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Students at UC Berkeley this week held a protest against a professor who recently told his class the Black Lives Matter movement “needed to stop scapegoating the cops” and shared statistics to argue black-on-black crime is the real harm facing the black community.

Saying he was inspired by the campus Black Lives Matter conversation, Professor Steven Segal, who is white, made his argument not only as part of a lecture to his social work class, but also delivered some of his comments via a rap he wrote.

The professor at UC Berkeley – the birthplace of the free speech movement – has since been accused of racism and of creating a “toxic climate for people of color in the classroom,” and a #BlackLivesMatter sit-in demonstration against the longtime scholar was held Tuesday.

“We just hosted a teach in and sit in [over] a mandatory policy class in which there was an instance of racism enacted by the professor,” said UC Berkeley student Ariana Allensworth, a campus Black Lives Matter organizer, regarding the Feb. 10 incident in the graduate-level course. “We hosted a mediation and dialogue to remedy the harm done in the class and [to discuss] how our school can end institutionalized racism.”

Allensworth’s comments were given on a short video posted on YouTube that chronicled part of the Tuesday sit-in, attended by roughly 60 grad students.

The video shows them hoist a sign on Haviland Hall, where Segal teaches, accusing the school of oppression while singing the so-called Michael Brown anthem “which side are you on friend, which side are you on? … We will fight for freedom, till justice is won.”

Segal had allegedly “silenced students who questioned and pushed back on his reasoning,” some students claimed in a write-up of the classroom incident on Social Work Helper. According to the narration in the video, “many left the class crying.”

Some students have accused the professor of making the classroom environment feel “unsafe.” Students too traumatized to return to Segal’s classroom have been allowed to transfer to a different class.

“A white tenured male professor had spent his class period rapping about ‘black on black crime’ a day after a school-wide discussion on black lives matter,” the video’s captioning states. “The professor had a captive audience because all first-year community mental health students were required to take his course.”

Segal has since apologized to his class, The Daily Californian student newspaper reports.

“Working with the students was very productive and I apologize for any misunderstanding,” Segal also said in an email to The Cal. “I completely respect the students and want to continue to be in dialogue with them. I know by working together we can strengthen our commitment to building the best School of Social Welfare we can.”

In a campuswide email sent the day of the incident, Jeffrey Edleson, dean of the School of Social Welfare, stated: “We understand that a faculty-student exchange in one of our classrooms today caused offense and great distress to some of our students and made the classroom environment feel unsafe. We deeply regret the reported incident.”

According to the YouTube video description, the student protestors have demanded “a strategic plan that addresses faculty incompetence in facilitating discussions about power, privilege and oppression in their classrooms … ” and that Edleson “agreed to co-develop the strategy with student organizers.”

But comments about the incident on The Daily Californian website indicate many among the campus community do not have sympathy with the protestors.

“Uh, no, guys. If Segal were attempting to silence you because he didn’t agree with what you said, that would be oppression. It seems to me he was expressing an opinion. Attacking him instead of addressing how his opinion is wrong is a classically weak argument,” stated one.

Said another: “Does anyone else miss the old days when Berkeley and its students stood FOR free speech?”

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Slippery slope, anyone?

As Professor Steven Hayward cleverly points out in his “50 Shades of Gay” post at Power Line (great headline, by the way), Wesleyan University is now making sure every sexual fetish, whim, kink, orientation, impulse and desire – plus the kitchen sink – gets its own capital letter in the ever-growing acronym of the formerly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer community.

Wesleyan University’s residential life division’s “Open House” at 154 Church Street boasts, according to the university’s website: “a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.”

WesleyanThe Christian Post also had a few words to say about it, noting “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM? Housing for 15 Alternative Sexualities Is OK, but Men-Only Fraternities Are Not”?

The Post is referring to the fact that a fraternity at Wesleyan recently sued the school over its coed mandate.

Clearly this private, liberal arts college in Connecticut has its priorities completely out of whack and its social progressive bias completely intact.

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Longtime commentator and former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who made a sport out of bashing conservatives and Fox News for years, has been suspended by ESPN for a week for mocking Penn State students, calling them “pitiful” and dumb in a series of tweets.

Olbermann, in his tweets, “dismissed PSU students as ‘pitiful’ despite raising $114 million for the fight against pediatric cancer,” Mediaite reports.

The Los Angeles Times suggests the situation may stem from an incident last month during which “the ‘Olbermann’ host went on a tirade against the settlement between Penn State and the NCAA that restored the football wins that had been stripped from the program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.”

“Possibly in response to those remarks, a woman tweeted Olbermann a link to a news story about a Penn State charity event that raised more than $13 million to help support children and their families fighting pediatric cancer,” the Times reports. “She also included the first two words of the school’s signature chant, ‘We are Penn State!’ To which Olbermann replied in a tweet, ‘….Pitiful.'”

