White prof terrified of Social Justice… or did he mean white, privileged, coddled US teens?

Weak article on Vox about the worries, no TERRORS of white college profs. Even that photo, I find sickening. Really? The ones that DO the silencing, discriminating, white-washing… are the ones persecuted now?!

That is like saying we discriminate against Christianists when they want to discriminate against homosexuals, lesbians, bi, trans* and intersex people. And we don’t legally allow them to do that. Because discrimination of marginalized folks.

Good to remember I have acquaintances who actually believe this.

Lastly: Are you KIDDING me with the photo? White man not allowed to speak?!?!

“‘Emotional discomfort is [now] regarded as equivalent to material injury, and all injuries have to be remediated.’ Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble.”

How a simplistic, unworkable, and ultimately stifling conception of social justice took over the American college campus.
VOX.COM|BY EDWARD SCHLOSSER
  • Ø. EI can tell you how true this is.
  • T. MAnd who would want to be a teacher now a days. What next.
  • Freddie ArpsDid you check his links though? He cherry picks from one of the women he cites. “Forgets” to mention that what she is talking about is this:
    “”its science black& latinos are dumber! its science women are lesser!” and ppl be like well its science so its law. bamboozled” 


    She is NOT rejecting scientific enquiry, nor dismissing scientific enquiry because it was done by white men. Unless the shoes fits.

    I have heard from female professors similar worries, but why doesn’t he blame the students’ complaints on white privilege and coddling and golden spoons and never seeing consequences? You know… instead of on social justice?

    He is using straw men arguments throughout. And it is a plain lie that in the course of instruction that is appropriate and respectful, he could get into serious trouble because he hurt someone’s feelings.

    That smacks of “feminization” of education misogyny.
    • T.K. It also sounds like the issue is the school administration, not those that complain
      • D.J. I don’t know about that. The fact that people feel justified complaining about hurt feelings is a sea change, imo.
        D. JThe unspoken side of the argument that the author advances is that academics ought to have more license to do whatever they want in the classroom without consequences. As we all know, that also tends to facilitate bad teaching in general. That said, I think students are a justifiably more important stakeholder in the education industry than ever before due to the rising costs of education… of course they expect to be treated like customers (whose needs matter) when they’re billed like them.
      • Freddie Arps D, really, read the page to which he links when he says two women librarians are saying believe an accuser don’t ask for proof. 

        It’s completely false! The women never said that and the writer he links to calls the women who accuse another librarian of sexual misconduct as #TeamHarpy. Not even their supporters say that.

        I am a lover of the Formal Theory of Logic and how it applies to persuasion, and this article falls apart at every corner.

Talking about Canada-exported homophobia in Jamaica with colleague Maurice Tomlinson!

This is a public conversation.

US LGBT Ambassador hits the right note in Jamaica! smile emoticon Acknowledge, Respect, Engage! heart emoticon

“Our own history has not been a perfect history on point. The United States is not yet where it should be on this and other issues. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we’re not here to point fingers, that would be a hypocritical thing for us,” Larson said.”

RANDY Berry and Todd Larson wanted Jamaicans to have a clear understanding of the reason for their visit to the island last week. So, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer lasting just under 30 minutes, the US Government officials stated m …
JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM|BY JAMAICA OBSERVER LIMITED
  • Someone was listening to you! This is almost word for word A.R.E.!!

    All your work in the spotlight is paying off:)

    “… where US policy is, understanding

    that we have also come into this space after a long struggle

    and to see how we can be a positive partner.”

  • Maurice Tomlinson Thanks, Freddie! I am STILL hoping that the issue of EXPORTED homophobia will be acknowledged, and I said as much to someone from the US govt. today. It is absolutely crucial to disrupt the narrative that somehow people from the global south are inherently and intrinsically homophobic. We are not. We had to be TAUGHT to hate.
    • Freddie ArpsExported homophobia needs to be addressed: the past and present campaigns that Christianists are waging.

      Do we actually know anything about the start of homophobia or misogyny?

      Does it just come from fear of the “other” and did all societies know some form of it?

      I always thought Wicca/paganism/Druidism had none of it, but I don’t know for sure…

  • Stephen Tattle I have to admit that I struggle with the “exported homophobia” concept as being THE reason. It seems a little too simple an explanation. Do people not have the choice whether or not they buy into what they hear? Where is individual responsibility?
    • Freddie Arps That’s how mass hysteria works though… Large groups and repetition, repetition, repetition.

      Individual emotions and reactions disappear and with them individual responsibility…

      It’s psych 101 unfortunately.

      We could have prosecuted every individual in Germany after world war 2. We stuck with leaders and exceptionally murderous doctors and camp guards.

      We opted to see choice as murky water and to understand that people as a group act differently than they would have on their own.

      That is why it is so important to react with Maurice Tomlinson‘s “acknowledge, respect and engage”

      We in “the group of” Canada, Europe used to dismiss LGBTI persons as unacceptable.

      Now we need to engage people in other countries by giving them information and ideas about how to accept LGBTI persons in their lives and in their communities. And connect those to their own culture that has plenty of space for acceptance. Probably start with this last part.

    • Freddie Arps
  • Stephen Tattle I keep saying to myself – some day when Maurice and I are both in the office, I really need to grab him for a quick lunch to discuss this and to figure out what I am apparently not seeing.
  • Maurice TomlinsonStephen, research conducted by the University of the West Indies in 2011 and 2012 highlighted the correlation between religious fundamentalism and murder music (which itself relies on religious fundamentalism for most of its lyrics). So, while Jamaicans certainly have the agency to hate, they had to be taught whom to hate. And this (mis)education is the function of imported evangelical religious practice and a centuries old British colonially-imposed anti-gay law. Regrettably, in Jamaica as elsewhere, many people are simply too lazy to interrogate the root of their deeply held homophobia. It is easier to simply accept that gays are an “abomination” because the pastor says so.
    Stephen Tattle Maurice Tomlinson There are about 150 things/questions I would like to say/ask in response, but it is not possible in a forum such as this. I am not a “tech” guy and am new to social media and I cannot express opinions in few enough words which a forum such as this requires. I am still a old-school talker who needs 2-way exchange of ideas to form opinions and understand things, which our electronic age makes more and more challenging! I would still love an opportunity to discuss this issue and hope that might some day be possible.

Judges should be impeached after “perverse and irrational decision.”

You commented on Maurice Tomlinson’s post.

Argentina court reduces sentence of child abuser because 6-year-old victim is gay “and was used to it.”
gaystarnews.com

My comment:

“Prosecutors appealed the judges’ decision as ‘perverse and irrational’ and The Federation of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transsexuals is calling for the the two judges to be impeached.”

Doesn’t happen that often that prosecutors criticize a judge’s decision this harshly.

Argentina may have opened up marriage to same sex couples but the influence of the Catholic Church is still very, very strong and it preaches hate for women, girls, The Gays, Trans* people, sex workers, feminists… and on and on… All the while sitting on piles of gold and large tracts of land, eating grade 1 Argentinean steak, drinking expensive wines. But I digress.

“Piombo defended the ruling Monday in radio interviews , saying that the boy had already been ‘initiated by his father into the worst of worlds, leading him to depravation.’

He said that ‘as a result of that experience with the father, the child had showed signs of a transvestite conduct, of conduct we had to take into account.”