Quick Takes – Jail for the Mind: Policing Speech; Policing Equity; Policing Privilege

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Time for a poster of Rita Hayworth…

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Did you think that the insanity of Political Correctness was limited to American shores? Think again.

“King’s College in London is paying people £12 per hour to police speaking events on campus and take ‘immediate action’ if they hear anything that might offend the audience.

“The marshals also put up posters and hand out leaflets reminding all attendees that ‘this is a Safe Space.’ Examples of speech that might violate the policy ‘could include derogatory comments about someone’s age, disability, marital or maternity or paternity status, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, trans status, socio-economic status, or ideology or culture'”

     The University of Pennsylvania went far beyond that, however, when one of its teaching assistants actively discriminated against men and White students in order to achieve “equity” through application of “inequality”.

“[A] University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant came under fire for using a technique known as ‘progressive stacking’ in her class — she would call on students of color first (black women get top priority), and at the very bottom of the pecking order were white men, who would be called on only if the TA ‘had to.’

“The TA, UPenn grad student Stephanie McKellop, had bragged on Twitter about using the discussion method, and when the denunciations began to roll in she called critics ‘Nazis.'”

     Not to be topped in making sure people obeyed their academic jailers, American University hosted a not-so-inclusive “Creating Inclusive Communities” workshop…

“The themes of the workshop appeared to contradict each other: Participants were told in one breath not to ‘stereotype,’ and in the next they were assigned various forms of ‘privilege’ based on stereotypical traits.

“The facilitators, both self-identified men, gave us a worksheet that advised us to ‘understand your privilege’ as a way to ‘increase your allyship.'”


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