlin seems normal to them, And they figure, whatever they are protesting, mom and dad will approve. Most Oberlin students are smart. They are just f^cked up big time.

    Has Litter Bozer’s buddy also applied to College of DuPage as a back-up, just in case Trump dissolves or downsizes the EPA? The author also discusses inner city blacks who receive scholarships at Oberlin, how they struggle and are uncomfortable.

    JR #5 – I agree. Unlike the author, who is a Kraut, I think political correctness has always been off the tracks. I picked up his headline. I get lazy late at night. I just thought it was an interesting read.

    drdog09 #7: Good point. The Oberlin geniuses seem to think expect that low wage, unskilled white people from rural Ohio that have trouble cooking hamburgers should be adept at preparing African and Asian foods. And, because they are not, they’re racissst. Oberlin students may be smart, but common sense isn’t one of their strong points.

  11. 2017 January 14 8:31 am
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    bc3b permalink

    With its high tuition and low acceptance rate, Oberlin ranks 8th among the 25 colleges in which graduates make less than high school graduates. The six year median income is under $26,000. Like Oberlin, many of the schools on the list are expensive liberal arts colleges.

    http://colleges.startclass.com/stories/7056/colleges-alumni-salaries-high-school-grads#18-Oberlin-College

    Most schools on the list are highly selective, have incoming students with high SAT/ACT scores and charge $35,000+ tuition (not including room and board).

  12. 2017 January 14 9:06 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Interesting College list. Surprised to see Ohio Wesleyan and Albion on the list.

  13. 2017 January 14 9:36 am
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Michigan has a ton of small liberal arts colleges: Adrian, Albion, Alma, Andrews, Hope, Aquinas, Kalamazoo, Hillsdale, Calvin, Rochester, Concordia, Finlandia, Sienna Heights, Madonna, Olivet, Spring Arbor, etc.

  14. 2017 January 14 9:39 am
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    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, a very interesting read. I was just tweaking your nose over the “off the rails” thing 🙂

  15. 2017 January 14 9:44 am
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Lumberjacks game this weekend? Did some research on junior hockey. Junior hockey players in the Lumberjacks league are eligible to play NCAA college hockey because the sptipend goes to the host family. OHL players (like the Firebirds) directly receive stipends. They are considered professionals by the NHL and many have already been drafted by NHL teams. But, they are eligible to play college hockey in Canada.

    I bet most Alabama and Ohio State football players find more money in their shoes over the weekend than a Firebird receives in stipends during a season.

  16. 2017 January 14 10:28 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue begs Raul Castro to sign trade deal before Trump takes office:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/01/13/u-s-coc-tom-donohue-begs-raul-castro-to-sign-trade-deal-before-trump-takes-office/

    Donohue would gladly sell his mother’s soul to the devil and then stay awake nights worrying if he got top price.

  17. 2017 January 14 10:35 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    bc, Lumberjacks are in Madison, Wisconsin this week end. I have a player from Colorado and one from Minnesota living with me from August till at least April. If they are in playoffs could be till end of May. Both have committed to play Division I at Minnesota Mankato. and both play right defense. Great guys whose families supported Trump. HAHAHA
    I sent you an email but probably have wrong email address. If you email your address I’ll send you a copy of the book I wrote on Muskegon hockey going back to the 1930s a few years ago, you would find it interesting with all the players you mentioned from the IHL in your post a few weeks ago. Old-time hockey-love it.

  18. 2017 January 14 10:38 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Sorry to everyone else reading bc and my messages! But we’re not politically correct type guys!

  19. 2017 January 14 11:37 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    MIC,

    Interesting to read guys. Helps me appreciate not having to shovel snow again. 🙂

  20. 2017 January 14 11:42 am
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    bc3b permalink

    It looks like JR and Bruce;s baby may be in trouble:

    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-cost-overruns-20170106-story.html

    What do you think Trump will tell Gov. Moonbeam when he comes to DC with a borrowed tin cup looking for money?

  21. 2017 January 14 11:43 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Beijing Responds: Tells “Relevant Parties” In The U.S. That “One China” Principle Is Non-Negotiable

    I thought the Chinese were smarter than this. Trump indicated it. ‘One China’ Trump may even agree to from the beginning. But he is going to trade the chip for something else he wants from them.

  22. 2017 January 14 11:45 am
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Saw the Mohawks in the early 1970s when they played the Dayton Gems. Every IHL team had an enforcer, Bob Bailey was the Gems’. I remember the Mohawks had a nasty enforcer, but can’t remember his name.

    Who could ever forget the Oak Leafs’ Ivan “The Terrible” Predigar? He died not that long ago.

    Here’s the Muskegon Mohawks all-time player roster:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_players.php?tmi=7005

  23. 2017 January 14 12:00 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  24. 2017 January 14 12:16 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    AT&T may spend off CNN. Have not been able to confirm yet.

  25. 2017 January 14 12:19 pm
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    justrand permalink

    this fits PERFECTLY with this post!!

    PC photo

  26. 2017 January 14 12:21 pm
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    justrand permalink

    bc3b, I sure hope they don’t cancel the “high-speed train”. I was sooooo looking forward to being able to travel from Fresno to Modesto at 200 mph in the year 2035 for only $300 billion.

