“When people speak of ending white privilege, most of them have good things in mind like inclusion and justice. But ideas are important, and the spread of campus terminology into newsrooms and boardrooms invites in ideologues. Their approach is already taking a toll. In universities research agendas are being warped. Outside them, public shaming and intimidation have been curbing debate.” — The Economist, “The New Ideology of Race and What’s Wrong With It,” July 9, 2020

“Our children must be educated, not indoctrinated.” — President Donald Trump

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” — President Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia

As a former university professor, your author is sad to say all three of the above quotes would be instantly labeled as racist hate speech on the overwhelming majority of America’s university and college campuses …. including Jefferson’s University of Virginia.

If you dare to repeat the premise of the Declaration of Independence that all lives matter, you are without any reasonable doubt, a “racist.” There must be “racists” seemingly around every corner in America. There are so many “racists,” the term is becoming downright, cliche.

Or is it — dare we say a new wave of fascists — are gathering around and taking a sledge hammer to statues and churches on campus and downtown? Can we ignore history? Can we rewrite history? Can we destroy history? Everyone is intimidated, no one will slap the perpetrators on the wrist or even lift a finger.

“People will do what they do.“– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on attacks against American statues (even animals) and symbols.

What about other, “people?” Are they all being forced to take The 5th out of fear of personal shaming and maybe even, retribution?

Can we have a rational discussion about the legacy of Thomas Jefferson? Can we meekly inquire: ‘Why set fire to a statue of an elk?’

Jefferson as everyone knows owned slaves in the 18th Century.  Almost DailyBrett must ask: “Wasn’t Jefferson the founder of today’s liberal/progressive Democratic Party? Wasn’t he one of our greatest presidents with his likeness adorning Mt. Rushmore with fellow giants: George Washington (owned slaves), Abraham Lincoln (abolished slavery) and Teddy Roosevelt?

Britain’s stately neo-liberal The Economist dared point out that shaming and intimidation tactics are being carried out on our campuses with the express intention of silencing any and all debate and dissent. Forget the First Amendment. Dismiss the Marketplace of Ideas.

You are either for us or you are a … racist.

” … the ideology takes a wrong turn by seeking to impose itself through intimidation and power. Not the power that comes from persuasion and elections, but from silencing your critics, insisting that those who are not with you are against you, and shutting out those who are deemed privileged or disloyal to their race.”

Can an intolerant one-party state be far behind? Doesn’t the planet have enough of these already? Is that outcome … the ultimate result?

Is Barack Obama’s Presidency Irrelevant?

Are the ideals for university and college campus Pharisees (e.g., Ivory Towers) the attaining of the higher moral ground, making sure that everyone knows about it, and most of all … suppressing all others who fail prescribed litmus tests or deviate from orthodoxy?

Sad to say, the majority of academics have never earned a real paycheck outside of a university or college campus (not counting waiting on tables or helping out at a doctor’s office). Most do not understand the acronym, P&L, let alone being able to read and follow the GAAP dictates of an income statement or a balance sheet.

“Buy Low Sell High?” What’s that?

Do we need more professors of practice on American campuses, those who actually worked in the professions they teach? Are we educating our students to attain positions and initiate careers or are we merely indoctrinating our students to spread the approved secular liturgy?

Instead of economic freedom, way-too-many faculty advocate … err … mandate socialist justice. They contend that Karl Marx’ USSR (1917-1991) had the correct philosophy, but Iron Curtain countries simply failed in its implementation. They pack the halls when linguist Noam Chomsky or the architects of the “1619 Project” come to campus.

Accomplished women including Christine Lagarde or Condoleezza Rice need not offer their world views on campus, regardless of their qualifications. Do we hear the word, misogyny as a result?

They champion excessive monarchies of Norway, Sweden and Denmark as happy socialist countries, allegedly they are far better than the United States of America. One must stop and ask: Did any of them elect, let alone re-elect a person of color — any other color than white — as their respective head of state?

Hint: they didn’t. The exceptional nation — the United States of America — cast aside racism and overwhelmingly chose Barack Obama in 2008, and once again in 2012 … just eight mere years ago.

Do we hear any discussion about the pivotal election of Barack Obama on today’s university and college campuses? Didn’t his presidency prove that Black Lives do indeed, Matter? Are all men created equal?

By writing this epistle, Almost DailyBrett runs the very real risk of being labeled as … a racist. It was bound to happen at some point because your author dares to resist.

The truth lies in the fact the majority of professors are Baby Boomers. They started detesting their own country during the Vietnam War. They read Marx and commenced their life-long love affair while researching and studying for their Ph.Ds or in some cases, terminal master’s degrees.

Many refer to the USA as “this” country and seize upon all issues that denigrate our imperfect nation, which makes 1st Amendment guaranteed freedom of speech on university and college campuses possible for them … but not for others.

The customers of this exercise (e.g., the students) are seen as fresh impressionable minds not to educate, but to indoctrinate.

They too may learn to loathe the USA, impose their narrow values and ideology on others, and exercise intolerance for all other thoughts and expressions today, tomorrow, forever.

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/07/09/the-new-ideology-of-race

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/07/09/pelosi_on_toppling_of_columbus_statue_people_will_do_what_they_do.html

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/catholic-churches-burned-vandalized-over-weekend-as-police-investigate-where-s-the-outrage/ar-BB16Gj6a?ocid=OWADense

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/is-the-word-racist-becoming-cliche/

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/what-happened-to-the-exceptional-nation-that-twice-elected-barack-obama/

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/mob-rules-misogyny-reigns/