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Yale student op-ed: Charity is not enough … your money must be TAKEN from you

The holiday season is upon us, and leave it to an Ivy Leaguer to play the role of the proverbial stick in the mud.

Writing in the Yale Daily News, guest columnist Xuan (who uses the pronouns “they” and “them”) invokes the United States’ “legacy of colonialism, exploitation, slavery and genocide” to argue that Americans’ personal charity isn’t “quite enough” nor “all of morality.”

They offer examples of a shady used car salesman and a sketchy entrepreneur who, after screwing over people in the past attempt to make good later in life through charitable giving.

“This would be academic if we were nothing like these ‘protagonists’ — individuals who have benefited from either violence, deception or exploitation,” Xuan writes. “Yet, I [shouldn’t that be “we” if one uses the pronoun “they”?] think a little bit of reflection suggests that many of our lives are closer to theirs than we might like to think.”

We live in a world where the top 20 percent of Americans own 88 percent of U.S. wealth (i.e. 25 percent of global wealth!), according to research from the University of California Santa Cruz, while 3 million die from preventable diseases every year, per the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This is not by chance. It is the legacy of colonialism, exploitation, slavery and genocide: a history without which both Yale and America would not exist and a history of which we, by being here, are beneficiaries.

Xuan, a member of the Yale Effective Altruists and Yale Young Democratic Socialists, wants you to know they currently give ten percent of their Singaporean scholarship income to charitable and political causes, and also wants you — somehow — to hold them accountable in the future when they’ll “tax” their income via charitable donations at the same rate as the Swedish government’s highest rate: fifty-seven percent.

“After all,” they say, “there’s no reason why Swedes should be any better than Singaporeans at parting with income.”

From the piece:

We are the beneficiaries of a violent, deceptive, exploitative world. And we will keep on benefiting. Our Yale degrees will land us cushy jobs that pay on average $100,000 a year, according to Payscale.com, our economic opportunities only bolstered by illicit financial flows from the developing to the developed world.

So, charity no longer seems quite enough. Reparations are also needed. We don’t just have an opportunity to give, we have an obligation to redistribute. To think otherwise would be to remain complicit in a system that benefits us because it exploits so many others; that is, to enable the very violence that we seek to remedy through our gifts. …

Of course, moving money, even to the most radical of organizations, isn’t enough. It is action that alters the structures of violence that we benefit from. Join protests, sit-ins, teach-ins. But especially for those of us with family capital and power, we should use that as leverage too. Let us advocate wage equity and unionization, democratize the workplace, abolish exorbitant managerial salaries, rebuild the co-operative and dismantle the corporation.

“Only then,” Xuan concludes, “might we be able to say that we’ve ‘done our part for the world.’”

Speak for yourself.

Read the full op-ed.

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  • KyraNelson

    Here’s my well reasoned and insightful comment: Xuan- SHUT THE F*CK UP.

    • faturism

      Short, concise and to the point…well done Kyra

      • KyraNelson

        That goes for all the Snowflakes, SJWs and self-righteous, sanctimonious retards who’ve never worked a day in their lives.

  • longtermconservative

    If you are so “privileged”, then drop out of school, go to work in a fast food restaurant, but don’t work hard and hustle working 40 hours + a week…… just limit it to 15-20 so you’ll be continually broke. On purpose. That’ll make a dolt such as you feel better. And with your newly-found spare time, take some English writing classes. Your attempt is devoid of any thoughtful process.

    • Dennis

      Well said chief.

  • david smith

    So the answer is not to stop the behavior you view as predatory, instead the answer is to benefit from the illicit behavior personally and spread some crumbs around.
    If Spock were here you know what he’d say: “illogical”.
    Just like thinking your Richard means your a female.

  • Mikal Gastpipe

    It’s too late to nip this in the bud, thanks to the liberal Democrat politicians and media. Unfortunately, the current crop of liberal Democrat SNOWFLAKES are going to find out that the price they WILL pay for their 5 year old tantrum throwing will be paid in BLOOD and LIVES!

    • TruBlu”Deplorable”American

      More likely theirs too cause they are really too stupid to survive without “government handouts”.

  • The wizzard

    A college education and dumb as shit

    • ac287149

      K-University education is the means of Public radicalization. It’s perfect- they are in a completely contained setting, following the directions of an authority figure, moving from one place to another when released, and absorbing all the regurgitation to keep a good grade and preserve their Million Dollar futures.

