Witnessing the racial insanity now being manifested across colleges throughout this land is heartbreaking and something we’ll ALL live to regret if university officials continue to acquiesce to the outrageous, totally unreasonable and un-American demands of militant minorities. According to numerous news reports and this excellent article written by Katelyn Harrop, President Thomas Rochon of Ithaca College in New York is now the target of a rapidly spreading movement to overthrow university presidents, and even our entire system of government based on some reported statements. Make no mistake, it’s not just a coincidence that in addition to “demanding” the ouster of Ithaca’s president, as stated in the above referenced article, Ithaca’s newly formed “people of color” organization is also demanding ”radical, transformative change in governance structure at Ithaca College”…uncannily reminiscent of Barack Obama’s declaration a few days before being elected President in 2008.
As explained in great detail in this article by Jillian Flint of The Ithacan, the clamor for President Rochon’s removal began after racially insensitive comments were made by a participant on a panel at the “Blue Sky Reimagining Kick-Off.” According to Flint’s article, after the event on October 8, 2015, President Rochon and Vice-President Benjamin Rifkin apologized for the comments in a statement a few days later, saying, We regret that what was intended to be a visionary moment for our community was diminished by insensitive comments,” the statement said. “In general, the college cannot prevent the use of hurtful language on campus. Such language, intentional or unintentional, exists in the world and will seep into our community. We can’t promise that the college will never host a speaker who could say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or otherwise disrespectful. Even so, we reaffirm our commitment to making our campus an inclusive and respectful community.”
Unfortunately for President Rochon and everyone else who believes they can appease this well-orchestrated and no doubt well-funded militant movement, it’s simply not acceptable to foster and insure constitutionally protected free speech on a college campus these days because its demise is an essential part of the “radical, transformative change” they’re demanding. So it’s terribly ironic, even though entirely predictable that Rochon’s effort to “demonstrate” Ithaca’s political correctness and willingness to be more “inclusive” might well lead to the loss of his job.
The above article also included some pretty profound statements by Claire Gleitman, an English professor at Ithaca, who attended the Blue sky event. Flint wrote, At the beginning of the event, Rochon emphasized that the initiative was meant to allow the college to reimagine everything.
“Unless we throw everything out first and develop that clarity of vision, we will be too self-limiting in our creativity,” he said during his opening remarks at the event.
Gleitman said she is confused and wonders what exactly the college needs to reimagine.
“I also remain puzzled by the task: to engage in Blue Sky reimagining, we are being asked to design an immersive community from scratch jettisoning everything we presently do.”
Gleitman said it was clear that Sy and VanDyke had good experiences at the college. She said she wished the college would have talked more about how to build on those positive experiences.
“While I recognize that this is essentially a thought-experiment, I’m struggling to see how it is intellectually meaningful, and the conversation at the Blue Sky event didn’t clarify that for me,” Gleitman said. “It would have been nice if there had been more discussion of how we can build upon what we already do, in order to ensure that engaged, impassioned learning experiences occur even more frequently for our students.”
Professor Gleitman’s comments really spoke to me because I know there’s a movement under way to change and undermine just about everything in our country; from doing away with free speech rights (allowing only speech deemed acceptable and non-offensive to militant minorities), respect for any and all symbols of American pride and patriotism (now deemed offensive and racially insensitive—even capable of inciting violence), personal accountability, respect for the feelings and opinions of others, free exercise of religion, civil discourse, standards of excellence and high achievement in education, redefinition of marriage, the deliberate dismantling of what used to be the greatest military force on earth…just for starters!
Presumably, every student involved in this “let’s change everything” movement entered the college of their choice because it would provide them the education that best met their particular needs; yet they now consider them in need of “radical, transformative change.” The saddest thing about this “I’m a victim and it’s all your fault and you have to do something about it” attitude that’s becoming pervasive in all areas of American life is that it will not bring about the desired result. Illegal immigrants come to America for a better life, blacks and gays want to feel loved, accepted and respected despite their differences and so on it goes; yet their divisive, angry, disruptive, militant and hate filled words, accusations and extortive tactics are destructive and will ultimately make their dreams impossible to achieve.
As a blind individual subjected to extreme verbal cruelty as a child, as well as someone who remembers being absolutely horrified when a black man was lynched in my small hometown because he was accused of raping a white woman, listening to the totally unreasonable and unjustified demands from black students and others today because someone called them a dirty name or hasn’t sufficiently catered to them as a “special” extraconstitutional class makes my head spin. While I’ve witnessed the ugliness of racism in some whites I’ve known in my lifetime and despise it, I’ve also known blacks who filter every life experience through the lens of racism based on their own prejudice against whites. Both attitudes are equally wrong and destructive because they create ingrained hostility that’s very difficult to overcome and cause deeply entrenched resentments. Time and time again, we’ve seen videos of college presidents trying to engage in dialogue with activists on their campuses, as well as some presidential candidates, only to be rudely and disrespectfully shouted down. Sadly, the message that sends to most reasonable people is that getting media attention is much more important than seriously working together to address legitimate grievances. And once people realize that there’s no pleasing militant minorities, they will stop trying; which will do little to effect the change needed in the hearts of anyone who views others through the distortive lens of racism.
Martin Luther King literally gave his life for a cause so much greater than himself and our country is all the better for it, but the resulting racial equality his efforts helped bring about is now being undermined by what’s going on in our country today. We have a leading black presidential candidate, a black President, our second black Attorney General, majority black leadership in many urban cities and even in the Mizzou student government…all of which would not be if not for the majority vote of white Americans. Yet that seems to count for nothing and some blacks feel totally justified in holding everyone accountable for the actions of a few.. Just as blacks don’t want to be judged based on the color of their skin, all law enforcement officers shouldn’t be judged based on the badges they wear. Just because a white person made undeniably racially insensitive comments, a college president shouldn’t be made to pay with his job. Just because some blacks are militant and more interested in stirring up disunity rather than effectively working for the betterment of their communities, all blacks shouldn’t be painted with the same brush. Just because Christians strongly believe that God created marriage for a man and a woman, that doesn’t mean they hate gays. Just because Americans believe in the rule of law and suffer the consequences of illegal immigration, that doesn’t mean they hate illegal immigrants. And as I can personally attest to, being blinded by one’s ideology and preconceived notions about others is a much greater disability than my physical blindness.
So if our schools and parents don’t get back to preparing our kids for real life and all of its ups and downs, disappointments, inevitable failures, as well as teaching them that things are not always “fair” or even “right,” things are not going to get better in America. The social experiment that’s taken place in our schools and universities over the past two plus decades has been an abject failure, which is no more evident than in what’s currently playing out on college campuses around the country. The youth of America will never achieve more than what we teach them to settle for, and it’s really sad to see just how low we’re willing to set the bar. But worst of all, they’re the ones who will pay the highest cost because they won’t ever experience the American dream as long as they’re coddled and allowed to get away with some of the shenanigans we’ve witnessed recently. Our children are really just searching for significance, and when we fail to teach them how to achieve that through hard work, respect for others, standards of excellence and good behavior; rather than mediocracy, promiscuity and self-indulgence, they won’t ever be blessed with the sense of happiness and satisfaction real personal accomplishment brings. So let’s keep praying for our country and most especially for our youth because it’s never too late with God!