Do you believe college campuses across North America have become the front line in the culture war?
The transition from places of higher learning to adult day care facilities has been fascinating to watch. I was last in a college classroom in December 2011 and anyone who attended college or university before 2014 or 2015, has no idea how bad it's getting.
There was an imbalance of Liberal versus Conservative professors and instructors, and of course the Muslim Students Association was there teaming up with their leftist friends to do their yearly Boycott Divestment and Sanctions bit against Israel, but even so, the shift away from anything intellectual on campus to pure social justice activism, has been remarkable.
If you don’t believe me, watch as I take a look at a recent article in the Simon Fraser University publication known as The Peak.
Under the heading ‘stuff we like and don’t like’ was a blurb about how much the editor, Max Hill, loves New Zealand pop star Lorde’s new song Greenlight and under stuff we don’t like is ‘white people’, the only racial group that can be singled out without a second thought.
This white blaming or white shaming, is the antithesis of intellectualism. There is no thoughtful argument or position being sought by people who participate in this kind of behaviour.
If you’re white and feel offended or “triggered” by this then you’re part of the problem, but allow me to state the obvious: If this were any other race or creed or sexual orientation being called out under “things we don’t like”, you know the backlash would be swift and accusations of racism, bigotry and or xenophobia would come down hard.
I reached out to Max to ask about the article, and he responded by saying in part:
1. I firmly believe that 'reverse racism' isn't a thing, and to equate this article to actual instances of racism endured by people of colour is insulting and ridiculous. As a white man, I felt that it was important to call out other white people who respond to discussions about racism with defensiveness rather than openness and empathy
2. Again, it was meant as a joke, and I don't feel that I did anything to imply that The Peak had ever been victim to any feedback like this in the past, as we never have to my knowledge.
Its interesting to look at other articles he’s published during his time as Editor in Chief, one where he sides with Black Lives Matter over the Vancouver Police for their participation in the Vancouver Pride Parade.
Not one person I spoke with at Pride last year, gay or straight, agreed with Black Lives Matter over our police.
Fringe ideas are being incubated at universities and unless we see a systemic shift in the way society values a post-secondary education and the freedom to debate ideas, offensive or not, I’m convinced students will come out more closed-minded than they went in with all their preconceived biases confirmed and quite possibly, less intelligent than when they started.