In the ’70s I made the mistake of taking a Sociology class at University. What I’d expected was something more like Cultural Anthropology. What I got was essentially P.C. Evil. In it I discovered a “get whitey” and “men are evil rapists” culture dedicated to self flagellation when not busy requesting that anyone not black, Hispanic, or a woman be summarily shot, after torture. (Well, not quite that bad… but headed that way. Some of the T.A.s thought shooting was a bad idea as it involved guns and simple castration would be enough).
I protested their views, being from a conservative farm town, and I asked uncomfortable questions.
I got a failing grade.
I then pointed out to the professor-ess and then to the appeals non-process that, per the published course syllabus, and despite their being a clear erasure of a better grade on my final exam essay and it being replaced with a D- that even using that clearly punitive grade, my total points said I ought to get a passing grade… Despite all that, I was informed “Well, the professor can assign any grade they want.”
Well, the University system (outside departmental control, unlike the appeals non-process) did allow for a repeat of a class to expunge a crap grade with a do-over for something like up to 12 units. Some time later I took that option. Oddly, I was randomly assigned to the same professor. Lucky for me, it a class of 400 kids, a year later, some guy named “Smith” sitting in the back row doesn’t stand out.
Fully 1/3 of our grade was an “Intellectual Journal” where we “Explored our day to day experiences of Sociology”. I decided to go full on Jump The Shark parody. I got “Good Job!” and “Original Thought!” and a B+ … I wrote my “Intellectual Journal” by sitting at my typewriter on the 3rd floor of the dorm, looking out my window, and spouting utter Bull Shit. But I dressed it up in Their Words and it was slanted, whenever possible, as “get whitey” and “Men bad, Women Good”. When possible, beer was applied – liberally of course.
OK, I got what I wanted and moved on. But it left me with a profound disgust for all things PC and for the absurdity of the notion that the University was a place either of learning or of questioning. It wasn’t and isn’t in the “Sociology” areas. (It was in the hard sciences… thus my career path.) Should you have a child in school who shows some curiosity about Sociology, have them run screaming from the department, and the idea of taking any class in it, as quickly as possible.
Well it turns out that same crap is still on-going; but it isn’t just one professor at my school. No, it looks endemic in the entire field. IMHO, the best thing that could be done for our educational system is to simply close down and expunge all “sociology” departments. They do no good. They do not educate. They have no ground truths to impart. They are only P.C. indoctrination centers with roots in Marxist doctrine.
So, an example:
Over at SDA I ran into this:
U of Toronto: Should we hate them ’cause they’re Jews, or can we hate them ’cause they’re white?
Which in usual terse fashion has a link to a story about a professor who is accusing a student of being an Israeli Agent (and he says that like it’s a bad thing?) and then that “hate them” is a link to an abstract of a paper:
Now, just to prepare you for the quote that follows, please remember that the words YOU know will look a lot like the words THEY USE, but they mean something else. For example you will now learn the jargon “Critical Whiteness”. Now you might think that could mean something like criticizing the degree of brightness of a paint chip, or even in a human context of wondering at what critical level of blandness of skin one gets chucked into the “White” bucket on forms. But no, you would be wrong. “Critical Whiteness” means “White Privilege” and just who gets it stuck to them by whom for being white. Believe it or not, it’s a whole academic sub-species of it’s own. (I’d call it “academic study” but no real study is involved…)
Critical Whiteness Studies and the “Jewish Problem”
Published Online: 2018-04-03
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The “whiteness” of Jews has recently become a popular topic both in public debates and in academic research (Critical Whiteness Studies). Within this discourse, “whiteness” is used as a critical concept denoting those who enjoy white privilege in American and other Western societies. However, attributing “whiteness” to Jews is more than controversial, for it assimilates the most persecuted minority in European history to the dominant majority, while downgrading the significance of antisemitism. This is a necessary move in order to reaffirm and critically address the fundamental nature of the black and white divide; however, it is questionable both methodologically and politically.
Keywords: whiteness; white privilege; “Jewish problem”; critique; racism; antisemitism
Yes folks, for a mere $42 you can get access to the full text of this 16 pages of Fine Sociology… Good for at least a week of “Clean up on isle #2” in the outhouse…
Imagine the wisdom that can come from endless hand wringing over the pain and suffering of tossing Jews into the Whitey group. Suffer the 2nd hand angst of emotional trauma of deciding that “Get Whitey” can, in good conscience, include “Get the Jew Boy!”. Know the inclusion and happiness of participating in “a popular topic both in public debates and in academic research (Critical Whiteness Studies)”
Now I, personally, am going to ask one of those same annoying questions I asked oh so long ago:
Some of my ancestors arriving in America were Irish Indentured Servants and similarly “Poor white trash”. The other side were folks who worked iron by hand at a forge, and some farmed the land by hand personally looking at the south end of a north bound (Amish) horse. We never had plantations. Never had slaves. Never had much of anything. Just why am I supposed to feel “white guilt” or pay “reparations” to modern blacks who in many cases are descendants of those slave holders? (See the story of President Jefferson and Sally as one example).
In New York City during the Irish Diaspora there were signs in the windows “No Irish need apply” (for jobs). Stories were told that Irish were lazy drunken good for nothings, who were of low intelligence, and had tails. Oh, and liked to despoil honest Christian Women so stay away from them. Sound familiar? Basically all the same stuff said about blacks.
Needless to say, that didn’t go over well.
Now, to phrase that in Sociology-speak, what I ought to have said was:
The early Irish arrivals in America were persecuted by the established male dominated white classes. In many ways this ethnic population was characterized as a black population. Yet their white coloration allowed them to infiltrate the dominant privileged culture and “pass”. Over time, they adopted all the regular White Privileges. This is an area that deserves much closer study. At what point did the early Irish cross the threshold to Critical Whiteness and become, as the Jews are become today, oppressively White? We need to understand this transition so we may more fully understand the ongoing barriers in the black – white divide, to know what critical factors allow this transition to Whiteness, and how the people so transformed move from oppressed to oppressor, why they welcome, even pursue White Privilege, and how in the modern world this can be redressed.
Or some such similar bloviating. It’s been a few decades since I ran the “Sociology BS Spouting Subroutine”, my Bafflegab engine is a bit rusty, and I’m out of beer. With a 6 pack and a couple of hours warming up I could do better… but you get the idea.
Now realize that YOU are shipping money on the order of $100,000 / year kind of costs at the professors who spout that kind of trash. They do NOTHING to improve the performance of our society. The children run through their “classes” come out damaged, not improved. Governments and societies who listen to them are degraded and stumble. You get to pay for all that via your taxes.
Why does it keep happening?
Why on Earth do we spend all that money for things that are destructive of wealth, culture, and social order? Why fund something where the only result is strife, anger and pain?
I can’t see any reason to do so.
Yet there it is.
Want to improve “Western Society”? Close down the Sociology Anger Mills of our schools (and all the related Special Interest Anger Studies groups like “Black Studies” and “Women’s Studies” that are all just subsets of the same “White Men Bad” anger studies genre). Simply chuck it and tell the kids they need to go study Classical Literature if they can’t hack it in the Engineering or Science departments. Things would improve greatly.