After Told He’s Racist, UW-M Student Rejects Further Diversity ‘Training’

by Jennifer Kabbany - Associate Editor on September 23, 2013

Jason Morgan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student earning his doctorate there, has told his supervisor he objects to the school’s mandated diversity training for teaching assistants (TAs) because leaders of the first session he attended essentially called him – and the whole class – racist.

What’s more, the next session – on how to support transgender students – is something Morgan said he cannot support, as it runs in direct contradiction to his religious beliefs.

The letter, sent by email Sept. 22, states all new TAs in the university’s history department are required to attend one orientation session, two training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Morgan, in his letter, called the first of the two diversity sessions, held Friday, “an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, ‘re-education’) entirely unbecoming a university of our stature.”

Below Morgan’s letter has been reproduced in its entirety. Morgan, a College Fix contributor, also sent copies of the letter to various Wisconsin news outlets:

Dear Graduate Director Prof. Kantrowitz,

Please forgive this sudden e-mail. I am writing to you today about the “diversity” training that new teaching assistants (TAs) are required to undergo. In keeping with the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, I am also blind-copying on this e-mail several journalistic outlets and state government officials, because the taxpayers who support this university deserve to know how their money is being spent.

As you are probably aware, all new TAs in the History Department are required to attend one orientation session, two TA training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Yesterday (Friday, September 20th), we new TAs attended the first of the diversity sessions. To be quite blunt, I was appalled. What we were given, under the rubric of “diversity,” was an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, “re-education”) entirely unbecoming a university of our stature.

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and students at probably every other public institution of higher education in this country, have long since grown accustomed to incessant leftism. It is in the very air that we breathe. Bascom Hill, for example, is roped off and the university is shut down so that Barack Obama (D), Mark Pocan (D), and Tammy Baldwin (D) can deliver campaign speeches before election day. (The university kindly helped direct student traffic to these campaign events by sending out a mass e-mail encouraging the student body to go to the Barack Obama for President website and click “I’m In for Barack!” in order to attend.) Marxist diatribes denouncing Christianity, Christians, the United States, and conservatives (I am happy to provide as many examples of this as might be required) are assigned as serious scholarship in seminars. The Teaching Assistants Association (TAA)–which sent out mass e-mails, using History Department list-servs, during the attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker, accusing Gov. Walker of, among other things, being “Nero”–is allowed to address TA and graduate student sessions as a “non-partisan organization”. The History Department sponsors a leftist political rally, along with the Socialist Party of Wisconsin, and advertises for the rally via a departmental e-mail (sent, one presumes, using state computers by employees drawing salaries from a state institution). In short, this university finds it convenient to pretend that it is an apolitical entity, but one need not be particularly astute to perceive that the Madison campus is little more than a think tank for the hard left. Even those who wholeheartedly support this political agenda might in all candor admit that the contours of the leftism here are somewhat less than subtle.

At the “diversity” training yesterday, though, even this fig leaf of apoliticism was discarded. In an utterly unprofessional way, the overriding presumption of the session was that the people whom the History Department has chosen to employ as teaching assistants are probably racists. In true “diversity” style, the language in which the presentation was couched was marbled with words like “inclusive”, “respect”, and “justice”. But the tone was unmistakably accusatory and radical. Our facilitator spoke openly of politicizing her classrooms in order to right (take revenge for?) past wrongs. We opened the session with chapter-and-verse quotes from diversity theorists who rehearsed the same tired “power and privilege” cant that so dominates seminar readings and official university hand-wringing over unmet race quotas. Indeed, one mild-mannered Korean woman yesterday felt compelled to insist that she wasn’t a racist. I never imagined that she was, but the atmosphere of the meeting had been so poisoned that even we traditional quarries of the diversity Furies were forced to share our collective guilt with those from continents far across the wine-dark sea.

It is hardly surprising that any of us hectorees would feel thusly. For example, in one of the handouts that our facilitator asked us to read (“Detour-Spotting: for white anti-racists,” by joan olsson [sic]), we learned things like, “As white infants we were fed a pabulum of racist propaganda,” “…there was no escaping the daily racist propaganda,” and, perhaps most even-handed of all, “Racism continues in the name of all white people.” Perhaps the Korean woman did not read carefully enough to realize that only white people (all of them, in fact) are racist. Nevertheless, in a manner stunningly redolent of “self-criticism” during the Cultural Revolution in communist China, the implication of the entire session was that everyone was suspect, and everyone had some explaining to do.

You have always been very kind to me, Prof. Kantrowitz, so it pains me to ask you this, but is this really what the History Department thinks of me? Is this what you think of me? I am not sure who selected the readings or crafted the itinerary for the diversity session, but, as they must have done so with the full sanction of the History Department, one can only conclude that the Department agrees with such wild accusations, and supports them. Am I to understand that this is how the white people who work in this Department are viewed? If so, I cannot help but wonder why in the world the Department hired any of us in the first place. Would not anyone be better?

There is one further issue. At the end of yesterday’s diversity “re-education,” we were told that our next session would include a presentation on “Trans Students”. At that coming session, according to the handout we were given, we will learn how to let students ‘choose their own pronouns’, how to correct other students who mistakenly use the wrong pronouns, and how to ask people which pronouns they prefer (“I use the pronouns he/him/his. I want to make sure I address you correctly. What pronouns do you use?”). Also on the agenda for next week are “important trans struggles, as well as those of the intersexed and other gender-variant communities,” “stand[ing] up to the rules of gender,” and a very helpful glossary of related terms and acronyms, to wit: “Trans”: for those who “identify along the gender-variant spectrum,” and “Genderqueer”: “for those who consider their gender outside the binary gender system”. I hasten to reiterate that I am quoting from diversity handouts; I am not making any of this up.

Please allow me to be quite frank. My job, which I love, is to teach students Japanese history. This week, for example, I have been busy explaining the intricacies of the Genpei War (1180-1185), during which time Japan underwent a transition from an earlier, imperial-rule system under regents and cloistered emperors to a medieval, feudal system run by warriors and estate managers. It is an honor and a great joy to teach students the history of Japan. I take my job very seriously, and I look forward to coming to work each day.

It is most certainly not my job, though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their psychological confusion. I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage poor souls in their sexual experimentation, nor am I receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin to play along with fantasies or accommodate public cross-dressing. To all and sundry alike I explicate, as best I can, such things as the clash between the Taira and the Minamoto, the rise of the Kamakura shogunate, and the decline of the imperial house in twelfth-century Japan. Everyone is welcome in my classroom, but, whether directly or indirectly, I will not implicate myself in my students’ fetishes, whatever those might be. What they do on their own time is their business; I will not be a party to it. I am exercising my right here to say, “Enough is enough.” One grows used to being thought a snarling racist–after all, others’ opinions are not my affair–but one draws the line at assisting students in their private proclivities. That is a bridge too far, and one that I, at least, will not cross.

I regret that this leaves us in an awkward situation. After having been accused of virulent racism and, now, assured that I will next learn how to parse the taxonomy of “Genderqueers”, I am afraid that I will disappoint those who expect me to attend any further diversity sessions. When a Virginia-based research firm came to campus a couple of years ago to present findings from their study of campus diversity, then-Diversity Officer Damon Williams sent a gaggle of shouting, sign-waving undergraduates to the meeting, disrupting the proceedings so badly that the meeting was cancelled. In a final break with such so-called “diversity”, I will not be storming your office or shouting into a megaphone outside your window. Instead, I respectfully inform you hereby that I am disinclined to join in any more mandatory radicalism. I have, thank God, many more important things to do. I also request that diversity training be made optional for all TAs, effective immediately. In my humble opinion, neither the Department nor the university has any right to subject anyone to such intellectual tyranny.

Thank you for your patience in reading this long e-mail.

Sincerely,

Jason Morgan

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  • Nullifidian

    “What’s more, the next session – on how to
    support transgender students – is something Morgan said he cannot
    support, as it runs in direct contradiction to his religious beliefs.”
    Well, then the poor baby can get out and find himself a job working for the Westboro Baptist Church. “How dare diversity training not accommodate by bigoted belief system!” isn’t a defense that’s likely to win through with a resounding show of support. If the private beliefs of the most bigoted could trump the need for diversity training then there wouldn’t be any diversity training at all because every form of bigotry is a deep-seated personal belief.

    • Stagester

      You sir are the bigot, what he said is all would be welcome in his classroom but what you and others of your ilk want is for him to not only be tolerant but to accept. He has a religious right to his views. If you don’t like the 1st amendment I would suggest you move, like to another country.

      Since he and in fact the whole department and university serve at the pleasure of the taxpayers of Wisconsin and the nation, they should be a political. You are either a sheep follower or you are a fascist. Doesn’t really matter to me, either one is guilty of crimes against humanity.

      • Nullifidian

        You sir are the bigot,

        Right. I’m the bigot for pointing out bigotry. By the same token, the oncologist who diagnoses you with cancer is the one responsible for your condition, not someone who is simply reporting an objective truth. If ignorance is bliss, you must be living on cloud nine.

        what he said is all would be welcome in his classroom

        So it’s enough that he say it. We should all take his word for it, even when it’s sandwiched among the most naked contempt and condescension for transgender people. If I don’t buy protestations of tolerance and good will from white liberals, why should I buy it from white right-wingers?

        but what you and others of your ilk want is for him to not only be tolerant but to accept.

        Heavens! People accepting other people for who they are! What a travesty that would be!

        Actually, I’d consider it a good start if he’d stop being such a condescending ass.

        He has a religious right to his views.

        Nobody said he didn’t. I simply helpfully suggested that he find more congenial employment if he doesn’t like the idea of being trained how not to stand in judgment of a wide cross-section of American society.

        What crybaby conservatives like you and the author seem to forget is that these institutions have their own prerogatives too, and one of them is making sure that they don’t unleash flaming bigots on a diverse student body.

        If you don’t like the 1st amendment I would suggest you move, like to another country.

        The first amendment does not apply here, because nobody is disputing his right to be a bigot, with or without religious reasons. However, it is not a violation of his first amendment liberties to be expected to take a diversity training course, particularly when—as the author himself admitted—it is required of all incoming teaching assistants. He’s not being singled out for scrutiny because of beliefs (although after this letter, he’s definitely going to be scrutinized now, hence my reflections on the wisdom of posting a letter dripping with bigotry to justify why he doesn’t have to take a diversity training course).

        Seriously, try a lawsuit on this. You’ll find the courts will side with the university based on precedent. This is very similar to the Jennifer Keeton case in Georgia, where another one of these “my bigotry is Constitutionally protected” nitwits sued her school because it was compelling her to complete a remediation plan to learn how to deal with homosexual clients or leave the program. She lost, and she was even expected to take a remediation course specifically because of her attitudes and behavior. How much less likely is it that anyone would prevail in a lawsuit over a general course that’s expected of everyone entering the TA program?

        Since he and in fact the whole department and university serve at the pleasure of the taxpayers of Wisconsin and the nation, they should be a political. [sic]

        They should be a political what?

        And since when is bigotry a political issue? There’s a completely apolitical (I think that’s the word you were aiming for) reason for requiring TAs to take diversity training courses: the university does not want TAs who will appear to insult or demean—or even marginally disfavor—certain students based on the characteristics that make them a protected class. This condescending letter does its author no favors at all in this respect.

        You are either a sheep follower or you are a fascist. Doesn’t really matter to me, either one is guilty of crimes against humanity.

        Yeah, that’s me. Pol Pot, Milosevic, Himmler, and Nullifidian. Together again. Yes, pointing out how snide, bigoted, and condescending this person appears to trans people, and how a university is fully justified in not letting him loose on a classroom full of diverse students, is a crime on a par with the Rwandan Genocide or the Massacre at Srebrenica. This is not hysterical or hyperbolic in any way. Sure.

        • Stagester

          You are a bigot against someone’s religious views, btw, I doubt you would be so bold against an Islamist, might get your head cut off.

          As much as he would take the word of someone of a far left ideology calling him racist without proof.

          Yes, when you are forcing them to accept or lose their livelihood. Read about what fascists did when they took power.

          So if you respect your religion that goes against what YOU believe then you can’t be employed? Again another fascist move.

          So the freedom to practice your religion doesn’t apply? when did that become the law of the land?

          Apolitical was what I meant, meaning for even your small brain that they should advocate for neither side in a political argument using state/national funding. You either knew what I meant or are truly ignorant.

          Yeah, I bet Hitler’s followers thought the same, you show yourself through your doublespeak what you are. Thank you for showing the good people who read this blog exactly what you are.

          • Nullifidian

            You are a bigot against someone’s religious views,

            Oh, gosh, yes because i don’t accept the evasion “This is my religious view, therefore it is beyond criticism”, that makes me a bigot.

            btw, I doubt you would be so bold against an Islamist, might get your head cut off.

            Well, if I find an “Islamist” anywhere outside Bush and Obama Administration propaganda, I’ll let you know. It’s an artificial term, like “Viet Cong” (they were always the Viet Minh), that is designed to take an entire religion and make an enemy out of it while pretending that one is doing something else. And it works on intellectually indolent Americans who can’t be bothered to learn the difference between the many and varied strains of thought within Islam, let alone give time to the possibility that it is our foreign policy rather than their religion that breeds hatred of the U.S. in the Mideast and Central Asia.

            I always find this kind of assertion really amusing. There’s a term for it: it’s called “fatwa envy”. It’s rooted in a wish-fulfillment fantasy of thinking back to the time when any dissenters would be put to the sword or burnt at the stake. People like you would kill others for their religious differences if you could, and nothing causes you more aggravation than the fact that Western society has moved beyond the point where that was considered acceptable, so now you look on to Islam and say, “Hey, if only we had that theocratic power back again!” Well, guess what? I do criticize reactionary strains of Islam, and really couldn’t care less about whether any of them kill me for it. I don’t view anybody’s theocratic ideals as beyond criticism.

            Yes, when you are forcing them to accept or lose their livelihood.

            First off, being a grad student TA isn’t a ‘livelihood’ that’s worth saving. I’ve been there myself. Second, even if it were the case that one’s livelihood were threatened, you don’t have a right to a particular position if you refuse to fulfill the most basic requirements of it that are expected of everyone. A Jehovah’s Witness doesn’t have the right to a job as a phlebotomist and then refuse to do blood draws for transfusions because they’re contrary to his deeply held religious views. If he’s so resentful of being expected to take a mere two-day diversity training course that is required of all incoming TAs at his university, then he should either find another university or find a different career.

            Read about what fascists did when they took power.

            They mandated diversity training courses?

            So if you respect your religion that goes against what YOU believe then you can’t be employed?

            Perhaps you could rephrase this so that it makes some sort of sense, because right now I’m wondering how anyone could hold to a religion that went against his or her own beliefs.

            So the freedom to practice your religion doesn’t apply? when did that become the law of the land?

            The author of this screed is perfectly free to practice his religion. He is just not free to practice it on his students. The state university is a secular space that admits all sorts and conditions of men and women. It is in their interest and their prerogative, therefore, to make sure that the students they hire to represent the university in their classes as TAs do not openly express their contempt for one or another of their students, and they’ve decided that the best way to ensure this culture of acceptance—I choose the word deliberately, since it rankles you so much—is by having a course on diversity training. If one person refuses to complete the course on the principle that it teaches such ‘outlandish’ things like how to ask which pronoun a person would prefer, as if it’s such an imposition that he treat trans people with basic courtesy, does he have the right to overturn the decisions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s administration and professors solely to suit his religious whims? Does the world revolve around him and what he wants? What we have here is an entitled little pissant trying to dictate to the rest of the university and throwing a hissy fit because things aren’t organized here precisely as he would like them to be.

            Apolitical was what I meant, meaning for even your small brain that they should advocate for neither side in a political argument using state/national funding.

            And how is this a matter of political “sides”? I gave you a perfectly reasonable purpose for having a diversity training course that you simply ignored.

            Yeah, I bet Hitler’s followers thought the same….

            Oh, I bet so too! I understand that “Hitler’s followers” were really down on all forms of bigotry! *facepalm*

            Honestly, do you even listen to yourself? Try this as an experiment. Before you post, read what you write aloud and think hard about whether it makes any sense whatsoever, either syntactically or rationally.

          • AndrewX

            RE: “Well, if I find an “Islamist” anywhere outside Bush and Obama Administration propaganda.”

            Try the food court at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. We should have lunch there, as soon as they cart all the bodies away.

          • Nullifidian

            Try the food court at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. We should have lunch there, as soon as they cart all the bodies away.

            So the “Islamists” are mallrats?

            I don’t think you quite grasped the point of what I was saying. Telling me that the label “Islamist” is applied by Western governments and the servile media to certain people misses the point. I already knew that. The point is that the term itself is illegitimate, so there can’t be any “Islamists” if there is no “Islamism”. By the same ‘logic’ you’re applying here, I can prove that penguins are native to Arizona deserts: all I have to do is call a saguaro a “penguin”.

            Would we call abortion clinic bombers and the Lord’s Resistance Army worldwide representatives of the ideology of Christianism? Were Meir Kahane and his merry band of terrorists, such as Baruch Goldstein, representatives of the global ideology of Jewism? Nobody in their right mind would say that, because we in the West recognize the varied traditions within Judaism and Christianity, and can easily accept that violence done by a few schismatic reactionaries isn’t the voice of the whole. But Islam is equally varied—even more so in some cases. You’ll find more agreement between a Oneness Pentecostal and an Episcopalian on the nature of God than you will between a Druze or a Sufi and a Wahhabist. These considerations don’t matter to our security state or the lazy media that blindly follows anything that’s told to it by some handpicked ‘terrorism expert’ (even when that person knows nothing about Islam either).

          • AndrewX

            Numbers, my friend, numbers. How many human beings have been slaughtered by “abortion clinic bombers” and the “Lord’s Resistance Army?” How about by “Meir Kahane and his Merry Band”? In total, I’ll bet less than died in Nairobi alone, much less at the World Trade Center, the London Tube, Madrid Trains, Beslan…. shall I go on….. and on…. and on and on and on and on and on…….? And on…. and on….. and on…. and on….. and on…. and ON….. AND ON….. AND ON…………………. AND ON……..

            (and on)……..

            To pick this week, THIS week of all weeks, when all eyes are on Kenya, to say that “Islamist murder fetish is just a fantasy” is such an ASTOUNDINGLY willful blindness to the truth of this world, the truth that every sane person sees, and is SUCH a magnificent portrayal of the left’s ability to live the fantasy world, and by God, live it unto death, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA – I AM NOT LISTENING MY FINGERS ARE IN MY EARS, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!!!!!!!

            And you people think you have the right to run the world, based on your childish and pathetic fantasies that the world refuses on a daily basis to play along with????
            You have every right to live out your ridiculous fantasies as you wish. You have no right to drag the rest of us into an abyss of your own making, and make no mistake, we WILL resist unto death. What else can we do? You stake the life of myself and my children on your fact that the Easter Bunny is real. The rest of us have no choice but to struggle for our survival against such idiocy regardless of….. anything, anything at all that threatens same. What else would any sane person expect?

          • Nullifidian

            If you’re through throwing your little fit, perhaps you’ll go back and read what I wrote and respond relevantly to it this time.

          • AndrewX

            And this is relevant to the fact that hundreds of thousands have been killed in the name if Islam all over the world over the past two generations why exactly, you ignorant putz…

          • Nullifidian

            Let me remind you of what you said:

            How many human beings have been slaughtered by “abortion clinic bombers” and the “Lord’s Resistance Army?” How about by “Meir Kahane and his Merry Band”? In total, I’ll bet less than died in Nairobi alone….

            In case you need reminding, 100,000 is a larger number than 67.

            ….much less at the World Trade Center, the London Tube, Madrid Trains, Beslan…. shall I go on…..

            2,977 (minus the 19 hijackers), 52 victims (minus the 4 suicide bombers), 191 deaths, 385 deaths. In total, this is 3,705 deaths, so 3,772 with Nairobi, so you really should go on if you want to top 100,000.

            And this is relevant to the fact that hundreds of thousands have been killed in the name if Islam all over the world over the past two generations why exactly, you ignorant putz…

            The Lord’s Resistance Army has had far less than two generations to do its damage (given that a human generation is reckoned to be about twenty years and they’ve only been in business since 1987), so two generations isn’t even comparable, but let’s for the sake of argument take it as a figure. Can you now demonstrate that “hundreds of thousands” have been killed since 1973 “in the name of Islam” and not for any other reasons? Because if you do factor in other reasons, you have to remove much from your figures, including the WTC attacks, the 7/7 attack, and the Madrid train bombing, which were always clearly articulated as being in retaliation for U.S. foreign policy, particularly its support of Israel during the first invasion of Lebanon and for the UK’s and Spain’s support of the Iraq War. Remember that’s also part of my critique of the term Islamism: it shifts the focus from rage based on U.S. foreign policy decisions to make it appear as if the sole motivation is religion. Therefore I will only accept attacks that have religion as their sole motivation. Do you have that kind of analysis ready to go, or are you just speaking from a few lazy generalizations that you’ve picked up from a compliant, house-trained U.S. media?

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            “Can you now demonstrate that “hundreds of thousands” have been killed since 1973 “in the name of Islam” and not for any other reasons?”
            Try the Sudanese Second Civil War from 1983 to 2005. Started by its government who wanted to impose Islamic law on the whole nation. Caused 2 million deaths.
            http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/sudan/facts.html
            http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/pdf/darfur_040707.pdf

          • Nullifidian

            Actually, it started for the same reason that the First Sudanese Civil War started: the political and economic power has always been in the North, and the Southern Sudanese have distrusted the government out of Khartoum because, despite being poorer, they have significant oil and gas reserves and reserves of water. Anyone who claims that Islam was the only, or even the primary, reason, is someone who’s bought into the propaganda that tried to obscure the fact that it and the Western response to it was a war for resources.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            Still ignorant are you?
            “Civil war was sparked in 1983 when the military regime tried to impose sharia law as part of its overall policy to “Islamicize” all of Sudan.”
            http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/sudan/facts.html

            “The
            war flared again in 1983 after then-President Jaafar Nimeri abrogated the peace
            accord and announced he would turn Sudan into a Muslim Arab state, where
            Islamic law, or sharia, would prevail, including in the southern provinces.”
            http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/pdf/darfur_040707.pdf

          • Nullifidian

            Nope, not ignorant. As a Westerner, I can’t but help be aware that this was the line fed to us by our house-trained media. However, this ignores the fact that tensions had arisen years earlier when Gaafar Nimeiry attempted to take control of the oil reserves that dotted the North-South border. His declaration a few years later that Sudan was an Islamic state didn’t spark the civil war because of Islam, but because it meant that he was cancelling the autonomous status of South Sudan, which was guaranteed by the Addis Ababa Agreement that ended the first civil war. There’s a whole historical, political, and economic context that you have to ignore to claim that “it’s about Islam”. And that is precisely my point: the whole “clash of civilizations” narrative deliberately obscures political, historical, and economic realities, whether the subject is Sudan or the 9/11 attacks.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            How exactly is declaring an Islamic state not about Islam?

          • Finrod Felagund

            He’s trying to obfuscate with bullshit.

          • Nullifidian

            Reread my post immediately above again, repeating as many times as is necessary for you to comprehend it.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            I read it. Once again, how is declaring an Islamic state not about Islam?

          • Nullifidian

            Apparently you need to reread it.

            In case you can’t get the picture, I’m done entertaining you in your pose of befogged idiocy. If you can’t address what I wrote in any substantive way, then just shut up and stop pestering me with moronic questions that were addressed two posts ago.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            You yourself concede that an Islamic state was declared, so how is declaring an Islamic state not about Islam?

          • Nullifidian

            What is it about the words “shut up and stop pestering me with moronic questions that were answered two [now three] posts ago” that you are having trouble understanding? I’m done with you. If you want me to continue explaining the historical relations between North and South Sudan throughout the 20th century, then you’re going to have to pay me to do it, and my my disinterest in explaining things to idiots will be reflected in the hourly wage that I’ll demand.

          • JohnDale49

            Oh, now he’ll accuse us of Islamophobia. I really hope he falls prey to Islamists.

          • Stagester

            Yes, given that we live in a free society, they yes you qualify certainly as a bigot. Just because their beliefs contrast with your own.

            bigot (ˈbɪɡət) — n a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race.

            Tell that to the Christians in the Middle East who are getting beheaded for just being Christians. You are pathetic.

            Given the person in question, wants to teach history at the university level, they yes being a TA is important. Not to mention how the stipend he would get helps pay for his studies.

            No what the fascists did was put people in “re-education” camps, which is exactly what the so called diversity educators called their course.

            He’s not practicing on his students. 1st he said all were welcome in his classroom. It is the university and therefore the state who is forcing him to forego his belief to substantiate the leftist point of view. That is forcing the state’s own secular humanism on him not the other way around. Of course you don’t see any discrimination because you agree with the discrimination. There were collaborators and people in Germany who agreed with Hitler too, perhaps even a majority. I thought we lived in a country where minorities were protected by and from the state. Apparently you don’t believe in this country nor the freedoms protected by our constitution. You are free to leave at any time.

            The simple fact that you cannot ascertain the difference in political sides is in itself a condemnation on our educational system.

            So its ok to discriminate against Christians, as long as you are advocating for whatever you believe in and that’s not bigotry and that’s not discrimination? I guess we are truly living in Orwell’s dystopia. Yeah, Hitler of course was a bigot but so are you.

            I have a suggestion for you. Why don’t you interact with Christians? Why don’t you talk to the ones who are losing their businesses here in this country because of same sex marriages. Or why don’t you buy a ticket to Egypt and talk to some of the Copts that are being burned out and stoned. Or the one’s in Syria where their whole villages are getting destroyed and they are getting beheaded. Too far to go for you? Go talk to the widow of the man who died as a result of being a Christian in Toronto by a Muslim?

            Are you getting the fact that you are not the only bigot against Christians in the world? You are just the one without a clue of your own prejudices.

          • Nullifidian

            Yes, given that we live in a free society, they yes you qualify
            certainly as a bigot.

            So bigotry is a matter of geography?

            bigot (ˈbɪɡət) — n a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race.

            In that case, that counts me out, because I am not intolerant of all ideas other than my own; I just take a dim view of entitled whiners.

            Tell that to the Christians in the Middle East who are getting beheaded for just being Christians. You are pathetic.

            See my response above to AndrewX.

            Given the person in question, wants to teach history at the university level, they yes being a TA is important.

            Again, I’ve explained this about a dozen ways, and it still doesn’t seem to be sinking in. Just because Jason wants something does not mean that he is entitled to it. He is not entitled to a position in the grad program at UW, he is not entitled to a post as a TA, and he is not entitled to dictate policy to the UW professors and administration. If he really wants to be a TA, then he can take the diversity training course. If not, there are plenty of able people willing to take his place. As long as there is a reasonable, secular, and generally applicable purpose for having this course, then his whining about it doesn’t have a hope in hell of changing anything. And so far, you’ve not rebutted anything I’ve said about why UW mandates this course, or the fact that it is mandated for all TAs, not just our special little snowflake.

            No what the fascists did was put people in “re-education” camps, which is exactly what the so called diversity educators called their course.

            Not to put too fine a point on this, but there is no solid evidence for that claim, just the assertions of the author.

            In any case, it’s ridiculous to think that a mere two days—out of which our special snowflake only spent one in a diversity training course amounts to some form of brainwashing. How stupid are you people if a few hours is all it takes for you to utterly lose your sense of self? And if you’re not stupid and easily led, and those darn lefties with their diversity training courses are just that irresistible, then you might as well give up now because there’s no way to resist their superhuman powers.

            He’s not practicing on his students. 1st he said all were welcome in his classroom.

            I didn’t believe that the first time around, nor the second, so do you think a third throw of the dice is going to change my mind?

            It is the university and therefore the state who is
            forcing him to forego his belief to substantiate the leftist point of view.

            First off, most universities in the U.S. are private, and most of them have diversity training courses or policies for their faculty and staff. Second, the only way he could be forced to forgo his belief is if his beliefs involve condescending to people who are not like him. Because that’s all the university cares about: whether he can present himself in a courteous and non-judgmental way to all his future students. So far, given the evidence of his letter, he cannot. He regards it as a terrible imposition to be expected to know how to politely ask which pronoun someone would be referred to, despite the fact that it is generally acknowledged that it is willfully rude to refer to someone by a pronoun or form of address that doesn’t conform with their gender identity. Perhaps Ms. Morgan, in her infinite ignorance, is unaware of this fact.

            That is forcing the state’s own secular humanism on him not the other way around.

            You clearly don’t know what secular humanism is either.

            Of course you don’t see any discrimination because you
            agree with the discrimination.

            No, I don’t see any discrimination because there isn’t any discrimination. This is a requirement for all TAs, not just the self-absorbed Christian whiners, which was established long before Ms. Morgan got to UW and as a generally applicable rule it’s virtually impossible to demonstrate discrimination.

            I thought we lived in a country where minorities were protected by and from the state.

            Oh yeah, I can see it now: the American Christian minority is being crushed underfoot by the Transgender Power Structure. I can see you aren’t taking my advice to read through your posts to see if you’ve said anything clangingly stupid.

            Apparently you don’t believe in this country nor the freedoms protected by our constitution.

            Please remind me, where in the Constitution does it say that diversity training courses are optional for bigots whose bigotry is deeply held and justified by their religion?

            You are free to leave at any time.

            How do you know that I haven’t left already? How do you know that I’m an American at all? There is a big wide world outside of the United States, and it has the internet too.

            The simple fact that you cannot ascertain the difference in political sides is in itself a condemnation on our educational system.

            And the fact that you can’t tell me what political side is represented by bigots who can’t stand even a few hours of a diversity training course is evidence in itself. Hell, I’m doing you a favor, if you could but see it. I’m not assuming that bigotry is exclusively limited to the American right-wing, whereas you are trying to claim Morgan’s bigotry for your side of the political spectrum (and all the while accusing me of being a bigot—consistency isn’t your strong suit). I’ve known many right-wingers (primarily Libertarians, in the American sense) who hate restrictions on marriage, inheritance, recognition as next-of-kin, etc., sodomy laws, restrictions on transgender people, and the rest of the apparatus for oppressing the GLBTQ community.

            So its ok to discriminate against Christians, as long as you are advocating for whatever you believe in and that’s not bigotry and that’s not discrimination?

            No, it’s not discrimination at all. Pull your head out of your ass and try to realize that your characterization of this case is not inarguable or generally accepted.

            This is not discrimination against Christians because there is nothing about Christians per se that requires one be bigoted against GLTBQ people. One of my closest friends is a lay leader in his church and a huge gay rights proponent. It’s not even discrimination against bigots (if that can be a thing), because as long as the bigot can shut up and listen for a few hours over two days, then he can get through it quite unscathed and return to being the hateful character he is deep down. So who is it ‘discrimination’ against? It’s ‘discrimination’ against the entitled idiot who thinks that he has an absolute right to drift peacefully through life never troubled by anything that conflicts with his inchoate prejudices. Sorry, but you have no legally recognized right to carry your own echo chamber around with you.

            I have a suggestion for you. Why don’t you interact with Christians? Why don’t you talk to the ones who are losing their businesses here in this country because of same sex marriages.

            Throwing a snit fit and closing your business because you don’t want to have to serve or pay health insurance for same-sex couples does not constitute losing your business because of same-sex marriage. It is a personal decision those business owners have chosen to make, and good riddance to them. They could just as easily stay open and the same-sex marriage police would not come to raid and shut them down. This is more than what the actual police can claim with respect to gay bars and other businesses frequented by homosexuals.

            Are you getting the fact that you are not the only bigot against Christians in the world? You are just the one without a clue of your own prejudices.

            Apparently not only am I “without a clue of [my] own prejudices”, but every Christian who knows me personally is likewise deluded, because they somehow have no idea that I hold all Christians in contempt. Or maybe I’m not bigoted to Christians, because I recognize (and you apparently do not) that racism, misogyny, homo- and transphobia and other forms of intolerance are not necessarily innate to Christianity as a religion.

          • visceralrebellion

            Tell ya what. Go to Egypt, stand in front of the Pyramids and announce that you’re “genderqueer.” You’ll understand the term “islamist” then and discover that it isn’t an imaginary term–it’s the people throwing stones at your head.

          • evianalmighty

            I am not going to get into a conversation with you. The FACT is that EVERYDAY around the world muslims are MASS MURDERING non muslims ! islam is the most evil and vile ideology in the history of the world. Please get a clue.

        • Cathy Madera

          Nullifidian,

          You sir, are deeply mentally ill and no doubt are a diversity trainer.

          • Nullifidian

            You sir, are deeply mentally ill and no doubt are a diversity trainer.

            Well, I can settle at least half of that for you: I’m not a diversity trainer. The other half… well, I’m not a psychologist and I haven’t seen the DSM-V yet, so there may be a section heading for a “Calling Out Entitled Bigots Disorder”. If you could direct me to the specific section of DSM-V that describes why it’s a significant sign of mental illness to dislike whiny, entitled snowflakes and their elaborate rationalizations, I’d be most grateful.

          • MProblem

            Teat-sucking “academic’ if not an actual diversity teat-sucker. All the same thing. What worthless subject do you “teach?

          • Nullifidian

            I don’t teach anything, as I’m not an academic. I’m in the private sector. However, if I did teach something, it would most likely be molecular biology. Is that a “worthless subject” these days? I can never be sure how far the conservative contempt for science and education has gone.

          • JohnDale49

            Hahahahah, he’s a ‘psychologist’, which is a little like being a well paid astrologer. This guy is the Jospeh Mengele of diversity training.

          • Nullifidian

            Hahahahah, he’s a ‘psychologist’, which is a little like being a well paid astrologer. This guy is the Jospeh Mengele of diversity training.

            Knowing what the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is and knowing that they came out with a 5th edition recently is not esoteric knowledge belonging to only the trained psychologist. It was covered nationally in the news.

            In short, no, I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist.

          • oldgraymare

            You would be referring to progressives, liberals, brain-washed academics – the “enlightened” ones, would you not.?

          • Nullifidian

            No, I would be referring to the people so wrapped up in themselves that they think that standards don’t apply to them: the self-appointed very special snowflakes. Most frequently in the university, this is manifested by an unwillingness to do the assigned reading, read and understand lab protocols ahead of time, read and understand the syllabus, or finish and submit homework by the assigned date. Naturally, this is most often due to sheer laziness, but sometimes one comes across the very special snowflake, var. crybaby conservative. Just as an example, years back I shared a class with a deranged woman who interrupted the course to rant about Howard Zinn every session, even though Zinn was not mentioned by the professor and nowhere to be found in the required readings. When I finally told her to shut up and lay off her idée fixe, she whined about me to the administration, who told her that there was nothing they could do about another student being fed up with her.

