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“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/

“No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.” – Henry Kissinger

To Almost DailyBrett, it seems that “too much fraternizing” has resulted in way-too-much trouble for way-too-many men and has spawned (no pun intended) a global movement: #MeToo.

Should your author apologize when he dares to admit that he is indeed stricken with the Y-Chromosome?

More to the point: Are men born guilty?

Do the adjectives “creepy” and “pervy” always modify the nouns, “man,” “men” and “male(s)”?

The Genesis for this blog goes far beyond the litany of once successful men, who are now-and-forever relegated to the sidelines of life. Did their actual/alleged “fraternizing” maybe or actually go too far to be dubbed sexual assault/harassment?

Reportedly, the foibles of men originate from the Garden of Eden to 20th Century high school/college activities right up to the present day.

John Wayne’s “A man is going to do what a man is going to do” or “Boys will be boys” has been ushered into oblivion. Responsibility and accountability should reign for everyone.

Far too many women have experienced/suffered boorish (and at times criminal) behavior by way too many men. The #MeToo movement is predicated on a basis of hurt and pain for literally millions of women.

Even though Almost DailyBrett can state with impunity the vast majority of men are not saintly and pure – even Jimmy Carter “lusted in his heart” on the hallowed pages of Playboy – they are not automatically guilty because they came into the world as baby boys.

Not every male is the “Midnight Rambler.” It just may seem that way listening to the 24-7-365 talking heads on the partisan networks.

And yet if it always seems to come down to “he said/she said.” Your author will always take the “over” for the female of the species. Men can have their careers ruined based upon a charge whether the allegations are true or not.

Remember Rolling Stone Magazine’s December 2014 report on the rape culture, targeting University of Virginia’s Phil Kappa Psi fraternity. The only problem with the story, it was determined to be 100 percent untrue. “A Rape On Campus” was fake news before “Fake News” became in vogue.

For the university and the fraternity, the damage has been done. Forget about due process.

Does it suck to be a male?

“I Don’t Hate White Men … “

“I don’t hate white men. Actually, I’m so personally and emotionally invested in changing the culture of toxic masculinity that we made a little white man of our own.” – Former Grad School Classmate

Almost DailyBrett’s graduate school classmate actually does not hate white men … Ahhh, that’s refreshing.

Congrats on attempting to raise a “little white man of your own.” Hopefully, you can relate to scores of other mothers, who tried to tame these testosterone infested/infected creatures.

Maybe, you will understand the agrarian-turned-industrial-turned-service economy is working against men. Can you assist in educating these tadpoles to be successful gentlemen of the 21st Century?

Even though men have a plethora of issues, contributing to a culture of toxic masculinity, one must admit that men play an un poquito role in promulgating the human race through the provision of essential nutrients.

Pointing to the obvious: Many men are faithful, bring home the bacon, help raise children and assist in building our society. Yes, these hombres do indeed exist.

And yet, if they are charged … If an accusation is leveled … If they become collateral damage in a political fight, their worlds will change for the worse in mere digital nanoseconds.

When popular media discuss a “gender gap,” the term is automatically assessed as to only include the gulf between women and men. What about the other way around? Irrelevant?

Not so fast. According to national 2016 general election exit surveys, Hillary Clinton won the women’s vote, 54-41 percent, a 13 percent margin. Game, set match?

Oops, men favored Donald Trump over Hillary, 52-41 percent, an 11 percent margin. Misogyny?

Wait: White women voted for Trump over Hillary, 52-41 percent.

Maybe, the issue as noted by University of Virginia Political Science Professor Larry Sabato was the presence on the ballot of a “particular woman” with a ton of baggage.

The 2016 result does not preclude a women someday serving as America’s chief of state (see Teresa May in Britain and Angela Merkel im Deutschland).

Almost DailyBrett must reinforce here and now that an undefined number of bad Herren have inflicted pain and suffering on more women than those who actually courageously reported these transgressions.

Each and every case is inexcusable.

And yet to mothers raising male babies, toddlers, kids, teenagers, young men, these males are not guilty by birth. Agree?

The automatic presumption of guilt is never fair. America is governed by the Rule of Law. That basic precept applies to everyone, including those with testosterone coarsening through their bodies.

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/henry_kissinger_105144

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/201802/the-real-problem-toxic-masculinity

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/not-all-men-are-creeps/

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/millions-of-active-women-supporting-millions-of-idle-men/

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/deadbeat-boyfriends/

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/impact-journalism/

“I don’t want to say much about them as individuals but I’ll just say that this particular fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi — it’s really emblematic in a lot of ways of sort of like elitist fraternity culture … They’re just so incredibly wealthy. Their alumni are very influential … They’re on Wall Street, they’re in politics.” – Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely

“No ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiating process. This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim.” – Statement by Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

“In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”  — Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana apologyUVAfraternity1

Political and corporate PR pros can spot them a mile away.

