Schooling the Woke

The following is an article published recently in the Oswegonian campus newspaper at Oswego State University in Oswego, NY.

What follows are my comments sent back to the newspaper.



America’s Hatred For Immigrants Is Disgusting

Posted By: Eurokah Sejour  0 Comment

America does not stand as the pillar of land of the free and home of the brave, but instead the place with opportunity where people look to exchange their blood, sweat and tears for the crumbs of a decent life. 

It does not come as a surprise that Haitian immigrants were next on the list and it might as well be said that they will not be the last. Looking at those pictures of border patrol officers chasing migrants on horseback, regardless of whatever excuses that people are looking to make, is disturbing to say the least. The fact that human beings needed to be wrangled together by people on horses with lassoes is animalistic. In one video circulating, a border patrol officer can be seen hurling insults at migrants telling them “you use your women! This is why your country is sh*t because you use your women!” It is simple, the humanity is just not there. Garcelle Beauvais, an actress and presenter of Haitian heritage, said that seeing the pictures was as if she was watching a slave movie happen in 2021. 

At this point, it is beginning to register as complete and utter stupidity when people act as if they cannot be empathetic to someone else’s situation. There always seems to be an ease with criminalizing black and brown immigrants. People who are anti-immigrant tend to act as if they are incapable of walking in someone else’s shoes but it is not true, it is just easier to view them foreigners, aliens and labeling the situation as trying “to control the invasion,” as stated by Hugo Gurdon of the Washington Examiner, because then they get to sleep a bit better at night with their dirty conscience. 

Why is the visibly terrible treatment of immigrants so polarizing? 

When did looking for survival and attempting to seek asylum become criminal?

Something that is often omitted in this topic is asking how some of the people who were deported back to Haiti are going to cope after having left and fled to Chile, Brazil, Panama and other Latin countries for years trying to look for opportunities.

Though I can understand that there were a lot of migrants, the situation did not warrant the treatment they received.

Whether it is Haitians today, Asian people tomorrow and people of hispanic descent the day before, the perception of migrants of color as invaders or a caravan of inferior beings will continue because this is the ideology in which this country is founded upon. Unless, of course, it benefits them.

It is beyond preposterous for people to continue to promote the idea that when immigrants come here they are somehow taking anything from anyone. That same courage that it took to leave their home country and families, is the same tenacity they use to clean the bathrooms and do the peasant jobs that they find beneath them in order to provide for their families and give their children a better tomorrow.

Let’s be honest, America only likes people of different backgrounds when they get to go and visit them in their “sh*thole countries” to examine and take pictures of them like zoo animals. It is like going to Africa to see the wild elephants and feed them. They only like it when they are the one’s in the front seat, with the bag of peanuts saying “aren’t you a good boy.” Only then is it okay to feed the wild bastardous animals. 

Former President Donald Trump was only saying what half of the country was already thinking. And until that changes and people like Mitch McConnell and people who share those views start to recognize the humanity in others who look different and have less than they do, then things will start to change. 


This is in response to Oswegonian staff writer Eurokah Sejour’s article appearing on October 1, 2021 titled America’s hatred for immigrants is disgusting.

Sejour is the product of a corrupted educational system that has rendered him and others in that system less capable of thinking and reasoning on their own, and more prone to being indoctrinated and cajoled into the group think of today’s “woke” world.

The young writer makes wild accusations accusing the border patrol agents of using lasso’s and “wrangling” those illegal aliens attempting to trespass into the United States.  That story has been completely debunked and Sejour is simply making it up as he goes along.  Shame on the Oswegonian editors for not fact checking their own writers.  Agents on horseback use reins to control their animals.  That is the truth.  No lassos no wrangling, just US border agents attempting to do their jobs.

The United States is a country of laws.  The rules regarding immigration are long established and millions of law-abiding people from all over the world have respected our laws, followed the rules, and entered our country legally.  The United States has taken in more legal and illegal immigrants over our history than any other country in the world.  Our young scribe tells us our country sucks while hundreds of thousands risk it all to come here.  Ironic.

What is being done at our southern border is the antithesis of lawful.  Without a border you have no country.  Without laws you have no order.  Without country or order, you have anarchy.

