3:18 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
The University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus has decided it won’t be involved in the White Privilege Conference anymore. Since 2007 the campus’s Matrix Center for Social Equity and Inclusion, directed by UCCS sociology professor Abby Ferber, had lent the controversial conference some academic sheen, including the fact that UCCS students could get academic credits for attending the conference as part of a UCCS course. Although the annual conference is headed by its 1999 founder, Eddie Moore Jr., diversity counselor at the Brooklyn Friends School, the Matrix Center had been its official home and Ferber one of its key organizers.
According to UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton, the university began pulling out of the conference in the spring of 2013. “The relationship with the conference ended as a result of confusion about its name and the negative attention generated by it. University leadership, in concert with the conference organizers, determined the distraction caused by the conference was not beneficial to our student body,” Hutton told me in an email.
I like to think that my cover story for the May 27, 2013, issue of The Weekly Standard, “Beyond the Pale,” was a key part of the “negative attention” that the White Privilege Conference had received. I had attended that year’s White Privilege Conference near Seattle, and it had struck me as a three-day festival of white self-loathing coupled with finger-pointing at white people for their supposedly “unearned” wealth and social status afforded them simply by reason of their skin color. The same went for males, heterosexuals and Christians—which necessitated the four solid days of white-bashing, male-bashing, heterosexual-bashing, and Christian-bashing that made up the conference agenda. The bashing was supposed to be good, not just for guilty whites but for members of minority groups whose private paranoias about the way they thought white people secretly felt about them found expression in the conference’s offerings. Workshops bore such titles as “Talking Back to White Entitlement,” “Follow the White Supremacist Money,” and “Engaging White People in the Fight for Racial & Economic Justice”). Here is a sample offering, as described in my 2013 article:
Terrance Nelson, aka Mush-ko-dah-be-shik-eese (“Little Buffalo”), a diminutive bronze Anishanabe Indian from Manitoba wearing tinted eyeglasses and an Indian-blanket-themed vest, berated the European settlers of North America in a keynote speech for a variety of crimes ranging from “genocide” via smallpox to burning Mayan books during the 16th century to systematically stealing Indian (“First Nations,” in Canadian-ese) land and national resources. Nelson is known in Canada for his threatened rail blockade in 2007 that resulted in a terrified government’s transfer of 75 acres to the Anishanabe for an “urban reserve” (aka tax-exempt gas station complex) in Winnipeg—and also for his participation in several other rail blockades in early 2013; his having been ousted as chief of the Roseau River Band of the Anishanabe in 2011 amid allegations of financial mismanagement; and a controversial trip to Iran in 2012 during which he declared in an Iranian government-sponsored television interview that Canada’s Indian reserves were “concentration camps.” The White Privilege attendees seemed neither to know nor to care about Nelson’s history—because he was, after all, a genuine Indian telling white people all the things about their oppression of Indians that they wanted to hear.
Still it would be grandiose to claim sole credit for UCCS’s White Privilege pullout. Hutton told me that the university had “utilized many inputs” in making its decision.
Some of the inputs, according to a source, were trustees of the University of Colorado who weren’t happy about the therapeutic paleskin-beating that seemed to be the conferences’ main agenda. More input came from Colorado Republican State Sen. Kent Lambert, who spent some time with UCCS’s chancellor, Pam Shockley-Zalabak, discussing the campus’s severing of its White Privilege relationship.
12:31 PM, May 19, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
This week the Factual Feminist takes on the “rape culture” panic that is riling college campuses with help from the media, radical feminists, and too many politicians. Just as in the shameful panic over alleged child abuse at day care centers that sent innocent people to prison in the 1980s, false statistics, mob tactics at public meetings, and disregard for the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” hold sway among today’s accusers.
8:41 AM, May 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
More signs that the dynamism that once characterized the American economy is waning:
8:40 AM, May 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
And here's the Internet-only aftershow:
9:02 AM, May 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This is not a good time to be young in America, and soon it will be less so. The generation that elected President Obama will see the price of that college education which was supposed to open so many doors go up.
5:11 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Charles Murray says an event he was scheduled to speak at was postponed at the last minute because the university was worried about "hurting our faculty and students of color." The event was supposed to take place tomorrow at Azusa Pacific University.
11:41 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder tells the Huffington Post that he had "youthful experimentation" of marijuana. In other words, he smoked pot in college.
As the liberal website reports:
11:03 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
As Lori Lowenthal Marcus notes, Brandeis University has in recent years bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who called the creation of Israel as a Jewish state “a mistake” and who attacked Israel for ethnic cleansing and for causing “terrible peril in the world.” Brandeis has also honored Desmond Tutu, who compared Israel to Hitler, attacked the “Jewish lobby” as too “powerful” and “scary,” and complained of the “Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust.”
11:15 AM, Dec 7, 2013 • By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
It was only 10:30 a.m., and already, we were too cold to move, let alone get out of our SUV to tailgate. We’d been parked outside Notre Dame’s football stadium in South Bend, Indiana, in the alumni lot for more than two and half hours, ahead of the university’s last home game of the year against Brigham Young. Normally, cars line up in the wee hours of the morning to claim the best tailgate spots, but today, the stadium parking lot was a ghost town, with only one other vehicle in sight.
Reforms are nice, but will they happen?Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09 • By MARK BAUERLEIN
Everyone’s angry at American colleges. Parents groan about tuition, students pile up debt and can’t find work, employers gripe that graduates lack job skills, conservatives decry liberal bias, Ph.D.s without a regular post become bitter transient adjuncts, and politicians suspect that tax dollars pay for useless majors and cushy schedules for professors.
11:13 AM, Sep 12, 2013 • By JONATHAN BRONITSKY
Hardly an academic semester goes by without a high-profile opportunity arising for the right to address pervasive, perennial anti-conservative animus on the American college campus. And hardly an academic semester goes by without the right, reflexively blinded by righteous indignation, blowing an opportunity to do so.
1:40 PM, Sep 4, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The National Security Agency (NSA) is broadening its recruiting efforts for future cyber experts.
"If you have a high school diploma, there’s almost nothing for you."1:39 PM, Aug 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, on Air Force One en route to New York for the president's education bus tour, had some strong words to say about the prospects of those who don't graduate from high school, and also about those who complete high school but do not go on to college.