            Given my experience with this variant, I always find them more annoying and with an even more pervasive sense of entitlement than the idiots who ask if they can do oral reports on Dante in British Literature courses. (True story.) Morgan’s attitude that he should be excused from taking a diversity training course because it infringes on his prerogative to be as rude to his trans students as he wants to be is yet another example of ego and entitlement out of all proportion to his position. This exceedingly pompous letter, written like he wants to be the next George Will, strongly indicates that he’d be a nightmare to work with as a TA, and God help the students he would get if he should ever become a professor.

          • visceralrebellion

            Hey, the “genderqueer” major has to eat too. ;)

        • Fredrick Massey

          “By the same token, the oncologist who diagnoses you with cancer is
          the one responsible for your condition, not someone who is simply
          reporting an objective truth. If ignorance is bliss, you must be living
          on cloud nine”

          LOL
          A psycho-analyst could put two kids through college with hang ups like yours.

          Classic Projection.

          • Nullifidian

            Hardly an original response. That ground has already been trod by Cathy Madera, so you can just read the response I gave to her.

        • HopeyChangey

          People often claim “pointing” out racism isn’t racist. In fact it is often used to attack straight white males, which is clearly what the U of W is doing in profiling them. That is group defamation by people who paint themselves as anti-racists. Hard to get stupider than that. It should come as no surprise that Madison’s WisCon feminist science fiction convention has a racially segregated space and dinner – non-whites only. The same people who instituted it are horrified at segregated proms in the South. During this year’s WisCon, one of the co-founders of the “safer-space” Tweeted “Come join us for delish Nepalese fudz and non-white company!” No, Leftist’s aren’t racist… not at all.

          • visceralrebellion

            And they’re hypocrites to boot, every last one.

        • Shin Tshung Wong

          “This is very similar to the Jennifer Keeton case in Georgia…”
          Time to destroy the law so Jen can prevail.

          • Nullifidian

            So once you’ve destroyed the law, what will you replace it with? Theocracy?

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            Why should you complain? Didn’t your side showed the way, when faced with supposedly ‘unjust’ laws like DOMA and Prop. 8, you mount every effort to get rid of them?

          • Nullifidian

            The problem with that is that DOMA and Prop. 8 conflicted with larger existing laws, namely the California and U.S. Constitutions. (In California, because it was a state Constitutional amendment, Prop. 8 obviously couldn’t conflict with itself, but it could and did conflict with equal protection provisions that are contained within the California Constitution.)

            However, the Jennifer Keeton ruling conflicts with no existing laws. There’s no single “let’s get Jennifer Keeton law” out there on the books in Georgia. (If there were, she’d have probably won her lawsuit.) Therefore, what you are trying to overturn is everything that establishes the secular nature of a state university, the secular nature of our judicial system, and the right of a professional body to determine its own standards of practice (recall that what Keeton did and said caused concern because it was a breach of the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics). In short, you have to trample over the rights of tens of thousands of people (including her unfortunate future patients!) in order to allow Keeton to get a counseling degree, even after saying that she’d tell her homosexual clients their behavior was morally wrong but that she could “help” them overcome and saying she’d recommend conversion “therapy” if they resisted.

            Sorry, but one special snowflake’s presumed “right” to be entitled to a professional degree does not outweigh all the harm she’d do to her clients, and all the harm that would be done to the secular nature of the law and education, if she prevailed.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            How interesting that you denigrate certain people as ‘snowflakes’.
            And what is so wrong about overturning the system, since your side like to pave the way for any determined group to get their way no matter what.

        • MProblem

          Well, it’s true that you are no Pol Pot etc. because most of those folks could at least survive in the world without a big white taxpayer teat to suck on. Unlike the whiny little teat baby that you are.

          • Nullifidian

            What a perfect demonstration of what passes for conservative ‘thought’. You’ve been so long in the echo chamber that you cannot conceive of anyone who disagrees with you and still works in the private sector.

        • JohnDale49

          You’re the kind of sick person who should be kept away from children. You’re brainwashed by the media into thinking that people with psychological disorders no different than multiple personality disorder should be encouraged and celebrated. No, they should be institutionalized, with you.

          • Nullifidian

            Thank you for your input. Here I was thinking that this sort of bigotry masquerading as diagnosis went out of style in the 1970s.

            Weren’t you the same person who claimed that psychiatry wasn’t any different from astrology? And here you are appealing to a condition like “multiple personality disorder”? Be a little consistent, dumbass.

        • visceralrebellion

          If every “genderqueer” individual in the universe gathered together in one spot they couldn’t form a decent audience for the boy-band flavor of the month. The odds of them landing in an academic course like Japanese History is about 2,000,000:1.

          Cry over that fact somewhere else.

          • Nullifidian

            Since three tenths of one percent to one percent of people are transgender, and there are seven billion people in the world, I think that qualifies as more than filling a stadium for a boy band performance. The odds of one of them landing in any academic course is virtually 100%, and since one cannot determine which courses they’ll be taking in advance, anyone teaching or TAing a class has to deal with the subject. Unless you think that the only people we should give a shit about are the prerogatives of majorities, which is the attitude, if I may remind you, why these diversity training courses exist in the first place.

          • visceralrebellion

            No evidence of that .3%. Just your word which has been shown to be, um, worthless. I stand by my post. And I do hope you take me up on the suggestion to go to Egypt, stand in front of the Pyramids and announce that you’re “genderqueer” to get a good definition of islamist.

          • Nullifidian

            Actually 0.3% is the figure from a UCLA study done in 2011 that the religious wrong latched onto because it also said that only 3.2% of people were gay (as if it’s okay to discriminate against people if you won’t be inconveniencing most of the population). So do you reject that study, and if so do you reject the 3% figure as well, or just the part about trans people?

            That wouldn’t give me a good definition of “Islamist” because “Islamism” still is not a thing.

      • guest

        He also has the right to NOT be branded a racist just because of the color of his skin, his religion, and his gender.

        • Nullifidian

          He also has the right to NOT be branded a racist just because of the color of his skin, his religion, and his gender.

          No, he really doesn’t. This would involve dictating to other people what they can say about you. But in any case, he was not accused of being personally racist at all. That was his oversensitive interpretation of material that pointed out how America is still a society that is suffused with white supremacism. The usual response when greeted with this material that expects one to take a view beyond that of the usual white worldview is dumb incomprehension. Obviously from the comments here, many people never get beyond that point. But if one is truly capable of putting oneself in another’s place, it becomes pretty obvious. Nobody’s going to ever arrest me for Driving While White. I can walk down a street without being arrested and assaulted for “walking down the street the wrong way”. I can take public transit and, if a fight should break out on a train, I won’t be the one who gets shot in the back by a cop while laying down with my hands over my head.

          Just because the social and cultural context makes it easier for whites rather than nonwhites in a thousand large and small ways does not mean that every white is within an ace of burning a cross on someone’s lawn. This “But I’m not racist” is a stupid form of evasion and misses the point, and it’s rather telling that it’s the first line of response for nearly every white person who hears this stuff. Honestly, the cluenessness of my fellow whites astonishes me sometimes.

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “This “But I’m not racist” is a stupid form of evasion and misses the point, and it’s rather telling that it’s the first line of response for nearly every white person who hears this stuff.”
            The reflexive kafkatrapping of the SWPL left is just as telling, but I’d hardly expect any sort of self-examination on that score, either.

          • Nullifidian

            You really didn’t get the point at all, did you?

            I say that the purpose of this anti-racist training is not to focus on individuals, but on structures. You then accuse me of focusing on individuals—at least I assume that’s what “kafkatrapping” means. (Like many cult members, I’ve noticed that the far-right has its own invented jargon that it uses to decode what it perceives as “reality”.) You then use the acryonym SWPL, which stands for “Stuff White People Like”, which is a satire of how white culture homogenizes everything, including what it gets from other cultures, and only permits an attenuated sliver of information to get through, which doesn’t do anything to unsettle them in their comfortable sense of superiority. This in response to me talking about how critiques of white supremacism frequently unsettle white people and they’re met with hostility or blank incomprehension. You really couldn’t have picked a more ironic complaint. I’m half tempted to vote up your post just for the laugh it gave me.

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “You really didn’t get the point at all, did you?”

            I got it quite well–I just don’t take it seriously.

            “I’m half tempted to vote up your post just for the laugh it gave me.”
            Believe me, it wouldn’t be nearly as hearty as the belly-laughs you’re providing me.

          • Nullifidian

            I got it quite well….

            So then why was your ‘response’ so irrelevant? Do you just like to babble endlessly using in-group terminology only you and your echo chamber have ever heard of?

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “So then why was your ‘response’ so irrelevant?”

            Irrelevant responses for irrelevant arguments.

            “Do you just like to babble endlessly using in-group terminology only you and your echo chamber have ever heard of?”
            Talk about ironic.

          • Nullifidian

            Irrelevant responses for irrelevant arguments.

            How can an argument be irrelevant to itself? I was the first person to make an argument in any depth.

            Talk about ironic.

            All my words can be found in standard dictionaries. I don’t think I’ll find a dictionary that encompasses “kafkatrapping”.

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “How can an argument be irrelevant to itself? I was the first person to make an argument in any depth.”

            You want a cookie? Your argument wasn’t any different than one can find on a thousand and more far-left echo chambers. Maybe you should stop trying to punish society for your daddy issues.

            “All my words can be found in standard dictionaries. I don’t think I’ll find a dictionary that encompasses “kafkatrapping”.”
            You’ll have to try harder than just “MUH DICKSHUNERRY DEFINISHUN.”

          • Nullifidian

            Your argument wasn’t any different than one can find on a thousand and more far-left echo chambers.

            Let’s say it wasn’t. That still wasn’t the charge you were making. You claimed irrelevance, not unoriginality.

            Maybe you should stop trying to punish society for your daddy issues.

            Maybe you should stop trying to psychoanalyze people you’ve never met, because you’re crap at it. It doesn’t even make sense on the face of it. How is commenting on an insipid bit of whining “punishing society”? And if I’m causing such damage, why don’t just get lost so you won’t have to see it being done?

            You’ll have to try harder than just “MUH DICKSHUNERRY DEFINISHUN.”

            What can that even mean? Honestly. I can see why you’re down on university education, since it’s plainly obvious that most of you wouldn’t pass a freshman comp course.

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “Let’s say it wasn’t. That still wasn’t the charge you were making. You claimed irrelevance, not unoriginality”
            It can’t be both?

            “Maybe you should stop trying to psychoanalyze people you’ve never met, because you’re crap at it.”
            Given how much you flew off the handle here, I’d say I’m a lot closer to the mark than you want to admit.

            “And if I’m causing such damage, why don’t just get lost so you won’t have to see it being done?”
            Butthurt troll is butthurt.

            “I can see why you’re down on university education, since it’s plainly obvious that most of you wouldn’t pass a freshman comp course.”
            Parroting what the professor wants to hear in order to get an “A” is not as complicated as you make it out to be.

          • Nullifidian

            It can’t be both?

            If it is, then you should be able to explain how an argument can be irrelevant to itself, which is what I asked you to explain the first time around.

            Given how much you flew off the handle here, I’d say I’m a lot closer to the mark than you want to admit.

            How so? How else am I supposed to respond to such patently absurd drivel? But since you’re the third person who has tried to psychoanalyze me, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and show me where in the DSM-V having a low opinion of the specious rationalizations of entitled snowflakes is diagnostic of a mental disorder.

            Butthurt troll is butthurt.

            Speaking of projection….

            Parroting what the professor wants to hear in order to get an “A” is not as complicated as you make it out to be.

            No, it isn’t, but it also isn’t what gets A’s in freshman comp courses or anywhere else. Believe it or not, professors want to see signs of independent thought and a capacity for synthesis in their students, and they value that much more highly than mere agreement.

            But you’ve confirmed one more thing for me: the people who babble on most about academia are those who have the least idea about what goes on in it.

          • Red Rocks Rockin

            “If it is, then you should be able to explain how an argument can be irrelevant to itself, which is what I asked you to explain the first time around.”

            Just because someone throws your “white privilege” bullshit back in your face, it doesn’t make your argument relevant.

            “But since you’re the third person who has tried to psychoanalyze me, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and show me where in the DSM-V having a low opinion of the specious rationalizations of entitled snowflakes is diagnostic of a mental disorder.”

            Given your claimed ability to spot racism in people who claim to not be racist, you’re hardly in a position to be crying about someone psychoanalyzing you.

            “Speaking of projection….”

            “I know you are but what am I” is hardly a comeback.

            “No, it isn’t, but it also isn’t what gets A’s in freshman comp courses or anywhere else. Believe it or not, professors want to see signs of independent thought and a capacity for synthesis in their students, and they value that much more highly than mere agreement.”

            Not really. But that’s a fine fantasy you’ve constructed.

            “But you’ve confirmed one more thing for me: the people who babble on
            most about academia are those who have the least idea about what goes on
            in it.”

            I suspect my knowledge of academia far outstrips yours.

          • Bo_Sears

            Well, Nullifidian knows how to craft new anti-white slurs, i.e., snowflake, as in his angry caricature, “the specious rationalizations of entitled snowflakes.” We like it and will use it in debates against crazed self-hating bullies, haters, bigots, and neo-supremacists like Nullifidian.

            We know that anti-humans like Nullifidian likes a variety of slurs especially the de-humanizing slurs like insect names, plant names, food names, animal names, and color names. I guess we now have a new category of de-humanizing slurs, weatherman slurs.

          • Nullifidian

            Well, Nullifidian knows how to craft new anti-white slurs, i.e., snowflake, as in his angry caricature, “the specious rationalizations of entitled snowflakes.”

            You idiot. It’s a Fight Club reference, not a racial slur.

            Tyler Durden: Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.

            In this case, it’s often used by academics or people who have been through academia (I’m the latter) to refer to entitled whiners who want large organizations to stop what they’re doing and revolve around their wants and wishes. In this case, Morgan wants the university to stop making diversity training courses mandatory because he went to half of one and it hurt his little fee-fees to spend a few hours in a situation where his wants and desires weren’t catered to and he wasn’t treated like the pivot around which all the other dealings of the university must revolve.

          • James Green

            “Maybe you should stop trying to psychoanalyze people you’ve never met…”

            Really? You make an idiotic response like this after you assume someone else is a racist for not toeing the line that you love?

          • Nullifidian

            Really? You make an idiotic response like this after you assume someone else is a racist for not toeing the line that you love?

            When did I do that?

          • Pam Dunn

            But you use the words stupidily

          • Fredrick Massey

            “in-group terminology”

            LOL

            That’s cute. Lefties create their own language to shield them from the defeat of actual debate with a traditional Conservative.

            Mao would have loved you.

          • Nullifidian

            That’s cute. Lefties create their own language to shield them from the defeat of actual debate with a traditional Conservative.

            And how would that help?

            If “Lefties” would always lose in a debate with a “traditional Conservative”, then now’s your chance to prove it and it’s not hard to notice that you’re not availing yourself of the opportunity.

          • Pam Dunn

            Moron is desperately trying to gain the high ground using idiotic nonsense.

          • esqualido

            You, sir, have availed yourself of the right to be tried in the court of public opinion, and I regret to inform you that you have been found guilty

          • Fredrick Massey

            Your posts, all of them, are filled with self-serving lies and distortions.

            But you ARE funny.

            St. Skittles is STILL unavailable for comment.

          • Nullifidian

            Your posts, all of them, are filled with self-serving lies and distortions.

            All of them? Every last one I’ve made everywhere? Okay, please list them.

          • Pam Dunn

            Moron slews more of its stupidity and nonsense from a head inserted in the rectal passageway.

          • bevsy

            your fat pam!

          • HopeyChangey

            Man, you’re really crazy. What white supremacy?

          • Nullifidian

            I suggest trying W. E. B. DuBois’ Black Reconstruction in America and reading onwards from there.

          • Zimriel

            “I say that the purpose of this anti-racist training is not to focus on individuals, but on structures.”

            Then I suggest a compromise: the diversity instructors can assemble outside their building, and train the wall.

          • FredZarguna

            “Focuses on structures,” yet there is no attempt to edify these “structures” or even identify them. The only attempt is to brainwash individuals. The claim of institutional racism, sexism, oppression, or whatever, is particularly gormless given that it’s leftist institutions that are performing the oppression.

          • Nullifidian

            “Focuses on structures,” yet there is no attempt to edify these “structures” or even identify them.

            Are you kidding me? Go start with W. E. B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America and get caught up on the last 80 years of work on structural inequalities in the U.S.

            The claim of institutional racism, sexism, oppression, or whatever, is particularly gormless given that it’s leftist institutions that are performing the oppression.
            Right, we’re all trembling under the boot of the leftist power structure. Wall Street, a.k.a. the last plantation in America, doesn’t represent a power structure, the military-industrial complex doesn’t represent a power structure, but the university diversity training class… now that’s the real seat of power and oppression in America.

            Honestly, you crybaby conservatives crack me up.

          • FredZarguna

            I am impressed by the thought processes of socialists such as W.E.B Du Bois, who visited the Soviet Union when Stalin was in charge and concluded that system was superior to free market economics.

            Said no sensible person. Ever.

            The rest of your reply is communist nonsense, which attempts to justify one evil on the basis of others — mostly imaginary.

          • MProblem

            which stands for “Stuff White People Like”, which is a satire of how white culture homogenizes everything,


            No, “SWPL” basically means a (usually) taxpayer-subsidized white liberal hypocrite who shrieks about his love of “diversity” while living in an all-white gated community and sending his kids to an all-white private school.

            You wouldn’t happen to be one of them, would you?

          • Nullifidian

            You wouldn’t happen to be one of them, would you?

            Looks around: no kids, no gate or private roads outside my house, and a mixed-race neighborhood.

            Nope, doesn’t appear so.

          • visceralrebellion

            I’m not “unsettled.” I’m derisive and ridiculing of it.

          • Pam Dunn

            More moronic spew from the same idiot.

          • Steve McPubes

            “No, he really doesn’t [have the right to not be called racist]. This would involve dictating to other people what they can say about you.”

            This is correct, but you seem not to notice that if you extrapolate this line of thinking, you end up at the conclusion that Mr. Morgan drew, to wit, one must be tolerant but one need not be accepting. He’s still entitled to his views and feelings, and as long as it doesn’t interfere with his teaching – and I struggle to think how the subject of transexuality would even come up in a Japanese history class – then it doesn’t matter.

            Dummy.

          • Nullifidian

            Dummy.

            Gosh, I’ve lost the respect of someone who goes by the nom-de-net “Steve McPubes”. However will I be able to look at myself in the mirror tomorrow morning?”

            Let me explain how this subject could come up: a trans student could take his class. Wow, it’s that simple!

          • HopeyChangey

            You just did arrest me for driving while white; you’re just too dumb to understand your own post

          • Nullifidian

            You just did arrest me for driving while white; you’re just too dumb to understand your own post

            That’s funny, I thought a response posted on the internet couldn’t possibly lead to you being handcuffed, photographed, jailed and given an arrest record. If I have all that power, then you had better just give up now because you’ll never win.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Silly leftist doesn’t understand metaphors. Maybe he needs to take remedial English.

          • Nullifidian

            For a statement to be a metaphor, there has to be an object of the metaphor. Since I never said or did anything about DopeyChangey specifically, any metaphor that involves me doing something specific to him (like arresting him) is obviously misconceived.

          • Finrod Felagund

            If you say something about an entire class of people, you’re saying it about all the individuals in that class. Sorry, but you fail.

          • Nullifidian

            If you say something about an entire class of people, you’re saying it
            about all the individuals in that class. Sorry, but you fail.

            So if I say the median personal income of Americans aged 25 or older in 2005 was $32,140, that means every individual’s (in that age range) median income was $32,140? That’s a neat trick considering that a lone individual cannot have a median anything.

            Sorry, but you just gave a textbook example of the fallacy of division, so you fail.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Saying something about a statistical derivation from a class isn’t saying something about the entire class. Sorry, you can obfuscate all you want, but you still fail.

            C’mon, that one wasn’t even hard to debunk.

          • Nullifidian

            Yeah, you “debunked” it by showing that you don’t understand the issues at play, either in logic or in statistics. Brilliantly done. I applaud you. *slow clap*

            What you’re trying to get across, in your incompetent way, is that if you say that all individuals within this group are X, then that naturally applies to every individual. The problem for you, plus DopeyChangey, and the idiot who wrote this open letter is that nobody has said anything like “each and every white person is a racist”, which is something pulled from the febrile imagination of someone who can’t understand what is meant by the term “systemic racism”.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Wow, I thought you couldn’t fail any harder, and then you did!

            Read up the screen to where Lindsey Weedston says: “Every white person has been conditioned to be racist”– which is very much like “each and every white person is a racist”.

            Care to embarrass yourself any further?

          • Nullifidian

            First off, no it isn’t, unless you can argue that nobody can resist their conditioning, which is obviously not the case. To take a (at the moment) less controversial example, there are plenty of people who overcome their early conditioning in the religious sects their families are members of and either convert to another faith or deconvert entirely and become nonbelievers.

            Secondly, is my name “Lindsey Weedston”? No, but I am the one accused of making generalizations about white people (ironic that) because some oversensitive dumbass named DopeyChangey can’t understand the difference between a discussion of structural racism and the proposition that all white people are racist.

          • Finrod Felagund

            You’re flailing like a T-1000 dropped into molten lava.

            You said, and I quote:

            The problem for you … is that nobody has said anything like “each and every white person is a racist” …

            You even emphasized the ‘nobody’ with italics. Now you’re claiming that since you’re not the one that said it, it doesn’t count? Also you didn’t say that nobody said that every white person is a racist, you said that nobody said anything like that, and my quote is a counter-example.

            Sorry, but you’re trying to tow the goalposts into the next county, while I’m here pointing and laughing at you and not letting you.

          • Nullifidian

            Your quote is not a counter-example. It’s as simple as that. We are not slaves of our upbringings and it is possible to get a little perspective, or even change our views entirely.

            Now, you may be pointing and laughing, but your entire ‘argument’, such as it is, requires deliberately misunderstanding plainly written English, so it just makes you look like an idiot and makes others point and laugh at you.

          • Bo_Sears

            Let me see if I can explain Resisting Defamation’s position to Nullifidian. While you didn’t mention unpacking the knapsack of white-skin privilege, here is our general response to all such verbal beatings.

            When asked about picking our scabs to see if they have healed yet, we reply, “We’re way to interested in unpacking the backpack of the anti-white narrative.”

            We’ve grown immune to hate speech like yours. Not even a twinge left, there’s no flinching at all. Your tactics are pure bullying, and they are exhausted. Find new ones.

            Nullifidian, you may see us on Facebook under the name, Resisting Defamation.

          • chicagorefugee

            There are numerous neighborhoods, all across this nation, where you can not travel without being assaulted and perhaps killed for “Walking While White.”

            The casualties are listed in local media on a near-daily basis.

          • FredZarguna

            Clearly, you’re struggling against your nonwhite identity. I would encourage you to set yourself free, stop accepting the whiteness trip your evil heteroparents laid on you.Obviously you are transwhite!As one sage once wrote: Skin identity is an “all the time thing.” Please, by all means complete your path to the nonwhite side. [We don't want you, anyway.]

          • Nullifidian

            [We don't want you, anyway.]

            I often feel the same way about people like you. Who says that coming to an accord is impossible?

          • Cui Pertinebit

            “No, he really doesn’t. This would involve dictating to other people what they can say about you.”

            And this doesn’t apply to Jason Morgan’s right to not let “Genderqueer” folk dictate what he can say about them, how?

            I just had to go through diversity training for my Master’s Degree Program; while our program was not as aggressive as this one seems to have been, I have no doubt that he was called a racist. I was also told that all white people are racist, and that, by definition, only white people are racist. So, I doubt this was his over-sensitive interpretation.

            Your other comments, assuming that white people walk around all day in a magic bubble that immunizes them from harm or suspicion (when, actually, racial tensions against whites have been stoked to extremely high levels and, as I discovered when I was in Hawaii, there are places where White people are the minority and are very much the victims of racism), are very ignorant. Go onto Youtube and see how cops are all too willing nowadays to mistreat anyone who insists on his rights, white or not. There are plenty of videos of white guys being hassled and even brutalized for insisting on their rights against police over-reach.

          • Nullifidian

            And this doesn’t apply to Jason Morgan’s right to not let “Genderqueer” folk dictate what he can say about them, how?

            It doesn’t. I never denied that Morgan had a right to post his driveling response here, there, and all over the net. I merely questioned the wisdom of doing so.

            However, the university does have a right—indeed, a responsibility—to ensure that Morgan’s bigoted attitude doesn’t crop up in their classrooms and on their dime. Outside the classroom, Morgan can return to being as much of a bigot as he wants to be.

            So, I doubt this was his over-sensitive interpretation.

            Unless you made an equally oversensitive interpretation.

            Your other comments, assuming that white people walk around all day in a magic bubble that immunizes them from harm or suspicion….

            Largely immunized from official harm and suspicion, not any suspicion or harm at all. I’m more than willing to concede that nonwhites are deeply suspicious of white people, even white liberals who think they’re coming along to ‘help’. Since you’re responding to a claim I never made, your counterexamples don’t really amount to anything.

            Go onto Youtube and see how cops are all too willing nowadays to mistreat anyone who insists on his rights, white or not.

            As we say in the sciences, the plural of anecdote is not data. I know white people get roughed up by the cops. Again, you’re responding to a claim I never made. The claim is not that white people enjoy perpetual immunity from police violence, even unprovoked violence, but that there is a considerably greater tendency to harass, beat up, and imprison people of color than white people, and that people of color are jailed for things that are treated as non-serious or less serious offenses when white people do them. Plus there’s a whole history of the police force that is rooted in the slave patrols of the antebellum South (c.f. Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams), and it’s no surprise that these power relationships are perpetuated down into the present day.

          • Cui Pertinebit

            However, the university does have a right—indeed, a
            responsibility—to ensure that Morgan’s bigoted attitude doesn’t crop up
            in their classrooms and on their dime

            A private University, fine; a public University, no. Because it’s not their dime, it’s Morgan’s dime.

            The essential truth, here, is that you have a right to call yourself whatever you want. You don’t have a right to insist that other people call you what you want to be called. It is far more “bigoted,” for people who think of themselves as transgendered to attempt to control Morgan’s speech in their regard, than it is for Morgan to say “call yourself what you want; I believe you are your biological gender, and that I have a Christian duty to refer to you in that way, for my sake as well as yours.” Morgan is not telling them that they have to agree with him, nor is he saying that they have to respect his religious freedom to the point where they must call themselves by the term he chooses. He is saying, “you are in charge of your beliefs about your gender; I am in charge of my beliefs about your gender; call yourself what you want, but don’t compel me to go against my conscience and violate my religious beliefs, in the same way that I won’t insist that you violate your conscience or beliefs by compelling you to use terms which you find objectionable when referring to yourself or to me.” It’s that simple. If there is “bigotry” involved, it is entirely on the part of the people who want to control other people’s speech, as opposed to the side where one man just wants his State-recognized right to religious freedom, to be respected at a public institution.

          • Nullifidian

            A private University, fine; a public University, no. Because it’s not their dime, it’s Morgan’s dime.

            Really? So you imagine Ms. Morgan wouldn’t be paying tuition at a private university?

            In fact, what you seem to be failing to understand is that it’s actually the university’s dime. If Ms. Morgan hasn’t irreparably sunk her chances of being TA by her stupid temper tantrum and her condescending bilge, then the university would be paying her a stipend to be their employee. If you think that employers don’t have the right to tell their employees how to best represent them and treat their customers (in this case, other tuition-paying students), then you must have never held a job in your life. That’s all that’s going on here. As a TA, Ms. Morgan isn’t representing just herself and her private beliefs; she is an employee of the university and representing it to its customers/students. I hate the customer service model of universities in other respects, but here it makes the point.

            Ms. Morgan does have the right to be as bigoted as she wants to when she is not functioning as her employer’s representative. I have said that repeatedly. So if she wants to be a transphobic bigot, let her withdraw from the TA position and hand it over to an equally competent student who doesn’t share her hangups about others. She has a right to her own religious beliefs, but she does not have the right to hold them and a paid teacher’s assistant position at the same time, any more than I have a right to a paid job in the Starvation Army while simultaneously denouncing them for their institutional anti-gay policies. The difference between Ms. Morgan and I is that I’ve never assumed anyone owed me a job.

            (Note: this post has been written in a manner consistent with your “It’s okay to be an asshole to other people by referring to them by pronouns that do not match their gender identity because nobody can force you not to” rule.)

          • Cui Pertinebit

            First off, I entirely support your freedom to refer to Morgan by whatever pronouns you choose. If you have a deeply-held conviction that it is necessary for you to refer to Morgan in this way, great; if, on the other hand, it is a typical display of leftist snark masquerading as profound social commentary, then I imagine you don’t fully understand how it reflects on you, when thinking people observe your behaviour. The dim-witted notion that there is no difference between what you are doing, and Morgan’s insistence, on rational and religious grounds, that he not participate in elaborate, deconstructionist artifices, is wholly illustrative of the left’s commitment to idiocy under the guise of intellectualism.

            When your employer is a public institution, your employer has no right to abridge your freedom of speech or religion. Because, as a public institution, it belongs to all of us, and must be treated as part of the public square, where our rights and freedoms are not subject to abridgement. A private university or employer, on the other hand, has every right to insist, as a condition of employment, that you represent that company’s values in the performance of your official duties. A public institution does not get to enforce values, that are at variance with the public values of free speech and the free exercise of religion. The same rules that protect a tranny’s right to call himself a her, protect Morgan’s rights to call him an him.

          • Nullifidian

            The dim-witted notion that there is no difference between what you are doing, and Morgan’s insistence, on rational and religious grounds, that he not participate in elaborate, deconstructionist artifices, is wholly illustrative of the left’s commitment to idiocy under the guise of intellectualism.

            And nothing says “intellectualism” like misusing the term deconstructionist.

            When your employer is a public institution, your employer has no right to abridge your freedom of speech or religion.

            This sentence goes right to the heart of the matter, and unfortunately it is utter BS. Since it is BS, the whole of your argument collapses. Not only do employees of public institutions have their freedoms of speech and religion abridged, they’re usually abridged to a far greater degree than when one works in the private sector. For example, public employees are not permitted to engage in political on the job, and often off the job (at one political get-together I met a retired wildlife biologist who, while working for the government, was restricted from attending partisan meetings in an election season). Teachers in public K-12 schools may not read from books of scriptures during quiet moments in the class, nor may they openly display religious texts or obtrusive religious symbols (e.g. a 12″ cross on the wall), although discreet personal religious jewelry is permitted. There are a thousand other large and small ways that the government can say “no” to you if you’re one of their employees. The case law on this is very clear and it’s unlikely to change just because some white cis-gendered man cannot conceive of a world that doesn’t revolve around him and his wants and wishes.

            But if you doubt that, and you’re in a graduate program yourself, then by all means interrupt the next class session for a 50-minute sermon on whatever religion you belong to. Tell the students that God will judge them harshly if they’ve heard and turned away from the Truth. Then try sue the school when your advisor pulls you up about it, and watch as every lawyer you meet refuses to take the case because you don’t have a snowball’s chance of prevailing in court.

          • Cui Pertinebit

            How did I misuse the term, “deconstructionist?” The whole terminology of transgender issues is deconstructionist. It is attempting to deconstruct “hetero-normativity.” You could make the assertion that Deconstructionism is a literary theory, but it’s gone beyond that, obviously, into philosophy more broadly.

            Since it is BS, the whole of your argument collapses.

            No, the whole of my argument collapses when you offer something substantive to say, other than asserting that what I have said is BS. You merely go on to say that, in fact, people’s freedoms are being abridged in public institutions. I agree. What I’m saying, is that this is because nobody has stood up to the Left’s totalitarian relativism. It is unconstitutional and utterly inappropriate, that public institutions have thus far been abridging citizens’ rights with near impunity. It must stop.

            Unsurprisingly, your main examples had to be drawn from sensible prohibitions; for, if you had been required to cite all the actual incidents of absurd abridgements of human rights, even you would have to admit how inappropriate they are. Of course, it makes sense that a government employee not be permitted to use government resources or time to campaign for a candidate: that would be a recipe for entrenching political power and interests in an almost unstoppable way.

            Otherwise, the only sensible example you mentioned, was one that had nothing to do with restricting my religious rights – your hypothetical situation, involving me sermonizing in one of my classes. You see, I would justly be reprimanded for disrupting the class in such a way, no matter what the topic was. If the school is disciplining me because I’m interrupting class for 50 minutes to deliver a sermon, but they would also discipline me if I delivered a lecture on bird flu under the same circumstances, then their action is not being taken against my free exercise of religion, but against my interruption of class. Now, if they were inviting every student to give a 15 minute talk on a topic of his choosing, and they reprimanded me for choosing to discuss my religion, then they absolutely would have violated my free exercise and would be entirely vulnerable to a lawsuit.

          • Nullifidian

            How did I misuse the term, “deconstructionist?”

            You then go on to give the perfect example.

            The whole terminology of transgender issues is deconstructionist. It is attempting to deconstruct “hetero-normativity.”

            First, I highly doubt if most trans people see their lives as an attempt to “deconstruct” an abstract social theory. But the error is demonstrated in the phrasing “attempting to deconstruct”. Deconstruction is not a verb—it is not something you do to another thing—but a quality within a thing (Derrida’s Of Grammatology dealt with language and meaning, but the insight is generalizable) that undermines any notion of stability, especially of unchanging Truth. So when you spoke of “elaborate deconstructionist artifices”, you were making it seem like deconstruction is something that is imposed on another thing from the outside, which is very nearly the opposite of how Derrida defined it.

            No, the whole of my argument collapses when you offer something substantive to say, other than asserting that what I have said is BS.

            I did. I gave you several examples of where public employees are denied an untrammeled right to free speech, free association, and freedom of religion. But you then dismiss them with….

            You merely go on to say that, in fact, people’s freedoms are being abridged in public institutions. I agree. What I’m saying, is that this is because nobody has stood up to the Left’s totalitarian relativism. It is unconstitutional and utterly inappropriate, that public institutions have thus far been abridging citizens’ rights with near impunity. It must stop.

            The issue you seem to have problems grasping is that these restrictions are NOT unconstitutional. The case law on them has already been decided, and it has not gone your way. No court in the land asserts that public employees have the untrammeled right to practice their freedoms of religion or speech or assembly, even if this were a free expression case. But of course it’s not even that. Jason Morgan does not have the right to opt out of diversity training simply because he’s a bigot, not even if he wants to cloak his bigotry under the mantle of religion. Diversity training wasn’t set up to single out him or his religion, nor is he harmed by being expected to take a diversity training course (because the courts do not recognized bruised egos as being something they can grant relief for), so there is absolutely nothing here for a court to get involved in. If you disagree, though, you are within your rights to raise money for a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin–Madison. All I ask is that if you do, you come back here and tell me all about it, so that I can get my recommended daily allowance of schadenfreude when your meritless claim gets dismissed with prejudice on the principle of “WTF is wrong with you?”.