Sejour and his ilk can be forgiven for being too young to know any better, too inexperienced to have a good frame of reference and too cowed by a failed educational juggernaut, but be aware, you are being taught what to think and not how to think and that my young friends, will lead you away from and not towards the truth.  Question your assumptions and always have a healthy skepticism towards those attempting to sway you or convince you of something.  If ideas cannot stand up to questions, criticism and the test of reality, then the ideas themselves are failed ideas.  Accept the fact that the truth may not be that which you are assuming.  You are a student.  Be ready to learn and keep an open, skeptical mind.  The university system is turning you into a good soldier of their ideas, not a student of your own.



A young woman went missing some days ago and the media went nuts.  If you Google Gabby Petito, you’ll get over 38 million hits.  Three weeks ago, 22 year-old Petito lived in an ordinary pool of family and friends likely only a few hundred people deep.  If you weren’t a family member or went to school with this young woman, she was just another drop in the humanitarian ocean that is the USA.

It is nearly unthinkable for me to imagine anything I agree with coming from the mouth of Joy Behar, but something she said this week about Petito is not only true, but very sad and very telling about the kind of society we have become.  Quoted on her TV show, The View, Behar said, “People are also calling the obsession over Petito’s case another example of Missing White Woman Syndrome. When people of color go missing, it’s barely covered by the media and mostly ignored by the public.”

Behar is right but with a caveat.  When anything is “barely covered by the media”, by definition it does not get out to the public, not ignored by the public, but simply not disclosed to them.  The media defines what gets blown up and what gets blown over.  Media mogul William Randolph Hearst famously said, “If it bleeds it leads”, not only a crass catch-phrase but true then and today.

It’s what doesn’t piss-off Behar and other Leftists that is most telling of their own biases.  Every day some 1800 people are reported missing according to the National Crime Information Center, (NCIC.)  Almost 700 of those every year are found dead.  That’s two nameless, faceless and forgotten people per day, on average.

But Behar, the race-baiting pimp that she is makes it racial in her criticism.  Two unpublicized and anonymous people a day, every day, gone, never mind their race, age or sex, still someone that others loved.  Behar doesn’t address this, just like she doesn’t care about or address the fact that every day, (if you want to go racial), black on black crime, shootings and homicides are decimating the black community.

If you’re still convinced there is no significant media bias in this country, fathom why the media is mute on the fact that on average, every day in the United States of America seven black men are shot and killed by other black men, this according to FBI Crime statistics from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, (2016.)

Behar, her ilk, the pseudo-intellectually lazy-Left and their hand-maidens in the media squelch this reality because of the blood it splashes onto their rose-colored glasses.  The logical explanation for Gabby Petito becoming a media star only in her walk with death is the fact that the media cares more about pretty, upper-middle class white girls than they do about murdered minorities.  Before you’re too quick to blame the media exclusively, take a good look in the mirror and remember they play to a willing audience of the consumers of that product.


Shut It..

Here is a shout-out to all the asshole, social-justice, self-righteous, virtue signaling dip-shits posting crap about being vaccinated.  SHUT THE FUCK UP.  Your little emojes, your banners, please, gag me with your silver spoon.  ALERT:  No one gives a shit what you think.  Quit projecting your I’m-better-than-you-are bile onto others.  Who the fuck do you think you are, lecturing anyone about anything?  You don’t know DICK about pharmacology, virology, immunology, infectious diseases or anything else (with the possible exception of who might be the next American Idol,) so with that in mind do everyone a favor and sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.  Your opinion is of no useful intellectual value to others. 

Hundreds of Navy Seals are refusing the vaccine, along with 48,000 Marines, and tens of thousands of health care providers.  Are you vaccine robots all smarter than they are?

Social scientists tell us that most of you self-righteous pricks are also the pseudo-intellectual perverts that love abortion while despising the death penalty, (which demonstrates your depravity when it comes to irony,) so, again, do everyone a favor and just close your pie hole.  Do what you think is right for your pathetic self and leave the reasoning, the thinking, the rational thought to those of us who don’t have our heads jammed so far up our asses that we can’t see daylight.  #douche-nozzles, #good-little-soldiers.


The Greatest Generation

I recently attended a funeral for a friend’s father.  Gene Chrysler was 94 year of age when he passed; wife, children and grand-children by his side.  The hospice doctor and staff were amazed at the outpouring of love and care they saw from the family, never leaving his side until the end.  The hospice doctor commented that there was little need for their presence.

As I listened to the children and grand-children speak at the service, there was a reoccurring theme.


Each person spoke about the happiness and strength they found only in each other.  None believed they could have endured it alone, but truth is, all of them could have, given the strength and temerity they were bred with, but they didn’t have to because all of them were there for each other.

