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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ward Churchill - Good. Professor of the Year - Bad

Let me say up front:

Ward Churchill should not be fired for being a jerk, nor for being a left-wing moonbat. Most reasonable people, I think, would agree. His plagiarism is another story, but I'll let others rant about that.

With that said, why should Dr. Phil Mitchell, professor of the year in 1998, at the University of Colorado, the VERY SAME UNIVERSITY, be fired for his conservative positions?

That is why Churchill matters - he represents what is the norm on college campuses, and the left hates anything that is not itself. Therefore, Churchill gets a free pass, and Mitchell gets canned.

Not good. Not good at all.

Hat tip: Ace.

4 Comments:

  • "Most liberals understand the need for intellectual diversity. It's the radical left that kills you."Amen to that!

    Having gone to an extremely liberal university, UC Santa Cruz, home of the Banana Slug, I've probably been making fun of Political Correctness and complaining about the radical left for longer than most. The hard part is I agree with all the basic tenants, it's just what they turn into after the radicals take over that cause all the problems.

    PC is all about tolerance and respect, good things! But the radicals turn it into thought crimes.

    Multiculturalism is about understanding and appreciating our differences. Yes! But it becomes the belief that you are who your ancestors were, not who you want to be or make yourself to be. Bad.

    Feminism is the belief that women are equals to men. Absolutely! It also recognizes that our culture is very male centric. Unfortunately, that is true as well, though less true today (because of feminists). But the radicals turn this into hatred of men. Sorry, I can't endorse that.

    BTW (major side note taking advantage of longer comment section): It took me a while to realize the 'male centric' nature of our culture was real and not an overreaction. The clincher for me was thinking about the Sesame Street characters I grew up with in the early 70's. In the land of grand multicultural liberalism, Sesame Street made sure every color, every race and both gender were represented evenly and against stereotype. Surely, no male centrism there... except the muppets. Every last muppet I grew up with was male. Every one. (Miss Piggy came later, on a different show.) Even Big Bird, who I used to think was a girl, was a boy. All of them. The assumption that 'people' were males was so ingrained into our culture that even the multicultural liberals as Sesame Street missed it. Since there was no classical reason to make a female muppet, say mother, love interest or wife, it didn't happen and no one noticed.

    By Blogger Mark, at 3/09/2005 05:57:00 PM  

  • Good to have you back , Mark! Your visit to China seems to have invigorated your pen!

    It is truly extremism that is the enemy of all - whether it be on the right or the left. We've touched on that before, but it can't be said enough. The big challenge, I think, is that many who have embraced extremism have simultaneously convinced themselves that they have all the right answers, making anyone with an opposing viewpoints an idiot or Satan incarnate. Changing someone's worldview is TOUGH.

    Was Sesame Street out before the Muppet Show? I remember that all of the chickens and a member of Dr. Teeth's band was female, but that's it (Piggy aside).

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 3/10/2005 12:25:00 PM  

  • Yea, the Muppet Show was much later -- about ten years I think. Today, there are female muppets on Sesame Street, so the example doesn't work as well. Of course, that's a good thing!

    By Blogger Mark, at 3/10/2005 07:18:00 PM  

  • Mark-
    I think you might like this:

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    I did!

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 3/11/2005 02:22:00 PM  

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