The RA training program at BU (Binghamton University) called #StoppingWhitePeople2K16 has quite predictably garnered much attention, locally and nationally, both on and off the campus. While being titled to be purposefully provocative, the course description is even more outrageous, stating it will teach RA’s how to respond to, ..” good arguments from uneducated people”, and “help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within.” The course description ends by stating, ” This open discussion will give attendees the tools to do so, and hopefully expand upon what they may already know.”
Let me preface my remarks with the following information. I am an alumnus from the BU School of Management, own a successful business and have been experiencing life’s dramas for approximately three times as long and the average undergraduate has been on the planet, so if nothing else, I have it over most of you by way of breadth and depth of experience. Furthermore, I have lived a full and successful life and most of you have yet to prove you can accomplish the same outside the comforts of mommy and daddy’s nest and their generosity in paying your tuition, so perhaps a little humility and respect on your part might be in order.
Let me breakdown this liberal crap that does not even rise to the level of pablum. Over the years, I’ve developed my bi-lingual ability to interpret the slippery language of liberal-speak.
Hashtags do not make ideas good when they are bad. There is no power in a hashtag, no imbued credibility, no elixir to a bad idea, undoubtedly spawned by someone under 25 who thinks hashtags have some intrinsic value. The hastags your mom tried in vane to bleach from your adolescent underwear had approximately the same value.
Any phrase, title or slogan that you believe is offensive to one group but not another when you simply interchange those groups, is patently offensive to all groups and this title fails that test. If you were to say #StoppingBlackPeople2K16, that too would be offensive, so hiding behind the false premise that white people are somehow not entitled to the same level of respect any other ethnic group would expect is not only hypocritical but simply wrong.
“Good arguments from uneducated people.” Wow. So, if the argument is “good”, it can be disqualified simply on the basis that the person making the argument is “uneducated?” If that is the case and the author of this description is an example of the educated class he/she describes, I would prefer the company of those with the good arguments. What the author of this description really means when he/she uses the term “educated”, is someone who thinks like him/her. So much for diversity of thought and what a clear example of the air of superiority so common in the minds of newly minted college students. An education my young friends, is in no way a guarantee of wisdom.
The sentence about..”helping others take the next step…”, again, dripping with that air of superiority, “others”, you know, those poor saps that don’t have the braintrust we do, we’re here to help you understand the secrets of higher knowledge. Please, gag me with a spoon. This sentence goes on to speaks of “privilege.” What that means of course is WHITE privilege but the author apparently doesn’t quite have the stones to call it what it really is, again the premise that white is wrong, suspect and immune from any and all defenses.
Finally, we get to the last sentence about this being an “open discussion.” Yea, right, open only if you agree and you’re in lock step with the other bigots who dreamt up this crap.
This level of intolerance mixed with academic superiority and condescension is abhorrent. I’m ashamed to say I attended such a place and happy to tell you that when I did, I would have been equally outraged as I am now had some misguided student been on the same rant. My parting words of encouragement, Shut-up, sit down and learn something before you have the temerity to tell anyone anything about which you know nothing.