Through tears, they celebrated fond memories, milestones and tragedy past, all the time crediting each other and professing their collective faith in God.  One speaker said it best when he exclaimed how his faith was the only thing allowing him to move forward, and wondered aloud how the faithless face such adversity.

In that little Baptist church in Marathon, NY, family weddings, baptisms and funerals punctuated the normal Sunday services of several generations of a loving, tight-knit family that wanted little more than to raise their kids, work their farm, celebrate each others triumphs and victories while supporting themselves when sorrow and hardship visited.

Gene and Wanda, his loving wife of 70 years set forth a road-map for how to make a family by demonstrating every day how to do it.  Only their faith in God was stronger than their faith in each other.  When you live your life with that kind of clarity of purpose and with that intensity of a focused objective, those around you can’t help but notice.

It was clear by listening to the folks speaking about Gene just what kind of man he was even if you had never met him.  I had the good fortune to know him and his family for over 25-years and even though I knew all of the goodness, the graciousness, the quality of life reality they created, it was comforting to hear that his grand-children and his great-grand children will carry with them whatever was able to be transferred to them by word, deed and genetics.

Author and television news personality Tom Brokaw coined the term, “The Greatest Generation” in his book that told the stories of World-War II veterans.  Gene fought in that war as well as the Korean conflict and he was indeed one of the best of the best from that wonderful group of men that snatched freedom from the brink of fascism.  Rest in eternal peace my friend.  It was my honor to know you.  You set the bar very high, and hopefully within families all over this great country similar values will carry us onward on the backs of children forged into honorable men by warrior forefathers like you.


Coward in Command

Joe Biden is a coward and like most garden-variety milksops, he is a loud-mouthed bully that embellishes everything in order to concoct what he dreamed he could have been in order to mask that which he actually is.  Most indicative of this cowardess is the fact that Biden sacrificed human life in Afghanistan in order to meet a self-imposed deadline and to retain the ability to claim, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, that he had finished the job.  American’s lives, Afghani’s lives, billions of dollars in U.S. military equipment now being used to kill innocents under the color of our left-behind vehicles, aircraft, armaments, uniforms, helmets, rifles and ammunition, all in the name of preserving the ceremony of Biden being able to take a victory lap on 9-11.

A scheme that discards and dismisses human life today while making political points on the corpses of those 2,996 people who died on 9-11 as well as the almost a quarter of a million people who have died in Afghanistan since 2001 is a misdeed of such epic proportions that only God in heaven can judge.

And like most hapless bullies, Biden used the platform of his post-exit from Afghanistan speech to yell at and intimidate listeners and viewers as he doubled-down on his decision-making, even using the word “wisdom” in self-describing his own, well, wisdom.  Graduation from the U.S. War College is not a requirement to conclude that when winding down a war, you get the innocents out first, then you remove equipment, then you destroy whatever is left that could be used offensively, and then you get your troops out.

What has happened to the leadership of our military that this chain of events could possibly have happen?  Not one high-ranking General had the balls to fall on his sword to prevent this from happening?  Is this our new, “woke” military?  It took some Lieutenant Colonel on Facebook to tell the world what everyone knew to be true:  We were abandoning Americans and other friendlys’ in the name of optics and politics.

Biden yelling at the teleprompter in justifying his choices speaks to his own delusions, which are evident every day as this dazed old-man shuffles away from the podium, unable to answer questions.  What kind of a leader, let alone the most powerful man in the world says this to reporters before a news conference?

BIDEN: Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was (pause) Kelly O’Donnell of NBC.

Or again at another news conference Biden says: “I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions”

Or this troubling exchange.  BIDEN: I’m not — I’m not supposed to take any questions but go ahead.

REPORTER: Mr. President, on Afghanistan —

BIDEN: I’m not going to answer Afghanistan now. Okay.

REPORTER: — can you say if there’s still an acute risk?

BIDEN: Thank you.

Joe Biden is clearly suffering from cognitive decline.  Agree or disagree with Biden’s politics, he is without question, incapable of being the President.  Anyone who doubts this is either simply not paying attention, or is delusional to the observable truth.

Biden is a plagiarist, a liar, a principle-less adulterer and a pervert all easily verified by watching him steal a speech from Neil Kinnock, (fact) tell reporters about his law-school successes, ( multiple lies), how he had a well-documented affair with then-married-to-someone-else Jill Stevenson, (now his wife), and finally, well just scan the internet for the disturbing pictures of “Uncle Joe” sniffing hair and groping in ways that make normal people cringe.

