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  1. Without going into the details (which you can Google or simply read on the wall of this professor, Bret Weinstein, who happens to be a friend of mine), I want to share a perspective based on my research into the psychological dynamics of political behavior among people who claim to promote social justice, yet are so deeply broken down by the larger pathologies of Western culture that they have lost the ability to tell friend from foe.

    In the last year, I had a similarly dramatic experience where social justice activism was blindly pursued in a manner that caused otherwise good-hearted people to turn on one of their own. Blindly in their fear, these people lashed out and hurt me with cruel and empirically incorrect judgments about my behavior in their group.

    At a deeper level, there is an information war being waged against our societies that is designed to create this kind of anguish and confusion. Divide and conquer is the age-old strategy here. Get us to fight amongst ourselves and it is easy to keep status quo systems in place. This is a natural outcome of what Jordan Greenhall describes in his excellent (yet disturbing) article, The War on Sensemaking.

    What I am seeing in these patterns is a profound inability to discern what is really going on in the world. When student protestors accuse a person who has consistently stood up for racial equality and cultural diversity of being a racist (as is happening now at Evergreen), there is call for taking pause to reflect on just how deeply confused so many among us have become.

    Millions among us fear Trump supporters when they don’t realize that the real danger comes when social unrest grows to the point that ANY group begins expressing emotionally intense rage without critical inquiry at another group.
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  2. “Stop telling people of color they’re fucking useless,” a female student demands of Weinstein at one point.

    “You’re useless, get the fuck out of here,” she adds, saying “fuck you, you piece of shit” as her peers ask Weinstein for an explanation of his email.

    Weinstein attempts to answer–asking “may I answer that question?”–butthe student protesters suddenly decide that they no longer want his explanation, and respond with a resounding “no!”

    They drove him off campus out of fear for his own safety:

    As a biology professor for 15 years at Olympia’s The Evergreen State College, Bret Weinstein has seen his share of protests, but he’s never been afraid of being on campus until this week.

    “I have been told by the Chief of Police it’s not safe for me to be on campus,” said Weinstein, who held his Thursday class in a downtown Olympia park.

    An administrator confirmed the police department advised Weinstein it “might be best to stay off campus for a day or so.”

    Demonstrations involving as many as 200 students filled classrooms and the President’s office on campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. Protesters are upset over what they believe are racist policies at the college, and some called for Weinstein to resign.

    Every one of those students who intimidated that professor should be disciplined, and probably expelled. Every one. Including this nitwit:

    But when student Marissa Parker, one of the protesters, heard Weinstein was advised to stay off campus, she responded, “If he feels unsafe or frightened for two days, he can only imagine what black and brown bodies have feared for years.”

    According to the report from Seattle’s KING television station that I linked to above, Evergreen State officials are considering changing the school’s racial policies in response to the protesters. And look at this — the administration is gutless:
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  3. Students at Evergreen State College in Olympia, who filmed their exploits and posted the videos on social media, have occupied and barricaded the library, shouting down anyone who disagrees with them or shows insufficient passion for racial justice.

    Biology professor Bret Weinstein was berated by dozens of students outside of his classroom Tuesday morning for refusing to participate in an event in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day. Now, he says police have told him to hold his classes off campus due to safety concerns.

    Things are “out of control at Evergreen,” he said.

    “Police told me protesters stopped cars yesterday, demanding information about occupants,” Mr. Weinstein told The Washington Times. “They believe I was being sought. It appears that the campus has been under the effective control of protesters since 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police are on lockdown, hamstrung by the college administration. Students, staff and faculty are not safe.”

    A spokesman for the Evergreen Department of Police Services confirmed the agency had been in contact with Mr. Weinstein. He said officers would be in touch with The Times, but three subsequent phone calls during business hours were not answered.

    A college spokesman declined to comment on Mr. Weinstein’s situation or any of the other activity on campus.

    Evergreen student Blake Vincent said he was participating in the protests and was unaware of any searches for Mr. Weinstein’s whereabouts.
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  4. Apparently, if you're not Asian, U can't tell if rice is cooked
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  5. I mean, honestly. Why does this surprise any thinking person? As I’ve told people before: When I was a kid, we had grownups who’d actually lived through times of segregation and open racism, and were thus able to patiently and clearly explain to us dumb kids why segregation and racism were wrong.

    But my Dad, who saw the world of segregation with his own eyes, is nearly 71 years old. I am 41, and Martin Luther King Jr. and “I Have A Dream” and the drama of the Civil Rights movement were already looking a bit creaky and old-fashioned when I was in high school. So what does it look like to current high schoolers?

    Well, the oldest ones were 10 when Barack Obama was elected, and they were exposed to non-ironic fictional portrayals of a black president for years before that. A world where the idea of a black guy being the U.S. president was a staple gag of stand-up comedy is utterly foreign to them.

    So do you know what people who lecture about things like “structural racism,” “microaggressions” and “white privilege” probably sound like to current young high schoolers (at least the white ones)? They sound like wheezy, moralistic old farts, at best. At BEST. And if you’ve ever been a young person, you know how young people view wheezy, moralistic old farts. When these youngsters go off to college and face SJW administrators, they won’t see those administrators as virtuous revolutionaries fighting the good fight. They’ll see them the way 1950s college students saw scowling, Elvis-hating Deans and Dorm Mothers.

    That’s a best-case scenario. At worst, they’ll view the people who constantly call them out for racism or sexism or whateverism as hypocrites. Back in my day, we had teachers who’d piously lecture us Not To Use Drugs, when you just KNEW many of these same teachers, who’d come of age in the anything-goes era of the late-60s and early 70s, had probably spent their youth grooving on every drug they could get their hands on. So I can imagine white high schoolers today thinking, “oh, ‘white privilege’ is bad, huh? But I notice it seemed to work out pretty nice for your generation, and it worked out even better for my grandparents’ generation. But MY generation looks like it’s gonna get screwed. Why should we settle for less?”

    Steve Sailer has repeatedly noted how our popular culture seems wedded to this weird notion that 1965 was about five years ago, so the awfulness of that era ought to be self-evident to everyone — even though the youngest people who can still remember 1965 are now in their late 50s. Frankly, this is unhealthy, and it sends a message to younger generations that is quite the opposite of what the creators probably intend. I’ve spoken to numerous young white people who adored “Mad Men” not because they saw it as a harsh criticism of the past — instead, they saw it as a vision of a lost utopia.

    I’m not the only one who see this. The whole alt-right is calculated precisely to appeal to these natural feelings of generational restlessness. It’s amazing to me that the Left is so blindsided by this. They wrote the freaking rulebook for this stuff; now another generation is copying it. Shouldn’t they have known? Well, they did at one time: In hindsight, the 1992 movie “Bob Roberts” seems like a kind of a very hazy premonition of the alt-right, but I guess it just seemed too silly to take seriously.
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