Diversity. Always diversity. I learn that the University
mandatory indoctrination of students to make them appreciate diversity. Delaware
is going to eradicate racism, sexism, and all. It's going to make the world
safe for diversity.
I thought diversity just meant that you had to buy a new bicycle three times
From the university’s training material, “A RACIST: A racist is one who is
both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist
(racist) system. 'The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of
European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender,
religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be
racists, because as peoples within the U.S.
system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or
acts of discrimination…."
The program (do read the original)
is pure mind-control, as much as anything Goebbels or the Soviet
Union employed. In training sessions, the student must confess to
bad-thought, outline his diversity-failings in detail, and abase himself before
a thought-leader. Progress in good-thought will be monitored and records kept.
You must learn that you are an oppressor, and you must be reformed. We will
tell you what to think. It is for your own good….
The national symptoms roll on. The United
States is in the middle of a portentous
abandonment, rapid now, of the ideas that led to the founding of the country,
and certainly of what were previously regarded as the purposes of a university.
It is the strangest damned thing I have seen. America
never lived up to its ideals—who or what does?—but it actually tried to and at
least said it wanted to. Often it succeeded. Now it deliberately reverses all
it stood for.
Curious. Usually it is a government that imposes control over the
population. Extreme governments of the right seek absolute control over
behavior, and those of the left, over thought. But it is usually the
the universities do it—help do it, I should say, since government, too, works
against what the country was. No gauleiter or commissar from Washington
tells the universities what to inculcate. There is no need. All by themselves
they abandon the notion of teaching the young to think for themselves. The tone
is Marxist in its contempt for students, almost hostility: They are dough to be
shaped. Behind this is the devouring passive aggression of minor minds who have
found themselves in power.
How must this appear to the students at Delaware?
The young I suspect do not know that things were not always thus. I went to a
small, very Republican, Southern college these many years ago. In those days
communism was thought poorly of. Yet in my survey course on philosophy, we
learned what Marx thought, not what to think about Marx. The readings
represented his ideas fairly. For further knowledge, go to the library. We were
expected to come to our own conclusions, and did. A different world.
I find it fascinating that it is the white professoriate that so intently
imposes belief in an imaginary racism, that so fervently reviles whites.
Apparently academic liberalism is an autoimmune disease. The smugness would
The document of the University of Delaware
that sets out the program runs to ninety-nine painful pages, couched in the
sorry English of the half-educated who want to sound learned. It contains
transcripts of some of the one-on-one sessions of indoctrination. The example
below was described as the worst interview, meaning that the student didn’t
respond as desired. I have no idea who she was, but she has my whole-hearted
admiration. Records the inquisitor:
“When she [the student], left I read the exercise. This is what it
1) When were you first made aware of your race?
“That is irrelevant to everything. My race is human being.”
2) When did you discover your sexual identity?
“That is none of your damn business.”
3) Who taught you a lesson in regards to some form of diversity
awareness? What was that lesson?
“My grandparents sometimes made racial comments. And what the hell does
that have to do with anything?”
4) When was a time when you confronted someone regarding an issue of
diversity? What was the confrontation about? If you haven’t, why not?
“Why would I do something like that? Diversity exists. I like it. Leave
it at that.”
5) When was a time you felt oppressed? Who was oppressing you? How
did you feel?
“I am oppressed everyday on the basis of my undying and devout feelings
for the opera. Regularly passersby throw stones at me and jeer me with cruel
names. Because of this I am exiled and often contemplate suicide. Unbearable
adversity. But I will overcome, hear me, you rock-loving majority. (This is
If the antics of Delaware were
merely the clownishness of the faculty of a second-rate diploma mill, they
might be amusing. But the whole country appears to yearn for regimentation, for
authority. As the Democrats attack a nonsensical fantasy of racism, so the
Republicans flail at imaginary terrorists twisting in their inner fog. They
eagerly revoke habeas corpus, monitor email, use NSA against the citizenry,
start wars on fraudulent grounds, and openly advocate torture. (Has any other
country done the latter?)
The following from a friend in DC:
“Went to the Marine marathon this morning and will go
to the finish line later today, perfect weather for
it. But so bizarre, cops everywhere, police boats in
the Potomac, helicopters buzzing around. And
something I haven't seen before, police dogs sniffing
around and portable guard towers, like at the corners
of prison yards, set up on high places with guys in
armor and big rifles. Lots of them in the carillon.
Possibly the highest security I have ever seen.”
More police with more powers, swatted-out, more militarized. (For a foot
race.) Recorded warnings in subways to watch other passengers and turn them in
if they behave strangely. More cameras everywhere. Blast-proof trashcans on
Metro. Surly border guards, increasingly intrusive in their questioning, keep
records of the books you read. Shoe searches at airports, confiscation of
toothpaste and shampoo. Warrantless tapping of telephones. Warrantless searches
on the subways of New York, with
no pretense of probable cause.
Why this rush toward enforced conformity and regimentation? I figure it’s
something in the water. Or maybe the country is just ready for thought-policed
authoritarianism. Neither Bush nor Delaware
could do it if the country weren’t complicit. We’re getting there. Oh, yes.
Fred Reed has worked on the staff of the Army
Times, The Washingtonian, Soldier of Fortune, Federal
Computer Week, and The Washington Times, and has been published in Playboy,
The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harper's, National
Review, Signal, and Air&Space. He has served in the
Marines, worked as a police writer, technology editor, military specialist, and
as an authority on mercenary soldiers. See Fred's homepage, Fred On Everything.
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