 How could a man like this become the President of the United States?  Clearly the election was rigged.  Not by ballot stuffing, or secret-agent nefarious poll-watchers, or any of the ordinary and popular theories of street-level wrong-doing, but by technology experts armed with keyboards, passwords, programs and software patches.

Average American’s may have their moments when it comes to sound decision-making, (think Carter and Obama), but no honest assessment of what seemingly magically happened on election night passes the simple smell test.  Trump winning at 9PM on election night and Biden running the table in the wee hours of the morning with no news coverage?  Almost 82 million votes, literally overnight?  Take a whiff of that.

But now that we’re stuck with him, the question becomes, how did this happen, how do we ferret-out the bad actors, how do we assure American’s of the fairness of the voting process and most importantly, who is behind all of this?  Who engineered this and who is calling the shots?  Clearly Biden and Harris are at most useful idiots without a scant chance of hatching such a scheme, but simply place-holders, too dumb, and necessarily completely principle-less, in order to take orders, but from whom?

This is really the 6-trillion dollar question and until and unless we find this out, nothing else we do will really matter.


Quitting: The New Virtue Signal

Like people needed another excuse not to succeed, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles celebrates giving up as a virtue.  It would be understandable if she retired in order to go out as one of the best ever, but she made the decision to train as a member of a TEAM  representing the United States of America in the Olympics.  As a member of that TEAM, she failed them as well as the American’s sponsoring and supporting her.

The timing is suspect.

Recently tennis Olympian Naomi Osaka made it OK to avoid questions from the press and then went on to lose in the early rounds of the Olympics based on her alleged fragile state of mind.  After observing the fawning adulation and high levels of support for Osaka’s “bravery”, Biles found a new strategy; failure sold as strength.

Lincoln penned one of the greatest speeches ever written under the pressures of a civil war, a battle at Gettysburg with 50,000 casualties, his 11 year-old son dying only a year earlier, and a wife suffering from severe mental illness.

Imagine what the Gettysburg Address would look like had Biles, (instead of Harriet Beecher Stowe) been around to influence President Lincoln.


Drop the Hammer on Gwen Berry

US Olympic hammer-thrower Gwen Berry generated wide-spread publicity this past week-end by turning her back on the US flag at the awards podium during the Olympic trials.  Berry, a well known prejudiced race-baiting malcontent has acted out in the past, earning a sanction from the US Olympic Committee two years ago for her grand-standing at the Pan American Games, and she has also been suspended for violating the Olympic anti-doping regulations.

Berry has an absolute right to exercise her freedom to speak.  She is free to say anything she wants to say any time see chooses to say it.  That freedom however does not rule out consequences.  The people and organizations that sponsor her, pay for her training, transportation, living expenses, food, medical care and the like have that same liberty to exercise their rights as well.  Rights for example under the area of contract law.  It may require that in order to compete in the Olympic Games as an athlete representing the United States of America, participants must agree to certain curtailments of those speech rights in exchange for accepting a position on the team.  Berry better read the fine print on her otherwise free-ride to stardom paid for by her fellow Americans.

Let’s be real; obtaining the glamour shot as a hammer-thrower is unlikely, especially when you take one look at Berry.  Her abundance of hate-filled attitude defines her image perfectly.  Where a Sharapova in tennis or Biles in gymnastics serve as terrific athletes and role models that are also aesthetically pleasing click-bait, images of the snide and bitchy Berry won’t make most spam folders.  Acting out may generate for her a Kapernick moment she might hope to ride into a gravy train but again, Berry is performing on a stage she doesn’t own, in a sport that doesn’t add one ounce of revenue or viewer excitement, (read advertising revenue) to the bottom line.

Hammer-throwing shouldn’t even be an Olympic sport.  The only people throwing hammers are Olympians or those trying to become Olympians.  This should have been thrown out of the modern Olympics long ago, along with the likes of Berry.

Although speech is “free”, so is speech in reaction just as free.  Berry devoid of the Olympic stage is just another anonymous self-loathing; prejudice mean-spirited ugly human being looking to blame others for her miserable existence. 

The next time 3rd place hammer-thrower Berry makes her throw, she might best be advised to attach to that hammer her crappy attitude and the gigantic chip on her shoulder and throw it all out into the cesspool of her own despair.