    *sigh*

  27. 2017 January 14 12:32 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Obama claims Mooch hated the spotlight:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4120188/President-Obama-says-Family-ready-leave-White-House.html

    For someone who “didn’t like the spotlight,” Mooch spent a lot of time on TV.

  28. 2017 January 14 12:38 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    For all you Kalifornians. Lionel is still in business:

    http://www.lionel.com/

    Enjoy your fantasy and save hundreds of billions.

  29. 2017 January 14 1:41 pm
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    justrand permalink

    the “good” news about Kalifornia’s multi-multi-BILLION dollar “high-speed” rail wetdream is that if it ever DID get built (earliest date for being able to ride it is 2030) the technology would be AT LEAST 20 years outdated.

    of course, the odds of it actually BEING completed are slim to none.

    BUT, the graft is AWESOME…so they keep erecting “towers” that will supposedly eventually have [gasp!] TRACK on them. The towers, of course, are in the middle of freaking NOWHERE, because they have NO right-of-way to or through ANY of the areas they need to actually created a real train (LA, San Jose, SF, etc).

    Yup, this State can piss away money faster than ANY State…and we’re damn proud of it!

    oh…they’re already a DECADE behind schedule and 200% over budget, and they only started the damn thing in earnest 3 years ago! 🙂

  30. 2017 January 14 1:57 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Certainly you aren’t against Richard C. Blum (Mr. Dianne Feinstein), who stands to do $1 billion in business off the so-called bullet train. “Mr. Feinstein” also had a $1 billion business deal selling off US post offices.

    http://www.newsmax.com/US/Dianne-Feinstein-Post-Office-sale-Richard-Blum/2015/01/20/id/619664/

    I wonder how “Mr. Feinstein” finds all these lucrative business deals: Is he a great businessman or just lucky?

  31. 2017 January 14 2:07 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Bikers for Trump planning to be in DC for inaugural:

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/01/14/Bikers-for-Trump-prepared-to-form-wall-of-meat-at-Trump-inauguration-rally/4961484418244/

    Hells Angels versus the leftist snowflakes – you’ve got to wonder how this will turn out. “Hey kid, want to taste a rumble chain sandwich?”

  32. 2017 January 14 2:43 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    JR, 30,

    It would be cheaper for CA to relocate a 16″ gun off the USS California, stuff you in a shell and fire. You would travel supersonic though the arrival might be a little rough 🙂

    My question is why don’t they just suspend the program and hand the funding over to those HyperLoop folks? It has a better chance, though I think the tech has a few issues to be worked out.

  33. 2017 January 14 2:48 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    32,

    I am taking 4:1 on the bikers.

  34. 2017 January 14 2:51 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Heh….

  35. 2017 January 14 3:45 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    bc, Bob Bailey!!!! Love it. Late 60s early 70’s Muskegon had Lynn Margarit. Tough as hell on the ice.. nicest, neatest guy off the ice.

  36. 2017 January 14 4:10 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Now I remember Lynn Margarit.

    Bailey spent a few seasons (or parts of seasons) in the NHL (Toronto, Detroit and Chicago) when it was a six-team league. Back then there were only about 120 players in the NHL. Most teams only carried one goaltender.

    Bailey also played minor league hockey in some cities (Pittsburgh Buffalo and Philadelphia) that would later become NHL cities. He was with the Gems at the end of his career, which began in 1947. He played with 18 teams over his 23 year career. As far as I can tell Bailey is 85 and still kicking.

    Don Westbrooke was the Gems leading scorer. Moe Benoit played defense and built a successful insurance agency in Dayton. Pat Rupp (US Olympic team) was the goalie.

  37. 2017 January 14 4:29 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog: “My question is why don’t they just suspend the program and hand the funding over to those HyperLoop folks? It has a better chance, though I think the tech has a few issues to be worked out.”

    Answer: insufficient opportunities for graft! Duh.

    Make the questions tougher next time!

  38. 2017 January 14 5:58 pm
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    24 – OMG…what a great idea 😉
    25 – They’ll float anything to get that merger approved. It shouldn’t be though.
    26 – lol.
    28 – Mouth is moving, so you know he’s lying.
    35 – I like that idea. 😉

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/peter-thiel-california-governor-bid-233632

    Oh boy.
    He might have to run strategically as democrat though to have a chance, and it would really throw a wrench into the D primary for his competitors. Not exactly the same, but somewhat similar in the way Trump did with R’s. It would quite the out-of-box move, and he pound his opponents with a ton of ‘you say X, but you keep doing Y’, maybe wake a few people up. Then again it’s Cali… wtf am i thinking… it’s hopeless. 😉

  39. 2017 January 14 6:49 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    38,

    Noted and filed for future reference. 🙂 But the question to ask would be — “Hey Hyperloop, interested in some graft? — I don’t think anybody asked them yet. 😉

  40. 2017 January 14 7:01 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Clinton Global Initiative shutting down — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-14/clinton-foundation-shutting-down-clinton-global-initative — As someone has wisely pointed out to me, the graft in this one must be weak….

  41. 2017 January 14 7:23 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Good point drdog…there ‘s probably enough graft to go around! 🙂

    By the time Kalifornia is done burning through $100 billion (or more) it’ll make Boston’s Big Dig look like a model of effective civic improvement!

  42. 2017 January 14 10:05 pm
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    41 – No, it’s so they can shred the records before someone comes asking good questions, and for employees statements of ‘I don’t quite recall’ to seem more plausible.

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