To spend time in the company of the purveyors of “identity studies,” as I did in preparation for my book The Victims’ Revolution, is to inhabit a lockstep subculture in which this morally repulsive way of thinking is ubiquitous. Teachers who are experts in only one subject – grievance-mongering – train students to become experts in the same thing. Young people who came to college thinking of themselves as individuals leave four years later thinking of themselves as members of one or more oppressor or victim groups. Kids who might have been given a rich and rewarding education are instead, quite simply, brainwashed.
Reading those comments Brodhead and Wagoner made to their donors, I couldn’t help wondering: who exactly are all these deep-pocketed men and women, and why are they so eager to hand over so much dough to Duke? When Brodhead talks about Duke’s “new model of education,” and when Wagoner waxes eloquent about the “kind of future…we envision for Duke,” how aware are these donors of the grim reality behind these pretty phrases? Again, I don’t mean to single out Duke here, for it’s far from alone in its ambition: as the Herald-Sun noted, USC and Columbia are currently aiming to raise $6 and $5 billion respectively, while Stanford “recently completed a $6.2 billion campaign, and Yale…raised $3.9 billion.” Interestingly enough, these institutions happen to be among those that are the most seriously poisoned by the kind of toxic mentality that almost destroyed those lacrosse players’ lives.
It’s Columbia professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, for example, who has taught white feminists that if they speak up against honor killing, forced marriage, spousal abuse, and other crimes against women in the Islamic world, they’ll be guilty of a racist offense – namely, trying to “save the brown woman from the brown man.” It was two daughters of Yale – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler – who gave the American academy that jargon-heavy but intellectually lightweight concoction known as Queer Theory, and it was Yale that, when handed a fat check by gay playwright Larry Kramer’s rich brother to offer responsible, objective instruction in gay history, established a program that, to Kramer’s outrage, served up the same inane courses in “Gender Transgression,” “Queer Ethnographies,” and the like that you can find in “Queer Studies” programs on campuses across the country.
Larry Kramer’s brother realized his money was misused. How many benefactors of Duke, Yale, and other such institutions understand exactly where their cash is going? One assumes that among these generous folks there are plenty of rich white males – the ultimate oppressors, according to the system of power “analysis” that, in the eyes of so many members of the Duke faculty, made those lacrosse players automatically culpable. If these donors are aware of what’s going on in humanities classrooms at places like Duke, why, one might respectfully ask, are they so eager to give staggering sums of money to ensure their own continued demonization by bogus “educators” who consider them the enemy?
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