I believe that freedom loving Americans would rather lose an Olympic medal than to have it obtained by the likes of Berry.  Her achievements would only taint the trophy case with her poisonous hatred of America and sully the goodness of her fellow athletes that best represent this great country.  While Berry is hateful of America, she is slimy enough to use what she can from that which she hates for her own enrichment.

Before Berry ever competes again, the US Olympic Committee ought to drop the hammer on her.


Just the facts please..

The US population is more-or-less evenly split between men and women yet 90% of those incarcerated are men, according to FBI crime statistics.  Nearly 75% of NBA players are black while 97% of professional golfers are white.  From these FACTS it is reasonable to conclude that men commit more crime than women, blacks are better at basketball than whites and whites are better at golf than blacks.  This isn’t sexist or racist, these are observable FACTS reinforced by reality and observable in the world around us.

The lunacy of the Left argues that prisons and professional sports are inherently racist because their numbers fail to match the demographic distribution of men and women or blacks and whites in society.  The Left doesn’t seek equal opportunity for all; they seek equal outcomes regardless of talents, choices and ambitions.  The Left doesn’t seek the level playing field they claim, but instead a scheme to fix the game and dictate the score.

Asians SAT scores are the highest of any race, blacks the lowest.  27.9% of Blacks are on food stamps.  7.6% for Asians.  Black unemployment is 9.7%.  For Asians, 5.6%.  As a group, Asians are better educated, more employable and less likely to be on welfare than are blacks.  Again, FACTS.  Because of this, a certain segment of the black community hates Asians because in spite of similar histories, obstacles and prejudice, their overwhelming accomplishments and successes are an embarrassment by comparison.

Asian achievement begs the question to the black community; we did it in one generation, why can’t you seem to do in 5? 

Blacks kill each other at a rate 10 times higher than they die at the hands of the police.

Over 90% of black homicides are committed by black men.  Black men are about 6% of the population yet they commit over 50% of all murders and robberies and represent over 5-times the prison population of whites.  Unless you’re allergic to the truth, it is logical to conclude that black men are more violent and more likely to be criminals than their white counterparts.  Even though black men make up only 6% of the US population, they represent about 32% of lethal encounters with police resulting in justifiable homicides.  Being killed by a cop if you are black, is less likely than being struck by lightning.   Oh again with those awful FACTS.

Those who find FACTS as racist are not thinking or rational enough to have an intelligent conversation.  President Biden swerved into the actual truth of modern liberalism when he said in a speech:  “we’ll take truth over facts.”  The point of playing the race/sex/ card is not to encourage dialogue and consensus, but to censor and stop further discussion because on the facts, these arguments can’t be won. 

When one finds FACTS as offensive, then the truth must be offensive as well.  This way of thinking requires one to live in a world of lies.  The many American’s who have failed themselves by clinging to ignorance while rejecting reality puts the future of the United States on a dangerous and self-destructive trajectory.

The United States of America isn’t made up of groups; she is made up from individuals.  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are characteristics of people, individuals, each of us.  We are all free to accomplish what our own qualities, possibilities and aspirations encourage us to pursue.  These decisions come from within.  Self actualization is a unique and wonderful gift to Americans, underwritten by a Constitution that guarantees our access to the possibilities as we see them for ourselves.  Outcomes are not guaranteed but our ability to try is.  Setbacks are certain, we learn from them.  They make us stronger, more resolute, more determined and more grateful.  Failure isn’t permanent or fatal; it is a part of a bigger and greater process as our lives go on and we build on our experiences.

Americans are a giving and generous people.  We will help everyone who is striving as best they can to help themselves.  What we do not do willingly is to suffer fools, the lazy or opportunists and the Left today is mostly made up from heavy doses of all three. 



My company provides services to insurance carriers.  Recently, a large, nationally operational third party administrator issued the following directive, excerpts of which I have included.

Hello Team, 

We wanted to send out a note regarding this, as the Carriers do not want to see the word “tranny” or “trans” manually entered when referring to a transmission or transmission fluid as it is a Political Correctness issue.  We understand that it has been used for a while and is considered industry slang however, in today’s society it can rub some the wrong way and create legal issues. Please be make sure going forward you are not using these slangs on your estimate.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you.

After about 3-minutes of thoughtful consideration, I dashed off the following in response.