They are supposed to be objective reporters. However, they harbor a deep-seated ideological agenda.

They are interested only in facts that fit their preconceived narrative and anything and everything else is immediately deemed to be irrelevant and discarded.

They are bound and determined to produce copy (e.g., conventional, digital, broadcast) that triggers an impact. They are committed to social change at your expense.

And they will get away with it, unless there are those with the courage to proclaim they are wrong, dead wrong.

The “Right” Target

“The story and Erdely’s comments about it, moreover, suggest an effort to produce impact journalism … It starts with this business about choosing just the “right” school for the story. What is that all about?” – Erik Wemple of the Washington Post

It’s difficult to find a more sensitive subject than rape on campus, and for good reason. It unfortunately happens, and in each and every case it needs to be addressed quickly, decisively and severely by universities and law enforcement.

Erdely wrote about a student named, Jackie, and an alleged incident at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia on a late September weekend two years ago. The fraternity claims that no social events were scheduled at the house that particular weekend, and steadfastly defends itself.

No alleged perpetrator from the fraternity was interviewed by Erdely for her Rolling Stone, “A Rape on Campus” piece. The fraternity has been the scene of massive protests and the house was vandalized. Fraternity and sorority activities have been suspended on the UVA campus.

The reliability of Jackie has come into question, so much so that Rolling Stone issued an apology.rollingstonestory

The public relations issue here pertains to targeting, in this case the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

“I made contact with a student activist at the school who told me a lot about the culture of the school — that was one of the important things, sort of criteria that I wanted when I was looking for the right school to focus on,” said Erdely.

Hmmm … She contacted an “activist.” UVA was the “right” school. There was an “elitist fraternity culture.” Their alumni are on “Wall Street.”

Almost DailyBrett must ask: What do these social justice “facts” have to do with campus safety? Zero.

“Dry-by Journalism”

“Like a neighborhood thrown into chaos by drive-by violence, our tightly knit community has experienced the full fury of drive-by journalism in the 21st century.” — University of Virginia Rector George Keith Martin

“… She (Erdely) did have an agenda and part of that agenda was showing how monstrous fraternities themselves as an institution are and blaming the administration for a lot of these sexual assaults.” – University of Virginia co-ed Alex Pinkleton

There is no doubt about the ideological leaning of music and entertainment-oriented Rolling Stone. The same can be said for oodles of other media outlets, some on the right, more on the left.

If a publication, news aggregator, blogger, broadcaster is known for editorially advocating a certain point of view, it still needs to ensure that its favored ideology is not dominating reporter copy. Forget about objectivity; the majority of these reporters are not fair and balanced, and therefore they really need editors willing to ask the tough post-reporting questions. That obviously didn’t happen at Rolling Stone.rollingstonecover

For the public relations professional of the “target” institution (e.g., Wall Street, Fortune 500 company, major university, incoming majorities in Congress), you must keep your powder dry.

For instance, the University of Virginia needs to be able to immediately cite chapter and verse about anything and everything it does to protect all of its students. There is little doubt this list is extensive. Get ready to recite.

For fraternities on campus, you are a target. Get used to it. Be ready to defend your fraternity.

Forget about going to the editor, the reporter needs to be confronted. This person is not your friend, and never will be your friend. While maintaining your professionalism, you need to call this reporter out. Tell the reporter that your employer is being targeted, and you know this is indeed the case.

Remind that person that you are fully prepared to defend your organization, including using digital self-publishing (e.g., University of Virginia). This most likely will neither be the first time nor the last time you will be in a fight with a reporter. This is all part of the job.

Expect an impassioned response complete with name calling (e.g., class privilege, system of exploitation) all intended to bully, intimidate and stifle dissent.

Let’s face it: The notion of pure objectivity by reporters, editors, bloggers, and correspondents is a joke. The vast majority of reporters have a personal ideology, but the best put these thoughts aside and do their jobs. There are a chosen few, who are not there to report the news, but to “impact” social change. They are not journalists, but activists in disguise.

Ms. Erdely needs to be shown the door by Rolling Stone. Look for her holding up a sign right by the bull statue on Wall Street.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2015/03/23/charlottesville-police-make-clear-that-rolling-stone-story-is-a-complete-crock/?wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/12/15/u-va-rape-survivor-rolling-stone-reporter-had-an-agenda/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/12/05/rolling-stones-disastrous-u-va-story-a-case-of-real-media-bias/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-fraternity-to-rebut-claims-of-gang-rape-in-rolling-stone/2014/12/05/5fa5f7d2-7c91-11e4-84d4-7c896b90abdc_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-board-leader-denounces-drive-by-journalism-of-rolling-stone/2014/12/19/47980410-87b7-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html

http://www.rollingstone.com/

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-rolling-stone-rape-story-20141205-story.html

http://www.virginia.edu/

 

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