            By the way, secularism is an Enlightenment principle that wasn’t invented by the political left (c.f. Susan Jacoby’s Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism), and I’m really having to strain to envision what “totalitarian relativism” could possibly be. I could think of many words to describe totalitarian societies, but “relativist” wouldn’t be in the top hundred thousand.

          • visceralrebellion

            Let me put this as succinctly as I can:

            Fuck you.

          • Joe Joejoe

            “The usual response when greeted with this material that expects one to
            take a view beyond that of the usual white worldview is dumb
            incomprehension.”

            I don’t see anyone pushing any other race to take a view beyond their world. is china, india, africa or mexico said to need more diversity? no. the US, with maybe a 150 million whites….is said to need diversity…..yet countries like china, 1.4 billion in size…..don’t need diversity?

            these perks you think whites get, is an illusion of your own making. in fact, the truth is those perks are often reversed. it’s whites who have the lowest standing and opportunity more than anyone else as a whole.

            you can walk down the street without being arrested, because you’re probably not dressed like a thug, thug dress is essentially a criminals uniform. I’ve seen tons of black people walk down the street with no issues.

            there’s counters to every bit of your argument.

            the crime rates don’t lie, and neither do statistics.

            keep these in mind when analyzing your beliefs:

            -studies have shown that despite poverty levels, blacks are much more likely to commit crime.

            -studies show that regardless of wealth, white students in poor public schools do better on average than black students in private schools.

            -more than half of all murders in the USA, are committed by blacks. in this day and age, it’s going to be pretty hard to argue that someone was profiled and convicted for murder simply for being black. in most of these cases, there’s direct evidence and or witnesses.

            you think a cop see’s a white guy dealing on the corner and thinks “oh I’m not going to arrest him because he’s white”. doesn’t happen. ever. but of course, you really won’t see white people dealing on the corners — hence less likely to get caught. meanwhile minorities are doing it out in the open, wondering why oh why they’re being arrested, claiming profiling….and the funny thing is…..they’re guilty! they’re caught dealing drugs on the corner….and have the audacity to claim profiled while being guilty of the crime. it’s hogwash.

            you REALLY need to re-analyze your entire way of thinking, because I’m sure there’s huge gaps of knowledge. all of your decisions, are essentially formed and suffer from a lack of information. a lack of understanding. a lack of seeing the truth. the sad part is, you don’t even realize it, yet to those in the know — it’s obvious.

            ask yourself…..are people ever only nice to me because I’m retarded and didn’t know? ponder on that for a while.

            during segregation (which was actually largely supported by the black community) at least there were both whites and colored drinking fountains, bars, etc. today? if the minorities had their way, there would be only one fountain…and it’d be all theirs. that’s just the plain truth.

          • Nullifidian

            I don’t see anyone pushing any other race to take a view beyond their world. is china, india, africa or mexico said to need more diversity? no. the US, with maybe a 150 million whites….is said to need diversity…..yet countries like china, 1.4 billion in size…..don’t need diversity?

            China has 56 different recognized ethnic groups.

            But let me guess… they all look the same to you?

          • Joe Joejoe

            and there are many white ethnicities worldwide…..but let me guess……they’re all the same to you right?

            race and ethnicity are NOT the same thing. the chinese are a race. the indians are a race. so all you’re really doing is saying that it’s diversity because of different asian ethnic groups in china……yet whites are somehow NOT diverse unless they have a DIFFERENT race alongside them. do you even see that error in your logic?

            so to simplify, going by your logic…

            ethnic groups of same race asians in china = diversity

            ethnic groups of whites = not diversity.

            ridiculous.

            you need to re-analyze your belief system and conclusion process, because it’s sorely lacking of higher intelligence.

          • Joe Joejoe

            whites have just as many ethnic groups….but let me guess….they all look the same to you right?!

            ethnicity is also different than race.

          • Kyle Smith

            I have consistently found it hard to discuss diversity and race issues with people who have absorbed the assumptions deeply, as you seem to have, because the assumptions are a description of reality which is not empirical and always confirmed. For instance, if someone believes as an article of faith that the earth began in 4000 BC than all evidence is rationalized. If someone believes that that all outcomes are due to inherent racism that all evidence will be subverted to support their assumption. Are dirt poor white children in Kentucky worse off than rich cultured black children who go to private schools, are groomed for political office by eager allies, and given accolades with every door opened?

          • Nullifidian

            Are dirt poor white children in Kentucky worse off than rich cultured black children who go to private schools, are groomed for political office by eager allies, and given accolades with every door opened?

            In what universe does this happen? If black children were “groomed for political office by eager allies”, then it stands to reason there would be far more black politicos now than there are. Do you know how many black U.S. senators have ever been seated? Eight. Eight in the whole history of that institution.

            As far as your ridiculous straw man question goes, my answer is that they’re better off in some ways and worse off than others. That’s why racism worked in U.S. society to break the solidarity between poor whites and nonwhites that existed up until as late as the mid-18th century. No matter how dirt poor you were, racism gave you a status and privileges not accorded to non-whites. And since you weren’t going to get the privileges of money and power anyway, you could at least settle for the public and psychological benefits of being white. Just because slavery is gone and there are no more whites-only drinking fountains doesn’t mean that this centuries’ old baggage suddenly disappeared and we regarded each other with understanding, sympathy, judging only on the content of one’s character. That is ridiculously naive.

          • Ofnir

            “In what universe does this happen? If black children were “groomed for political office by eager allies”"

            You do realize that this is the current President’s life story summed up in in about a sentence, right? Even according to his own autobiographies.

          • Nullifidian

            You do realize that this is the current President’s life story summed up in in about a sentence, right? Even according to his own
            autobiographies.

            I can’t pretend to have read his autobiographies (have you?), but I doubt very much that if he was being groomed as a child—remember, that is the assertion—for high political office, let alone the presidency, because when he was a child a black president was unthinkable and there had only been three black men seated as U.S. senators, two during the era of Reconstruction. Further casting doubt on this claim is the fact that after graduating from law school magna cum laude, he went back to practice law in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the U of Chicago for 12 years. If he had been groomed practically from birth to become a politician, why did he wait until 2004 to take his place as a professional politician on the national stage? However, if this fact is in his autobiography, perhaps you could direct me to the specific pages.

            In any case, a single outlier does not prove a trend, or as we say in the sciences, “the plural of anecdote is not ‘data’”. The existence of a single highly successful black politician does not explain why, if well-off black children are being “groomed” to become politicians, there are not more black politicians out there.

    • Jason

      If you’d been in my class, you might have learned the definition of “tautology”.

      • Nullifidian

        If that’s all you would have to teach me, then it’s just as well that I will never step over the threshold of your classroom door.

        I’ve never been a science snob, but I now see that the one advantage of being on my side of the “two cultures” is that I will never take a class from you.

        • jack sprat

          Meet the new Inquisition, same as the old Inquisition.

          • Nullifidian

            Meet the new Inquisition, same as the old Inquisition.

            Oh, just the same thing. We chant a High Mass based on texts from Das Kapital before leading the poor condemned conservatives to be burnt at the stake in the campus quad. If you’ve ever seen the auto-da-fé scene from Verdi’s Don Carlos, it’s just like that except with Soviet flags, Che t-shirts, and Birkenstocks.

          • HopeyChangey

            You actually DO chant, if you saw the recall at Madison, and beat drums too. But mostly, your inquisition is embedded in official school orthodoxy, so beer-garden rallies aren’t really needed anymore.

          • Nullifidian

            But mostly, your inquisition is embedded in official school orthodoxy, so beer-garden rallies aren’t really needed anymore.

            Right, because if we think back to the original Inquisition, it had absolutely no institutional power or authority at all.

          • MProblem

            Baby needs his teat suck really, really bad, poor little diddums. Only a big white taxpayer teat can make little diddums feel all better!

    • AndrewX

      Absolutely one of the most asinine responses to the event imaginable, to the extent that I must wonder if Nullifidian is actually being satirical. If so, an Andy Kaufman salute is due.

      Does it ever occur to you, N, that whatever this TA’s thoughts, feelings or religious beliefs are is of no concern to you! How he treats and acts toward real or potential transgendered students certainly is of concern to the university. And where is the shred of evidence that he has ever shown any disrespect or improper behavior in this realm whatsoever?

      There is none, but responding to reality is not what the people running such nonsense as these “trainings” are about. It is about creating their own reality, about both those they wish to “protect”, and those they hate (with a passion), and actual facts need not play the slightest troublesome role whatsoever. As for dealing with a real or totally imagined out of whole cloth (ref: Oberlin College) “hostile environment”, which details of his third and fourth para’s did you miss that this writer is subjected to a “hostile environment” pretty much from his first cup of coffee in the morning. Because a “hostile environment ” is clearly defined as “exposure to a person who does not meekly grovel to the leftist line, and thank his overseers for the opportunity to do so. These people are a Westboro Church all their own, except how much of our tax dollars are going to pay for it?

      It is monstrous totalitarianism to the Nth degree, and God or Gaia Bless the growing number of people with the guts to tell these arrogant little red-shirts to go pound sand.

      • Nullifidian

        Does it ever occur to you, N, that whatever this TA’s thoughts, feelings or religious beliefs are is of no concern to you!

        I wish it would have occurred to him before posting this condescending and whiny open letter, then I wouldn’t have had to be bothered with it. But if someone makes a point of putting their thoughts and feelings on the web for everybody to see, then they make it the concern of anyone who comes along to read them. So blame Morgan for this, not me.

        How he treats and acts toward real or potential transgendered
        students certainly is of concern to the university. And where is the
        shred of evidence that he has ever shown any disrespect or improper
        behavior in this realm whatsoever?

        The disrespect is all over this letter. I pointed out how he condescends to trans people by referring them as “poor souls” who are “psychological[ly] confus[ed]” and “fetish[ists]” (which indicates that he doesn’t even understand that there’s a difference between transvestism, which can be a fetish, and transgender, which is a state of being). He regards it as a terrible imposition to be expected to learn how to be polite to his trans students by asking them which pronoun they would prefer, even though (as I pointed out elsewhere) it’s generally acknowledged that it’s disrespectful to refer to people by pronouns that are contrary to their gender identity. I don’t think he’d like it if someone referred to him as “her” and “Ms. Morgan” all the time. The same thing goes for trans people. Instead, he arrogantly asserts that this sort of thing is something they should deal with “on their own time”, which implies that on “his time” he has the prerogative to be dismissive of trans people and refer to them any way he wants to, whether or not they’re insulted by his willful disregard. This would be unacceptable even in a full professor, but it becomes ridiculous when it’s a piddling TA strutting around like he has absolute last word in the classroom. The instructor of record has the say on textbooks, the syllabus, and how the class is run. Morgan is setting himself up as being so special that he should be granted the right to abstain from a required training course even though it’s the university that gave him the position he now enjoys.

        I mentioned the condescending and entitled nature of the letter in my first post, and you ignored it. Perhaps you’ll deal with it now.

        As for dealing with a real or totally imagined out of whole cloth (ref: Oberlin College) “hostile environment”,

        Here’s a hint for you: those outside the echo chamber aren’t going to necessarily know which ginned-up bit of fauxtrage fodder you’re referring to just from a two-word phrase. If there’s something specific about Oberlin you’d like me to know, I’ll need a link or at least something specific enough to allow me to Google it on my own.

        “which details of his third and fourth para’s did you miss that this writer is subjected to a “hostile environment” pretty much from his first cup of coffee in the morning.

        Yes, I missed that, because it’s not there. We are talking about a mere two-day course and he didn’t even go to the second day, or at least stated his intention not to. That does not constitute a “hostile environment” under any colorable legal definition of the term. Being an entitled snowflake with easily bruised fee-fees does not mean that everyone else is wrong.

        • AndrewX

          N, If you are not familiar with the appalling hoax at Oberlin college, I can’t help you much further. Try “Oberlin college hoax ” on Google to start with, then you can get back to me. As for the writers opinion of transgendered people, it matters exactly as much as your opinion on Christian evangelicals. Who cares????? Yours, and my, opinion is your (my) own, and the Constitution of the United States guarantees your (my) right to hold it. ALL that matters is how you actually treat such people. The rest is your own, and no government or university has any right whatsoever to make decisions based on that they CANNOT know about your heart, can only assume by skin color or background, or the simple assumption that they are wonderful people and I and others are scum because…. well, they say so……. so there!

          Here’s a news flash — these people are not remotely morally or intellectually superior to me or anyone else. What they are doing is cheap moral superiority, the likes of which would put Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to shame.

          My favorite all time political quote? George Orwell: “The man must be an intellectual to believe such nonsense. No ordinary man would ever be such a fool.”

          • Nullifidian

            N, If you are not familiar with the appalling hoax at Oberlin college, I can’t help you much further. Try “Oberlin college hoax ” on Google to start with, then you can get back to me.

            Okay. It turns out that I had read about it, but I didn’t connect it with this instance because you implied that the hostile environment itself was imaginary. This is not true. A few uncouth pranksters deliberately caused offense and then got a kick when people got offended. It was just the logic of the internet troll applied to the real world. I have no idea what light this is supposed to throw on a diversity training course in a different state. Perhaps you can enlighten me.

            As for the writers opinion of transgendered people, it matters exactly as much as your opinion on Christian evangelicals.

            You asked me for instances of “disrespect” and I gave them to you. Now you want to move the goalposts and claim that the author’s opinion doesn’t matter. And I would agree with you to a point, but he made his opinions matter when he posted them all over the internet. Again, don’t blame me, blame Morgan. He was the one stupid enough to attach his full name to this condescending drivel and apparently to send it off to his doctoral advisor, so it’s probably now all over the school and searchable by any future employers.

            Yours, and my, opinion is your (my) own, and the Constitution of the United States guarantees your (my) right to hold it.

            That is true. It still doesn’t mean that they’re beyond criticism, nor that Morgan can use the mere existence of his opinions to evade taking a course that’s required of all incoming TAs. You seem to be constantly missing this point. If the mere existence of somebody’s opinions were so sacrosanct that they could never hear anything contrary to them, then not only would the diversity course be at the mercy of the most bigoted person in the room, but all human communication would effectively cease.

            ALL that matters is how you actually treat such people.

            Which is irrelevant here, because Morgan is in the process of becoming a TA, and not one already. However, from what he’s said it’s possible to infer that he would treat his transgender students with disrespect. Again, I remind you of his unwillingness to countenance the idea that he should be expected to ask trans people which pronoun they would prefer to be identified with and his statement that what they do “on their own time” is their business, implying that on “his time” you are to be identified according to your biological sex and nothing but. This is not only disrespectful, but presumptuous since the TA has very little authority in the classroom.

            The rest is your own, and no government or university has any right whatsoever to make decisions based on that they CANNOT know about your heart, can only assume by skin color or background, or the simple assumption that they are wonderful people and I and others are scum because…. well, they say so……. so there!

            Here we go playing the game of White Male Entitlement Telephone. Everything that gets fed through from one end comes out a garbled mess designed to engender outrage. Here we learn that a diversity training course required of all TAs ends up with the “government or university” making “decisions” (what kinds of decisions?) about people. Apparently decisions that some are “wonderful people”, but that “[you] and others are scum”, even though this was nowhere stated or even implied. Is it really so hard for you to deal with the facts as they are presented without assuming bad faith on the part of everyone you perceive as disagreeing with you?

            Here’s a news flash — these people are not remotely morally or intellectually superior to me or anyone else. What they are doing is cheap moral superiority, the likes of which would put Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to shame.

            No, what they are doing is a class designed to ensure that the TAs they let loose on their students can treat them with basic respect regardless of their characteristics or their backgrounds. Can you deal with that and not fly off the handle with hysterical misrepresentations?

            My favorite all time political quote? George Orwell: “The man must be an intellectual to believe such nonsense. No ordinary man would ever be such a fool.”

            Why doesn’t this surprise me? Of course, Orwell was a Marxist, but I’m sure you’ll overlook that in order to make common cause against the eggheads or the “boffins” as Orwell might have called them. It’s all about hating the people who think, the ones who can’t be whipped up into a frenzy by any passing demagogue. Knowledge and analysis are out and gut instinct rules the day. The Khmer Rouge and the Red Guards under the Cultural Revolution had the same attitude towards their regions’ intellectuals, only they were slightly more effective in ensuring that they were purged. And look how well that turned out.

            Since we’re trading quotes, here’s one for you from Charles Pierce:

            “The rise of Idiot America is essentially a war on expertise. It’s not so much antimodernism or the distrust of intellectual elites that Richard Hofstadter deftly teased out of the national DNA forty years ago. Both of those things are part of it. However, the rise of Idiot America today represents — for profit mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power — the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they’re talking about. In the new media age, everybody is a historian, or a preacher, or a scientist, or a sage. And if everyone is an expert, then nobody is, and the worst thing you can be in a society where everybody is an expert is, well, an actual expert.”

          • AndrewX

            The relevance of the Oberlin college incident is that it is simply the latest in LONG line of ginned up “racial incidents” out of whole cloth that have taken place in academia over the last ten years. And it is particularly egregious in the sheer willingness of the student body to believe patent nonsense (Yeah, there’s a dude trippin’ around the Oberlin community in a Klan robe….. right) AND in the fact that the administration allowed a whole host of “anti-racist” workshops, rallies, class cancellations, etc to go forward when they knew the facts, that racism had nothing to do with why these two idiots did what they did. The inconveniently non-white Oberlin grad Michelle Malkin said the day after the events began that she guaranteed that it was all ginned up nonsense and with no “racist” motive whatsoever, and lo and behold, she was 100% right. In that case, she didn’t need to wait for the facts to come out, she knew the score from moment one. And she was 100% right. Shocker.

            So this goes to what this TA is saying, and it is bigger than transgenderism. What is happing is a whole social phenomena where the creation of racism and related phenomena out of thin air where it does NOT exist at all becomes a desirable thing to do, because it is a route to political/social empowerment, or even just to fight the good fight for the all important reason of feeling-good about oneself. Unfortunately, if I choose to fundamentally define myself as an ardent Nazi-hunter, and have a daily need to make sure everyone knows that, it becomes a problem when those pesky Nazis are nowhere to be found. How can I hate Nazis when there are no Nazis to hate? So I will create them in my own mind, hurl the accusation, and head to the ramparts with my anti-Nazi flags a’flyin. And boy, aren’t I a wonderful person for it. And it is sure nice when college administrations all over the country buy into it again and again and again, and tell us all that berobed Klansmen are out there just outside the campus gate when they know for a fact that it is a lie. It is just a convenient lie for all sorts of reasons for them, including political and social ones that go far beyond racism per se.

            And the fact is, these “diversity trainers” themselves have to drum up the “Nazis” (metaphorically) because their entire purpose for being is to be in opposition to them. What this TA and many others are saying is that it has become tiresome to be at the accused end of this crap, just to make a bunch of other people feel good about themselves. If “diversity trainers” really meant what they said, they would be in favor a diversity of ideas, faiths, and values as well. But they are not. They have a focused agenda, a rather militant one at that, and best of all, they have an audience (subjects?) that are forced to be there by collegiate and other administrations, sujects whose behavior they can forcibly modify (and THAT is well and truly what this is about, power and force over others, particularly ones they are not well disposed to).

            And BTW, that “here we go with White Male Entitlement Telephone” is a major tell. Did it ever occur to you that I am not white? That reaction to the very idea that our opinions, and what we “feel”, is no one else’s business but our own, it is only how we act in the world that becomes an issue for others, that that is “White Male Entitlement” pretty much sums up a case of vomiting up this so-called racism for the most nonsensical of pretexts rather well, thanks very much. You can do it here on the web, woop-de-do, but collegians are forcing people to swallow such vomit every day, and that is what this TA is saying.

            (BTW, answer-away, but I am now moving on….)

        • HopeyChangey

          Opposing factual institutionalized group defamation on the concept of non-factual and invisible institutions that are “oppressing” others is not whining.

        • JohnDale49

          Trans people as you call them are deeply disturbed psychotic individuals.
          I can’t think of a single other society in history in which a man who wanted to cut off his p8nis and dress like a girl would have been considered sane.

          • Nullifidian

            Really? I can think of several. I guess that’s difference between education and ignorance.

        • Guest

          He regards it as a terrible imposition to be expected to learn how to be polite to his trans students by asking them which pronoun they would prefer, even though (as I pointed out elsewhere) it’s generally acknowledged that it’s disrespectful to refer to people by pronouns that are contrary to their gender identity.

          Ah, yes. These superimposed lines of self-definition crammed down the throats of the unassuming public from a tiny corner of the dissatisfied left. Cis and trans and pansexual and intersex and the myriad of other intrinsically self-important, but ultimately irrelevant descriptions of peoples’ gender confusion is something that many people, such as the author of this piece, consider to be a very personal matter. What you have effectively said is that you’re opposed to any whose ideology rejects the notion that they are socially and morally obligated to appease the gender-identity struggle that others are going through. That’s fine, of course, but surely you realized that you’re in the underwhelming minority, right? You attempted the dialogue-halting bigot card multiple times to no avail. I’m afraid others just don’t appreciate your opinions as much as you do.

          • Nullifidian

            Cis and trans and pansexual and intersex and the myriad of other intrinsically self-important, but ultimately irrelevant descriptions of peoples’ gender confusion is something that many people, such as the author of this piece, consider to be a very personal matter.

            Cis-sexual means those whose gender identity is the same as their biological sex. According to your arrogant and bigoted standard, these are the people who are not confused. But thanks for spewing your ignorance all over this comment thread, demonstrating exactly what kind of a grasp those who hate transgender people have on the issues.

            What you have effectively said is that you’re opposed to any whose ideology rejects the notion that they are socially and morally obligated to appease the gender-identity struggle that others are going through

            Actually, I’ve said that it is generally considered disrespectful in American culture to refer to people by pronouns that do not match their gender identity. Perhaps Ms. Morgan is blissfully ignorant of this, but her ignorance does not mean she can skate by on a requirement that is expected of all the other TAs. And her poor judgment in writing this letter, showing just how disdainful she would be of her transgender students, practically guarantees that she will not only be expected to finish this course, but a few more into the bargain.

            I’m opposed to anybody who thinks that they’re entitled to skate on requirements because they’re such a special snowflake that the ordinary considerations of university life don’t apply to them. That goes just as much in the present case as it does for the more usual manifestations of not doing homework, assigned readings, and lab work and thinking that they can whine for an “A” at the end of the semester. Apparently Ms. Morgan hasn’t had this special snowflake attitude knocked out of her yet, therefore I respect her attitude as little as any of the other collegiate snowflakes.

        • OnyxHeart

          He regards it as a terrible imposition to be expected to learn how to be polite to his trans students by asking them which pronoun they would prefer, even though (as I pointed out elsewhere) it’s generally acknowledged that it’s disrespectful to refer to people by pronouns that are contrary to their gender identity.

          Ah, yes, the cis and trans and pan and intersex community must be socially accommodated unless you’re a bigot. These intrinsically personal struggles are just that — personal. It is the author’s sovereign right to reject the notion, despite your attempted dialogue-ending bigot reference, that he is required to appease the gender confusion of these people. That’s all there is to it.

    • b l

      But what does that have to do with the history of Japan?

      • Nullifidian

        But what does that have to do with the history of Japan?

        Very little, but the diversity training course isn’t intended for the special snowflake alone, but is required of all incoming TAs, whether they specialize in Japanese history or not.

        • windjammer

          Null, you’ve beat the stuffing out of this crowd.. they don’t seem to realize it though..
          Big Kudos to you for fighting the good fight. Nice to see the anti-hate happening…. and being fought for.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            I’m Chinese and I support Mr Jason Morgan.

          • MProblem

            Nah, he’s just showing the desperation of a totalitarian leftist teat-sucker desperate to defend his rich creamy teat sucks.

            He’s pathetic.

          • FredZarguna

            “Special Snowflake” is antihate? More like “pure bigotry.”

          • visceralrebellion

            The liberal universe–up is down, right is wrong, black is white. . ..

        • JohnDale49

          We must indoctrinate everyone!

        • FredZarguna

          So these racist epithets of yours are not evidence of bigotry in the waters in which you swim? Where are you a “diversity trainer?”

    • Red Rocks Rockin

      Actually, I’d say the fault’s on him for applying to UW-M in the first place. Either he wasn’t aware of the intellectually stultified nature of modern academia’s PC echo-chamber, or he knew and is trying to stir up shit for the sake of self-aggrandizement. The first makes him ignorant, the latter makes him a conservative Sandra Fluke.

      • MProblem

        Oh, pardon the man for thinking that he has an equal right to be employed at a taxpayer-funded university as a leftist teat sucker with a big sucky mouth.

    • Annie

      Diversity training would be true diversity training if it also included being sensitive to religious beliefs, whites, and men. Otherwise, it’s just the left forcing their religion of hate and nincompoopery down everyone’s throats on the taxpayer’s dime.

      • MProblem

        The thing to do is to deprive them of their rich white creamy taxpayer teat.

        Who cares what crap they get up to on their own dime? But when we’re paying for it, that’s a different story.

        Take the teat out of their greedy little mouths. No more six-figure jobs they can’t be fired from. No more taxpayer-subsidized meals at the faculty club. No more taxpayer-funded junkets to “academic conferences” in Boca Raton. No more gold-plated retirement packages.

    • Annie

      Oh, and you are full of condescension for those who refuse to think like you or agree with you. The man just wants to teach his class on Japanese history. He doesn’t know who is sitting in his class and doesn’t need to know what is going on in anyone’s life or pants. His actions should be the indicator on whether or not he is disrespecting anyone.

      • Nullifidian

        Oh, and you are full of condescension for those who refuse to think like you or agree with you.

        This isn’t actually true, but what the hell because it sounds good, right?

        The man just wants to teach his class on Japanese history. He doesn’t know who is sitting in his class and doesn’t need to know what is going on in anyone’s life or pants.

        So a student who is in the middle of transitioning to a new gender after starting college, and hence whose name on his or her transcript is different from his or her preferred name should… shut up about it and be addressed by the wrong name and pronoun all semester? He did specifically note his contempt at being expected to learn how to politely ask about which pronoun a student wanted to be referred to by.

        His actions should be the indicator on whether or not he is disrespecting anyone.

        They are. Writing a long letter whining about diversity training because they’d make him do such things as admit the existence of trans people as individuals in their own right, rather than “psychological[ly] confused” “poor souls” whose transgender status is a mere “fetish”, is an action, and it’s an action that shows his disrespect quite plainly.

        Diversity training would be true diversity training if it also included being sensitive to religious beliefs, whites, and men.

        It does include being sensitive to religious beliefs. Incoming TAs and professors are taught about a range of religious observances for which their students might need to take time off. If by “religious beliefs” you mean hiding bigotry behind the Cross of Christ, that doesn’t actually fly for all the reasons I’ve already gone through here, including in my original post. As for whites and men, it’s simply not possible to be in the U.S. and be unaware of the perceptions of whites and men. Indeed, that’s what this whole post is about: the venting of a white man whose ego was bruised because for a few hours out of one day he was treated to a world in which the prerogatives of white men weren’t the most important things in the world. This confused the special snowflake and made him sad and angry, so he dashed off a self-aggrandizing and insolent letter to his unfortunate doctoral advisor to reestablish that what he thinks and wants is really the most important thing after all. Then he posted his lengthy whine as an open letter thinking that he’d get loads of support from his amen corner. I’m pleased, indeed privileged, to have the opportunity to be a fly in the ointment.

        • HopeyChangey

          The man’s been prejudged a homophobe and racist. Get a clue. That’s institutional bigotry.

          • Nullifidian

            The man’s been prejudged a homophobe and racist.

            Yes, I heard that bullshit the first time. I didn’t believe it when I read it in his letter and I don’t believe it now. If all discussion of racism, misogyny, or homo- and transphobia has to be prefaced with “not every white/male/straight/cis-gendered is like this!” then it removes the focus and the impact from the important issues and makes it all about the poor wounded fee-fees of the majority population. It’s ridiculous and entitled, and that’s exactly what I was responding to with my original post.

        • 1XXX

          No, you’re just another navel-gazing, parasitic tool working feverishly to kill the very host you feed off of.

          • MProblem

            He’s a teat-sucker, no doubt about it. And if he doesn’t get his teat sucks, he will threaten to make a big stinky in his Pampers and hold his breath until he turns blue.

        • MProblem

          Go suck your teat. You’re starting to get a little whiny there. Baby’s tummy a little empty? I’m sure a fresh infusion of taxpayer funds will make it all better for junior.

        • JohnDale49

          Yes, they should shut up. They are whatever is between their legs, you fool. If it has a penis, its a boy! If it has a vagina, its a girl!

          Should he get a squeeky toy if someone is ‘transitioning’ into Fido the dog?!

    • c

      To quote the great Ace of Spades, to the Left:

      “‘Intolerance’ now means ‘an uncivilized lack of moist enthusiasm.’

      I’ve always dreamed in living in a world where I was Free to Celebrate precisely those cult objects that the left demanded I Celebrate. I always dreamed of a world in which I was Free to be rentlessly [sic] henpecked, anklebitten, bullied & boycotted by well-funded leftist groups paid to harass citizens every waking moment of every single day.”

    • Pam Dunn

      Moron !!

    • 1XXX

      GFY

    • Father of Two

      When a Progressive has no argument they will always take theirr reponse to the extreme. “Westboro Baptist Church”. Youa e doing the same as his diversity instructor, immediately presenting the assumption that this man is a bigot. And because he is religiously opposed to the indoctrination, he is akin to to the most extreme in society. This man is pursuing a doctoral degree in Japanese history and was hired to teach Japanese History to undergraduates.. Diversity training used to be “treat people with respect, regardless of race or gender.” Now, it is re-education camp for two days. Your suggestion of medical and psychological screening of students is in fact, being applied to TA’s. They are being psychologically screened and “re-educated” to believe and accept a secular theology – a cult of aberration.

      I do have a question, though – shouldn’t it be pat of diversity training to teach about the religious beliefs of Christians, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims in order to insure a non-threatening and accepting environment for them as well?.

      • visceralrebellion

        Are you kidding? They’d never risk upsetting the muslims. They know that the muslims will slice their heads off with a rusty kitchen blade. They like to pretend to be rebels but they’re the same frightened chickenshits they were in high school.

      • Nullifidian

        When a Progressive has no argument they will always take theirr reponse to the extreme.

        Well, that can’t apply here because I’m not a progressive.

        Youa e doing the same as his diversity instructor, immediately presenting the assumption that this man is a bigot.

        No, I conclude he’s a bigot because he spewed a bunch of bullshit that would have been far better left un-spewed, particularly about how trans people are “poor souls” who are “psychological[ly] confus[ed]” “fetish[ists]“, and how it’s such a terrible imposition on him to refer to people with pronouns that match their gender identity, despite the fact that referring to people in this manner is considered basic courtesy. If I started willfully calling you “her” or “she” and changed your nickname to “Mother of Two”, I think you’d genuinely have cause for complaint.

        Diversity training used to be “treat people with respect, regardless of race or gender.”

        Do you regard it as respectful to refer to people by pronouns they explicitly do not wish to be referred to by? Do you think it’s respectful to refer to whole groups of people as psychologically confused, poor souls, and mere fetishists? Can you honestly picture yourself walking up to a trans person and letting out the litany of abuse that you can find in his letter?

        I do have a question, though – shouldn’t it be pat of diversity training to teach about the religious beliefs of Christians, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims in order to insure a non-threatening and accepting environment for them as well?.

        It is.

    • MProblem

      Are you a tax-payer-funded teat sucker whose livelihood depends on the professional grievance industry? If so, you are obviously just protecting your rich stream of teat sucks, which is mostly financed by the conservative white taxpayers you despise so much.

      The solution to your problem is to stop sucking the teat–then you won’t feel, deep down, like the worthless parasite we all know you are.

      Those who despise the civilization created by the Dead White Males should not be allowed to suck its rich, white (if you’ll excuse the pun) cream. Period.

      Go and live in some “diversity” enhanced non-Western paradise. We who provide your fat creamy teat sucks are sick to death of your kind.

      • Nullifidian

        Are you a tax-payer-funded teat sucker whose livelihood depends on the professional grievance industry?

        Let’s see how quickly we can move from a hypothesis to a sure thing….

        If so, you are obviously just protecting your rich stream of teat sucks, which is mostly financed by the conservative white taxpayers you despise so much.

        AND THERE IT IS! From one sentence to the next, what was advanced as a question was answered in the affirmative by the asker, without bothering to wait even a second to find out the real answer! Couldn’t possibly risk such a blow to your smug certainty, could you?

        Well, I’m going to give it to you anyway. I’m in the private sector, not in academia, and I don’t know what the “professional grievance industry” consists of, but I’m pretty sure it’s not biologists, which is what I am.

        And as far as being funded by conservative white taxpayers, “red states” take in more from federal funds and contribute less in taxes than “blue states” do, and the generally “red” rural areas less than the “bluer” urban ones. It is the cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic “blue states” that subsidize the “red states”, not vice versa. And even considering the rural areas, agriculture would stop dead if it weren’t for primarily non-white migrant workers to bring the crops in. So what do the white conservatives really contribute, when all is said and done?

    • Darren

      How like a radical leftist: you tolerate no difference of opinion, and you wish to remove or silence those with whom you disagree — and you invariably portray such people as, not just those with a different opinion, but as extremists (e.g. he belongs in the Westboro Baptist Church — an organization even the vast majority of evangelical Christians regard as a bunch of contemptible wackos; it’s a not too subtle way of implying that no reasonable person could hold views or opinions different from yours). You’re the perfect example of someone who has spent too long drinking the very same kool-aid that the writer of this letter is refusing to drink any more of.

      And you’re missing the entire point of his letter, or points rather, as there are two. First, as anyone with a decent amount of self-respect would, he objects to being told that he is a racist. Sure, everyone has racist or prejudiced thoughts from time to time. Everyone. It’s a part of our tribalistic nature. Evolution made us that way, through millions of years of competing for scarce resources. And some people are VERY racist. Some cultures have embraced racism (some still do today). American culture of earlier generations is certainly guilty of this. But it’s another thing entirely to tell people that the progress that has been made since the Civil Rights Era means nothing, and attitudes really haven’t changed, and you are racist, not because you embraced racist ideas, but simply by virtue of who you are. The color of your skin. If you are white, you are racist. Period. This is offensive, and Mr. Morgan is right to object to it. First off, it denies any ability of the individual to rise above this and be a better, more enlightened person. And second, the irony of telling people that it’s wrong to be a racist, because that’s unfairly judging someone for things that are beyond their control, and then saying that if you are white (something beyond your control) that you are, unavoidably, inescapably racist, is so thick you can practically walk on it.