In a world of insane, hyper-sensitivity, wouldn’t the phrase “rub some the wrong way” also have sexual overtones for those sad people that have nothing better to do than see if they can figure out a way to be offended?  Instead, normal, high-functioning people ought to rise up and tell that sad, 1% of the easily offended to go and piss up a rope.  Tired of the PC BS.

Having been in business for over 35-years, I can afford to make such pronouncements in protest to a world gone crazy.  I do so on behalf of all of the younger people and their fledgling businesses that are too afraid to stand up to this nonsense and fight back.

I hope I’m not alone in my quest to fight-off this oppressive fog of compulsive submission to unorthodoxy, but regardless; I’ll not be cowed into compliance from the fringes of a society that has lost its way.

This is what happens when we dismiss, discourage and dismantle the family and un-tether ourselves from God. 


Undergrad Drivel

The following is an article published in the Binghamton University newspaper, The Pipe Dream, followed by my response. A glimpse into the mind-numbed world of woke, entitled snot-nosed brats pretending to know something.

As a predominantly white institution, BU has a responsibility to enforce strong consequences for racism on campus


During the second week of my sociology class this semester, our professor Joshua Price brought to the class’s attention a racial incident that had occurred in a discussion section. A student had said a string of slurs while referring to a teaching assistant (TA), who is a woman of color. My initial reaction was how horribly ironic it was that in a class devoted to the unpacking of patterns of oppression, a student would say such a disgusting and racially charged statement. I also wondered what consequences the student would face. Unfortunately, it is unknown whether the student has faced any consequences besides dropping the course.

Instead of briefly addressing the incident and moving on, Price, the TA and Gladys Jiménez-Muñoz — an associate professor and undergraduate director in the sociology department — contextualized the incident by discussing the racist history of Binghamton, the power of words and the discrimination that Black students and teachers face in predominantly white institutions (PWIs). Price shared that he was in the process of reaching out to resources on campus to seek guidance for further disciplinary action.

Price made it clear that racial harassment is not tolerated in class, and other professors should take note. The 2021 Binghamton University student handbook states that “the Binghamton University community does not condone the use of insensitive, discriminatory or other disrespectful comments.” On February 27, a B-Line News Addition following the incident emphasized that racist incidents will not be tolerated at BU, condemning racism as “antithetical to our core values.” However, when overtly racist incidents occur with no known consequence, racism is passively being tolerated. Subsequently, the University’s words become hollow.

I am embarrassed to admit that before our discussion in class, I was not fully aware of Binghamton’s racially charged history. From 1923 to 1924, Binghamton served as the state headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Because of pushback from the high immigrant population in New York City, the KKK traveled upstate for recruitment. At the time, Binghamton was the perfect place, having very few foreign-born residents and a highly conservative population. The KKK attained a headquarters space at the intersection of Wall and Henry Street — less than five miles from where BU’s campus now stands — but left Binghamton a year later because of conflict with the national organization over the space. Binghamton’s racist and conservative history should put extra pressure on the University to open up communication about the city’s past, which should be acknowledged and reflected on with students.

BU is a PWI, with a student body that, as of 2019, is 55 percent white and 4.75 percent Black or African American, according to Data USA. Prior to the 1950s, Black students were almost exclusively educated in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In the past few years, PWIs have begun conducting research into their history with slavery, finding that profits from slavery and related industries funded several prestigious colleges in the Northeast, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Princeton and Yale, and that students and teachers on campus were even served by slaves. The Princeton & Slavery Project found that there were slave auctions held on the Princeton University campus. Because BU is a newer school, it does not have such an intimate history with slavery, but it still has a racist history. The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science is named after a publicly known Nazi sympathizer who Adolf Hitler honored in 1937, and the University has not made any effort to change the name. Additionally, Black staff and students at BU have repeatedly reported and endured racial harassment and discrimination on campus. BU’s ignorance sends a message that’s loud and clear — responding to racism is not a priority.

An open letter to Harvey Stenger on June 12, 2020 signed by over 200 faculty members, students and alumni stated that “67 percent of Black males, 57 percent of Black females, followed by 25 percent of Native American females reported that they have experienced some form of discrimination, harassment or incivility” on campus. The creation of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship and refunding of the Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship, although positive, failed to address the issues that permeated the Black student body on campus. The staff and faculty expressed frustration with the lack of action and responsibility, writing “we remain gravely concerned, because these measures do nothing to address the pervasive racist climate on campus that has been on the rise and that students, faculty and staff have spent years telling you about.” Stenger’s inaction has also been a source of disappointment in the past, as he walked out of a meeting in March 2015 during which Students for Change questioned him about how he planned to respond to racism on campus, and racist pictures and slurs found on a campus whiteboard in 2017 were followed by an email where Stenger promised to react “forcefully” but no significant change was made.