According to Olbermann’s Twitter feed, when a student called him on his comment, the commentator replied: “No, Son. I said PSU students were pitiful. Had nothing to do with fundraising.”

A later tweet sort of doubled down on his comments:

Now he has been suspended.

ESPN said in a statement that the comments were “completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN.”

“We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.”

Olbermann also apologized in a tweet Tuesday, saying:

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So this is nuts. The Houston Chronicle bent itself backwards to scare people about Texas’ emerging legislation to legalize concealed carry on campuses.

Breitbart reports:

On February 21 the Houston Chronicle claimed the passage of Campus Carry in Texas could hurt education at colleges and universities and quoted M.D. Anderson’s Julie Penne saying it could hurt “cancer research” as well.

According to the Chronicle, legalizing the carry of handguns on campus “could cost tens of millions of dollars” and that money “could be…siphoned away from education and research programs at Texas universities.”

Using data from the Texas higher education systems, the Chronicle claims that many of the costs would be in increasing university police departments in response to law-abiding citizens carrying guns for self-defense. More “gun safes and lockers” would also have to be installed on campuses and “‘de-escalation’ and ‘judgment’ training for staff and on-campus security” would come at a high cost as well.

“Cost tens of millions of dollars?” Hurt “cancer research?” Wow. That’s a rare level of hyperbole and scare tactics, even if everything’s bigger in Texas.

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Another example of the misguided priorities at today’s elite colleges. Katherine Timpf of National Review reports:

Barnard College is considering cutting back on the school’s language and laboratory-science requirements and add a diversity requirement.

The new rules would decrease the language requirement to two semesters and the laboratory-science requirement to one semester. The changes would add a technology requirement as well.

The diversity requirement would replace a category called “Cultures in Comparison,” which covers “various cultures and countries,” and would focus “on local, global, and social issues,” according to an article published in the Columbia Spectator.

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RELATED: Mathematicians refute oft-cited ‘diversity trumps ability’ study

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Lauren Cooley, 22, is a recent grad of Furman College who managed to keep her conservative beliefs intact despite many of her professors’ best efforts. Now she’s dedicated to helping her peers do the same.

Cooley is co-author and editor of a new booklet “Indoctrination Prevention” that highlights 10 topics professors often mislead students about. It offers concise reasons why not to fall for the liberal claptrap.

The information is vital, because leftist arguments sound great and have a strong emotional appeal, and when they come from professors – educators in positions of power who have been pushing their propaganda for decades – it’s easy to fall prey, Cooley said.LaurenCooley

That’s where “Indoctrination Prevention” comes in.

“It’s by young people for young people,” Cooley said in an interview with The College Fix. “We have experienced this first hand and have rationalized our arguments with ways that can connect with young people.”

“It basically says, here is the most common themes your liberal professor will teach, and here is how to refute it.”

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For example, it takes on “white privilege” by noting that “white privilege is a presumptuous premise that broadly judges people based solely on their skin color. Accusing someone of having ‘white privilege’ undermines personal struggles and suggests that achievements are only due to race, not individual work ethic.”

It tackles social justice warriors by highlighting their hypocrisy, noting the recent case of how many freaked out when NASA scientist Dr. Matt Taylor wore a shirt with provocative images of women on it, but meanwhile ignored real atrocities.

“While social justice warriors were up in arms over a bowling shirt, women in the Middle East were being brutalized by ISIS and the Taliban,” the booklet notes. “These women are denied access to education, are forced into marriages, have their genitals mutilated, and are threatened with death if they don’t convert to Islam. Nothing is done by ‘social justice warriors’ to help these women.”

On capitalism, the booklet explores the three main ways professors attack it, and explains why they’re off the mark. It also delves into American exceptionalism.

“Your liberal professor … will try to tell you that America is an evil nation – that it has blood on its hands and that it is no greater than anywhere else,” it notes. “While all human life should be held at same value, the success and opportunity that America has created as a country far outweighs any other nation. … Our ability to right our wrongs and heal our wounds is one thing that makes America great.”

Other topics touched on include the war on women, tolerance and environmentalism.

Cooley said the booklet isn’t meant to convince professors, it’s meant to embolden students.

“It’s more about the show you are putting on for the other students,” she said. “They are going to see a different point of view and realize it’s not just black and white.”

The booklet was published by Turning Point USA, a 2-year-old nonprofit that encourages and arms conservative college students with the knowledge and tools needed to battle leftist ideologies. Cooley is a field coordinator for the group, and co-wrote the book along with her fellow campus crusaders. The booklet is free for students, and the organization will pass it out at high schools and colleges nationwide.

“This book was written so that college students can take charge of their education and remain steadfast in their beliefs of free markets, capitalism, and the American dream,” it notes.

The booklet can also be downloaded for free here.

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