      They don’t learn to think critically, they are conditioned to perceive Boogieman-du-Jour under every bed and REACT! impulsively with the Fist.

  • Dennis

    Talk about one overfed, silver spooned, idiotic,”C” word, snowflake from hell who probably has never worked a day in her indulged life; you’re too brainwashed yalely! Your mommy and dumbed down daddy wasted a ton of money on sitting you in that propaganda machine.

  • Renegade Roughneck

    It almost sounds like he is advocating theft.
    We will resist their communist plans. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a2758467398f2d36864de1cba19c186a04216e81b30e372246c20525dfdfafb.jpg

    • Tatiana Covington

      That should be “STAND FIRM AND FIGHT BACK”.

      Proofread, guys!

      • 2mrixl1

        You’re right! I didn’t see it. Hilarious. Of course if we’re talking about RINOs maybe they meant stand Prim.

  • felixinmontana

    Socialism cannot exist without fascism.

  • Deployable

    Xuan will be making $100,000 per year, doing what? He’ll figure out a way of living off the government.

  • Schuyler King

    So, Xuan is “generously” giving 10% of what’s not their’s (scholarship money given to them by the government of Singapore) to charitable and political causes. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and guess that the money won’t be going to the Republican party or the Christian Legal Society.

    • bsdunek

      I’ll bet you’re right about that.

    • He won’t make 100 cents, let alone 100,000 dollars, in MY organization.

  • claymore cluepile

    its just standard communist boilerplate from mao’s little red book

  • Thrill22cl

    It’s never worked. How can our elite youth think it’s going to work if we try it?

    Venezuela is the latest fail.

  • platedog

    I’ve got my plan! Unlike Elizabeth Warren, my wife has a Cherokee heritage. Her Grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee Indian. I will have my wife file for reparations and live off her income. What irony, an old white guy living off reparations.

  • rnagel

    When did Starbucks start paying $100,000 a year?

  • Regular Rufus

    I cannot imagine why ya’ll lower yourselves by going to a place such as Yale which has benefited from slavery and all of that rot. You all (how many are living inside that pea brain anyway?) should pack up and go to Venezuela. Socialism is working quite well there, according to Brian Ross.

  • Tatiana Covington

    You take my wealth, I take your life. My private property is worth more than your life.

    • TruBlu”Deplorable”American

      You bet! My “anything” is worth more than any of their lives>

  • Nathan

    I’ve been to Singapore. It’s a very disciplined and business-oriented society. No wonder Xuan is over here, I don’t think he/she/xe would do so well back there.

  • Byrd Westbrook

    Zuan is stupid beyond description. How did “it” get into Yale?

    • faturism

      other people’s money

      • dickG

        Other People’s Money.
        “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
        —– Margaret Thatchert

    • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

      It ids a slanty-eyed foreigner from Singapore

    • dickG

      He met Yale’s standards, don’t cha know?

  • chrish

    Equality doesn’t exist in nature, only hierarchical structures.

  • 2mrixl1

    Go out and get a job and work to support a family and give your surplus away to those who don’t work and then you will be doing enough.

  • FrederickR

    In the past 10-15 years or so has anyone here actually hired anyone from Yale?

  • TakeThemOut

    I see another snowflake that needs to be melted.

  • Michael Ryan

    After “it” is done venting, I would like to ask him if I “can get fries” with that burger please. That’s usually where this type ends up.

    • Iliana Rossarita Laytinen

      or msnbc host

  • faturism

    Just another priveledged snowflake who hasn’t the cajones to move to V

  • Terrence Jeffrey Johnson

    Hey Xuan…Go EFF yourself, retard

  • dickG

    “Charity is not enough … your money must be TAKEN from you ”
    Molon Labe
    “Come and Take It”

  • chris_zzz

    Dumb as hell. Uninformed. Marxist. Yale is becoming a disgrace. Send your kids to STEM-oriented schools if you don’t want them brainwashed. Stanford, MIT, CalTech, Carnegie-Mellon, Georgia Tech, Va Tech, etc., are much better choices than liberal arts-oriented colleges and universities.

  • Dr. Donny

    One gets a bit tired of supposedly smart students making unsupported assertions and then treating them as facts. They assume everyone else is dumb and they are the few bright lights whose mission is to inform us who are intellectually inferior. My guess is that the Yale Effective Altruists is a great organization for meeting loose women and getting laid. Someone should tell Xuan that majoring in sociology, English, or ethnic studies at Yale will probably not result in $100K/ year salary unless McDonalds has greatly increased their pay. Cheers.