How can students of color feel safe and comfortable at BU when there are no serious consequences for racial harassment and there has been no effort to educate students about the history of Binghamton and PWIs? Minority students do not get an equal educational or social experience to white students because they have to deal with the pressure and emotional trauma of racism. A majority of Black students report feeling alienated and discriminated against in PWIs. A phrase in the code of conduct condemning racism is not enough — BU’s empty words do nothing to protect minority students.

There have been some steps in the right direction, though, including a proposal by the Student Association (SA) Congress for a required race and diversity education program at student orientation. Hopefully, this course will distinguish itself from the performative actions of the University so far and thoroughly address the history of PWIs and racism in Binghamton. Additionally, it is crucial that BU publishes guidelines mandating and describing concrete consequences for racist acts so that when an incident occurs, the University and the perpetrator can be held accountable. BU should also make an effort to hire more diverse faculty members, as College Factual reports BU faculty as 71.7 percent white and only 3.6 percent Black or African American. The open letter to Stenger called for the resumption of a cluster hire initiative for professors of color that the University halted. Furthermore, counselors of color could provide extra support and guidance to students of color. The University of Maryland, for example, has a drop-in hour during which students of color can meet with counselors of color.

For now, BU’s overused statements of intolerance are just a formality. It is traumatic enough to be subjected to an act of racially charged hate speech, but to have the perpetrator face no clear serious consequence is painful for the victim and is not constructive for the perpetrator. Without any consequences, the student is just as likely to do the same thing again, because they have not learned from nor been impacted by their actions. As an institute of higher education, BU has the responsibility and the power to shape the minds and actions of students, affecting how they view and treat other people. When the University does not respond to racist incidents vehemently, it disempowers the victims and sends the message that acts of racism are of lesser importance. It is imperative that BU works to remedy the performative nature of its activism, and students reflect on their individual biases and the impact of their actions. As an institution where Black students have historically been excluded and are a minority, BU must respond to racism earnestly and productively.

My response:

It is amusing to me how many young white women have seemingly found their cause celebre by defining, defending and describing racism on behalf of others of another race.  It is insulting to hear these mostly privileged white girls, (like yourself), drone on about oppression as if they themselves or you have experienced it.  The je ne sais quoi of such assumptive drivel smacks of virtue signaling thinly veiled as actually caring.  The insincerity of such nonsense is not lost on those folks who have actually suffered under such oppression.  Settling for an iced latte creamy milk blended espresso from Dunkin Donuts because the Starbuck’s is closed for diversity training is not a hardship akin to the racism you pretend to understand.

The fact that a single student was alleged to have uttered racial slurs in class is hardly a call-to-action for accusations of campus-wide racism.  You seem to be someone just looking for an excuse to be outraged.  Linking KKK activity to this region from almost 100-years ago and comparing the founder of IBM as a Nazi sympathizer is a tired old trick of applying the moral high ground of 2021 progressive philosophy to the acts of our ancestors, as if that is intellectually honest.  This form of comparative morality is patently unfair and proves nothing, other than your own explicit bias.

The author unwittingly exposes her prejudice when she conflates racists with conservatives in the following sentence:  “Binghamton’s racist and conservative history should put extra pressure on the University to open up communication about the city’s past, which should be acknowledged and reflected on with students.”

I would gently remind this young un-declared under-graduate snowflake that the party of racism, Jim Crow, lynchings, slavery, segregation, the KKK and all of the resistance to attempts at achieving racial equality has come in every historical instance from the Democrat Party not from Republicans or conservatives.

If you’re going to twist history by overlaying your modern principles on judging the goodness of those actions, have the intellectual consistency to accept that the liberalism of which you are so proud and so woke with your enlightenment is the same liberalism that historically fought against the equality of the races every step of the way.

Hopefully, as your collegiate career progresses, you’ll have the good fortune to encounter a professor or two that is still interested in teaching you how to think instead of convincing you of what to think.  Questioning all of your assumptions is a healthy exercise and if you’re truly interested in learning and growing, that is exactly what you have to do.  I wish you well.