      And the second point of the letter, is that his job is to teach history, nothing more. He’s ABSOLUTELY right about that. The taxpayers of Wisconsin are paying him to teach Japanese history, and that’s it. IT IS NOT HIS JOB to indoctrinate people with politically correct views. IT IS NOT HIS JOB to help people on voyages of self-discovery. IT IS NOT HIS JOB to promulgate a particular political agenda or ideology. He states that as a teacher, ALL will be welcome in his class, no matter their color, creed, or sexual orientation. Some of these students may hold views at variance with some of his beliefs, but that’s their business and their right, and while he may not approve, and will offer no active support, neither will he discriminate against them or treat them unfairly in his class as a result. That’s a very enlightened, very tolerant, and very ideally American viewpoint. It’s quite a contrast to your own, which is: “shut up and get out.”

      You’re living proof that he’s right. Universities have become radical indoctrination centers, of which you are a product, and they are stifling the free exchange of ideas and a diversity of viewpoints.

    • JohnDale49

      You’re a f8cking pathetic piece of crap. Die in a car crash, totalitarian fuckwit. Nobody will miss your fa66ot opinions.

    • Cui Pertinebit

      Look, it’s pretty simple: attempting to control other people’s speech and thoughts, is not anything that a Classical Liberal would call liberal; it is outright tyranny. A trannie can call himself whatever he wants; but the second that he attempts to force me to violate my freedom of speech, religion, conscience, etc., is the second that HE becomes the bully. We are responsible for our own words and beliefs; we are not entitled to force others to speak and to believe as we want them to.

      What is a bigot, exactly? Why is he a bigot, for being willing to tolerate (but not cooperate with) the “Genderqueer” ideology in his classroom, while you are somehow not a bigot, for refusing even to tolerate his right to his own beliefs and freedom of speech? Why is he bigoted for disagreeing with you, while you are not bigoted for disagreeing with him? I mean, he’s not trying to control your speech, he’s just telling you that you don’t control his. You are, in fact, attempting to control his speech. Is it not obvious, that you are the real bigot and the real violator of human rights? How do you account for this?

    • noahsalak .

      You’re right… Christians are so mean, thinking that gays are confused but tolerating it anyway…. Maybe they should replace him with a Muslim teacher, then the poor misguided Gay child will just be stoned….

    • Ofnir

      The problem with similar training that I’ve been through is that “I don’t care about a person’s (nsert position,race,gender identity,sexuality, etc here) one way or the other, that’s their business” isn’t an option. You have to actively put them on a pedestal and make them feel special and right. It places you on the exact same moral plane as the KKK if you just do your job and do it fairly when dealing with others. You’re a Nazi if you don’t actively go out of your way to celebrate someone’s race, sexuality, gender identity, religion(as long as it’s not Christian or Jewish, because ISRAEL and ZIONISM and CRUSADES), or creed (as long as it’s not Libertarian or American Conservative).

      It’s the same kind of stupid mindset that gets you in trouble for asking a Sikh acquaintance why his turban color and weave changed, when said acquaintance is more than willing to answer such questions as long as they are polite. You have to be understanding and celebrate a person’s otherness, but don’t you DARE ask any questions about it to try to understand it, because that’s bigoted.

      • Nullifidian

        You’re a Nazi if you don’t actively go out of your way to celebrate
        someone’s race, sexuality, gender identity, religion(as long as it’s not Christian or Jewish, because ISRAEL and ZIONISM and CRUSADES), or creed (as long as it’s not Libertarian or American Conservative).

        I’ve been on intimate terms with both professors and students of many differing views and religions, and at no time have I ever heard any professor exclaim, “Good for you! You’re an adherent of [insert favored view or faith]!” Frankly, I can’t even envision any flow of conversation that would involve those words, except as mockery to someone like you who has just thrown this bizarre assertion out there. Nor have I met any professors who were not capable of distinguishing between Christians and Crusaders or between Jews and Zionists. In fact, anyone who takes an interest in the Israel/Palestine issue is bound to know that there are Jews eloquently speaking out against Zionism, both past and present, for political and ethical reasons, as well as conservative Jews who reject Zionism for religious reasons, thinking that only the Messiah has the right to reinstitute the state of Israel in the form of a theocratic monarchy, and Israel as presently constituted doesn’t fit the bill.

        It’s the same kind of stupid mindset that gets you in trouble for asking a Sikh acquaintance why his turban color and weave changed, when said acquaintance is more than willing to answer such questions as long as they are polite. You have to be understanding and celebrate a person’s otherness, but don’t you DARE ask any questions about it to try to understand it, because that’s bigoted.

        You do realize that you’re writing this in the comments to an open letter where the special snowflake was deeply disturbed because he was going to be taught how to politely ask questions of trans people, right? So forgive me my skepticism, but I don’t think that diversity training courses are meant to stifle politely phrased questions. If this isn’t just some fantasy you’ve concocted off the top of your head, but refers to a real example, perhaps you were less polite than you thought you were, or you and your “acquaintance” weren’t on as friendly terms as you thought you were. Frankly, that’s not a question I would ask unless I knew the person fairly well and over a good period of time, and I wouldn’t ask it at all if five minutes on Wikipedia looking up “Sikhism” could answer it for me just as well.

  • jmo mls

    The MPD officer who said–back in 1967 during the first student riots over Vietnam–that a atomic bomb should be dropped on the UW seems like a visionary right about now, doesn’t he?

  • b l

    A professor has two responsibilities: Teach his material effectively, and treat his students equally. (And really, that second is only a part of the first.)
    His private feelings are irrelevant, and for the system to attempt to explore/alter his private feelings and his politics is absurd.
    Back in the cold war days the finest language training in the country was the DOD’s Defense Language Institute .
    Some of the instructors were known Soviet agents.
    They were accepted with a shrug, because they taught Russian very well.

    • Sneakypete

      As a retired NSA officer, I had occasion to spend some time in the Agency’s language department. There was a Russian instructor when I was there in the mid 70s. He was born in the USSR and conscripted into the Red Army during the war. In time, he was captured by the Wehrmacht. He made it known to his captors that he was disillusioned with communism and wanted to help them defeat the Soviets. He was a Wehrmacht intercept operator as the Nazi Armies were being pushed back. He ended up in Bavaria where was captured by the US Army. After some time in the relatively benign US POW camps, he again approached his captors and volunteered to train American soldiers in Russian at the new school in Oberammergau. Eventually he was hired by the Agency and was teaching Russian at Fort Meade.

  • HopeyChangey

    Great email. What a sad excuse for an institution of higher learning. I could get more pragmatism, wisdom and common sense from a Balinese rice farmer than the institutionalized bigotry at the U of W against the “new Jew,” the 21st century straight white male. We have to wear a star, recant, bow our heads and have our weapons taken from us.

    • Daniel Genseric

      stop eurocide worldwide

    • Henry Lipshitz

      I am the old Jew. Outside of college campuses, the diversity nitwits are considered nuts and worthless.

      • jewess

        The old Jew is right, which is why the whole argument is null. Go ahead and do whatever you want in the private sector. UW-Madison is a public institution with no regard to any religious affiliation. Which is why it is okay for Jason Morgan to be upset with the diversity training- he should just find a new job. Otherwise he will have to become what hopey believes is the “new jew” (white people who are perceived as racists?) and wear the mark of someone who cannot treat others with the respect they deserve as students of the Great state of Wisconsin’s UW Madison.

        • Susen Holmes

          you should leave north America because us native americans despise your kind the most!get back in the oven.

          • sardiverdave

            Can’t tell if you’re a false flag flier or a genuine moron. Either way, shut it, nitwit.

          • brutale1

            Good Grief what the f**k are you on.

          • Sister Sanford

            You can find good facilities on campus to get your mental illness taken care of. Be well and at peace! I’m praying for you.

          • JoeBotz

            Indigenous peoples of the America’s did not even have a horse let alone a fnn wheel! Till Europeans arrived.Like tribes of Europe and the world, most tribes that could not fight the fight were lost! World History! the primitive savages(as they delt out torture and murder amongst the other American tribes!

          • Black Magic

            You realize the only reason you call them savages is because they didn’t have horses, right? Without being able to mount on horseback, their civilizations were limited in size. Rather than being better due to their race, as you claim, Asians and later Europeans enjoyed the good fortune of being stuck on the land mass with all the horses.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            What? You’re not cashing in on the casinos and getting even by taking all the palefaces’ wampum?

          • Black Magic

            It’s sad you make a fake profile with a picture that generates the feelings it dies amongst people like you. You then use this fake profile to spread your hate by adding animosity to on-line discussions. What a sad life.

        • daized79

          What on earth are you talking about?

          • Black Magic

            It’s hilarious that racist people try to do everything to cover up the misdeeds and Ideological inheritance of American culture. Many of these folks defending racism and pretending that it ended with Rosa parks are the descendants of the slave/convict holding industries the south was comprised of entirely until world war 2. Those folks pretended there wasn’t a problem with incarcerating blacks for no reason and selling them for labor, and their thinking runs deep in the Southern fueled tea party movement of today. It’s no secret the south has the worst race relations and full of people who seek to explain black behavior as somehow alien to American culture.

          • daized79

            Unlike African Americans, the vast majority of European Americans in this country got here long after slavery (not to mention all the Asian Americans and Latino Americans who are also victims of Black racism). You, sir, are a racist person, not I.

          • Black Magic

            According to you, no citizen in the south was denied civil rights since after the civil war ended. This way, it’s impossible for the generations of southerners who came in the faced that followed slavery to be blamed for taking advantage of blacks and prohibiting their civil rights. Of course, I wonder how you explain the passage of the civil right act in 1964 since slavery was over. The fact you find a moral equivalency between institutionalized racism and whatever black-Latino racism you’ve read about on infowars and is miniscule in comparison demonstrates how hard you are trying to defend a racist perspective.

          • JoeBotz

            what about BLACK RACISM? I know it is a WHITE thing your kind will never understand! Ring a bell?

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            Oh puh-LEEZE, brah…….How can a young Black man like me get along with everyone and be successful when all you perpetually aggrieved “victims” are still living in the past. It was the Democrats who were the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK. Get off the plantation the lefties have you on and become an UN-HYPHENATED AMERICAN who just happens to be Black.

          • Black Magic

            It seems like you’re the one on the plantation, milling about a post, shirtless. The fact that the democrats were the party of racism ignores the realignment that occurred after republicans in the sixties began to court the former racist dixiecrat democrats will revolted against the northeast establishment concerned with civil rights. Your misunderstanding is proof that tolerance training isn’t unnecessary.

          • Eric

            It is because blacks are alien to American culture. It is a government created by and for Europeans. But blacks like millions of other official members of victim classes were and still are behind the power curve world wide. Thats why they were colonized and helped along into the modern world. I dont see any of you attempting to form your own countries? Look at those blaringly pathetic examples of sub saharan government Zimbabwe the ANC. Why would you? You have the whites to help you along while they suffer paying your debts living in tax slavery to pay for your welfare babies, to grow big and strong to grow up to sell drugs and play the Knock Out game. Compassionate white liberals’ pity is misplaced. Anti Racist is codeword for Anti White Africa for africans asia for asians white countries and only white countries for everyone. A race without a homeland is doomed to extinction. Diversity is just another way of saying less white people. I dont hear them talking about black privaledge in Nigeria and that there needs to be more dieversity there? That would be Racist! O

          • Pat

            In case you didn’t notice, the President of the United States of America is black.

      • John Double

        The schools need to be sued. Many parents worked their ass off to send their children to school.

        You’re telling me that the I’m spending hundreds or even thousands so that my children to go through mandatory brainwashing to receive “diversity credits” in order to graduate?

        Why should I spend hundreds so that my children in the future would learn that he or she has “white/male privilege?”
        ——————————————————-
        better question. Why are we still importing countless degree holders from places such as India,where the corruption is out of control?

        It’s hard enough for young adults with good degrees,from top of the line schools to find a job.

        • John Pack Lambert

          We are graduate programs in math and the sciences overwhelmed by students from outside the US? Maybe because the way our system is working is not preparing people to fill the jobs we need. Maybe if we stopped winning about the wrongs of the 19th-century and worried about how to get people into getting degrees that would lead to jobs things would be better.
          I say this as someone who has a bachelors degree in history, and studied just about every type of minority and world history I could from the history of India to Latinos in the US. However working in Detroit Public Schools with children with unemployed or marginally employed parents, having seen Wayne State University create a huge entry-level physics class with a professor who really wanted to help the students get into the engineering program, but couldn’t do much when they really just gave up, especially when the class was 60 plus students, I have to say there is something wrong with our system, and it is not going to be helped by telling people they are racists.

          • Black Magic

            Your history degree is worth less than Obama’s promises if you think the wrongs ended in the 19th century.

      • JoeBotz

        so why did you vote for Obama-MUGABE twice? Let alone the overwhelming liberal US jews that supported the anti Israel tyrant?

    • Matthew

      The fact that you are saying sarcastically that you wouldn’t gain wisdom from a Balinese rice farmer discredits your entire argument. And then to say that the white male is the “new jew” is so offensive I want to vomit. When, ever in the history of ever, has the white male been the object of persecution or genocide. GOOD GRAVY. I am going to make a bet that you’re parents did not love you because you got ONE HELL OF AN UPBRINGING SIR.

      Have fun spawning and breeding little white children who will one day be bullied and discriminated against for the beliefs you raise them to have, while in the meantime the rest of the world will recognize the truth about institutional racism and the flaws of our white society.

      • Bruce Raymond

        That’s seriously pathetic. You really believe that Jason Morgan wasn’t bullied as much as anybody else by institutional racism? You’re a sad person, and I’m willing to bet that you have a small penis.

        • daized79

          Can you edit out that sick comment at the end?

          • wkherbert

            but then won’t it go from small to none?

        • Matthew

          Yes i believe that jason morgan wasn’t bullied. In fact i would put my life on it. He obviously is straight, white, and wealthy. Those kinds of people don’t get bullied. Those are the kinds of people that watch bullying happen and don’t do anything about it because they don’t have to.

          • Bruce Raymond

            “Those kinds of people don’t get bullied.” Christian Adamek streaked at a high school football game and was bullied by the school principal so much that he committed suicide.

            http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/10/sparkman_high_student_facing_d.html

            On the other hand, it’s no big deal when a female does it.

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/woman-streaks-at-youth-soccer-game_n_1928742.html

            Adamek was threatened with expulsion, arrest, jail time, and having to sign up as a sex offender for the rest of his life – for streaking! I’m not seeing a lot of privilege here. He was scared enough by it to kill himself – I’d call that bullying.

            What is truly amazing is your lack of understanding that all members of a group are not identical and do not live in identical circumstances. There are something like 100 million white men in the US. It’s silly to assume that all of them are the same, have the same attitudes, live in the same conditions, and act similarly in all cases.

            Why is it so difficult to believe that there are no white men anywhere who have been discriminated against? That it’s only gay white men who see bias from other people? And why assume that all white men are rich? I know lots more white men on the low end of the financial spectrum than on the high end.

            There are two very powerful tools available to help analyze situations like this: 1) reverse the characteristics of the players, and 2) follow the money.

            To reverse the characteristics, how would we feel about a woman TA being forced to sit through a lecture demonizing women as being back stabbing, manipulating, predatory, amoral, raping sociopaths? Most of us would say Hell NO! This is sexual harassment in the workplace at a minimum and just plain offensive. We’d probably demand that the university stop it immediately and have the president fired.

            As for the money, there is a huge industry built around demonizing men. So if Jason Morgan were to prevail, then the livelihoods of the university department (and those at other universities) and the the rest of the feminist machine would be threatened. There’s money/power involved here. The same can be said for the race machine. The race machine may not help the individuals in the group (it doesn’t very much), but it helps itself a lot.

            So yes, there’s lots of institutional racism and sexism in the government and in education. Jason Morgan deserves better.

          • Black Magic

            It all just sounds so vacuous to read someone complain about the racist cry of war: there’s a war against the white man! Of course, it’s nonsensical and a frightened reaction to demographic changes and insecurity about their function in a changing society no longer guaranteeing success based on whiteness.

          • John Pack Lambert

            Hogwash, that is total rubbish. I was bullied in school a lot and I was from a wealthier family than those bullying me. To claim no straight, white male has been bullied is just plain false. You do not understand bullying at all, and people like you undermine real attempts to cut down on it.

          • Mel Content

            Take your BS elsewhere, Matt. I attended Cal Berkeley and witnessed the same type of PC indoctrination firsthand.

        • Sister Sanford

          Oops.. that’s bullying! lol

        • http://thousandfold.net/cz Alex Gittens

          “You really believe that Jason Morgan wasn’t bullied as much as anybody else by institutional racism? ”

          Yes, because straight white men have it just as bad, if not worse, than everyone else in the US. In other words, yes, I believe that Jason Morgan was much less subject to institutional racism than say …. a Hispanic lesbian would be in his situation.

          • AttilaTheHun

            I’m trying to understand the charge of institutional racism. Can you give me some examples to help me understand?

            I maintain that there is institutional racism against white men. As examples, I list -

            1. affirmative action/quotas – This has been going on for over four decades.
            2. adjusting of academic scores/entry qualifications based on race
            3. preferences given to minorities and women in government contracting
            4. incentives/threats to businesses to give preferences to minority and women-owned companies

            I maintain that there’s a much larger institutional racism against blacks, but it doesn’t match up with anything I’ve read in the press -

            1. welfare and assistance programs designed to remove the father from a household. We’ve seen a huge breakdown in black families. The strongest factor controlling whether a child is poor is whether or not there are two biological parents in the household. This helps ensure black kids end up in poverty.

            2. easing of standards and requirements based on race. This is doubly bad. It tells minority students that they don’t have to work as hard, which ultimately hurts them much more than it helps. And it makes the rest of the world question the qualifications of a minority applicant/worker. There’s always the stigma of the person being selected because of their race, rather than their qualifications, which means that they’re viewed as inferior. That’s especially unfortunate when they’ve made it on merit.

            3. lack of school choice. This especially hurts inner city black kids who can’t escape horrible schools.

            Yes, I believe that there’s lots of institutional racism, but I suspect we’re looking at it differently.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            Some of us think affirmative action, quotas, etc…are condescending, insulting, and demeaning.

          • attilathehunbruce

            I couldn’t agree more. Affirmative action is bigotry, essentially saying “he’s not good enough to compete with everyone else, so we’ll have to give him a head start to compete with the rest of us”.

            I don’t buy that for a moment for anybody. People are proud when they accomplish something. You don’t have the same pride when you don’t do the work. You are cheated when you’re not allowed to succeed on your own merits. It’s insulting.

          • Black Magic

            You forget about the fact that America, fir centuries, institutionalized racism to the degree that disenfranchised citizens of liberty, property, and their very lives. As recently as 1964, blacks were enslaved essentially in the south. Now, drug laws see just the next version of Black laws that have strangely been created all through it American history. It’s not merely giving someone a head start, you’re presuming both contestants are lined up fairly.

          • Black Magic

            If this were true, we would see evidence of this discussion in employment status, income levels, education access, life expectancy, or since other metric that would demonstrate the persecution of the white man. Unfortunately, the only persecution of the white man is of the poor white man, following the trend of poor people getting increasingly shafted generally. On average, white men make more, spend more, live better than any other racial gender pair.

          • attilathehunbruce

            The process of life is way too complex to be modeled by a handful of statistics. This is especially true when it comes to identifying the effect of policies, such as antidiscrimination policies.

            Correlation is not causation. The temperature drops and it gets dark at night, so people turn on the furnace and turn on the lights at night. Turning on the lights does not turn on the furnace, even though they’re correlated. Causation is what counts. Correlation is meaningless, although it’s presented as proof of causation.

            I stand by my claims of institutional racism and the partial list of examples I gave. To take just one of your criteria (education), the number of men (white or otherwise) going to college has been dropping precipitously in recent decades. Men now constitute about 40% of college students. This didn’t just happen by chance. The incentives are very much against men.

            Black people have really been screwed by affirmative action. These government policies have destroyed the black family and vastly reduced the incentives to join the workforce, damning many blacks to a purgatory of having enough to survive, but not having the incentives to excel. Whites aren’t too far behind – blacks just had a head start on the process.

            What really saddens me is that we never assess what didn’t work and say “let’s stop doing that”. We need the government to get out of our lives and get rid of all government institutional bias – just look at Obamacare if you need an example.

        • operationhastings

          Who cares about his small penis, that’s an act of nature. It is the perverted, bizarre, narrow world view of the kool aid drinking libturd that amuses me. He had to work at that. I often speak to my white children of the abuses the educational system visits on reality and to question the validity of the attempts to indoctrinate them into the belief that a tail wags the dog. Just as Jason Morgan so eloquently articulated.
          P.S. Matthew, Please jump off a tall building. Problem solved.

          • Black Magic

            The talks you have with your children are what have kept he same racist ideology from Dixie and the crazy conspiracies ever since alive and well. Bravo!

          • operationhastings

            You are welcome. smacko. I speak specifically about you race card downtrodden bums.

      • alanstorm

        Reading comprehension issues?

        Never mind – I can see the brainwashing has been thorough.

      • auroradear

        “Whenever in the history of ever has the white male been the object of persecution or genocide?” Well,
        specifically by the Muslims during the middle Ages who specifically
        took white European Christian males as galley slaves and the white
        Christian females for sex slaves. Entire towns would be taken as slaves
        after losing a battle. Whites have done their fair share of
        hell-raising, but the premise that whites are somehow inherently worse
        than other races is false.

        • Black Magic

          A racist was inspired to go back in history to try to defend the despicable actions of racist Americans by showing that Muslims treated whitemen just as poorly. I’m sure that to a racist who has those feelings in his heart the justification makes sense, but to most people it leaves us with the impression that racism is a base construct

      • James Mac

        The Irish genocides under Cromwell, The Irish in America, The Scots, the Roma, large immigrant populations from Eastern Europe. All white, all discriminated against. Listen, being white and male is awesome. I love it. We dont have to deal with shit. But making me feel bad for what other crazy white people do is nuts. That being said, I support this kind of training. College is a time when you are forming your identity and the last thing you need is a lack of support or explicit derision from faculty.

        • John Pack Lambert

          Whether the Roma are “white” is debatable. Although, since race is a cultural construct, they are if enough of us agree.

          • Black Magic

            Of course it’s debatable, since their are racists who spend time classifying peoples into boxes to more easily persecute them.

      • John Pack Lambert

        I can give examples of people being attacked, persecuted or marginalized in Detroit because they were white. I can give examples of half-white babies in Swaziland being killed at birth because of that.

      • MWhite

        White males have spilled a lot of blood in the effort to end racism and slavery, sparky. From the Civil War in which my X3 grandfather died for the Union to several of my relatives sacrificing their lives in the fight against Nazism in WW2.
        So, please, do us all a favor and spew your ignorant vomit on someone else’s sidewalk.

      • Troy

        “Whenever in the history of ever has the white male been the object of persecution or genocide?”

        I would consider Armenians, Jews (certainly Ashkenazi Jews), and Russians that Stalin didn’t like all white, and all have been the target of genocide in the last century. There are fewer examples of whites *qua* whites being targeted, but you might consider:

        http://www.genocidewatch.org/southafrica.html
        http://www.genocidewatch.org/zimbabwe.html

        Genocide Watch is not a reactionary right-wing organization, and yet it considers both these countries to be at stage 5 of 7 on the path to genocide against whites. In both countries, white farmers have been driven off of their land and in some cases brutally attacked. Thousands of white South African farmers have been murdered.

        In addition, many Middle Eastern Christians (e.g., Coptic Christians) who have closer ties to the West (and are, from the little we know, probably genetically closer to Europeans than other Arabs) are the target of both state persecution and attacks by Islamic extremists.

        Of course, American whites are in no way as persecuted as these other groups, and it would be silly to claim otherwise. But don’t think that the kind of mindset of blaming whites for problems affecting the black American community does not bring physical harm to white Americans. Human Rights Watch (again, not a reactionary or right-wing organization) provides a chilling description of (highly disproportionate) black-on-white rape in U.S. male prisons:

        http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/prison/report4.html#_1_27

        That article quotes an African-American inmate as saying the following: “Most [blacks] feel that the legal system is fundamentally racist and officers are the most visible symbol of a corrupt institution & with good reason . . . . [B]lacks know whites often associate crime with black people. They see themselves as being used as scapegoats . . . . So is it any wonder that when a white man comes to prison, that blacks see him as a target.”

    • daized79

      The U of W has a war with the old Jews too–it’;s not like they started liking us when they started hating White males. They just added White males to the list.

    • Bo_Sears

      Resisting Defamation would like to interject here that this is a flawed thought:

      “… the “new Jew,” the 21st century straight white male. We have to wear a
      star, recant, bow our heads and have our weapons taken from us.”

      The diverse white American men and women have enough problems with ADL and SPLC without their getting their rocks off by hammering us with this weird naming. You need to understand that the members of every demographic affinity group have the sole right to name, label, define, and describe themselves. To coin a brand new label like “the new Jews” is problematical because it is an appropriation of another group’s label.

      The other side of this coin is to speak out against being labeled with goyim, gentile, and shiksa….not just add another fighter in the ring. The situation of Jewish-Americans is very different from ours, and different solutions will be found for both groups.

  • Father of Two

    You may also want to look up the “ginned-up” gender attacks at the University of Wyoming as well. That enlightened leftist is now charged with filing a false police report. And the Matthew Sheppard murder at UW was a ginned up gay hate crime as well. I know because I was there and intimately involved. I was there. I got briefed by the city attorney, police chief regularly about the investigation. Unfortunately the DA didn’t have the gonads to stand up and tell the media that sexuality played no part in the MOTIVE for the crimes committed on Matthew Sheppard. Sexuality wasn’t part of his case in court, but he never responded to the media that it wasn’t part of the case because he was basking in the limelight of a high-profile case. Had he told the truth and stood up and said the motives were robbery and drugs and that the perpetrators were on a three-day drug binge, then the cameras and lights go off.

    • Rachael P-McG

      Then why were the perps in a bar known for gay customers?

      • Nomasidiotas

        “As a gay man, he felt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew’s
        story. But what Jimenez eventually found in Wyoming was a tangled web of
        secrets.” “I applied rigorous journalistic standards to the reporting and writing
        of this book, relying on sources ranging from those in the legal system
        and law enforcement to those who knew Matthew Shepard and the
        perpetrators personally,” Jimenez’s statement read. “Principal among
        them were the Shepard prosecutor, Cal Rerucha, who won double life
        sentences for the perpetrators; lead homicide detective Ben Fritzen;
        former police officer and drug investigator Flint Waters; and numerous
        other law enforcement officials from several agencies. I have also
        included a number of new sources in the book, who are speaking on the
        record for the first time.” Apparently McKinney, one of the killers, is gay. Being strung out on meth for days was the motivation for killing Shepard, according to McKinney. “He was pretty well-dressed, had a wallet full of money,” McKinney told
        ABC’s 20/20 of meeting Shepard at a bar. “All I wanted to do was beat
        him up and rob him…”

        • Terence Sommer

          I never heard this angle before.

          • Terence Sommer

            I’ll give you an angle. Right up your bumkus big boy!

      • FredZarguna

        Because they were gay/bi.

      • BDnSC

        reread the last line from Father of two.
        Why do you try to make it more than it really is?

  • DarkAngel

    Best wreck ever… Please continue!!! :-)

  • SarahBJones

    Good god what a whiner. He needs to toughen up, and chill out, and smarten up. First, If he can’t push back and formulate arguments DURING the session, to people’s faces, then he still has some learning to do. He’s so concerned about it? Start learning, formulate arguments, learn how to debate. Second, there are plenty of right-wing bastions at this school, as well. Third, perhaps this training went overboard…does he have to whine and write a 5 page letter about it? Jesus…does he think he and his fellow Teaching Assistants are that weak that one session that’s a few hours long is going to “brainwash” them? Fourth – this is shoddy journalism. One sided, and mostly just contains the letter the graduate student wrote, with no counter-opinion. Final grade: F

    • MProblem

      Another “diversity” taxpayer-teat sucker, worried that her teat is going to dry up.

      Worrying is correct; we are sick of paying for your teat sucks.

      • SarahBJones

        What? You’ve got me pegged wrong kiddo.

        He’s a weak whiner, viewed from either side of the camp.

    • JohnDale49

      What a pathetic little b6tch

    • Jason

      Thank you for your attempt at clairvoyance. You were not in the room, and yet, you seem to have seen behind closed doors.

      Inaccurately, though, I’m sorry to say. The debate was a-sizzlin’. But the diversity side didn’t have time to muster the bullhorn-shouters and sign-wavers, and nobody seems to have brought with them a snare drum a la the Recall Riots of 2011, so the debate was perhaps not as lively as you might have liked. Had you been there, of course.

      And, I’d be thrilled to learn about the “right-wing bastions” at the UW-Madison. Perhaps you mean the Gender and Women’s Studies Department?

      Lastly, one-sidedness was precisely the complaint re: “diversity” training. All leftism, all the time = diversity. Disagree with us? You are obviously a racist (see handout).

    • FredZarguna

      So, in your opinion, anyone who objects to having his tax money used to finance this pathetic drivel should just “toughen up?” Sorry, that sounds more like bending over.

      • SarahBJones

        Tax money funds a lot of things we agree with, a lot of things we don’t, and a lot of thing we don’t understand.

        The day that tax money STOPS funding things we don’t always agree with, and ONLY funds 1 side of the opinion is the day that YOU KILL DEMOCRACY and the day that you kill this country. So get off your high horse, toughen up, and deal with the fact that other people have opinions, and yes your tax dollars will be used for things you don’t agree with, just as will mine. You worried about mis-spent tax money? There are many greater places to start than a couple hours of lessons per year. Jesus christ. Stop whining like babies.

        • FredZarguna

          What absolute bilge. As if tax money funds anything but left-wing opinions. What libertarian or conservative opinions are available in “diversity training?” What, other than leftist opinions are advanced by NPR or PBS?

          By your standard, “Democracy” died a long time ago, since the government has only ever come down on one side of expressing opinions: YOUR SIDE.
          Finally, I’m a Libertarian, so my solution is to fund NO SIDES.
          Post secondary education isn’t part of governance; the government shouldn’t be collecting tax money to fund it, to provide loans for it, or to subsidize it in any way, shape, manner, or form. The Welfare State/Educationist/Liberal Complex is every bit as evil as the Military/Industrial Complex (maybe more so given that there is at least a Constitutional mandate for the latter.)
          Democracy died on the day we started funding those things. Repeal the Federal Income Tax, and the rest will take care of itself.

    • Rose215

      The article is ABOUT a graduate student’s complaint about diversity training. It is not about the pros and cons of diversity training, but the letter could precipitate that. It does seem that the training has gone overboard and it is good that someone took time to complain about that.

  • Juan_Carlo

    Diversity training usually just involves common sense stuff like basic politeness and how not to be rude. Like, for example, if a transgender student wishes to be addressed as a woman then you address her as a woman. Unless you want to purposely be a dick, I don’t possibly see how that could conflict with anyone’s religious beliefs. I mean, if someone at work repeatedly asks you to call them Joe, yet you insist on calling them Joseph, that’s just rude. That’s not people trying to force political correctness on you, that’s just you being a dick. Same thing in this case. And this dude’s just a history teacher, he’s not a life coach or a psychologist. If he’s only doing his job I don’t see how his interacting with students in a polite manner, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or race, would ever conflict with his personal beliefs.

    Moreover, most institutions only do this type of diversity training to cover themselves from law suits….so there are very good practical economic reasons for having this stuff. If x employee sues for sexual harassment the institution can prove that they tried to prevent it via showing that they provided diversity training like this. Some teachers will be idiots and abuse their power, so the institution has to protect itself. If there wasn’t a bottom line economic reason for this stuff, most places wouldn’t do it. Even academia. Despite its reputation as a bastion as liberal thought, most university humanities graduate programs aren’t exactly flush with cash so they aren’t going to waste money on stuff if it doesn’t serve some practical purpose.

    So to me this whole letter stinks of cheap political grandstanding. You have to read a whole ton of stuff in graduate school that you might not personally agree with. Usually that personal disagreement is good as it means that you might have something original to contribute either by stating your case as to why it’s wrong or adjusting it with contributions of your own. That’s the nature of academic writing and the development of a critical acumen.

    So if he’s really bothered by this, it’s great that he’s challenging it, here or else where. But since he’s also aspiring to be an academic, he should challenge this like an academic would challenge it. He should put his money where his mouth is and take an anthropology of gender course or something of that nature, learn what everyone’s talking about in the field, then argue his case in an essay or at a conference as to why they are all wrong. This letter, however, is just a bunch of faux-outrage and rehashing myriad tired points everyone’s read 1,000 times on every right wing blog ever. This letter should be embarrassing to him, not because of the conservative political beliefs he’s espousing, but because of the totally hackneyed and unoriginal manner in which he is making his arguments. If I was the head of his department I’d reply with, “OK. Your concerns are valid, but make your case like an academic rather than some two bit political blogger.”

    • Moneyrunner

      “Shut up” he explained.

    • MProblem

      Sounds to me like you are just another taxpayer teat-sucker on the “diversity” milk run, terrified that your government-funded teat is about to be taken out of your mouth.

      Well, you do have a lot to fear about your teat drying up, because those of us who pay for your teat sucks are just plain sick of this crap. Go get a real job and contribute something useful to society.

    • FredZarguna

      You obviously haven’t been to a “diversity training” session in the last twenty years, so your opinion isn’t particularly worthwhile.

    • Rose215

      If this is all just about common sense, then surely it is not necessary to train university graduates in the nuances of polite behavior. If it is a legal protection for the University, a simple guidebook provided to new instructors would do the job. Taking a stand on something should not require an academic treatise. The letter is a polemic, not a graduate thesis.

      • Qwip

        If that were the case, then he wouldn’t need to object to using the pronouns his possible-students would prefer: It would be common sense for him to be polite and use them.
        I personally don’t agree with mandatory ‘diversity training’, and I attend UW-M, but I really do think that the TA should at least have the courtesy to address someone by ‘her’ or ‘she’ if they prefer it – it’s like a nickname, almost, even if you don’t agree with their choices, you should at least respect someone for living their life the way they want to.

        • Rose215

          I did not think he was objecting to using a preferred pronoun. He was objecting to the simple minded and perverse training about this.

  • Jason Jones

    What’s with this diversity training crap? They should be training the different people to be like us, not the opposite way around.

    • T.E. Sumner

      A cultural Darwinist. The best culture will displace the inferior cultures.
      Socialists believe all cultures, no matter how disgusting or objectionable their beliefs and practices, deserve to survive.
      Do you?
      I don’t.
      A multitude of cultures can co-exist simultaneously, each having some characteristic that assures its survival, although not perfect.
      Cultures that demand subservience of other cultures notably will be found wanting and discarded by history. Demanding respect for a culture similarly will find disfavor: either the culture deserves respect or it does not per se.
      Conservatarians should rankle at the idea of forced compliance either with ‘teach them diversity’ or ‘teach them “our” way.’ Free thought demands an end to forced re-education of any type. Discussion and voluntary choice is the only reasonable course of action. So-called awareness or awakening training is just as valid a subject as any other in an educational setting, but as with other curricula, the student chooses whether to study that subject or not.
      If the “different people” were offered a choice to attend non-diversity training at no cost to others (or diversity training), then Amen to that.
      But no forcing either way, period

    • Kyle Smith

      Or how about…we just go to school and learn and no one needs to train the other. How about we just learn from one another….

      This article has been hit with the real racists(or people pretending to be real racists) now so the comments are starting to become mixed up.

  • WardKendall

    The names of all the university professors responsible for imposing this kind of totalitarian mind-control need to be remembered, recorded, and recalled at future war crimes trials, once white nationalist forces seize control of the government and all other institutions, such as Professor Kantrowitz’s leftist nest. Afterwards, and after the trials, after the necessary executions, and after all the necessary bloodshed to follow, whichever of these despicable humanoid insects are still alive need to be routed onto gigantic cargo ships bound for Africa, where they will be off-loaded – permanently.

    There must be no mercy.

    For only by wiping these infections off the face of the earth can we ever redeem the greatness of mankind, which is – and always has been – the white race.

    Ward Kendall
    author of Hold Back This Day

    • christopherrrr

      Mr. Kendall: You’re logic and sarcasm falls the test. To reject the intent and content of diversity training does not imply in any way a racist superiority (moral, intellectual or in any other way). Your thinly veiling accusations of those who oppose ‘intellectual tyranny’ speaks more about your character than the stereotypes you intend to malign.

      • Yo

        Oops! He was sincere, or maybe his publicist was falling asleep on the job (I certainly would, given the drivel he puts out). He definitely needs Jesus…

    • Shootist

      There is no such thing as “white America”. Go now and sin no more.

      • Cairan

        Yes there is. White America is the Tax Slave Plantation of all the Diverse.

        • Guest

          I do what I can not to pay federal taxes. I was laid off in 2008. I fully intend to never have a W-2 job again.

        • Shootist

          I was laid off in 2008. I fully intend to never have another job that requires me to file a 1040 or pay federal income tax.

  • Winston Smith

    What do you mean Left? Is this the University of Wisconsin?… At Madison? No, surely not the History Department?

    Leftist?

    Really…?

    Dear GOD.

    NOOOOOOOO!

    How could this be? I mean, it’s been a hive of traditionalist, fundamentalist, dyed in the wool conservatism since, like…forever.

    Shit. What do we do now? SHIT SHIT SHIT!!.

    I mean, fuck zombie invasion or global plague, man! The Socialist Party of Wisconsin is going to roll over us like the Red Army in Hungary. Oh shiiiiittt.

    IT’S GAME OVER MAN! THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT MADISON (HISTORY DEPARTMENT) IS LEFTIST!!!!

    WTF are we going to dooooo??!!!

    • FredZarguna

      No need to panic. Just defund them. That settles the whole thing.

  • Susen Holmes

    krantowitz?that says it all.the pot calling the kettle black!

    • Cairan

      Oy vey! ; }

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    Shorter, hereabouts: “Sensitivity training? Just who is the leftard busybody who wants me to say that my mama didn’t raise me right? Him & me need to have a little protocol adjustment.”

  • smg45acp

    They keep telling us that the country is broke. So stop all Federal funds to Universities. Yes, we need people in the hard sciences to run the American companies of tomorrow. We don’t need to spend countless millions of tax dollars to educate on cross dressing, feminist studies or any of the many other useless degrees that tax subsidized every year.
    I also don’t like my tax dollars going to build university football stadiums to entertain the masses on my dime. Athletics were originally put in schools for the good of the students. Now there are mainly money making operations.
    We are broke and Federal dollars should not be used for entertainment.

    • Domer

      I somewhat agree with the first part of your post, yet your second paragraph has left me confused. You seem to be claiming that athletics are draining money, but then go on to say they are “money-making” operations. Which do you actually think? In reality, most athletic departments are financially self-sustaining; ticket sales and sponsorship, not taxes, are paying for these stadiums.

      Our ire would be better off directed elsewhere, such as towards these so-called “diversity training” sessions.

      • rktsci

        ” In reality, most athletic departments are financially self-sustaining; ticket sales and sponsorship, not taxes, are paying for these stadiums.”

        Most athletic departments in the US are not self-sustaining. Yes, some of the large football/basketball powers are self-sustaining. However, at smaller schools it can take fees of over $1000/year/student to cover the losses.

    • Sister Sanford

      Oh! The world would be a much better place if only inhabited by engineers! I hope we’ll get there someday!

    • Alex

      Uh… I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the only way that the Federal government “funds” universities is by subsidizing student loans and by providing some grants for hard science research (mainly defense-related).

      So, unless you’re proposing that we take away the small amount of taxpayer-funded financial aid that is being offered to some needy students (who are probably not inclined to learn about gender studies anyway), there is nothing the Federal government can do to spend any LESS money on “useless degrees” than it currently is.

      The fact is, most of these useless degrees are funded from the income that universities get from student tuition, NOT from any outside sources. No outside institution is pushing universities to promote this kind of stuff – they are doing it of their own accord. And, actually, private universities are generally more left-leaning than public ones.

      So there is no quick fix. If you want to change university culture you have to do it bit by bit, school by school, persuading individual university administrations to stop offering useless degrees (although, as long as students keep demanding them, I’m not sure why administrators would care that they are useless).

      • dixie68

        Until government intervened with Pell grants, anyone could afford to go to college, either by working part time or going to school part time, but when that started, tuitions skyrocketed.

  • Daniel Genseric

    When they say “Diversity is good” they really mean less white people.

    STOP white genocide worldwide

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-whtie

    • 1488

      1488 blood and hate

      • Jon Fermin

        we don’t need actual racists here, please leave. (for those who are unconvinced of my accusation, look up 1488 on urban dictionary.)

        • Barbaric Yawwp

          Not only do we need more racism, we need more antisemitism as well.

    • ea_man

      They actually mean fewer white people. Yes, I am from the vocabulary police.

      • Jill Hunter

        Congratulations. You are an ass.

        • ea_man

          I’m also sorry that you cannot appreciate a little wry humor. For the record, I’m also opposed to “irregardless”, the use of mute instead of moot, the widespread misuse of they’re, their, and there, and lastly the seeming inability of people to distinguish between to and too.

          • GaJoe1950

            ea_man, three cheers for civilization! I invite you to join me in my crusade to educate people to the fact that “gender” is not a synonym for “sex”.

          • Snuffy Baron

            Grammar, right?

          • YankeeBubba

            All youses ought orientate yourselves to the “Brave New World!”
            Furthermoreover, I’m a lifelong resident of the “77 Square miles surrounded by a Sea Of Reality” and a 1979 U.W. grad.
            In a perfect world, you’d be taking up a collection to provide with reparations to atone for my long-suffering (if self-imposed) exile from the real world.

          • Keith Miller

            And how about distinguishing between then and than! :)

      • dusel1

        Vocabulary police. Another name for grammer Nazi.

        • SpellCheck

          GrammAr Nazi: an ignorant, anti-Semitic term, usually used by those who can’t properly spell.

        • ea_man

          Sure; police = Nazi. Whatever.

    • 1R-Scholar

      Diversity means: How can we best communicate that everyone isn’t the same–but should be treated with equality. Diversity is great!

      • dusel1

        Diversity is a one-way street, forced into useless laws by the Liberal idiots in Washington DC.

        • goeffyourself

          Look, the train is leaving the station-get on it, start a civil war, or GTFO.

    • John Stegner

      You’re really comparing a diversity training episode to genocide?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide

      Go ahead and read this before you make such an utterly offensive statement.

    • Peter

      and diversity is bad means what exactly?

    • John Pack Lambert

      Actually, in Salt Lake City it means elect homosexuals to the city council but make sure none of the Tongans who form the backbone of the police force serve there, they might actually try to get laws enforced. Tongans are not a privileged diverse group in SLC because too many of them are Mormons.

  • kazzer66

    Wow, these poor kids. Wanting a higher education to better themselves and their communities, yet subject to such vile Liberal dreck, in the name of diversity?

    In mandating ‘diversity training’, they are supporting anything but. Diversity means variety, yet they want everyone to think alike, or not to think, at all. If you’re called a racist for no reason but skin color, isn’t THAT in itself racism? Liberal rhetoric, that only white people can be racists, aside…of course it is.

    Colleges have no right to force people to accept political re-education, and fringe social anarchy, as the norm (people may accept social differences, they should not be forced to embrace, or champion them). A school’s job is to educate, not force extreme philosophical, or political beliefs on their students.

    If this is what these students are subjected to, then taxpayer funding should be withdrawn immediately.

    • http://livethetrinitynet.ramawright.net/ Rick Wright

      There’s another curious dimension of the “if you are white you are racist, period, end of discussion” rhetoric. Which is if people are racist simply because of who they are, through no choice of their own, then how can the accusation of racism have any moral force? It’s one thing to say “you are guilty because of something over which you have control”, it’s bizarre to say “you are guilty because of something which you cannot help”. It’s like yelling at squirrels, “Squirrel! You’re a squirrel! A filthy evil squirrel!”

      • Chuck U Farley

        I understand your argument quite well, and wholeheartedly agree. But you must confess, squirrels are ‘filthy evil’.

        • bobby_b

          But that’s only because of the poor choices that all squirrels seem to make early in life, not because of their basic, immutable squirrel-ness.

          • Don Griffin

            I think it is more to do with their neighborhoods, squirrel ‘ghettos’ do not receive adequate funding or attention.

          • youandme2

            Well that puts the kibosh on the theory that an inborn poor future time orientation causes these things.

          • Black Magic

            That’s why we want health care, you know since we hate people do much. The motivation to cut food stamps though…

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            How about study something useful instead of Black studies, or Women’s studies…then you can get a job and be a maker, not a taker. Why should I be robbed of MY hard earned money just so freeloaders, moochers, and parasites can eat and talk on Obamaphones?

        • Wumingren

          My idiot neighbor feeds the tree rats all year round, so their population is booming and they seek to build nests as close to their food source as possible. The red tree rats like to invade attics and chew electrical wiring, and I’ve been trying to fend them off, but it is not legal discharge air guns (to say nothing of firearms) so I’m down to setting traps. He has so much food lying around all year that now there are raccoons coming in for a meal, and a pair of them managed to get into my attic and destroy the insulation by packing it down and leaving their waste everywhere. When I killed the female with a large body trap on the roof, he complained that I should have used a Havahart trap instead. He said he had been enjoying watching those cute little critters going up through my soffit for weeks. Really? Without telling his neighbor that there was vermin entering their building? What a jerk! Oh, he is a Democrat, too, so what can you expect?

          • Finrod Felagund

            What else would you expect from a Democrat? He probably thinks more of the vermin than he does his neighbors.

      • Jamie Riehl

        You still have choices about what to do about it. Think of it like sin. We are all sinners, anyone who claims they are pure of sin is just in denial. But that doesn’t mean that the call to avoid sinning is without moral force. We are expected to do the best we can, to repent and atone for our mistakes, and to do good acts which help redeem us.

        • Leah Keever

          B.S. I may believe I have been born with original sin, but I was not born a racist any more than every other human being in the world. For you to correlate the two is beyond ignorant.

          • Jamie Riehl

            Please read my comment in the context of the post to which I was replying. Rick Wright made an interesting point about how the claim of inevitable white racism removes the moral force of claims of racism. I was not claiming that you were born racist. I was just explaining how it was possible to argue that all white people are born racist AND make a morally forceful claim about racism.

            Ignoring the analogy, the claim made in diversity classes like these is that all white people are racist, but some are more racist than others, and some work to be less racist – or work to do things to counter-act their racism.

          • Leah Keever

            Sorry, but it still sounds to me as if you are accepting their premise. Which I do not.

          • Jamie Riehl

            Sure, it’s the “if” statement in Rick’s post, we’re discussing the “then.” You have to accept the premise to evaluate an if…then.

            That said, I suspect whether you accept the term “all white people are racist” or not, has a lot to do with how you define racist (and, to a lesser extent, “white”). Critical Race Theory (the theory behind these types of diversity training) uses a working definition of “racist” which is dramatically different from the way the term is used in common speech.

          • Doctorda

            So many folks on this thread seem to misunderstand the basic point that racism is socially constructed, not innate. It is learned, and thus can be unlearned, along with sexism, homphobia, transphobia, etc. This is the whole point of diversity training.

          • Leah Keever

            Maybe it’s the entire point, but it’s not necessarily true. If you are referring to racism as a person’s actions, then yes, it can possibly be unlearned, or at least made socially unacceptable enough to discourage the behavior. If you are talking about the fact that Japanese infants prefer Japanese Mommy faces, and so on and so on., then, no, it can’t be unlearned.

          • John Pack Lambert

            People were not born racist. The African-American students in my class do not object when I tell them the puzzle with two white children, an African-American child, a white mother, and a dad who I think looks African-American is a family at thanksgiving. None have said “how can white and black be in the same family”. Racism is not something one is born with, it is something one learns. When I was in Kindergarten I thought Yassir was a common American name because one of my friends had it.

        • daized79

          This is Christian hogwash. The rest of the world thinks people are born neutral and can decide what to do. Stop the Christian propaganda.

      • just some guy…

        Ah, cultural marxist dogma. Always good for a chuckle.

        “Privilege” is just the liberal version of original sin.

        You are born with it.
        You didn’t do anything to get it.
        You don’t deserve.
        You must do exactly as the social justice warriors say for your entire life to be “rid” of it. But only kinda get rid of it.

        • Matthew

          Except for the fact that social justice activists would never admit that you can get rid of white privilege. we only ask that you accept it as the truth so we can get on with our lives and the whites can stop acting like stupid children. Literally I would bet my life that everyone on this forum that has made a post denying their privilege as a white individual, Especially white males, has never ONCE sat down with a minority and had a discussion about privilege. EVERYONE KNOWS IT EXISTS EXCEPT FOR THE TYPE OF IDIOTS POSTING COMMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE AUTHOR OF THIS LETTER. Before you comment on anything else go ask the black family down the street what the difference between being them and being you is. Go ask your one Asian friend from high school what it was like to be a minority in every situation. Go read a school textbook and compare the number of white males that are written about compared to females or non-whites.

          Racism is still alive and almost all of you on this website are the reason why. Have fun sending your curses and death threats to me. Go live in a shed you thick fucks.

          • BoxGuy

            I am overwhelmed by your voluminous expression of love and tolerance. Your display of class while intelligently debating your position is supreme testimony to your ideology.

          • 1AsianFriend

            Well, I guess I am the “one Asian friend from high school”, and also a female, and half Hispanic, and I can tell you I am sick to death of the likes of you declaring that you are omniscient about “what it was like to be a minority in every situation”! There are, and always will be, small-minded, intolerant people to be found all over the world, and it doesn’t matter what the color of their skin is or where their ancestors came from. I have had contact with bigots from every ethnicity, and also know wonderful people from every ethnicity from all corners of the world. You infer a generalization of what the Black and Asian experience is, and from your previous statements generalize that this is all due to some “white privilege”. In your view, all you see are “victims” because of the color of their skin or the shape of their eyes, and you never bother to look at the individual and want to understand how they find themselves in the situation they are in, because in your mind they couldn’t possibly have had any direct responsibility for their current circumstances; it is always someone else’s fault, or someone else put them there. How convenient to ignore the history of America that has produced more wealth and opportunity for the most individuals in the shortest time in the history of the world. And, most disappointing, the “state” did not make this happen; individual initiative did, and still does today.

          • Matthew

            am i generalizing? yes. i am.
            There are too many people in the world to be able to talk in such a wide
            spectrum without having to generalize. If you are an exception to the
            generalizations I was making then you woudln’t be making such comments.
            IN general, minorities have been disadvantaged because of the
            “state” and yes while individuals can surpass those challenges, it is
            impossible to say that white privilege doesnt exist.

            I made no claims that people were not or could not be responsible for the
            situations they are in. I know that there are bad people and good people in
            every culture. I DO blame the
            construction of our society and the subconscious racist tendencies that all
            have (mainly whites) on the white people that founded this country. Yes America has brought a lot of wealth to a
            lot of people, but the number of colored people with moderate to extreme wealth
            is far less than the number of whites.
            And it’s not just because there are “more whites,” the numbers go beyond
            that. It is statistically impossible to
            say that the blacks are in general at the socio economic and education status
            that they are just because they put themselves there.

            Further, don’t put me into the category that you did because I was attempting
            to say something to the people on this website who have no idea that they are
            privileged by the color of their white skin.
            If you believe that we are all equal and only stupid people make
            mistakes and are poor then you are only a product of privilege as well. The privilege does not only come from skin
            color but it can come from wealth, sheltered instruction, and communities.
            Please, reconsider the way you talk to people outside of your culture and take
            a second to see how privilege doesn’t only come from skin color. I only say “white privilege” because I am
            generalizing and if generalizing, most privileged are white.

          • Bruce Raymond

            1AsianFriend – Thank you! You said that much more eloquently than I could have.

          • John Pack Lambert

            In my high school it was rare to have a class that was not close to half Asian. True, most of those were or Iraqi or Lebanese descent, but Iraq and Lebanon are in Asia. We had no lack of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian and Pakistani students either. Most born here with immigrant parents, some Filipinos being half-white. Our number of African-Americans was very low, and being in a Detroit suburb that was telling, but Asians were not lone exceptions.

          • daized79

            They allow that word on here? Oy. Sukot just ended so that was a very timely insult.

          • Matthew

            no disrespect of your culture, i didn’t mean to make a poke at judaism. I was just saying they should close themselves off to other’s thinking sarcastically because they already have.

          • chicagorefugee

            Dude, I read my kid’s school textbook(s). Virtually ALL the photos were women or POC.

            Great job with the “othering” and stereotyping though. You’re no different than those you despise most – you’ve just picked a different target group.

          • Old Hickory

            “white privilege” = The cultural bias that cause Asian females to score highest on standardized tests.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            To quote Bugs Bunny…..What a maroon!

          • operationhastings

            I dub thee “a-hole the great”

        • lhfry

          Leftism (communism, socialism, progressivism, whatever) is a
          religion. It has its gods, its devils, its dogma, its rituals, its
          martyrs, its taboos, its hymns, and it

          punishes those who stray with shaming and ostracism.
          Time to stop describing the left as “liberal.” Anything but, I would say.

          • chicagorefugee

            Tom Kratman uses the term Tranzis – transnational progressives. It works.

      • louis

        It’s just a communist tactic, they know you’re not racist. You’re supposed to “believe” that you’re somehow guilty so you’ll drink the Marxist kool aid. In Marxist societies, dissidents need to be re-educated. it’s stupid, I know, but these are really stupid people, and you have to separate yourself from this until it blows over and stay out of the way to survive this epic in American history. This is a civil war, just don’t get in the way. Step aside and let the militias handle it.

        • PhD idiot

          Yes, all those stupid people with PhDs. Spend their whole lives thinking, reading, and listening. Then they have the idiocy to try to talk about what they’ve learned to others in the hopes of building a more just and civil world. That’s certainly the moment to call in the militia.

          By the way, the word you’re looking for is “epoch.” An “epic” is a story of a grand journey. But I’m just an idiot with a PhD.

          • Leah Keever

            First, I don’t see where he said all PhDs are stupid. Secondly, having a PhD doesn’t automatically make your thoughts any more valuable than anyone else’s. It depends upon your innate intelligence and your critical thinking skills. If you don’t have much of either but are able to put in the time and money to obtain a PhD, it doesn’t give you the right to lecture others on how the world should be run.

            Thirdly, if all you are doing is thinking, reading and listening, you can very, very easily be much less valuable to society than a person who has spent his/her life participating. (You know, building, creating, fixing, educating, growing, learning).

          • JV

            “it doesn’t give you the right to lecture others on how the world should be run…” Actually, everyone in the US has that right. You’re exercising yours right now, thanks to the internet…something invented by a professor…with a PhD.

          • Leah Keever

            Yes, because Cerf had lots of innate intelligence and obviously critical thinking skills. He was not one of those who Phd Idiot described as “spending their lives thinking, reading and listening.” He also worked for a living and created things.

            I’m not sure why you need to believe that I said all PhD’s are worthless. A STEM PhD is a great accomplishment and those who earn them are often very productive members of society.

          • Wumingren

            Hey, I didn’t know Al Gore was a professor … with a PhD.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            In his case the PhD stands for Piled Higher and Deeper

          • p3orion

            Yes, but the subject of the original letter was whether listening to such a lecture should be made mandatory.

            Furthermore, while everyone does have the right to lecture others, the lecturer should never confuse that right with a presumption that he is necessarily correct.

          • John Pack Lambert

            I doubt the person giving the diversity instruction had a Ph.D.

          • Anonymous

            I think a PhD does mean your thoughts are a little more valuable on a particular subject. It means you have taken the time to read, learn, and educate yourself on further issues. Case and point, a person with a PhD is much more likely to be called on as an expert than a person with a high school diploma. Just saying… Not everyone’s opinion is equal.

          • daized79

            Neither did Leah. She just said that you need to judge the person, not whether they have a PhD. Most people can get a PhD in some fields if they wanted to and some fields are worthless. So you just need to use your discernment in listening to opinions. But this is all a red herring. nobody mentioned PhDs here until idiot brought them in. Marxists aren’t dumb–they are evil (even if they think they are doing good).

          • durtyboy

            Garbage in > Garbage out. And a phd in “diversity” fits the bill.

          • John Pack Lambert

            At some point thinking, reading and listening needs to turn into teaching, writing and speaking. Hopefully those who have been though these nightmares will see that they are not the way and end them.

          • DRThen

            Sadly, I kind of agree with this guy. To the extent that sensitivity training is necessary, no. However, one shouldn’t be taught that their religion is wrong. That’s actually a part of the separation of Church and State. Trying to shove acceptance down people’s throats will only make the problem worse. I think he could have stopped at ‘everyone is welcome in my classroom’, but that’s beside the point. It is a part of our democracy that people are allowed to think these things. His actions are what matter, and he hasn’t done anything wrong to his students.
            …but I’m just another idiot getting a PhD.

          • Ray Chandler

            “But I’m just an idiot with a PhD.”
            Yes, we can see that from the rest of your post. We can also see that you’re a sanctimonious narcisist and infer that you’re probably just as much an asshole in just about every facet of your life.

          • Jason Jones

            Actually epoch might work, but is usually used for a longer period of time than the history of United States or even European settlement on North America. Also epic could work if he’s trying to make it out like we are living a story, indeed these are interesting times. I do not have any college degrees, so go easy on me Mr. PhD.

          • Arimathean

            For too many idiots, especially those with PhDs, “building a more just and civil world” entails totalitarian oversight by a self-designated intellectual elite.

            Among us non-idiots with PhDs – i.e., real intellectuals – political thought is a lot more diverse and interesting than it is among the masses of over-educated mediocrities walking in lockstep with their neo-Marxist masters.

          • P_Ang

            The problem is those of us who have been lectured by PhDs are well aware that some in the sciences, and most in the arts, do very little thinking or listening. Consider that most Universities now hand out PhDs for token recitations of socialist principles but fight tooth and nail against graduating anyone that is not leftist enough. I would consider your response weighed ONLY against your field of study and how recently you were indoctrinated…er…when you graduated.

          • Don Griffin

            Almost ….just almost as if you taught in a university….but I am sure glad you corrected his grammar.

          • durtyboy

            PHD’s can be as deluded and as brainwashed as any slob on an assembly line. And anybody who believes the validity of the “diversity” brainwashing line fits the bill for an insane PHD.

      • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

        So you’re saying people have as little control over their thought processes as rodents?

        It’s telling that people who say there’s just nothing in the world anyone can do to combat their own culturally-instilled racism are constantly comparing humans to animals.

        I’m gonna take a different approach, and sorry if this hurts your delicate feelings, but you were brought up in this country surrounded by messages of white supremacy (just look at our politicians). This has affected you, because as a child the human brain pretty much absorbs what it observes. But we’re not animals at the mercy of instinct. As an adult person, you can work to change the subtle racism in your thought processes. You are a person! You have the power! Stop crying about being called racist for two seconds and take control!

        • Finrod Felagund

          Isn’t calling every white person a racist a racist statement itself?

          • Joelle

            To answer your question as briefly as possible, no. Racism is prejudice empowered by privilege– prejudice plus power.

            One might say that this statement based on faulty logic or premise. However, it’s not a prejudiced statement that is being underscored or perpetuated by racial privilege.

            As a disclaimer, I haven’t necessarily prescribed to the particular statement that ALL white persons are racist. I am using the anti-racist definition because it really is a great definition.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Sorry, but that’s completely bogus. That’s the leftist definition of racism, which is counter to all logic and common sense and exists solely as a tool so that leftists can beat up people they don’t like by calling them racists.

            The dictionary definition (entry 1) from Merriam-Webster:

            racism: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

            Power has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Using your definition, which doesn’t mention race at all, I could claim that you’re racist against the Tea Party: you’re prejudiced against the Tea Party, and your party or people with coincident beliefs holds the main power levers in the federal government and especially in academia, therefore you have power, particularly in the case that started this whole thread in the first place. Under your definition, prejudice plus power equals racism. QED.

            So either your definition is bogus, or you’re a racist.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            You know that this dictionary was written by white people, right?

          • Finrod Felagund

            Prove it. I seriously doubt that Merriam-Webster only employs white people.

            Also, you’re using standard attack #2 of leftists– ‘disqualify that opinion’: https://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/the-internet-arguing-checklist/

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            I don’t care about whatever that wordpress blog is. But that dictionary was founded by this guy:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Webster

            I don’t know exactly who wrote the current definition of racism, but I doubt it was a person of color. But the point is that “BUT THE DICTIONARY” is not a valid argument.

            Also no one cares about your opinions. It’s important to remind yourself of that daily. Make it your mantra!

          • Finrod Felagund

            So only ‘people of color’ can write valid dictionary definitions?

            That’s very racist of you.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Wow, you went from “quoting a definition of racism created by white people is not a good way to discuss the issue of racism” to “oh so only people of color can write the dictionary???” You must have hit a worm hole on the way to that conclusion.

            But then again I am talking to someone who puts quotation marks around the preferred term for non-white persons.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Pardon me for putting quotes around something to refer to previous text. Then again, you probably think the rules of grammar are racist too.

          • John Pack Lambert

            Well, we can find cases in New Mexico where people were deliberately fired because of an attempt to make workforce less white in very racist ways.

          • John Pack Lambert

            Technically racism means whatever we want it to mean. The problem is that academics who try using the term and others do not understand it the same. Actually, to make things more complex, people in some ways use race and ethnicity interchangeably, and others fail to accept that some racists just assume differences while others assume clear gradations.
            The worst, is that any call of “all x are racist”, negates the real power of the accusation. If I am racist because I am white, then how am I any different than the Dearborn Heights homeowner who shots the 19-year-old young lady on his front porch with his screen door still locked, or the Grosse Pointe Park Police Officer who forces a mentally challenged African-American prisoner to dance around and make animal noises? Does my defending Wayne State University’s African-American president against his detractors who attacked him for having a high salary count for nothing. Does my sitting in class and listen to African-American or African-immigrant professors lecture count for nothing.
            Even at my last job training meeting with Detroit Public Schools, is there no difference between I who intentionally decide to sit with African-American co-workers and the group of white ladies who managed to sit at an all white table.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            It figures that you’re a dumb broad feminazi….get back in the kitchen, woman!

        • Don Griffin

          Huh ? “Subtle racism in your thought processes” ? Anyone born after the 60′s is taught to not be a racist, yet we still have subtle racism ? There has been a HUGE media blitz for years to make straight christian males into a gullible, guilt ridden pussy’s. Apparently the WORST thing on the planet is to be a racist, yet he shouldn’t fret, and just accept that, in the end, he is just a racist ?? WOW

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Your understanding of the world and the human mind is naive and sad.

            You can’t constantly relegate people of color to minor support roles in fiction, have the news media refer to any black people looking for supplies during a massive disaster “looters,” constantly refer to an entire section of people as “illegal,” etc., and then fix it all by telling someone not to be racist.

            And no, I believe my argument was not to accept one’s own racism, but to work to lessen it as much as is possible for that person in their unique situation. Every white person has been conditioned to be racist, but that doesn’t make them bad. Your hyperbole does nothing for the conversation.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Oh, so breaking into stores during a disaster is ‘looking for supplies’, not ‘looting’. People who come across our border in violation of the law aren’t ‘illegal’ like anyone else who violates law.

            Sorry, but things are what they are. Facts can’t be racist no matter how much you claim otherwise. And hyperbole like ‘Every white person has been conditioned to be racist’ is complete crap, because there’s no way you can know how every white person has been brought up and taught.

            You’re so concerned about the racism of other people that you can’t see that you’re the biggest racist here.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            LOL. It’s not looting when there’s white people on the screen. And it’s not illegal when white people come and steal land from those who were here before us. You need to do some reading on the subject, man. Educate yourself. Racism is systematic and institutionalized. It comes from a place of power. You can’t be racist against white people.

            But I’m sorry, being judged for the color of your skin must be SO hard. Poor oppressed white dude.

          • Finrod Felagund

            You are so bloody leftist insane that it’s not even funny. Try telling the 2 percent of white people living in a black neighborhood that ‘you can’t be racist against white people’. EVERYONE CAN BE RACIST. Period. Last I checked in the dictionary, racism didn’t have an exemption making it OK to hate white people.

            Martin Luther King would call you out if he were still alive. He believed in a world where all the races were on an equal footing, and obviously you do not.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Please don’t use ableist language. And I don’t consider leftist to be an insult soooooo…

            But wow, pulling out the white-authored dictionary bit AND appropriating MLK for your own agenda in a single post. DOUBLE CLASSY. Ugh, this is so basic it’s boring.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Martin Luther King was a registered Republican, according to his niece.

            Stick that in your bong and smoke it.

          • Finrod Felagund

            “white-authored dictionary”. Leftists are such parodies of humanity and intelligence.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            I’m sorry, is that inaccurate?

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            Dr King was a Republican, toots……sorry to inform you

          • Nullifidian

            People who come across our border in violation of the law aren’t ‘illegal’ like anyone else who violates law.

            Please find for me the section of the criminal code one violates by living in the U.S. without being an American citizen or permanent resident or having a visa. (The “visa” bit should be a clue: undocumented immigration is an administrative matter, not a criminal offense.)

          • zachgarber

            Illegal aliens have broken a law or laws adjudicated by a civil court, not a criminal one. That the offense is not criminal makes it no less illegal, and the reason illegal aliens are referred to as illegal aliens is the long standing legal definition. If one makes an “illegal left turn” the matter is civil, not criminal, but it’s illegal. An using the term “undocumented” is an attempt to ignore the illegality of the action. At worst, the term should be something like “illegally present persons”; that describes exactly the action.

          • Nullifidian

            That the offense is not criminal makes it no less illegal, and the reason illegal aliens are referred to as illegal aliens is the long standing legal definition.

            The “long standing [sic] legal definition” is that unauthorized entry is “improper”, not “illegal”, which is also the terminology used for other no-nos of civil law. So if you wanted to call them “improper aliens”, I would have less of a qualm, but I don’t see that term catching on.

            If one makes an “illegal left turn” the matter is civil, not criminal, but it’s illegal.

            I don’t know how it is in your state, but in mine (California), most traffic laws (but not all: think vehicular manslaughter and DUI/DWI) fall under the category of “infractions”, and infractions are defined by CA Penal Code section 16 as crimes or public offenses.

            “Crimes and public offenses include:

            “1. Felonies;

            “2. Misdemeanors; and

            “3. Infractions.”

            However, I would be very surprised if it were different in your state. The fact that most traffic offenses involve fines and are handled administratively doesn’t mean that they aren’t crimes, just that they are infractions, a crime that gets the least severe form of punishment. This myth persists because people paying traffic tickets don’t wind up in criminal court before a judge, but they aren’t in civil court before a judge either. If you contest a traffic ticket or DUI/DWI, you’ll wind up with an administrative hearing in front of a DMV clerk with no legal experience who functions as both the prosecutor and judge. It’s a screwy and unjust system, but it is part of the penal law, at least in California, and not civil.

          • South of Reality

            ” Every white person has been conditioned to be racist”

            I could write a long detailed response to this but in the end, such a statement should only receive a polite, “Oh, go f— off”

          • Don Griffin

            Well, now that you have basically given me the average MSNBC nightly liberal rhetoric. I refuse to believe that I am conditioned to be a ‘racist’, and your statement that,’ Every white person has been conditioned to be racist’, makes you the biggest bigot piece of crud I have had the misfortune of having an internet conversation with. I was just as bad as any bleeding heart liberal after my ‘indoctrination’ in the public school system, UNTIL I had had my eyelids ripped wide open by the real world….Crap…I just realized I just got roped into a debate with a brick wall, never mind, you and your kind are just brainwashed crickets chirping in the night.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Mmm, yes, poor oppressed white people. You have to endure the terrible oppression of some white chick coming onto your discussion thread telling you that, through no fault of your own, you’ve developed thought patterns that are subtly racist without you realizing.

            You guys say that people consider “racist” to be the worst thing you can call someone, but you are the ones acting like it’s a most heinous curse. Have none of you seen the “everyone’s a little bit racist” video?

            All I’m asking you is to acknowledge it and do what you can to combat it. If that’s some kind of terrible bigotry against my own race, I wouldn’t want to see how you’d handle it if you woke up as a person of color one day. Damn.

          • daized79

            I certainly wouldn’t go around as a victim. I’d use less sunblock, but otherwise I’;d live my life as best I could and not pay attention to anything else. It’s what I do as a Jew despite the occasional attack and hatred.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            If you’re so concerned about not going around as a victim, then why are you acting victimized when people say you’ve been affected by a racist culture? Seriously, you have no idea how much worse people of color have it. You might if you listened to them once in awhile.

          • daized79

            I’m not “acting” victimized. That’s the whole point. And the best “diversity” training I can do is by talking to people and letting them judge me as a person. I am many people’s first Jew (this is more common than you might think–even in urban areas and certainly outside of them), and have to overcome whatever their stereotypes are. And when Jews act badly and increase negative stereotypes I don’t blame Whites–I blame the ill-behaving Jews (that’s how most Jews are). What we have in this country is the opportunity to excel–nobody can force people to like us and the more that organizations do, the more racism it creates. If there are problems in Jewish culture that’s for us to fix–blaming outsiders because we were traumatized as a community and then excusing bad behavior solves nothing. It’s why we rebound from every challenge as a community.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            I mean you’re acting victimized at the suggestion that you’re racist. I’m not denying your experiences as a Jewish person, but it is not comparable to the experience of someone who is not white or white passing.

          • daized79

            I’m not acting victimized –for the most part I’ll forget this ever happened and file it away for the next time I have a bad experience with a Leftist ideologue. I’ll go home to my family tonight and bask in the great blessings I have at having been born here at this time and finding a great girl to marry me and having children. I know not everybody has it so good for numerous reasons. But even in the darkest days there are thigns to be thankful for. And that is the difference being acting the victim and living a good life (or the best you can with the cards dealt you). and in a society where everyone feels that way, we all benefit from each other. In a society where a large chunk think they are owed things and demand others pay for those things, we all lose.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            It’s my fault for engaging in the “victim complex” narrative at all. What does “not playing the victim” look like to you? Totally ignoring the various injustices and microaggressions that make the lives of people of color unnecessarily difficult? How convenient. But sorry, no, criticizing and standing up to an unjust, racist culture is not “playing the victim.” When black people fought Jim Crow laws, this was not “playing the victim.” It would have been easier for white people if they had all just basked in the blessings of “hey at least we’re alive and will probably not starve, hooray.” But I’m not going to sit here and try to shame people of color for fighting against racism by telling them they’re acting like victims when I cannot possibly comprehend the kind of shit they have to deal with on a daily basis just because they’re not white.

            That would make me a massive asshole.

          • John Pack Lambert

            Your refusal to recognize the rights of ethnic self-determination is quite disturbing. Also, your refusal to recognize that Indian Americans are treated differently than African Americans are treated differently than Hispanics, is also disturbing. And I would be shocked if you have ever spoken with an American born Samoan person, so I would not expect you to know anything of that.

          • wkherbert

            I learned how to talk like you do when I was in college too. Simply add the correct buzzwords to anything and good to go.

            Examples of words of power and conscience:
            racial or racist. institutional, corporate, military, structural, agenda, complex

            Than string them together:
            In a militaristic corporatist complex of racist values one can’t help but suffer structural breakdowns and institutional avoidance of oneness with self and inclusion with others.

            Unfortunately language has to have commonly accepted definitions for us to communicate.

          • John Pack Lambert

            But the military has one of the highest rates of inter-racial marriage.

          • John Pack Lambert

            There are lots of poor white people. Calling them insulting names is still acceptable. Studies in 1950s Detroit showed non-Southern born whites disliked and distrusted southern-born whites, at least those from Apalachia, more than they did African-Americans. The around 1900 new voting laws in the south in some cases excluded poor whites, not everywhere had a grandfather clause, and in South Carolina it probably would not have helped. The upper class whites who passed them were glad to get rebellious whites who had put progressives in office out of the voting pool as much as they were glad to exclude virtually all African-Americans. History is complex, race is complex, and Obamas ancestors only connection with US slavery was owning slaves. Unless mine and his shared “Cherokee” ancestors were really African, maybe even from the group that Ira Berlin describes as the “Atlantic Creoles”. So if I could prove I have a drop of black blood does that make me not a racist?

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            I do every morning….and guess what? I go to work, make money, enjoy my job, my life, and my family and don’t dwell on perceived slights. I am just a blue collar kind of guy who likes football and a few cold ones…..I could care less about being “down for the struggle” with you perpetually angry victims. Its a waste of time, energy, and has nothing to do with my life. I face more gatred from you liberals and the Black left over being a conservative who loves America than I ever have for being Black.

            You are an idiot.

          • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

            I’m a Black man and I think you’re full of horse manure.

        • doubter

          Why not stop using that ridiculous, meaningless, undefinable term “racist.” Try thinking instead of resorting to this banal bugaboo.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Are you serious right now?

          • Finrod Felagund

            The 21st century definition of a racist is anyone who’s winning an argument with a liberal.

          • david

            Just like your other definition, anyone who isn’t voting GOP is “communist liberal muslim kenyan marxist racist homosexual”

          • Finrod Felagund

            Go die in a fire, pathetic troll.

          • daized79

            Ummm… They are one of those (although most Kenyans are actually conservative). (Hint: it’s liberal).

        • Hatshepsut

          Our politicians? You mean like Obama? Yeah, I do see plenty of racism in this country today… towards White people!! Sorry, but we’re starting to see through your crap, and we will not stand for it.

          Remember slavery? Yeah, you’d better stand down. ;)

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            I’m having trouble interpreting that last bit. Are you threatening to enslave me? Do you think I’m not white? Because I am super white. Are you actually suggesting that Obama is going to enslave white people?

            Actually, nevermind, I don’t want to know.

          • Donna

            You are very dumb. Not because of your skin, but its just who you are.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Please don’t use ableist language. Call me awful, reprehensible, willfully ignorant, anything.

          • Matthew

            Lindsey Weeston, I’m really sorry that these people think it’s ok to talk to you like this. I have never really seen people talk to others in that way and it’s blowing my mind that there are so many people that speak that way.

            I completely agree with you Lindsey. I am white and I will even tell you that I am “racist.” I always mean well and try to treat everyone equally, but the fact is I was raised in America and with that I have been raised with bias, privilege, and naivety of what it means to be a minority in any situation. I read this letter and was really surprised that the student reacted this way. The world really needs more people like you to stand up and say that you understand you’re privileged and that you’re doing what you can to minimize your privilege and move closer towards a truly equal society.

            Much love to you my friend, whoever you are.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Wow, thank you. I rarely get that kind of support on discussion threads like this. I wasn’t expecting any, and I greatly appreciate it. I’m really touched.

          • Matthew

            I’m happy to have supported you. It’s really important that white people admit that they have these privileges and bias.

            And i just want to say because I know you’ll agree, that having these ideas does not make one a democrat or a leftist. These are facts. They are not associated with political tendencies. I’m no longer going to associate myself with forum’s like these. Honestly, we are doing no good to argue with people like this. I’m going to start somewhere else. I’m a high school teacher and I think I’ll start with my classrooms and my students so that by the time they are as old as these idiots on this forum they won’t be making the same mistakes.

            Best of luck to you and on you. You will make a difference to someone.

          • daized79

            I liked it because it said you would leave. :) But I disliked it because you’re going to subject students to your sickness.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            Thanks! But if I could make a suggestion, and gently because I’m sure you’re just not aware – study up on ableism (or disablism). Words like “idiot” are problematic for certain groups. Good luck with your teaching career!

          • Troll Buster

            This person “Lindsey” is a troll who does this on other websites. She is not real and has been banned many times over for playing a fake game where she pretends to be a hyper-PC social justice warrior.

            So how’s it going Pat, still running around playing the fake “white privilege” troll card? You are a pimple on the ass of the internet, and I hope you can find something useful to do with your life someday. Oh and Matthew is her tandem troll buddy. Ignore them.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            The fuck is Pat? Are you some fake account that goes around pretending to know people and accusing them of being trolls because you don’t like what hey have to say?

            I’m not pretending. I am a social justice warrior, and I am all for avoiding using language that hurts people. So fuck off.

          • John Pack Lambert

            But it is ok to use offensive sexually explicit language. That makes a lot of sense, well actually not at all, which is what we have to say about most of your argument.

          • daized79

            You’ve never seen people talk like this? And yet you say you have heard racist language? Which is it? This is the worst you’ve ever heard? Is that like losing your faith in humanity after reading the comments after you kept it through the Holocaust?

          • daized79

            Oh my G-d. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

          • Hatshepsut

            ;-)

          • daized79

            Super white!! Wow–that must make you extra special (or extra guilty?). Just get off your sick skin color kick. Skin color doesn’t matter–just a person’;s character. You’re obsessed with it.

          • http://thesecretliberalagenda.com/ Lindsey Weedston

            No I mean I’m really pale.

          • John Pack Lambert

            So is my friend who caries around his birth certificate to prove he is black.

      • allencic

        Isn’t that basically what the Nazis did with the Jews? I don’t see how the diversity, multi culti business is that different in spirit. Given the chance I suspect some pushing this wouldn’t be too unhappy if Zyklon B and the ovens were available for them to reach the “final solution” with those who don’t think correctly

    • The One Who Knocks

      Students have every right however not to be discriminated against by rabid religious bigots. If this guy wants to teach under the umbrella of traditional conservative religious values, let him go teach someplace in the dirty South. If not, then he shouldn’t feel entitled to the school capitulating to his religious teachings instead of it going the other way; HIM capitulating to the schools wishes of treating all students as equals regardless of anything to do with their genitalia or sexual identity.

      • BL

        Wow. Thank you for the lesson in bigotry. Isn’t it amazing how oblivious bigots can be to their own bigotry?

        • The One Who Knocks

          No I’m quite aware of my own bigotry. I can’t stand ignorant, bible thumping, red neck hick filth. The difference is that I am not asking the place I work at to also share those views or else I will sue them like this dimwit is. Thanks for allowing me to clear that up for you.

          • Finrod Felagund

            He’s not threatening to sue, dimwit. For someone so full of themselves you sure lack in reading comprehension.

          • The One Who Knocks

            Right.. He wont sue. Sure. What planet you been living on?

          • Finrod Felagund

            Show me where in his letter he demonstrates any intent to sue.

            Oh, you can’t, because it’s NOT THERE. Or is it magically between the lines in invisible ink pixels that only you can see?

            Just because you may be a hyper-litigious asshole doesn’t mean the rest of the world is. Quit projecting your own views on everyone else and you might learn the world is bigger than you originally thought.

          • The One Who Knocks

            LOL! I’m glad to see you have no ability left to argue your original point and now you’re breathing fire over whether or not the person is going to sue. Hilarious.

          • BL

            Good point, TOWK. Don’t you hate it when people resort to name-calling instead of logic?

          • Finrod Felagund

            I’m sure your sarcasm will sail right over his head.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Tell you what: if he sues, let me know and I’ll apologize. Otherwise, go die in a fire, troll.

          • BL

            What if your workplace forced you into a “reeducation” program to clear you of your obvious prejudice and biases? Or, is it entirely justified to have a societal bias toward residents of the south?

          • The One Who Knocks

            If you consider the notion of respecting people regardless of their gender identity or what’s going on with their genitals to be somehow crazy, and consider that to be “re education”, then I feel for you.

          • BL

            I get it: You’ll supply us with a list of what races, creeds, gender identities and cultures are deserving of respect and tolerance, and which aren’t. Because not everyone (i.e., those who don’t agree with you) is deserving of tolerance.

            Thank you in advance for your guidance.

          • The One Who Knocks

            Funny comment considering what you’re accusing me of in a negative light is exactly what this Jason Morgan guy is saying, but I guess he’s in the right because his view that certain people don’t deserve the same amount of respect as others due to gender and genital reasons more reflects your own.

            Funny how that all works, eh?

          • Finrod Felagund

            Freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment. Last I checked, liberalism hadn’t become a religion yet.

          • The One Who Knocks

            “All men are created equal” – Thomas Jefferson

            “Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

            “James 2:2-4 – For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?”

            “James 2:9 – But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

            Last i checked, bigotry on account of what someone else did to their own body isn’t a part of the Christian religion either. Nice try though! Deposit a quarter and play again!

          • Finrod Felagund

            2 Peter 1:20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

            Deuteronomy 22:5 – The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.

            BZZT, you fail.

          • The One Who Knocks

            Oh I’m sorry, i didn’t realize the bible quotes you want to select are more correct than the ones I did, do you have a license in bible quoting where the ones you reply with automatically counter the ones you’re arguing against? Man, you bible thumpers will scrape the bottom of that barrel to find any reason to willingly hate or be disgusted towards people for reasons that should not concern you in one bit. So very Christian! Go die in a fire you hypocritical sacks of filth.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Mine address the issue directly, yours indirectly. Gee, I wonder which one is more relevant! Go worship at your liberal altar and leave the rest of us alone.

          • The One Who Knocks

            Actually those quotes do nothing to address the issue directly. Once, again, scraping the bottom of that barrel. Honestly, how do you figure a quote talking about GARMENTS has anything to do with what the author has issues with? And doesnt your first quote completely contradict your argument? “No private interpretation”? And by the way, since when did the Christian God ever decide what types of garments are for women and which are for men. Did he ever profess his taste in clothing to anyone? Did he ever say “Yep OK, I’m going to create this pattern for something called a ‘dress’ and I’m going to imbue it upon this clothier over in this valley here but it’s ONLY FOR WOMEN!”

            I don’t think that ever happened. Clothes are man made. God had no hand in creating them.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Gee, a Bible verse talking about what clothes someone wears has nothing to do with cross-dressing!

            Do you have to take courses to be that stupid, or is it a natural talent of yours?

          • The One Who Knocks

            If all os us are create din God’s image, and God can do no wrong, then he obviously created the ability for humans to feel they are of the opposite gender than the one they are born into. If they feel they are of another gender then they have eevry right to dress appropriately for that gender according to how the society they live in deems people of that sex to dress.

            Recap= God is great and nothing he does is wrong
            God therefore can make people who identify with an opposite gender
            Therefore transgenders are good, and you can still go die in a fire.

            Also, have you ever had issues with women wearing pants? Did you know high heels were originally made for knights and became women’s fashion? Was that god’s plan? Can men readily go back to wearing high heels then because they were originally made for them, or did God say somewhere that that’s not right? I had no idea God was such a fashionista.

          • Finrod Felagund

            It’s pointless arguing matters with religion with you. As Jesus told me, do not cast your pearls before swine. All you want to do is troll and argue, you’re not interested in actually learning anything.

            As the old saying goes, a mind is like a parachute: it works best when open, and yours is closed like a steel trap.

          • The One Who Knocks

            LOL, hypocritical, religious bigot talking about open mindedness, wow, life never ceases to amaze.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Blind fool.

          • wkherbert

            It does seem odd you would quote the Bible then call someone else a “bible thumper”. What are you thumping, if not the Bible?

            Then criticize Christian hate by telling them to “Go die in a fire”.

            This is very bigoted language.

          • BL

            “All men are created equal, except redneck southern filth.” – The One Who Knocks (Those Who Don’t Agree)

          • daized79

            You should be aware that Mr. Morgan never said he would not treat them equally. He said he didn’t want to listen to a class on how to support their private sex life.

          • People make me sick

            I’m grateful to you. I cannot believe the amount of support this privileged White kid is getting. It doesn’t surprise me, though, as it is ‘Murica we live in. Somehow, anti-racist training = liberal/leftist/Democrat, as though the right takes pride in being the racist J.O.s that they are. I agree with you – if he doesn’t like it, go to school in the south.

          • John Pack Lambert

            Your assumptions that anyone who is a Christian believer fits in a certain mold is the most disgusting bigotry I have seen on here yet. The fact you think it is ok to say such cruel and demeaning things about other human beings shows that diversity training is not achieving its claimed goals, and only works to advance certain accepted groups while marginalizing others. If diversity training focused on true acceptance it would be one thing, but when it is acceptance at the price of demeaning attacks on others it is wrong.

    • Slackermagee

      He’s in Wisconsin, right?

      >”Colleges have no right to force people to accept political re-education, and fringe social anarchy, as the norm (people may accept social differences, they should not be forced to embrace, or champion them).”

      Then they actually do have that right. Guv Walker pushed through that right-to-work stuff, right? Well, this guy has the right to work for a company that doesn’t recognize the LGBTQ crowd just as the school has the right to, well, not have him employed as a TA after this. Like with other businesses now, if you don’t agree with your bosses party line, your job is in jeopardy.

  • roadgeek

    Stunning. A new voice for the times. Of course, the Left will subject him to a Two-Minute Hate before the dust settles……

  • JohnDale49

    Wonderful email. F7ck the tolerance nazis!

  • Shootist

    I wonder if we will ever learn the result of this email?

  • shinynewtoken

    The Gramscian revolution has ended, and the left won.

  • Angl0sax0nknight .

    Good for him! I can’t wait for the coming purge that our great county needs like a cleaning enema. Those of you that have so far destroyed the greatness of this country will not be needed anymore. I personally would like to see the belief in communism a capital offence. But also to see the opening of the so called closet sealed shut with brick and mortar forever.

  • MarxistMangler

    ‘Diversity’ means less Whites — leading to the extinction of Whites.

    • John Stegner

      Oh my god, are you serious? African-Americans are ten percent of the population. How would that even be possible? This article is talking about being accused of racism, not being told one should die.

      • dusel1

        There’s never been an Afro who was a racist. That’s what the government is saying by inventing Divershity.

      • MarxistMangler

        In nearly every White nation, including America, White birth rate is BELOW REPLACEMENT levels. At the same time the politicians of these nations are allowing for MASSIVE and unchecked non-White immigration. These non-White immigrants in turn breed far above replacement and also work to bring in their relatives. Add to that all the lame ‘refugee’ imports and you’ve a recipe for genocide of the White race.

        • John Stegner

          Why exactly are we concerned with white levels of reproduction? You’re insinuating that Whites not being the majority would somehow be negative. That implies that you believe society is superior while being white-dominated. I’m appalled by this level of racism. And to call refugees “imports”… You should be ashamed of yourself.

          • MarxistMangler

            Black IQ = 70-80. Mestizo IQ = 80-85. White IQ = 100. East Asian IQ = 105. We’re not all the same. Equality doesn’t exist in nature.

            Genocide can be carried out with d1cks as well as knives. Forced massive immigration of non-Whites into White nations is a form of genocide.

          • John Stegner

            How about this: f*** you for attempting to claim minorities are less intelligent using non-cited information for a dated “measure” of block intelligence which has proven to be false.

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2250681/IQ-tests-meaningless-simplistic-claim-researchers.html

          • MarxistMangler

            Yeah, and standardized tests be raciss and unfair too, yo. Get lost chump.The works of Arthur Jensen, Phil Rushton, The Bell Curve etc. blow that weak-sauce liberal nonsense out of the water. IQ is a real measure of intelligence and the various races do have different averages. IQ is the reason White and Eastern Asian nations are safe and prosperous and why life for the brown hordes is still often ‘nasty brutish and short’.

          • Hatshepsut

            Society IS superior when it is dominated by White people. Just walk through a ghetto sometime, you’ll see what I mean.

          • John Stegner

            Do you think maybe, I don’t know, fucking SLAVERY had to do with creating a ghetto?! Or perhaps blocking minorities from receiving and equal higher education until about thirty years ago?

          • Hatshepsut

            Dude, it’s been a really long time since slavery. That is an old and tired excuse that has no holding on the current situation. Blocking minorities from equal higher education? How long ago was desegregation? Oh, that’s right, that was quite some time ago, as well. And Affirmative Action? You guys have an unfair advantage on that one. Don’t even start. I’ve got the facts.

        • Guest

          Because my comment was deleted, I’ll write it once more. You’re equating whites not maintaining their status as a majority will lead to a worse society. This is racism at its most fundamental level. And your use of the term “birth rate” for white and “breed” for minorities is appalling. And it is certainly not a genocide; genocide is forced, as in literal murder. Stop using that word.

          • MarxistMangler

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

            Black and Brown nations top the murder rate charts. White and Eastern Asian nations are at the bottom. White and Eastern Asian nation’s indigenous peoples have 100 IQ average and above. The Brown and Black nations are 70-80 average IQ. Flooding a White or Eastern Asian nation with 70-80 IQ Blacks and Browns is detrimental to those nations and to their indigenous inhabitants. I know you leftists live in lala land but this is real talk, bro.

            Genocide can be carried out with d1cks as well as knives. Forced massive immigration is a form of genocide. The indigenous people of Europe did not ask for it.

          • John Stegner

            How about this: f*** you for attempting to claim minorities are more violent less intelligent using a straw-man argument (skin color instead of political stability and wealth levels) and a dated “measure” of block intelligence which has proven to be false.

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2250681/IQ-tests-meaningless-simplistic-claim-researchers.html

            Also: ”
            “The Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end…….spying on the unsuspicious German girl he plans to seduce……….He wants to contaminate her blood and remove her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew hates the white race and wants to lower its cultural level so that the Jews might dominate.” — Sounds really familiar, doesn’t it?

          • MarxistMangler

            Also: Put your money where your big lib mouth is and leave White civilization and move to darkest Africa or Brazil. Enjoy full diversity.

  • Dylan Z

    Communists. Horrible people.

  • Daiki

    Perfect example of why political correctness is stupid bullshit being enforced by people who don’t have better things to do, unlike the gentlemen who wrote this. Kudos to him.

  • bobfairlane

    He is my hero today!

  • Timely Manner

    In the introduction of this article is says, “What’s more, the next session – on how to support transgender students – is something Morgan said he cannot support, as it runs in direct contradiction to his religious beliefs.”
    Mr. Morgan’s letter does not take a religious belief stand. In fact he specifically mentioned his PROFESSIONAL reasons for not engaging which are it is not his course hired to teach and the students personal lives are NOT his business. Or did I get this wrong? It does an injustice to pass this article around as a religious belief issue as then it is labeled and boxed in as ONLY that reason and many will immediately not even read the article to see the very well thought out reasons of Mr. Morgan which are reasons that can be common ground for people to find that are both for and against or nuetral on the moral issues of transgendering. It is a slap in Mr. Morgan’s face and his eloquently, well-thought out letter to reduce his concerns to a religious belief (which he may or may not hold but that is irrelevant.)

    • madwolfa

      Exactly my thoughts.

  • JohnQAmerica

    UW Madison….You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  • pumped_up_kicks

    thank you jason morgan!

    as dennis prager has been saying for years…america’s university system is basically an indoctrination seminary for leftism.

  • Douglas6

    As a former student of Japanese history, I wish I had had more professors like Jason Morgan.

  • Cairan

    And we wonder why American education is swirling down the drain. What ever happened to studying real subjects?
    Good for Morgan!
    FYI – any-one who spews on about “racism” is the real the real racist – and has an AGENDA.. How many of you know who actually invented the tactic – and it’s a very calculated political tactic – and “why”? The charge of racism is ONLY used against Whites, “Anti-racist” is a code for Anti WHITE.

    • hah

      Real subjects, totally…like spending 10 years studying to teach Japanese History to kids in Wisconsin.

  • Erich Wagenknecht

    so no matter what I do I am racist? well fuck. if everyone is going to say that I as a white male is racist i guess i will act like it.

    time to turn Republican!

  • Jeff

    This individual needs to reconsider his chosen profession. You don’t get to choose your students, and being a university instructor doesn’t give you the right to impose your religious beliefs or social ignorance on those unlucky enough to be in your classes or unfortunate enough to have to take them. I also think the UW-M graduate school needs to review its admissions process: Jason obviously has no business being there. I’m sure, however, that Fox News would love to hire him!

    • Kyle Smith

      He has no business being there because…..Can you help me out? Is he a poor historian? Does he not complete the work on time? Poor teaching skills? What are we missing here?

      Or, are you assuming that to be a successful academic you need to ascribe to a completely unrelated set of beliefs and assumptions? I hope not because that seems very closed minded.

    • vonvervengarten

      Hey Jeff, how about reading the letter and pulling the religious slanted argument out to show us where you were offended.
      You have no business commenting on an email you obviously didn’t read.

      No one would love to hire you!

  • lildebrarae

    This ‘training’ fits right into Lib “dogma’ (exposed by a VA State REP) that says white kids must be ‘taught to submit’ to blacks. I’m proud of that young student for standing up to that bull crap. I do hope he can still ‘graduate’.

  • Glaivester

    I’m glad someone stood up to this anti-white dreck!

  • Christian Koebel

    Hahahaha what a whiny crybaby

  • Chuck U Farley

    Bravo Mr. Morgan. Bravo!

  • s_c_f

    Reminds me of my university days. But it’s clear to see things are getting worse.

  • John Kimzey

    This is going on in every college, and even the online schools such as University of Phoenix. The classes may have started out simply teaching to be tolerant of others that are diverse from you, but have gone on to become nothing but reprogramming sessions that leave everyone feeling unjustly accused of all variety of bigotry, and pressured to ignore their religious or moral backgrounds in order to encourage those that would be deemed as deviants by even a moderate group of peers. The classes that I’ve seen, have been required, and students must subject themselves to them in order to be able to pursue ANY degree.

  • LeDa88

    If liberals were really for fairness and liberty, they would be appalled with themselves.

  • Brambles

    His letter was too long. A simple F*ck you! would have done nicely.

  • CaoimhínGibson

    Strange, I would have to say that whites are the least racist ethnic group.
    Blacks on the other hand have so many organizations and so much drive to promote their race, they are (in my experience) the most racially charged (racist) ethnic group in the US.

    • Kyle Smith

      I would not use racist in this context. We need another word – something for those obsessed with race but not racist. Racialist or something.

    • John Pack Lambert

      Actually, the best word to describe some of these movements is black nationalist. However to say that some have anything less than pathologically hate for those of European descent would be misleading, but that can not be said of all such groups.

  • dogwonder

    Diversity, yes the battle cry of the feral left. Liberty is smothered when the diversity pimps show up. As for transgenders, it’s a disorder it is not a legitimate gender and frankly I am sick to death of gagging down liberal works of fiction via the BLT crowd.

  • Nash Montana

    WOW. Just WOW. This man is going places!!!

  • MyDogTed

    It has been ten days. What was the outcome of this e mail??

  • Jackie

    The far lefties at UW-Madison believe that all whites are racists and that no other ethnic groups can be racists. Again showing that the true racist are the lefty democrats. This class forces the whites to be shamed into thinking they are racists when they are NOT. Only a racist would believe what they are teaching.

  • Kyle Smith

    The biggest disaster I witnessed in grad school came from the collision between the bright, empirical leftist professors and the diversity people. An “incident” happened and the diversity people were brought in and the leftist empirical professors were not having what they were selling. They rejected their assumptions, language, and conclusions. The professors all thought it was a little ridiculous and the “diversity educators” more than a little slow. From my vantage point it was great theater. The diversity fetish is largely an indulgence and most professors, left leaning or otherwise, are thoughtful smart people who tolerate the circus but are not true believers. And seriously, how could they be, they were smart medical researchers used to serious thinking the diversity people are…something else much less admirable.

  • halfcanadian

    Where does he make an appeal to religion? He merely states that the issue of transgender is something he cannot support nor pretend to support. I don’t see a reference to religion here.
    In fact, I think that there is a solid, secular basis to oppose the transgender movement, and his arguments would fall in line with these.

    • what

      His description of his potential students’ sexualities and gender identities as “fetishes” demonstrates that he’s clearly basing his argument upon his own personal gut reaction and/or his religious beliefs. Why? Because there’s been more than a century of psychological, sociological, and neurological research done on homosexuality and transgenderism, and the overwhelming conclusion is that they’re simply normal – albeit uncommon – variations on the human experience. As a graduate student and instructor at a major research university, Mr. Morgan does not have the right to place his own personal feelings above the extensive academic literature on matters that go against them. He can think whatever he wants on his own time, and no one is asking him to participate in liberal activism. He is being asked to acknowledge that as a member of a diverse teaching community serving a diverse student base, he has an ethical and professional obligation to behave appropriately.

      • halfcanadian

        A century of research has NOT shown that transgenderism is part of the normal variations of the human experience. And disagreement with your opinion does not necessitate an appeal to religion. It can be an appeal to biology (mutilating your body, or conforming to stereotypes of the opposing gender does not grant you the characteristics of that sex).

        You argue that Mr Morgan does not have the right to place his personal feelings above his students, but the reverse is also true. In spite of a man ‘feeling’ that he is really a woman, he does not have the right to place this above actual science. The fact that I can find a Y chromosome in his genetic structure simply proves that he is wrong. Rather than indulging in the student’s delusion, they should be given the help that they need.

  • real world

    as a male, you gotta be weird to wanna go to university to begin with. leave that shite to the feminists and minorities…and their jew professors.

    • JohnSkookum

      It really is becoming a provincial backwater for rich girls and homosexuals, while the boys are going out to drill oil in North Dakota. My son is in college, but he has spoken of joining an apprenticeship in one of the skilled trades that can’t be outsourced.

  • DocScience

    Murphy sends a letter to Nurse Ratched.

    Somehow I fear she will not be pleased.

  • s0undmind

    Just an FYI… in Wisconsin, UW-M refers to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. University of Wisconsin-Madison is called UW-Madison or simply UW.

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m not quite sure how a student of Japanese history manages to continue to think that certain Christian ideas about sexual orientation and “proclivities” and “fetishes” are universal and correct.

    • Stranded in Sonoma

      Because he’s not judging them. “Do not judge lest ye be judged.”

      However, what he IS saying is that homosexuals and the like are NOT entitled to anyone’s favorable opinion of their lifestyle. If they choose to be homosexual or whatever, fine. It’s their call and they have to live with whatever consequences arise. What he wants is to not have the liberal agenda shoved down his throat because liberals have judged him to be a “hater” because he does not approve of the liberal agenda.

      • Jamie Riehl

        Trans is not a sexuality. How you dress, and whether you are called “he” or “she” is not the same as who you have sex with.

        The fact that he confuses people’s gender identity with their sexuality reveals that some diversity would do him good.

      • BobSF_94117

        Calling people names isn’t “judging” them?

      • what

        The fact that you believe being asked to gain a little self-awareness and to treat others with empathy represents a “liberal agenda” speaks volumes.

  • raymond francis jones

    Forced surrender to the commies,do think as we tell you or you don’t get an education,translated, this means in reality we are traitors, and because they are too afraid to admit this they call everybody racist.

  • tanya

    pahaha you guys are totally missing the larger issue. it has nothing to do with left- thinking students. if you aren’t a student here then shut up, for one. second, when you have TAs, especially in the history department asking you what the black opinion on things are or what it’s like to be in the ghetto, you can feel free to agree with Morgan. this training is not trying to force people to do anything. i learn info all of the time but i do with it what i choose. this class would not be mandatory if students did not complain about being marginalized in their classes or if they were not the brunt of TAs/professors using racial slurs when there are students of those respective races in their classes. how about you consider why these trainings are needed? and diversity is difference. that is all. you know not of the makings of these trainings and are going off of one opinion. and as a person who has heard HORRIBLE stories about this man’s ignorance and cultural insensitivity, i’m more than certain it would not hurt him…he does not have to use the info he was taught, he just needs to take the message that there is nothing wrong with trying, as far as it depends on him, to be respectful of various identities…

  • John Stegner

    *Sigh.* I am on this website, and so this comment will be disrespected. But let’s address a few concerns with some aside commentary. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that yes, this man was accused of racism.

    “But the tone was unmistakably accusatory and radical. Our facilitator spoke openly of politicizing her classrooms in order to right (take revenge for?) past wrongs.”

    Firstly, insinuating that mandatory diversity training is “taking revenge for” past wrongs is a horrifyingly hyperbolic. In no way is even being told outright “you are a racist” any sort of comparable revenge for slavery and legal misrepresentation that existed until about forty years ago, but still exists in many forms of legislation.

    Secondly, to equate treating transsexuals with respect as “playing along with fantasies” is a gross misunderstanding of homo- and trans- sexuality. This is in place because many Wisconsin taxpayers and full-tuition paying students ARE trans- and homo-sexual and deserve to be treated with the same amount of validity as anyone, as much as this fact must pain the author.

    To have to go through two training sessions and to write such a bloated piece about it is such an entitled attitude.

  • Louise

    This Marxist re-education was planned right after the Korean War. My brother is part of this, ask me how I know. He got a PhD in Education from Stanford in 1959, got recruited by the CIA, and spent his life recruiting for the US Embassy Schools, another CIA cover. After that they set him up with a youth hostel in Spain. He supervised the teacher’s credentials in universities. They slowly got rid of college professors who were not willing to teach the new common core, or had an argument with Marxism. They dumped some of the professors of education at Columbia teacher’s college in the 1960s. Angela Davis and her communist professors club were supervising the credential programs around the country as well. There’s nothing we can do until people slowly come to their senses. There’s a backlash coming because human beings are not collectives like bees or ants. Just find something to do in the meantime until they figure it out.

  • dusel1

    This BS at UW at MADison is not orientation; it’s indoctrination with hands tied behind back.
    Could I have some cheese with that Wisconsin version of waterboarding?

  • dusel1

    Diversity. Another name for forced discrimination by the government against Caucasians.

  • Dex

    Bravo!

  • RealityCheck

    Although Mr. Morgan is completely off his rocker if he thinks the state of Wisconsin is going to fund his bigotry and ignorance, the comments from some of you privileged, white, straight, religious, sheltered people are the PROOF that this type of training needs to be happening everywhere, all the time.
    No, you don’t need to hate yourself or constantly apologize for being white. Diversity training doesn’t ask you to apologize for something you can’t control, it asks you to RECOGNIZE that you have an advantage and use it to help others. What could be more Christian than that? You don’t have to agree with it, simply show compassion for others, especially when those students’ tuition money pays a portion of your salary. Transgender people have the HIGHEST rate of suicide of any group, so don’t sit there and tell me you are a Christian and then contribute to someone killing themselves simply because you don’t want to call them “he” instead of “she.”
    Also, to some people who said they resented funding degrees like gender studies,
    or other allegedly “useless degrees.” This guy is getting his DOCTORATE in Japanese history, which mean he is being funded completely by the University. How is that in any way more useful than a doctorate in gender studies?

    • Thank God for someone sane.

      Sorry, but nowhere in his email did Mr. Morgan say he would harass or contribute to any form of degradation. He simply said he won’t acknowledge the difference because it isn’t his job. And that was before even attending the second session (which was built around gender topics). The rest of the email, about being called a racist, is very sane.

      Let’s pretend you’re German. If I were to present to you under the guise of “diversity”, and my content repeatedly asserted that all Germans are Nazis or fascists, would you agree? Should you have to go out of your way to help those who are different? No.

      As far as recognizing an advantage: perhaps Mr. Morgan does have some advantage, and that he does recognize this perceived advantage, as a straight white male. Why should he have to work to bring everybody else up to his level? It’s not his fault he supposedly has an advantage, or that others have a supposed disadvantage. THAT’S LIFE. If everybody had equal OUTCOMES, life would be senseless. There would be no motivation to do anything (i.e., socialism). You can only provide equal OPPORTUNITY. It’s your fault if you don’t take advantage of that.

      • RealityCheck

        I don’t disagree with you entirely. It’s not the average person’s job to “bring everyone up to their level.” However, Mr. Morgan has stated that he is a Christian, and one of the paramount concepts of Christianity is a compassion for all people. He did not explicitly say that he would discriminate, but his entire concept of transgender people is angry and transphobic, at least as he describes it in this email. Him refusing to attend a simple seminar proves that his commitment is strong enough to go against university policy if he sees fit. So how can we be sure that he won’t carry his backhanded bigotry into the classroom?

        Regarding your analogy of Germans/Nazis: White People/Racists, I’m missing your point. Being a Nazi is a much different concept than being a racist. Nazi soldiers often were taken against their will to act out the regime of a larger political movement. They were widely recognized by the rest of the world, and they wanted it that way. They acknowledged that they were Nazis. Racism has no specific face, action, outcome, or badge. It’s a pervasive, extremely complex cancer. Also, there is “racism” and then there’s Critical Race Theory. Both are complicated, but the former is much more vague; that’s probably why many, including you apparently, can’t identify it.

        Lastly, let me ask you this. You have two students in Dr. Morgan’s class. One is a white cisgender male. One is a white transgender male. Mr. Morgan refuses to use male pronouns for the transgender student, because he doesn’t want to “implicate himself in the student’s fetish.” The student talks to him about it. What will Mr. Morgan say? Is his responsibility to his personal beliefs stronger than the responsibility to promote the success of his students? My point is this: when your politics clash with the institution you are a part of, you can either seek another institution more in line with your politics, or suffer the consequences of sticking to them. Mr. Morgan getting fired from UW might be the closest he will ever get to feeling what LGBTQ people have dealt with because of their commitment to their rights. Except, unlike many transgender people, he likely won’t commit suicide, be dragged behind a car, or be raped and murdered.

        • Thank God for someone sane.

          If a student talks to him about his use of pronouns, my guess is that he’d at least think something along the lines of “It’s not my job to make this distinction”. Maybe he’d only address that student (or all students?) by name from then on. I have no clue.

          Regarding your first question: how can you be sure this “bigotry” won’t show up in his classroom? Assuming he’s a man of his word, by his own admission he won’t treat any students unfairly OR as though they’re special. And he shouldn’t be expected to do so.

          Racism: The Nazi comparison was merely one that would typically be found offensive, much like being called a racist is offensive. If a German not officially affiliated with the Nazis stood by and did not work against what the Nazis were doing, was he a criminal? Should he be branded as Nazi for not actively fighting the Nazis? Similarly, should the TA in question be considered a bigot for not promoting, yet not actively working against discrimination? (This argument doesn’t quite fit the topic of racism, but the point is clear.)

          CRT: I hadn’t heard the term before, so I looked it up. It sounds like you support the University’s acceptance of built-in privilege and supremacy. The problem with it is that you can’t prove that built-in/longstanding factors are the reason for different outcomes. There are outliers on every spectrum in this case, and saying some groups “tend” to perform better/worse than others is not good enough to mandate this sort of training – because you can only measure results and treat symptoms; you can’t find absolute causes.

          • RealityCheck

            I get what you’re saying, but:
            1. She is automatically treating trans students unfairly as per her comments regarding pronoun training, and her decision that someone’s life is a “fantasy.” Regardless of if she agrees with the belief or not, placing negative judgement on someone’s life choice when you are an authority figure is discriminatory. Using correct pronouns and refraining from making public defamatory comments about an entire population is hardly “treating someone like they’re special.”
            2. It’s a matter of personal belief whether or not sitting idle is just as bad as committing the crime. Legally, it is not, although it is still considered an offense. Regardless, nobody is asking her to take up liberal race politics and trans issues as her own. She is merely being asked to sit through a lecture and go on with her day.
            3. I don’t know how any of what I said caused you to arrive at me supporting institutionalized privilege. I feel we’ve gotten derailed from the actual issue, which is more of a legal/economics issue than anything. She is unwilling to perform an aspect of her job. She is being paid by a public institution. Like I said, it’s fine to express dissatisfaction with, and opposing views to, job duties. However, when you work for the government, you have to follow policy. Everyone can relate to that. For those of us who feel strongly enough that our job sucks, and that it’s not serving us, we get another job. We don’t write angry corporate emails and cross-post them all over the internet.
            At the end of the day, my only solace is that this woman will be receiving disciplinary action, if not have her funding pulled.

    • Phil Steinacker

      As usual, you get it wrong again. Our comments don’t prove anything except that folks not living in the rarefied atmosphere of the ivory tower university are immune to the mental and spiritual disease now infecting academia like a 14th century plague.

      You’ve bought the idiocy that disagreeing with your views is proof that your views are correct. What a very convenient way to win a disagreement. Not only am I right, but the very fact that you object to my contentions (self-servingly) confirms my position.

      You super educated types have your collective heads where the sun don’t shine, and the worse part is that every one of you likes the view.

      • Finrod Felagund

        Well-said.

  • TokyoTengu

    It will be very interesting to see how this all turns out. I suspect he will probably be unemployed before the week is out. Tolerance only goes one way as far as the Left is concerned.

  • Thank God for someone sane.

    Absolutely ridiculous. This is the problem with liberals: they are convinced that they can “fix” everybody, and it’s their Manifest Destiny to make sure every person thinks the “right” way. They want to ensure that nobody ever feels uncomfortable, ignoring the fact that to achieve this, you’d have to ask everybody in an audience if you’re allowed to say whatever it is you want to say. Political Correctness is the bane of society. YOU CANNOT ENFORCE EQUAL OUTCOME. Only equal opportunity. Anybody who thinks otherwise, or tries to achieve the former, is simply an idiot, and has no place in education, politics, or society, for that matter.

    If all the quotes given from the first session are true, this university ought to fire everybody who had a hand in its curriculum.

    Regarding the second (gender/orientation-based) session: this TA did not say he will go out of his way to harass any students. He merely said he refuses to do any more than his job – which is to TEACH, and teach only his assigned subject. He deserves a medal.

    • eatyourwords

      Absolutely Ridiculous. This is the problem with religious conservatives: they are convinced that they can “fix” everybody, and it’s their Manifest Destiny to make sure every person thinks the “right” way. They want to ensure that nobody ever feels uncomfortable, ignoring the fact that to achieve this, you’d have to ask everybody in an audience if you’re allowed to say whatever it is you want to say. The concept of superiority is the bane of society. YOU CANNOT ENFORCE EQUAL OUTCOME (discrimination by Mr. Morgan). Only equal opportunity (equality in the classroom). Anybody who thinks otherwise, or tries to achieve the former, is simply an idiot, and has no place in education, politics, or society, for that matter.

      If all the opinions Mr. Morgan states in his email are true, this university ought to cut off his funding.

      Regarding the second (gender/orientation-based) session: this TA did not say he will go out of his way to harass any students. He merely said he refuses to do his job – which is to LEARN, and then to teach, and teach only his assigned subject. If he wants the university to pay for his education, and then give him a salary, he should be told that he needs to fall in line with policy, or learn and teach somewhere that better suits his politics.

      • Thank God for someone sane.

        He only stated professional reasons (Basically “I will only teach – nothing more”). Nothing religious about it – that bit was added by the author. His job is to teach Japanese history, not force everybody to respect everybody else. That is a parent’s job, and something you can’t enforce.

        Better suits his politics? His politics of only doing what he’s paid for, and nothing more?

        Unfortunately, that “somewhere that better suits his politics” isn’t in your view of America. You can disagree about his politics all you want, but he’s a teacher doing his job, focusing on his content rather than the students’ own activities – which, as he stated, can be explored on their own time. Not in a classroom about Japanese history.

        • RealityCheck

          How is refusing to attend a seminar doing his job? He doesn’t have to pay attention or enforce it, but he is explicitly saying he is refusing to do required training for his job.

          • Thank God for someone sane.

            Because he’s a teacher. This seminar doesn’t present anything he needs to know to be a teacher. If he teaches passionately, kudos to him. If not, he’s a bad teacher. Technically (because of policy) the diversity sessions are required, and could be considered part of his job description, but only because it’s a University requirement. They aren’t necessary for him to do his job.

          • RealityCheck

            You are so completely wrong, I’m sorry. I am a transgender college student. This training is completely relevant, and so is a wide variety of other training such a conflict resolution, basic medical, and teaching theories. The fact that he may not encounter use for this training (which is completely unlikely as he is going to be dealing with all types of students) is not what’s important. It’s that he refuses to do required training for his job, yet expects the university to continue to pay him.
            Bottom line: if you don’t wish to work for a public institution because your politics and religious beliefs are being questioned, quit. Don’t write a whiney letter detailing how oppressed you are (what an ironic twist) for having to sit for a few hours in a lecture provided by your generously paying university.

          • Phil Steinacker

            Most taxpayers don’t care what’s relevant to you. Your identity issues are your problem, but you’ve politicized your own emotional problems and imposed your sexual identity issues on many people who could care less. Jason has the cajones to stand up and confront Sharkey and all the little minds come out to pretend in unison that he is out of sync when it is all the bent minds castigating him which need re-education.

          • John Pack Lambert

            When he finds the materials of the seminar objectionable, he has every right to refuse. especially when the last one bordered on harassment.

      • Phil Steinacker

        And therefore ALL STATE FUNDING to the University should be cut off. Most taxpayers (85%) believe that businesses who “discriminate” against homosexual couples (bakers, photographers) should be allowed to do so.

        Most taxpayers would favor all monies for indoctrination programs such as described by Jason should be returned to the public treasury.

    • what

      He deserves no such medal. This diversity training has nothing whatsoever to do with how he is allowed to think; it has to do with how a professional educator is expected to behave in front of a classroom. He doesn’t have the right to undermine his potential trans students’ identities because they make him uncomfortable, any more than another instructor has the right to tell religious students that they’re really atheists because said hypothetical instructor thinks religion is a nonsensical “private proclivity.” He can think and say whatever he wants outside the classroom, but inasmuch as he functions as an official representative of the university he is obliged to respect its policies.

      • Phil Steinacker

        Expected by whom? Totalitarian ideologues who have no business imposing their warped sense of morality and politics on those who do not share them!

        Now, where have I heard something like that before?

        Oh, that’s right…whenever conservatives state hard, unchangeable principles we are accused of imposing our values on these twisted types.

        There’s some rampant fascism on college campuses and it Jason is not part of it. The idiots who’ve long ago bought into the “legitimacy” of these Maoist “re-education” programs should themselves be frog-marched into de-programming.

      • JohnSkookum

        “He doesn’t have the right to undermine his potential trans students’ identities because they make him uncomfortable, any more than another instructor has the right to tell religious students that they’re really atheists because said hypothetical instructor thinks religion is a nonsensical ‘private proclivity.’”

        Oh really? Is anti-religious bigotry dealt with in this curriculum, and is it ever punished on a campus like UW?

    • eatyourwords

      Also, you have a PhD so you should be capable of the intellectual understand of sex, gender, and orientation, and how all three are very different. Nobody ever said anything about orientation.

      • Thank God for someone sane.

        Argument on a technicality. Let’s be mature. I didn’t mean that they’re interchangeable, just that orientation probably would have been mentioned at some point. Who knows?

  • kpfsyr

    Bravo, Mr. Morgan, for telling it like it is. Having worked for many years on a University campus, I have seen first-hand what passes for “diversity.” Funny how the promotion of diversity on campus never includes the one kind of diversity really pertinent to academic endeavors–intellectual diversity. Instead, it is actively discouraged.

  • Wanderdust

    The indoctrination at UW Madison is virulent; they failed with me, however. One semester I was forced to take a “gay” Asian American class (all the works were homosexual, which we only discovered later). Children were being sexually abused by gray haired white men, or women getting it on with robed catholic priests, or fantasies about disgusting and perverted sex with animals. And we were supposed to read these depressing “works of literature” as well as watch what amounted to pornography or else get bad grades for not “doing the work”. I don’t care if it was gay or straight (though I personally believe sex is meant to be between one married man and woman), it made me eat tons of cookies afterwards with all the lust we were forced to imbibe for the sake of “diversity”. It was a class that backfired, making Asian Americans seem all to be sexual perverts, since all the literature was the same, promoting the homosexual agenda. This is NOT diversity and does not teach people to care about other people. Let everyone live their own lives, and don’t try to mold our minds. This is not education! UW, for shame. Keep this stuff where it belongs.

  • Aoife, Harpmaiden

    When you have a PhD student in Japanese history claiming that race isn’t really what he’s concerned about, and that trans people are fetishists, then we’re hitting a crisis level of pompous contrarianism. I’m fluent in Japanese as well: knowing a thing or two on white privilege and orientalism kinda helped my students. I’ve published a great deal on trans women in Japan. Our learned friend is welcome to peruse my research or, I suppose in his view, my pornography-faux-dissertation.

    • John Stegner

      I just got told that “WickedPedia” isn’t a reputable source for information on the Rwandan genocide (as a retort to someone who claimed that diversity training is equivalent to white genocide). I wouldn’t count on many here reading anything with the word “porn” or “dissertation” or “white privilege.” Or anything with Japan that doesn’t involve Pearl Harbor or noodles of some kind.

  • SWPL2

    Unbelievable. This guy has balls to stand up to the Mordor.

  • HistGrad

    I go to this school, I am in the history department and have been through the exact same diversity training. Jason presents an extremely warped and personal view of the training, without facts or examples. He offers few specifics about being called racist, he just felt it was IMPLIED that he was a “virulent racist”. In truth, diversity training is generally a bit of open discussion about how to deal with problems in the classroom as they arise and perspectives you may not have considered or know how to deal with. When you deal with discussion about race, gender and history (maybe not in a medieval Japan course) these issues come up, not because you are pushing into their personal lives but because students are learning to think critically about the world around them and themselves. Jason Morgan is a hack in the department, one who knows his classical references but that’s it.

    • Robby Cunningham

      he quotes from the materials yet you say he presents no facts or examples

      and you are calling someone else (him) a hack

      bravo

  • cabinetguy88888

    Whats the big surprise here? This crap has been going on for the last 25 years at our nations campuses.

  • A Modest Proposal

    So I’ve got this crazy idea, right? If you don’t like your job… quit!

    No one’s making you take a TAship.

  • Doctorda

    The
    guy’s letter demonstrates exactly why diversity training is so
    important. His immediate defensiveness (as opposed to, say, curiosity)
    towards the material indicates that he does in fact harbor racist and
    privileged views while his homophobic and transphobic remarks are even
    more telling. Too bad he doesn’t understand the basic idea that
    diversity training is not a political thing but a way to learn how to
    exercise greater empathy and compassion for those different from
    himself. If he is arguing from a Christian perspective (which he seems
    to be), he has clearly failed by his own standards.

    • Phil Steinacker

      Your claim that his response is defensive and that in turn “proves” he’s guilty as charged fails to acknowledge that this entire diversity nonsense is a house of cards.

      You idiots haven’t proven a thing except that you have all been thoroughly conditioned from your earliest childhood to absorb the entirety of progressive bull your “teachers” fed you.

      Only college students and their teachers could believe this crap.

  • Lina

    I assume “Jason Morgan” is the same as the fictional character from General Hospital because only then could this make sense.

    As a TA, I know many of my students struggle daily (some all day, every day) with whether or not they are obligated to be their true selves solely on their “own time” as this person condescendingly put it. Trans kids make a choice to hide or not hide every day and this teacher can’t carve out a couple of hours of his time to think about that?

    Anything we teach is retained far better by students who feel comfortable in the classroom. If this Jason Morgan person really wants his students to learn anything about Japan he would be interested in new ways to create comfortable learning environments. That’s all. He’s not even required to implement them. Just consider them. I, for example, I don’t care about 12th century Japan. Not at all. But if a couple of hours learning about it helped me better understand where some of my students were coming from, I would do it.

    Jason is right in that they should have hired someone else. Not because he’s “racist” or whatever he is whining about being accused of being. He should not have been hired because he doesn’t care enough about his students’ experiences to finish a diversity training.

    I say make him go to the training twice. I’d be happy to teach his students while he’s gone.

    • Phil Steinacker

      Emotionally and spiritually healthy people have no interest in involving themselves in other peoples’ falsely-conceived identity issues.

      It’s clear you share the totalitarian agenda to brook no dissent and to not tolerate silence on these pet “issues.”

      People need to keep their emotional genitals away from everyone else’s lives.

      When this garbage eventually spreads from the campus onto the streets where normal everyday folks live and work, you are NOT going to like having it shoved back in your faces. Americans will recognize sexual fascism and will not only reject it but will do everything necessary to shut it down cold.

  • David

    Great letter. Hope Prof. Kantrowitz took it to heart. You have my support.

  • Andrew Mark McAlpin

    The culture war rages on…thank God for men like this!

  • UW History Alum

    Dear Mr. Morgan,

    I found this line towards the end of your post very interesting.

    “My job, which I love, is to teach students Japanese history. This week, for example, I have been busy explaining the intricacies of the Genpei War…”

    I’m going to be charitable and assume that you’ve left out a good portion of your job in order to reduce the length of your letter. If all you do is explain the content to your students, you might want to explore other career options because you’ll soon be replaced by a MOOC. No, it must be more than that. Speaking as a UW-Madison grad and former TA and lecturer myself, I know that in a liberal arts discipline like history you must also teach students, among other things:

    - how to analyze an event or an argument in context
    - how to bring various pieces of information together in order to understand something from different perspectives
    - how to make an argument, supported by evidence, and communicate that argument in speech and writing
    - how to understand and respect cultural and historical difference

    On the last point, presumably you help students to understand what people living in 12th century Japan thought about politics and society and how they viewed the world. Presumably you don’t argue that the 12th century Japanese worldview was good or bad, or right or wrong, or exotic, but rather you strive to help students understand how those views made sense in context to the people who held them, even if they seem strange to us now. If you don’t or can’t do this, you shouldn’t be in the classroom.

    It’s easy to see how the diversity training you criticize (which I also completed several years ago) has similar goals of understanding and respecting the differences on our very large campus. Again, if you are not willing to help students do this, then you probably shouldn’t be in the classroom. If it is your intent to change the content or tone of the training, then I can think of several ways to try and do that, none of which include posting your letter to a right-wing “news” site with a particular ideological slant and agenda.

    Using the skills I gained while completing my own liberal arts degree, I would argue that your real goal was to generate some outrage on this site and perhaps on the UW-Madison campus, perhaps leading to more notoriety for yourself as well as more clicks and shares and tweets. Maybe you see a career outside of the academy for yourself, such as at a think tank, a “fair and balanced” news organization, or a political organization or party. Based on what you’ve said in your letter, perhaps that would be for the best.

  • Kelsey

    Transphobic and racist. Deal with your prejudices dude.
    No one called him a racist, they pointed out the systematic racism in this country.

    Yes the University blocked off Bascom Hill for the President to speak on. Because what University would deny their students a chance to see the sitting President??
    The Hill has also been used to advertise for religious groups, military support groups, organizations working to end sexual violence on campus, the list can go on forever.
    Library Mall was filled with 2 story high structure against abortion, a display that featured genocide victims and then fetal abortion, comparing the two.

    You do not deserve to call yourself a Badger, this is a community where all the students deserve to feel safe. You poking fun at training in how to be inclusive to trans-students is frankly appalling.
    If you didn’t have racist tendencies I doubt you would have personally identified as a victim of this training. To be white does not make you a racist, to not see how persons of color have been systematically disadvantaged and discriminated against across the US and in our University is. This is far from a safe campus for everyone, and it is your JOB to help students learn–which requires a hate-free environment. One that you OBVIOUSLY cannot offer to anyone who is not cis-gender.

    • Phil Steinacker

      You and your ilk are so thoroughly indoctrinated with crazy, leftwing ideology that you make asinine statements which masquerade as reasonable. You folks have drunk the Kool-Aid so long ago it’s easy to see college campuses are living manifestations of the plugged-in realities of the Matrix.

      This garbage you so earnestly support on the college campus will eventually bleed over into society at large – and it will NOT be well-received. Just wait until serious push-back falls upon you clowns.

  • BruceMcGlory

    Shorter Jason Morgan: but I like being an ignorant bigot! It’s easier than thinking!

    • Finrod Felagund

      Pot, kettle, black.

  • Slackermagee

    Hopefully this doesn’t cost him his job, for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly, it was a huge mistake to conflate the school’s politics and HIS politics with the drive for/opposition to diversity training. Its an accepted part of a modern, functional state that we all get past the various physicalities that differentiate us all. By tying the school’s leftist politics into the existence of a diversity program, he’s making it sound like the opposite political beliefs would then oppose diversity programs and by extension recognition of discrimination and combating it. Not a great place to put oneself.

    He absolutely could have taken offense to the tone of the classes. Opposition to the existence of the classes could also fly in certain circumstances, though likely these kinds of things are necessary for TA’s so the school can say in the future, “Hey, look, we tried to avoid discrimination in the school/work place!”

    Second, it is his job to teach students. He could teach classes while not respecting the basic identities of his students and I suspect he would swiftly be without TA-ship support for his studies if he did so. Hostile teaching environments are not what those kids are paying for, nor are they what they school is paying him to run.

    Third, you cannot claim that a student is welcome in your classroom while in the same sentence blowing off biologically set gender identities as ‘fetishes’. He really needs that last class, or a class in the biology of gender generally.

    Lastly, the combative tone is not going to work in his favor.

    I really hope he can turn this around, cease the combative behavior, constructively address the content of the classes with the dean, learn to respect the LGBTQ crowd, understand that he is employed at-the-will of his liberal employer (thanks Guv! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander as they say.) and keep his TA-ship. I would NOT want to be washing dishes to make ends meet while reading for a doctorate in Japanese History.

  • jdhunter

    Mr. Morgan: you are not amusing; I am not amused. I am relieved to assume you are rethinking your vocation.
    Go buy your degree at Liberty University, where, I am quite certain, you will not be challenged to learn anything you don’t already “believe.”

  • j

    “receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin”

    But I thought you hated communism! Why are you living off government handouts, you moocher? Get a real job and quit wasting my taxpayer money sitting in the back of training session penning long letters about how you’re a cry baby.

  • lelder

    I’m pretty sure the comment section of this article alone is enough to demonstrate why diversity training is important. Seriously people, I’m appalled. CHECK YOUR PRIVELDGE

    • Phil Steinacker

      Study a little about Chinese and Soviet re-education camps and what you will see is the striking similarity to diversity training.
      You have been thoroughly brainwashed.
      Learn to spell, then perhaps you’ll be taken seriously.
      Uh, nah.

    • JohnSkookum

      Go f**k yourself, fascist.

  • dukestreet

    This has been going on for a long time. Since very few have stood up to say “stop radicalizing our,or our children’s education, it has only increased in virulence and outlandishness. The far left agenda has made it necessary for students to reeducate themselves, in order to be able to properly do the jobs for which their education was supposed to prepare them,once they have graduated. This has now gone below the university level and invaded the public school system like a super virus. How the students coming out now will combat this rabid radicalism, I don’t know. If you have children of any age in the education system today, I suggest you do everything you can to ground them in the commonsense and critical thinking they will not get at school but will need to survive the real World. This wonderful TA has obviously got a great handle on it. While his school of higher learning is totally out there. Unfortunately, I suspect his university is the norm.

  • Henry Lipshitz

    All the accusatory diversity experts who call us racist without knowing us are simpletons who according to my dad should all kiss our asses in Macy’s window.

  • Henry Lipshitz

    This TA has excellent writing skills and I would be pleased to have him be a TA to one of my college age kids. He has his head on right (certainly not left).

  • Jim

    lol

  • Brianna Aubin

    “My job, which I love, is to teach
    students Japanese history…. It is most certainly not my job,
    though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their
    psychological confusion.”

    I’m reminded of the book I read written by an Iranian woman who was thrown in Evin Prison as a teenager. Her crime was walking out of her calculus class because she wanted to learn about integrals, not the supremacy of global Jihad. At least we don’t (yet) have secret police to drag this guy off and whip his feet.

  • sam

    baba booey to all

  • frankfromtexas

    Wow. Just…WOW!

    I guess it’s time for the administration to prepare their “star chamber” for Mr. Morgan’s trial . You know it’s coming.

  • Chas. Chan

    F*kin “A”!

  • HTIC78

    Yeah, I think required diversity training is just to lessen the chance of liability after the university is sued by a crossdressing student who was described as having a “fetish” by their TA.

    • JohnSkookum

      That’s why we have juries.

  • JFSanders

    So pray tell what was the good Professor’s response?

    I suspect Mr. Morgan will not receive his Phd. from the diverse and ultra pc uni…

  • Will McQueen

    Has Mr. Morgan received a reply from the professor yet? I would most certainly love to see a follow-up to this post with the answer from the administration.

  • palewarrior

    While I can’t agree with Mr. Morgan, I understand his perspective. I’ve never had anyone explain privilege (especially white privilege) to me in a way that didn’t make me feel like I was being personally accused of creating the system. Eventually, it sunk in, as it sadly seems it has not yet done for him (or many of my fellow commenters.) This is a large issue with diversity training- the above is an extreme example, but when people feel falsely accused, they become defensive and closed off, instead choosing to believe that there is no issue or that they themselves are the victims. (I’ve no doubt some other comments have expressed this.)
    However. Systemic discrimination abounds in our society. And it’s important for the dominant group to understand that or no progress can be made. But it’s more about saying “this is institutional racism. by being a compassionate ally, you can help make a difference.” than “this is institutional racism. ir’s your fault.” Contrary to Mr. Morgan’s assertion that he will not be attending more diversity training, it’s clear to me that to reach a point of understanding he needs more.
    I won’t even get into his remarks on LGBTQ students except to say that they show a deep lack of understanding and compassion.

    • Phil Steinacker

      You are brain dead.

    • JohnSkookum

      There is no officially sanctioned institutional racism remaining anywhere in the United States of America, except the kind that the government practices against white people, and sometimes Asians, in favor of other minorities.

  • Anthony Harmon

    I sat through an intro to business class several years ago and had to endure being called racist. The text of the book claimed that white managers were biased.

    In a human resource class a couple of years later, the text stated that white hiring managers showed NO bias in hiring, while minority hiring managers DID show bias in hiring. This was based on a meta-study.

  • Scout

    I had a professor in college that taught “African American History” and within the first week of class he told all of us that white people were still responsible for slavery, even if our ancestors had no part in it. He then continued to accuse us of being racists, claiming that we all had “white privilege”, and constantly referred to all the white students in the class as “you people.” Then topped it off by stating that we had issues with diversity.

  • SomeGuy

    All right. I’ve had enough.

    I haven’t posted on a comment page since college, but this thread (of which I only got through the first page and, wow, was it enough) has made me break my 6 years of “comment-thread abstinence.”

    Thanks assholes.

    And I want to make this very clear. There are assholes on either side of the political spectrum. I am so sick of this demonizing of the “other-half,” of the name-calling, the mud-slinging, and the same, tired arguments.

    Please, grow up.

    Before I get into what this article is about I would just just like to say to my friends on the Right:
    It’s going to be OK, the government/economy/social-structure needs you too much to steal your guns, or force you to be gay.

    And to my friends on the Left:
    It’s going to be OK, not everything is a conspiracy, sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes to good people. It’s not necessarily the Conservative’s fault, in fact, much of the time, it’s yours.

    So in that spirit, let’s look at what Jason Morgan had to say…

    Here is what it comes down to, essentially, Guy. You are teaching at a VERY liberal college, where the majority of students are in their late-teens or early twenties, and where they have (possibly for the first time in their lives) the opportunity to discover who they are outside of the stereotypes *most* kids (especially in small-town Midwest) are brought up with.

    Now, I acknowledge that you have your beliefs, and that they are valid. I also believe it is not your job to “implicate [your]self in [your] students’ fetishes,” however, I hardly think that respecting somebody’s gender identity qualifies as implication of their fetishes. I kind of think that’s called respect.

    As for the whole racism thing. No, you should not have been called (or implied as being) a racist. That only encourages differentiation due to skin color. However, I do believe that white guys have had a pretty sweet deal for… well, forever, really (at least in Western culture), and that a little slap in the face of, “this is not what it’s like for everybody else,” is not a bad idea.

    In short. “Diversity Training” (which is just the worst name to call a class on acceptance), is not a terrible idea. Having said that, UW made some unfortunate missteps in its implication of such a program.

  • Yale2001

    Great Jason. A true intelligent, free thinker. God Bless you.

  • Caveat Emptor

    Wow, what a great letter! Make popcorn and settle back before reading. Jason Morgan is to be commended. It occurs to me the Germans once used a word for this kind of mandated training policy of forced indoctrination and intellectual tyranny, the word was gleichschaltung.

  • bobo

    Yep, he sounds like a racist to me.

  • rachiti

    He is a bigot. He IS sorely in need of education. Treating others who are different by birth, not choice, as “problematic” is bigotry. I am an UW-Madison Alum, and I find his behavior disgusting. He sullies the university with his hate.

  • Christine

    So, since I am white I am a racist. Does having 4 mixed race children and 6 grandchildren that are legally black, change that stereotypical attitude? Does the knowledge that I lived in the “black” world longer than I lived in the “white” world, allow me to skip diversity training?

    Based on the garbage shoved down peoples throats in this class, none of the above matters.

    I’m a racist because I’m white. Hahahahahaha

    Leftie trash, that’s all this is.

    • Lisa

      How does one become “legally black?”

      • Christine

        How else do I describe the fact that my grandchildren are 3/4 black? They are black. But people would come up with all kinds of weird questions if I just said that they were black, considering I am white. Stupid question, by the way.

  • David Baines

    I always knew that Ph.D. students studying medieval Japanese history were white dangerous robed racists in dire need of politically correct psychological re-programming.

  • Brian

    My God! A free thinker in the College of Arts and Letters at UW-Madison. Such a creature is as rare as a climate scientist who actually cares about reporting observations and conclusions without writing a summary that appologizes for and contradicts the whole body of the work. Good going Jason…you’ve clearly learned more than your fellow TAs.

  • John_in_Vegas

    Jason, if the shoe fits…

    Diversity training is meant to educate the narrow-minded about humanity in all its incarnations. Public institutions must take precautions to prevent racism in all its forms, and not just the embodiment that fits your definition, or it will risk losing public funds. Your ignorance is incredibly evident in your descriptions of transgendered people and exemplifies the need for you to attend the training. If you paid attention in the class you would understand the complicated nature and psycho-social intricacies navigated by the transgendered, as well as the trauma caused by self-righteous people, like you, who think all people belong to a one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter description for the human race.

    By the way, I suspect that your religion plays a strong role in your decision to opt out of this awareness training, and I remind you that there are no exemptions for racism in the guise of religious dogma. Bigotry is bigotry wherever its source.

  • bevsy

    I believe that Jason Morgan has a right to his beliefs and is a well versed and educated man who likely makes an intellectually compelling teacher. However, this “diversity” course that he was required to attend seems like it is something he was/is in dire need of.

    There is a blatant need for acceptance of the reality that white people have been responsible for the segregation of our nation and as racists are a key part of acknowledging that things have changed and thus accepting the responsibility to attend to the residuals of said class struggle.

    The wording of the handouts were not intended to offend the white reader, but to inform. This is the reason so many of our history books are censored. As a teacher of Japanese history Jason should be aware of the danger this poses to the future of our nation. If not for many, then at least for this reason;

    I might call to your attention two people; Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller. Two well known and admired contributors to our countries great history. It is known that Wilson created the income tax and the federal reserve act, and that Helen Keller overcame her inability to hear and see and succeeded as a humanitarian. Some might even request Wilson to be the next face on Mt. Rushmore. Well if we neglect the reality of his misgivings we forget and thus exonerate him. Wilson was a incredible racist, effectively undoing Reconstruction by segregating Congress and essentially bring the KKK back to fortune (not to mention his invasions of Cuba, Haiti and other southern nations in the name of ‘national interest’ thus raising to power the dreaded Trujillo and Batista that you can google on your own accord). Meanwhile Helen Keller was an union activist and her humanitarianism that is briefly praised is often not mentioned that she was a socialist.

    Wilson can be seen as both a great man as well as an evil man who did a lot worse for this county than good. But when we ignore the devastating truth of the people who helped lead and create this great nation, as people we lose the ability to learn from their mistakes.

    To not accept the teaching of how to best help teach transgender students at your institution is the groundwork for the racism you claimed you weren’t a part of. Calling someone by the politically correct and unoffensive and preferred terminology of their sex/gender/race/ethnicity etc. is required of all state positions – not to mention requested for the success of the human race. By outrightly neglecting to accept this information is sexist. And should be looked at as “glaringly” as racism.

    You would not insist, that to call someone “African American” instead of a myriad of what we now consider “racial slurs” is just false cheering in their “psychological confusion.” Furthermore to claim that these people are “poor souls” is yet another window into why you may have been perceived as a snarling racist. Just as Wilson may have seen interracial marriage as a “fetish” and “radical” but as a servant to this Great State of Wisconsin I personally request that you attend these diversity classes with an open mind and maybe you may learn something from our dear U.S. history.

    • JohnSkookum

      “Wilson created the income tax and the federal reserve act… Some might even request Wilson to be the next face on Mt. Rushmore.”

      Yes, and some might wish for his corpse to be dug up so we can piss on his bones. The most evil, treasonous President in our history.

  • Sister Sanford

    Jason, I totally agree with your underlying assumptions of your criticism that suggests diversity is a very controversial topic to deal with. As a historian, you can look at the past and draw your own conclusions as to what this represents to people’s lives and politics.
    Of course it is part of a political agenda, once diversity is all about minorities seeking for some sort of representation. Although I agree with you that there’s lots of reasons for more and more debate, I can’t agree with your view when you say that any considerations of respect towards individuals who find themselves at some point in the diversity spectrum shouldn’t matter for our everyday interactions.
    You are very very disrespectful when you use these words:

    It is most certainly not my job, though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their PSYCHOLOGICAL CONFUSION. I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage POOR SOULS in their sexual experimentation, nor am I receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin to play along with FANTASIES or accommodate public CROSS-DRESSING.

    And don’t need to be a queer to feel disrespect by you. In one paragraph you showed that you have no interest by whatsoever by other humans who don’t fit into your category of normality.
    First, you categorized sexual diversity into a pathology by saying it is about psychological confusion. Who are you to say anything like that since sexual orientation is a scientific theme almost as disputed as the theory of evolution? Who authorizes you to classify it in those terms? Even if you were a psychologist, you would only use these words to express a very strong discrimination based solely on your own paranoia and prejudice.
    Second, you use the terms poor souls, fantasies and cross-dressing to display all of your hatred against a minority about which you only know from a certain distance. A distance that you only technically defined by presenting your professional qualification. You simply seem to forget that you are a human being dealing with other human beings. From you, society expects more than a robotized teaching behavior disengaged from history and social reality. Wake up to reality, dude!! The world out there exists no matter how much you wished it was different.
    Even if you never addressed the theme of human sexuality in your classes, it will always be there, for this is part of life. Tomorrow, when a male student ask you a more difficult question (or ask you out), I hope you don’t think twice to avoid throwing your values on him like they did during the Middle Ages which would eventually lead to burning people alive in the open.
    If you wish to remain on the technical sides of any issues, you should probably try another profession such as engineering. Humanities don’t seem to be your field.

    • barnburner

      So its wrong for the writer to push his values on a student…like Middle Ages wrong…yet not wrong for you to institutionally push your values on everyone. Got it. Its called fascism.

      • Sister Sanford

        I’m not endorsing the methods used by the institution to convey the message that human diversity needs respect. However, if respecting others is a value I don’t need to have because of the very fact it is a value, then this suggests I can do anything, as long as this supports or is aligned with my values. But values are not simply thoughts one cherishes about reality, but it’s the momentum for action. Remember that the nazi soldiers had lots of values.

        As a member of a broader institutional collective, Jason is right to object and share his thoughts about its decisions. That’s what he did and that’s what we’re doing here. I just can’t agree with his views on human diversity, for it is based on the distorted idea that there are humans better than others.

        Please, take one more look at this excerpt I copied from his letter:

        “It is most certainly not my job, though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their PSYCHOLOGICAL CONFUSION. I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage POOR SOULS in their sexual experimentation, nor am I receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin to play along with FANTASIES or accommodate public CROSS-DRESSING.”

        Jason was talking about his feelings of having to be submitted to a kind of training that he doesn’t believe he needs. And this part of his letter suggests the opposite.

        I’m not being FASCIT, but very liberal, once I’m trying to speak for those Jason wishes didn’t exist.

        I do believe the institution should review its methods on preparing students for that reality. Apparently, it’s not working, as Jason seems to believe something so important as teaching other humans should be treated solely in its technicalities. To my surprise, this is so disconnected from the general teaching at the institution that a special training session is required to prevent people from repeating mistakes as old as the ones of the darkest ages.

        Jason is a symptom that many things are wrong.

      • Sister Sanford

        I didn’t say that. If you read again carefully what I wrote, you’ll see that I agree with Jason that the theme of diversity is very controversial and deserves more attention as to how it is approached in institutions. However, I criticized the way Jason ridicules and reduces its importance as he refers to it as something weird and obnoxious he doesn’t want to have anything to do with.

  • Don Marco Jawsario

    I am the Half Jew and I hate with all of my heart these Jewish progressives who rail about White Privilege. In actuality, there is only one privilege and that is White Jewish Privilege.

  • Lola

    WOW if this is not a reason that he NEEDS diversity training.

  • A reasonable person

    LOL. “I’m not racist, but I’m going to go ahead and hurl a bunch of insults at people who are different from me.” Congratulations on giving the left another example of exactly why diversity training is required.

  • Luke

    Call me crazy, but I can’t seem to find what the issue in reference to learning about diversity? How could learning about others who are different than you be negative in anyway?

  • anon159

    I hope he gets fired. I’m sure he can find a job at Bob Jones University.

    • ironchuck

      Fascist.

    • JohnSkookum

      McCarthyism in action.

  • R

    Asking to be treated like a human being and to have your identity respected by instructors is a RIGHT of the students at a public institution. Boohoo, he had to learn how to treat others with respect so he could create a learning environment that was accessible to ALL students instead of a few. Clearly it hit some nerves for him, but this is not difficult stuff.

  • thecutestunicorn

    Your homophobia is disturbing. The students are not inviting you to partake in their ‘fetishes’ they are asking to be addressed as they prefer in public spaces. There are many differences there. If you as a white person find the readings making you feel guilty then you should take a better look in the mirror. Your ignorance is astounding and I hope you lose your TA position for non-compliance, because you’re certainly not qualified to teach students anything if you can’t even respect them enough to call them by the right pronoun or address the institutional racism in the United States.

    • ironchuck

      “I hope you lose your TA position for non-compliance…” Fascist.

    • George

      You have the cant down very well.

    • JohnSkookum

      The right pronoun refers to what genitalia they have. If they are mentally ill and think it is something else, that’s their problem and not mine.

  • http://twitter.com/_sequoia Sequoia M.

    “…those from continents far across the wine-dark sea.”

    Quoting Homer in a complaint about diversity training to your professor? lol… get off it, buddy. (I don’t have a strong opinion about the piece as a whole but this pomposity caught my eye.)

  • Erasmite

    Its ironic the supporters of diversity also mandate an ideology only a very small number of people subscribe to. They start out by claiming they want to accept everybody, but end up having a rigorous litmus test that one must pass for ones viewpoint to be considered.

  • David

    As a Green Bay located alumnus of MIT, I interview applicants to that fine institution. It is interesting how often applicants are clear they have no desire to attend UW-Madison for reasons such as those included in this letter. I wonder about the connection to the pride UW-Madison takes in high annual rankings as a party school, and the hazing involved with being in the marching band. What a sad, sad place.

    • Matthew

      i completely agree! I really think that we should call transgenders exactly how we want to call them. If they have a penis they’re a man damnit! and racism doesn’t exist anymore its in the past we all have the same opportunities and freedom. And hazing couldn’t possible do any good for anyone. There couldn’t be ANY benefits to challenging yourself and experience what it feels like to be mistreated for the first time ever. NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT.

      GET IT THROUGH your thick skull that everything i just wrote is bullshit. Transgenders are referred to by the pronoun of their choice because THAT IS HOW THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES. It is not a game we play to encourage their gayness or sexuality

      Racism is alive in the form of institutional racism and if you don’t know what that is go read an effing book mr graduate.

      Hazing doesn’t mean you get beaten up or forced to eat gold fish. It’s about challenging yourself and realizing how it feels to feel lower than you have ever felt, and it gives you a taste of how minorities may feel every day of their life! Something that you will never experience for a moment in your life.

      You are a sad sad person. I would’ve thought you higher education would have done better for you.

      • cestusdei

        I was hazed by the liberals. That is why I am conservative and oppose them every chance I get. You were not educated. You were indoctrinated. There is a difference.

      • JohnSkookum

        The only officially sanctioned institutional racism that remains anywhere in America is that practiced against white people, and sometimes Asians, in favor of other minorities.

      • barnburner

        What drivel from a person obviously filled with hate. Institutional racism is a THEORY, not scientific fact, perhaps you should learn the difference. Forced indoctrination should never occur based on theory, ever. And for you to claim that every minority, every individual (do you recognize individuals or just the collective?) feels like crap every day of their lives is utter, unprovable, nonsense. I feel for you, your contempt for mankind and your smug belief that you have the right to institutionally push your hatred on others.

  • ironchuck

    If you read the comments below you’ll find a lot of people who think it perfectly acceptable that people have to go through political reeducation camps in order to get teaching jobs, and that those who don’t comply be marginalized. This is fascism, pure and simple.

  • Cythara

    The man, Kantrowitz, running the dept, you will notice is Jewish. It is part of a Jewish plan to humiliate, dominate and replace the European culture of the United States by lies and rewriting history with a Jewish spin. Jews, for the last 60 years, have been slowly and thoroughly propagandizing American into rejecting their own culture as shameful and embracing a neo-peasant culture for a New Dark Age run by a new hereditary aristocracy of Jews and their sycophants. Jews HAVE to convince white people that European culture (and civilization) is ‘inferior’ in order to carry out their national subversion. They use lies and sophistry to do this.

  • ironchuck

    It’s no wonder that hard left outfits like UW-Madison are graduating people with no marketable skills or professional prospects. It’s very easy to create courses about Queer Studies or whatever and fill young people’s minds with politically correct “knowledge”, but outside the shrinking remnants of the grievance industry, it’s just worthless. Society derives no value from it and nobody in the private sector will pay for it. And so these conformist, indoctrinated Obama sheep who thought so very highly of themselves inside the bubble go out into the real world and find that there are no jobs whatsoever waiting for them. It makes for a rude awakening.

    • Funeral guy

      Not only are they unmarketable they have made themselves highly undesirable as an employee. What HR department in their right mind would take on someone with an academic background in the “grievance” studies? You’re buying yourself someone who is schooled in victimhood rancor while all the time searching for something to which they can take offense. Fire them? A guaranteed lawsuit.

      • JohnSkookum

        I’m not involved in hiring at my company, but if I were, a CV showing a degree in the grievance studies would go right straight in the trash. It’s beyond parody these days.

    • Sister Sanford

      Yeah! Institutions should be only job-market oriented. That’s how knowledge works. We teach people what they need to know according to what society demands. No matter how irrational that might be.

  • cestusdei

    Jason will now be summarily destroyed and blacklisted from teaching. The PC dictators will permit no dissent. He sounds like a fine teacher and it will be their loss.

  • John Stegner

    Well, this comment section has held some of the most racist “dialogue” I’ve ever seen. Thank you all for destroying my faith in humanity.

    • daized79

      Dialogue on Disquss is what destroys your faith in humanity? Not the Holocaust? Not the Cultural Revolution? Not Rwanda? Not Sudan? Not even Syria? Sheesh. Brats these days.

      • John Stegner

        I was making a hyperbolic statement, let me clarify: seeing comments that include “get back in the oven” reminds me of the reasons (which you stated) for which I lost my faith in humanity.

        • daized79

          I hope you flagged that together with me. And some hy[hyperbole is best left unexaggerated.

          • John Stegner

            First thing I did. And you’re correct.

          • daized79

            The sad thing is as a Jew I’m caught in between. Leftists hate me, White Supremacists hate me, Blacks hate me… I always have my mom at least…

          • JohnSkookum

            Right-wing Christians love you very much. It’s true that they want you to be Christian too, but they will stand by you when no one else in the world will.

          • daized79

            You’re right, in this country, at least, but I’ve been in L.A. too long and have met a total of like five since I moved here. I am not kidding. We cluster together in little groups of believers amongst the damned. Anyway that’s how it feels sometimes. :) In urban areas the Jew feels very hated because he is caught between the Left and the African-Americans (or here the Latinos who are also not particularly philosemitic and are nowhere near as religious as Repuiblicans dream).

          • ShlomoShunn

            Until Jesus returns, of course. Then J-Man will ask Jews to convert. If they refuse, he will convert them to ash.

            RWCs want Jews for Armageddon fuel.

          • JohnSkookum

            Well, since both Christianity and Judaism are the delusions of primitive tribes of goat herders, the Jews will be safe under their wing for a good while longer.

        • ShlomoShunn

          > “get back in the oven”

          What SHOULD be said to peripatetic biscuits?

    • Sister Sanford

      The same here. It’s like compassion should be left aside, because all it’s a matter of the “right to hate”. “Let’s preserve the right to hate others”. “Let’s make this right be guaranteed because knowledge is less important than ignorance”. I’m getting nauseous!

      • ShlomoShunn

        We’re still waiting for you to show how trannies demonstrate respect for straights, conservatives, and whites.

    • ShlomoShunn

      Go back to AIPAC-LA RAZA-NAACP and tell them Willie Boy is here.

  • daized79

    This reminds me of my orientation of UCLA Law School where the (White?) dean said that he was sorry that we (mostly Jews, Chinese, Koreans and Japanese) were the incoming class and not Black and Latino people because of the sad fact that UCLA is not allowed to discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or skin color.

  • PGrossjr

    Hardly a surprise this type of baloney is standard fare in many large companies today. I was told I was racist for no other reason than I was a white male. What is scary is that those teaching this crap do not see the irony. It is racism when you judge someone by the color of their skin regardless of what color that skin might be!

    • Christine Mattson Carlson

      Yes, because only white people are racist. Mexicans don’t hate Puerto Ricans, and light skinned Blacks don’t ever treat dark skinned Blacks differently. Oh yes, and the Japanese don’t think they’re better than Chinese. And vice versa. Point made.

      • Mr. Dart

        And both the Chinese and Japanese believe they’re better than the Koreans. The world keeps spinning. I suggest your quest for a better world by going to Saudi Arabia and praying to Jesus while holding Christian Bible.

        • ShlomoShunn

          Or try being a Palestinian trying to live a decent life among land-stealers who want the world to recognize the “Jewish State” just like Jews once honored, respected, and recognnized the Aryan State.

  • ahimsa

    I’m surprised that Jason Morgan has had such a difficult time grasping something relatively simple. The details of the class are a red herring because I’m sure that the materials and/or presentations had flaws which could be improved (always room to make things better). The main point is having respect for others.

    Being polite and respectful of all folks on campus (and guess what? transgender, and genderqueer folks are PEOPLE) is a pretty basic request. It’s really not that difficult.

    Still confused? Try watching Guante’s video, A Visit From the PC Police, for a different view of what it means to be politically correct — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux6zP1-2h6Y

    • ShlomoShunn

      > “Being polite and respectful of all folks on campus ”

      How do queerfolk show respect for straight whites?

  • isophoroneblog

    If you can show that you have read George Orwell then you get a lifetime exemption from diversity training, didn’t you know? For extra credit, tell the diversoids that you have read “Eric Blair.”

  • [email protected]

    tldr

  • disqus_1zdSO0dNCs

    Thank you for speaking up – it’s ABOUT TIME! My kids went there, and if I had it to do again, they wouldn’t get a DIME!!! They had TA’s instead of professors for every class. (Univ. of Pittsburgh – where my husband and I went, STILL does not have TAs teaching). While their father did active duty and while we paid $23,000/year tuition, they were forced to sit through classes where the cultural engineers spent their time and our money denouncing our military, their efforts, our then President, and any other stances that they viewed as culturally inappropriate. Never mind that this was NOT what they were paid for, and NOT appropriate for the class subject! As a teacher who does not feel this is appropriate in class and as a wife of a military man – protecting their freedom of speech, of all things, I was livid and would NEVER recommend Univ. of WI, Madison to ANYONE. They’re living on their laurels and not delivering the goods! AGAIN – THANK YOU for speaking up!!!!

  • pragmaticconservative

    It was ever thus at Madison. I received a graduate degree in engineering there in the 60′s and it was a hotbed of left-wing radicalism. Although the university is a fine one, it has been damaged by the far-left bias that permeates the campus. I remember vividly a time when protestors there prevented Dow Chemical from interviewing students for jobs with Dow because Dow made napalm for the VIetnam War. (IMHO, they had every right to refuse to interview Dow themselves, but NOT to prevent others from doing so.) The protestors were arrested, but Chancellor Fleming bailed them out with his own money! Heaven forbid that these lawbreakers should spend a night in jail! I refuse to donate a cent to this far-left university! Kudos to Mr. Morgan for speaking out.

  • Bullhead1

    Excellent

  • travlr009

    good grief

  • ILIA TOLI

    I haven’t even read this article but I have had a similar experience at Suffolk University, Boston. There is such an office like “diversity training” with paid employees at Suffolk University, besides Islamic Studies and the like.

    We were told to let off all guard, then we were asked to pair up with another person. I was a Mathematics professor there. I paired up with a white student girl. We were asked to confess all the stereotypes that we had with respect to any group whatsoever, focus on blacks. Then we were asked to speak our minds, this time even louder, for everybody to hear. At a later point the 2 diversity trainers, a black woman and a black man, started crying about how people prejudice blacks. No wonder people didn’t hook up. At some point I had enough, left and decided to never ever show up in such unsavory carnivals.

    • Christine Mattson Carlson

      Wow, sounds ignorant whoever decided to do that sort of “training”. The point of diversity training is learning about others therefore, letting go of our preconceived notions. We are all selfish and ignorant by nature until we start to step out of our comfort zones and learn about others. That is the point of diversity training. People need to get real and honest with themselves – we will not like or agree with how everyone in the world lives their lives, but we just need to learn how to treat people with kindness and respect.

      • Mr. Dart

        Perhaps your “comfort zone” is the assumption that “we are all selfish and ignorant” until we’ve been to diversity training.

      • barnburner

        Perhaps after you disabuse yourself of your hatred of mankind, you will realize that all you are doing is homogenizing your students to your way of thinking. Indoctrination of the human mind to attempt to alter human behavior to achieve collective outcomes you deem appropriate is nothing more than tyranny.

        • Sister Sanford

          Yeah! That’s why there are schools! They are places people go to to be indoctrinated by the tyranny of knowledge and science.

          • ShlomoShunn

            What is tranny knowledge and science?

      • ShlomoShunn

        > “The point of diversity training is learning about others”

        But, like Communism, it’s never done correctly, right?

        It’s like feminists– who never talk to men about male experiences– claiming their movement is “welcoming” and “respectful of other views.”

        Diversity training never involves talking about why whites have to tolerate the failings of others. You know, pretend Ebonics is the King’s English, act like every white who’s ever lived had it better than Bill Cosby, and treat Swaziland like its Switzerland.

        To wit: whites are to be silent, guilt-filled, meek whipping boys.

        I suspect that won’t turn out well, long term.

  • Moose_Hunter

    “Trans Students”? “trans struggles”? “gender-variant spectrum”? “Genderqueer”?

    OH. MY. GOD!

    “how to correct other students who mistakenly use the wrong pronouns”.

    I gotta pronoun for all those who are not in the “binary gender system”. Anybody ever see the movie The Thing?

  • Terence Sommer

    College indroctrination. Yuck. It’s going everywhere.

  • Katherine McKinney

    I <3 this, so much. Go, kid, go.

  • EscapeVelocity

    Defiance!

  • Priscilla

    Ugh. I am sad to see diversity training executed so poorly. As a white student who was a Social Work major and a Diversity minor at the University of Washington, I can related to what he heard but isolating, guilt ridden is not the point of inclusive training. However, I believe it is his job to be inclusive and to support his students in classroom and make them feel welcome in however form they take. That is the point of diversity training. To make sure all students whether they be genderqueer or what have you, feel welcome. And that includes by addressing them in whatever pronoun they feel comfortable with. It’s pretty simple. When people go around on the first day of class and say their names and their majors like all classrooms do, they also say the pronoun they prefer. Doesn’t take much time and it could clear up some confusion if you are unsure of some people’s gender.

    • DAVID HOFFMAN

      At what point do I control your feelings? WE need to stop this shit of laying aguilt trip on those who don’t totally suck in the Lib diatribe of “I’m responsible for your feelings”…Just so you know that equates to creating someone to blame every time your not “happy” or don’t “feel good”… All bullsh-t…Take responsibility for your own feelings and realize that you control your own – not someone else.- no one can MAKE you FEEL any way other than how you choose..

      • Sister Sanford

        Well, but you just attributed her opinion to the liberal thought!!
        How did you connect her ideas to a political position if she never mentioned anything about that? Do you think she can’t think for herself or this just makes it easy for you to “blame” the quality of her thought as pertaining to a “biased” side of the political spectrum?
        If you insist on dividing opinions as being either “liberal” or “conservative” you’ll always confine yourself to one of the same “biased” poles you criticize. Debating about the logics of the phenomenon might be different and more creative than pointing you finger a people’s faces. By doing so, you fall in the same mistake pointed out by Mr. Jason Morgan about the way UW-Madison’s “indoctrination agenda”.

    • barnburner

      The only reasons certain people may not “feel welcomed” is because diversity trainers like you teach them that most of society does not welcome them. Stop teaching that and people will realize the majority of the country doesn’t give a crapola about what they do in their personal lives.

      • Sister Sanford

        Oh yeah! People really don’t care about what others do in their personal lives. That’s why we never heard of homicides motivated by homophobia. That’s liberal conspiracy to get more votes. After all, the world can be clearly divided into liberals and non liberals. That’s how reality works. Oh God, if it wasn’t for liberal thinking the world would be at peace. Oh yes! It would!

        • ShlomoShunn

          Let’s make everyone stand up and announce their sexual preferences when classes start. I’m sure attendees will respect and honor the straight guy who says, “I like females with firm tits, C-cup max, and butts I can put drink glasses on. Oh, and they must like Dirty Sanchezes and the occasional Hot Carl.”

          Yeppers, we all know how straight white folks are treated by THE DIVERSITY.

    • ShlomoShunn

      > “As a white student who was a Social Work major and a Diversity minor”

      Bwahahahahaha!

      Another guilt-filled honkie fembot.

      Plus imagine the class reaction when a 300-pound dude says he wants to be called “Pinky.”

  • Shi

    Good for him. I am so impressed with his bravery and eloquence. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    • Sister Sanford

      Another psychologist??

      • ShlomoShunn

        You sound like a cannibal ordering dessert.

  • LA_Momma

    Jason Morgan, the only part of your long-winded email that made any sense was the direct quotation from the diversity handouts you deride. Let me remind you that the job you profess to love involves teaching *all* students, not just those that conform to your apparent narrow point of view. Otherwise, I would respectfully ask any student who appreciates diversity to withdraw from your class.

    • DAVID HOFFMAN

      At what point do you have to have any inclination about the students personal proclivities to be able to teach them? You clearly did not read the article in it’s fullest context nor make any effor to recognize Mr. Morgans rights to not be “judged” or lectured to about how to deal with others.. You narrow minded Libs need to “open up” some more and realize that others can have different thoughts and beliefs and not be the walking talking EVIL.. that you make them out to be.

      • Sister Sanford

        Yeah, others have the right to disagree with the fact that others should be respected for being who they are. After all, racial slurs, disrespect, homophobia is a right granted to everybody living in a free society. Let’s clear the earth out of ethnic group X, because in my opinion that’s important and legitimate.

        • LibertyDwells

          You should stop typing. Forever. Even I am embarrassed for you at this point.

        • ShlomoShunn

          > “racial slurs, disrespect, homophobia”

          Pooping in class, vomiting on chairs, picking one’s nose.

          Now, what the bleep do your examples have to do with anything? How is it “disrespectful” to teach someone while oblvious to his/her sexual preference?

          Also, per homophobia: very few peope today are afraid of their homes.

          Just sayin’.

    • Antonio R. Sanchez

      Screw that! I’m sick of the multicultural cancer that is poisoning our youth! A person can teach without getting involved in the sexual perversions of the student! It’s people like you who want to normalize pedophilia.

      • Sister Sanford

        Tell me how you connected her point of view to pedophilia. I’m curious! Was that based on your survival instincts too?

        • LibertyDwells

          And now, the “Runner-Up Award”.

          • Sister Sanford

            Are you really directing your critics to me?

        • ShlomoShunn

          Are you “judging” NAMBLA? How intolerant. Next you’ll be mocking women who marry dogs…which just happened.

    • barnburner

      Yet its perfectly acceptible to force people into reeducation camps…err…diversity training to push conformance to your narrow point of view? I see.

    • Mainlander

      He’s not the narrow-minded one actually. You’re entirely disingenuous.

    • ShlomoShunn

      Hmmmm your short-winded, flatulent retort makes no sense, Mommy.

      When teaching, if looking at Nancy-Boy, should a teacher dress in drag and sing science as if were a Broadway show?

      If the student in row 3 is bisexual, should the instructor teach him/her dressed as “Pat”on the old SNL show?

      How is every special snowfake to be “validated” by one teacher?

      Do gay-lesbian-albino-queer-amputee-tranny-crossers-presnippers want to be treated equally or “specially”?

  • Charles Hammond Jr

    Do not comply! Do not obey!

  • Antonio R. Sanchez

    “Intellectual Tyranny”!

  • Antonio R. Sanchez

    On the subject of racism, I hate everyone until I get to know them. If I see a scowling black guy wearing pants below his butt and untied workboots, I avoid him. If I see a black girl smiling wearing a sundress, I smile back. My point is that there is more to prejudice than just skin color. We ‘pre-judge’ people based on appearance. It is a normal survival instinct and should not be suppressed just because someone’s feeling get hurt. I don’t have a problem with people avoiding me when I slur and stumble, it’s probably because I’m drunk. It’s a good idea to avoid me. I hate that we have made prejudice an evil word when it’s actually better for our well-being.

    • Sister Sanford

      Survival instincts??! Really?!! I mean.. really? For real!???
      So you believe that avoiding people based on their gender identity, sexuality and skin color is a matter of keeping yourself alive?

      Tell me more about how this helped you so far. Please, provide examples in which your life was at risk and you managed to protect it based on the appearance of supposed threatening individuals?

      There’s one thing you’re right about: It’s a good a idea to avoid you.

      • LibertyDwells

        It’s rare to see someone so completely miss the point. You win the “Stupid Interwebz Award”. Congrats.

        • Sister Sanford

          Yes. I’ve missed it. Please, explain it to me!

          • ShlomoShunn

            Doe, a deer…a female deer.

            Ray… a drop of golden sun.

            Rinse and repeat.

      • ShlomoShunn

        > “So you believe that avoiding people based on their gender identity, sexuality and skin color is a matter of keeping yourself alive?”

        I’m sure blacks and gays never-ever-EVAH prejudge anyone, right? They treat everyone equally, never expect special treatment, and never demand that others celebrate blackness or gayness…right?

  • dnb03

    Bravo Mr. Morgan. UW-Madison should be proud.

  • Steven O’Marro

    Prejudice is an equal opportunity injury, and it is not consistent with judging someone by the content of their character to design a curriculum that accuses any group of being racist simply because of the color of their skin.

    The next time the University of Wisconsin or any similar minded university requires diversity training that singles out a particular group for criticism based upon their skin color, ask them the question eloquently framed by Mr. Thomas Sowell…”if you are interested in promoting diversity, then how many conservatives do you employ on your faculty?”

  • Dolph Schayes

    I could almost, ALMOST stomach his “poor me, I have to attend diversity training” rant (never mind he chose to pursue a doctorate in history at a left-leaning university in a very left-leaning town and other, less “liberal” professions have mandatory diversity training — but somehow this was a real shock) because it’s well-written and I can understand how Madison’s brand of in-your-face progressivism could rub an arrogant douche-canoe like Jason the wrong way. That noted, his writing on the trans* community is so woefully ignorant — and his misunderstanding(s) of trans* people so antiquated and textbook/quintessentially inaccurate, e.g. “poor souls in their sexual experimentation”, “play along with fantasies”, “accommodate public cross-dressing” — that I’m wondering if he’s not, to use his words, “making any of this up.” You, Jason, are such a caricature of trans*-ignorance that it’s literally laughable. I’m still not one-hundred percent convinced this isn’t satire. Please take one 100-level GWS class at Madison (or anywhere)…beneath you as it may be — or, preferably, an A. Finn Enke class (considering Finn will likely be a future colleague <—— see how taxing that was to substitute a name for a pronoun). Throw in a Dean Spade paper, while you're at it. Read a Susan Stryker book. These are simply suggestions, mind you; I wouldn't want to make it seem like I'm encouraging "suffocating political indoctrination."

    Who knows, maybe you're not a racist Jason…but you are an exquisite asshole.

    • Shi

      TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE. WHAT A DOUCHEY LIBTURD REPLY.

      • Dolph Schayes

        YOU SORT OF UNDERMINE YOUR POINT WHEN YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS AND USE PHRASES LIKE “LIBTURD” (WHICH IS NEARLY AS BAD AS “REPULICANT”); BUT YOU’RE RIGHT — MY RESPONSE WAS DOUCHEY — THAT WAS MY INTENTION. GEE, WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS A HOOT.

        • ShlomoShunn

          Dolph-the-dolphin does douchery on porpoise.

    • http://proteinwisdom.com darleenclick

      Dolph, it takes quite a bit of chutzpah to assume that someone who would rather treat you neutrally without regard to your shifting personal proclivities – be they political or dietary or whatnot — rather than a special snowflake that must have every aspect of his/her specialness publicly tongue-bathed is the asshole in this situation.

      I call projection.

      • Dolph Schayes

        Addressing someone by their preferred pronoun/name hardly constitutes “special snowflake…tongue-bath[ing]” treatment; it’s called respect. People prefer to be addressed by nicknames, shortened versions of their names, middle names, suffixes and professional titles all the time. Equating changing political and dietary views with trans* identity takes real chutzpah.

        • ShlomoShunn

          What about someone who wants to be called “It” or “Mr. Turnip” or “Mistress Boobula”?

          What about someone who insists on dressing like Barney in class or who only feels safe when naked and carrying 2 teddy bears?

          What if someone demands to be addressed in sign language? Or walk with paint buckets on their feet?

    • ShlomoShunn

      Who gives an effing bleep about the “the trans* community”?

      Join the Village People if you attention for your asterisked bedroom activities.

      Thanks, though, for showing the “tolerance” of THE DIVERSITY. You want the world to celebrate those who think sex with sheep isn’t baaaaaaaad, then mock “normal” (that is, most) people’s viewpoints. I’m sure that will work out as time goes by, right?

  • Daniel

    Articulate and on point. Thank you for having the courage to stand up for your beliefs.

  • lynclaur

    I AGREE that in general, facilitators need to be more aware
    of the language they use when discussing diversity. It is inappropriate to make
    a person of any background to feel guilty or ashamed of their identity. Many
    diversity programs inadvertently discriminate or shame the identity of power,
    which is completely counterproductive (case and point: this email).

    I DISAGREE that effective diversity training is not
    essential for all people, especially educators. This TA claims to ‘love
    teaching Japanese to all and sundry alike’, but his words and his actions do
    not equate. He argues that he can teach his content to students of all
    identities whilst being ignorant and even apathetic to their needs. I’d love to
    see him try.

    For simplicity’s sake, let’s ignore the fact that this TA is
    completely ignorant about the Trans* community – as that’s another whole issue
    in and of itself. From a merely educational standpoint, let me say this:
    whether or not you agree with your students, whether or not you can relate to
    them, whether or not they have identities that you can or cannot understand, it
    is still your responsibility as an educator to respond to these students’
    needs. It’s not about someone’s sexuality, ethnicity, race, ability – it’s
    about responding to each student as a human being with distinct needs. To be
    frank, a teacher’s opinion on these matters is irrelevant. The fact that this
    TA is adverse to certain identities is all the more reason for him to attend
    diversity training – not necessarily to change his mind, but to change his
    attitude. He may never ‘agree’ with the Trans* identity, but he could stand to
    learn how to effectively reach this particular population of students in his
    classroom. To simply ignore the identities of the students in a class effectively
    removes them from the classroom. You are no longer an educator, but a lecturer. …And let’s be honest, no one listens to
    lecturers.

    • LibertyDwells

      Can you express in a logical way why a teacher of Japanese history needs to cater to any student based on their sexual fantasies? And, why would any student let their sexual fantasies influence their learning of a subject that can not, even in the twisted illogic of the left, be associated with same? Please, no emotional drivel, and propaganda does not constitute explanation.

    • ShlomoShunn

      Dude, unload your own diaper.

      Teachers aren’t parents, friends, counselors, or baby-sitters. They are effingTEACHERS. They should be “ignorant and even apathetic to” students sexual needs. It’s not their job to make sure their charges all ride safe unicorns.

  • http://www.maryanndiorio.com/ MaryAnn Diorio

    At last, a man with spine!
    Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

  • Compubacter

    You have some good points with the political violations on campus. Your unwillingness to accommodate a persons preferred sex demonstrates you need more diversity training. It also sounds like whoever is running the diversity training isn’t very good at their job.

    • LibertyDwells

      Your sex/gender, is what you are born as. Male or female. What one prefers is utterly meaningless. Entertaining their fantasies is almost as much of an illness as the twisted idea preference matters.

      • Sister Sanford

        Now I know what your point of view is based on. lol.. The usual black and white kind of rigid thinking. I’m sure you’ll get over it with some reading.

        • Steve Hammond

          Would that be as opposed to the standard leftist viewpoint of no black and white but only shades of liberal moral relativism gray?

          • Sister Sanford

            Any morality is a point of view derived from a kind of thought that takes reality as a unit. For an extremist religious morality, this unit is more important than any possibility to question it. That’s our absolutism, in my opinion. When it comes to the “leftist relativism” – according to you – why would it be this relativist if most of its assumptions have human rights as a reference? Remember that relativism is the absence of references. And again, it can’t be attributed to either side of the usual spectrum identified by a liberal and a conservative position. It smells like relativism when it poses a threat to false securities historically constructed and only exists due to a constant work of maintenance. Our problem starts when we give positions names and when we have the illusion that they’re enough to represent them. This gives rise to a lot of blind confusions from both sides of this sad and reductionist spectrum.

          • Steve Hammond

            You sure love to hear yourself talk don’t you?

          • Sister Sanford

            I don’t know. Should I?
            I’d actually love to read your counter arguments. Be them black, white or gray.
            By the way, gray is a nice color.
            I’m glad that you pointed it out as the result of the mix that our world seems to be!

          • ShlomoShunn

            “Be them.”

            You sure done gotsta gud cottage ejimication!

          • ShlomoShunn

            Talk about bogus academic gobbledegook!

            You MUST be a feminist.

            How else to explain your Foucaultian obsession with hetero-normative narratives embedded in diversity, informed by other’d markers of Patriarchal gender constructs, defined by white privileged norms, and unpacked by memes contingent upon hegemonic yoddy-yoddy-yoddy.

    • ShlomoShunn

      If a student is into humping sheep and eating wood, a Physics TA is supposed to do what, exactly, to show “respect”?

      Do gays also have to go up to straight TAs and say, “I respect your fondness for firm C-cups and a tight female monkey-butt”?

  • Brian Westrate

    Perhaps the best thing I’ve read on-line in weeks….and I read a LOT of things on-line. Well done sir, well done. Wisconsin is blessed to have you as a resident.

  • http://thousandfold.net/cz Alex Gittens

    I get that he feels attacked as a white person, and maybe he is justified: I didn’t sit through the training, so I can’t respond to that. And maybe his Uni *is* pretty leftist, if the political events and campaigning he mentioned was not balanced out by conservative analogs. So those two points may be legitimate.

    But … and this is a big but … this guy is a class A douche for equating treating transgendered and gender queer individuals with respect as “encouraging poor souls in their sexual experimentation” or “assisting students in their private proclivities.” He himself is proof that there is a dire need for such sensitivity training.

    • ShlomoShunn

      Why should anyone respect “queers” who diss heteros?

      Plus respect and tolerance isn’t celebration. If you like strawberry ice cream, don’t try to force others to, too.

      For years gays/lesbians mocked straight married people as “breeders” who lived boring lives in ticky-tacking houses. Real life was anonymous humping with strangers in bathhouses. Now, post-AIDS hysteria, gays suddenly want to get married…and wonder why they get the whale eye.

      The most insenstive dolts lead “sensitivity” training. They are neo-Nazi douche-nozzles.

  • John Pack Lambert

    The idea that you can right past wrongs by perpetrating current ones is horrible. The idea that “white people” are some undistinguished, unified group that are all the same and defined by such, is not even historically accurate in the US. It only applies some in the post-World War II reality, but the differences on religious lines are so deep that I would not accept it even then, although most ethnic divisions of those actually from Europe do not work post WWII.
    Then there are the colleges that have refused to hire Arab-American professors because they did not want another white on the faculty.

  • Outa There

    I graduated from this piece of crapola institution of higher indoctrination and it took me 36 years to apply to the wonderful graduate school I am now in to obtain my MBA. My head spun for those 36 years thinking of how much time I wasted there with them trying to twist my mind.

  • TruthTeller

    Re-education? And they are openly calling it that? The most disturbing thing is how apparently few students recognize those words, or know where they have been used before.

  • dixie68

    How great it would be to have hundreds of thousands teachers with this young man’s intellect and integrity. Is there any way to find out if he received an answer?

  • Steve Hammond

    He is saying what millions of us have felt for many years. Take your “diversity” and shove it. “re-education” reeks of the terminology used by the communists.

  • Sebastian

    So essentially I go to school to earn say an engineering degree, but I then find the institution has a far greater priority to instill guilt in me over my race, my gender and encourages me to explore steamy gay sex or start cross-dressing. I have to say I feel no shame and guilt over my race and gender and yes I am a White man.. and as far as homosexuality goes.. well I am here for that engineering degree and not here to bend over to someone’s deranged desires. While I do not care what you do or have done to you in your spare time unless you’re at least female you better not try and get sexual with me.

  • Nimadan

    When I was younger and still hung out with liberals, I met a couple of trannies and heard of a few more. Every single one of them was frakking CRAZY. Neither I, nor anyone I knew back then, ever ran into one of these creatures who wasn’t a total head case.

    “Transgenderism” is not a lifestyle or an identity; it’s a mental illness.

    They’re mentally-ill gay people.

  • pvemae

    College = Anti-White Indoctrination camps.