Lesson From Mizzou & Political Correctness: It’s Permissible to Be Diverse Except When it Isn’t.
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University of Missouri parents were sent an email letter by university administration about the current unrest by students and faculty.
The university reminds students on the role of proper conversation in a diverse society:
Young adults at Mizzour must temper their conversation for fear of intruding on someone’s feelings and invasion of their ‘safe space’. If students make someone feel uncomfortable, they may be reported to the thought police at the university.
Is free speech and behavior now outlawed at Mizzou? Who is the judge and jury to decide whose bias is reasonable and whose isn’t? Is bias an emotion that is not allowed on the campus? Can bias be ever be eradicated? Is bias appropriate for some groups and not for others? Can any of us travel through life without feeling hurt, unwelcome and excluded? Are students now empowered and encouraged to report those who they conclude are not expressing behavior they believe is appropriate? Isn’t that what we saw play out in the demonstration against the reporter trying to film protesters on public land? The professor and students felt as if their ‘safe space’ was encroached upon so he was harassed while trying to film the protest. Perhpas he didn’t give them a trigger waring so as not to upset their right to be left alone and sensitive feelings, even as they don’t have that right when they are protesting in a public venue.
What happened to the student’s right to film and exercise his First Amendment rights? Why did the students’ (collective) rights supersede the film maker’s (individual) right to record the event? Somehow the ‘rights of the individual’ is missing from Mizzou’s diversity page. Individuals should not intentionally use things we say and do that cause others to feel hut, unwelcome and excluded. But in the real world of business and politics, that’s life. (Just ask Representative Mike Lair how he feels about those opposed to Common Core). Maybe those wanting to follow the law and expect state agencies to do the same should report Representative Lair to the Capitol Police so he can look inside, examine his own bias and think carefully about the things he says and does that causes others to feel hurt, unwelcome and excluded. Do you think a police report on his behavior will actually change what he feels and thinks about those who disagree with him? Of course not. We continue to resist Rep. Lair (and other education reform CCSS proponents) with facts/research. His remarks make him look foolish and bestowed national attention and honor of being in the running of America’s Most Arrogant State Lawmaker. He’s entitled to his opinion and we actually look forward to hearing more of his beliefs about those with whom he disagrees.
What is the consequence of the tattletaling on other adults and expecting government officials to intercede? Reported students will subsequently clam up which seems to be the goal of the diversity movement. It’s permissible to be diverse except when it isn’t. It’s not about honoring diversity, really. It’s about control by totalitarians. From Can We Start Taking Political Correctness Seriously Now?:
The upsurge of political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and over. It’s the expression of a political culture with consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be incompatible with liberalism. The reason every Marxist government in the history of the world turned massively repressive is not because they all had the misfortune of being hijacked by murderous thugs. It’s that the ideology itself prioritizes class justice over individual rights and makes no allowance for legitimate disagreement. (For those inclined to defend p.c. on the grounds that racism and sexism are important, bear in mind that the forms of repression Marxist government set out to eradicate were hardly imaginary.) MEW bolded
American political correctness has obviously never perpetrated the brutality of a communist government, but it has also never acquired the powers that come with full control of the machinery of the state. The continuous stream of small-scale outrages it generates is a testament to an illiberalism that runs deep down to its core (a character I tried to explain in my January essay).
The scene in Columbia and the recent scene in New Haven share a similar structure: jeering student mobs expressing incredulity at the idea of political democracy. As far as the students are concerned, they represent the cause of anti-racism, a fact that renders the need for debate irrelevant. Defenses of p.c. tactics simply sweep aside objections to the tactics as self-interested whining. “It’s not about creating an intellectual space,” shouts one Yalie. Notably, the events at Yale have redounded in New Haven to the benefit of the protesters, who have renewed their demands, and Nicholas Christakis, the Yale administrator seen pleading futilely for reason, issuing apologies for his behavior. Likewise, at Wesleyan, the student newspaper that sparked outrage by publishing the op-ed of a student (cautiously) questioning elements of the Black Lives Matter movement has been harshly sanctioned.
That these activists have been able to prevail, even in the face of frequently harsh national publicity highlighting the blunt illiberalism of their methods, confirms that these incidents reflect something deeper than a series of one-off episodes. They are carrying out the ideals of a movement that regards the delegitimization of dissent as a first-order goal. People on the left need to stop evading the question of political correctness — by laughing it off as college goofs, or interrogating the motives of p.c. critics, or ignoring it — and make a decision on whether they agree with it.
A ‘reporting document’ (below) on inappropriate speech was tweeted as a politically incorrect response to the political correctness run unchecked at the University of Missouri. It’s a parody of the thought and behavior control present on the Mizzou campus in the alleged quest for diversity. The letter to parents has little to do with diversity and more to do about totalitarian thought and behavior being instituted on campus.
For more information on additional reports your Mizzou student can file, read below on how to inform authorities on a bias incident: