This past weekend, the Stanford University “People’s Caucus” organized a “virtual rally” for its student government candidates.
Unfortunately, as has been the case at many institutions which have switched to online instruction, a few idiots crashed the party and displayed racial slurs, swastikas, and “automatic weaponry.”
The (appropriately abbreviated) PC is “a slate of 10 students of color running for ASSU Senate to advocate for social change and the safety of marginalized groups on campus.”
According to The Stanford Daily, this “Zoombombing” incident left about half the Caucus so “shocked” and “traumatized” that they had to exit the rally.
Caucus members took to The Daily to make the usual invocations that the racist disruption “does not exist in isolation,” and that, despite such antipathy, its members will remain strong and persevere.
(Does anyone ever ask about the contradiction of how one can say they’re “strong” after being “traumatized” and claiming a need to “heal” … due to a few internet images posted by an occasional moron?)
Stanford has a “long and painful history” of similar incidents, the Caucus claims, and it notes the present is a “particularly painful time for Black students” due to the killings of folks like Ahmaud Arbery.
And don’t forget the abject horror students had to endure when an art history professor had the gall to write out the full name of the rap group NWA!
Indeed, the People’s Caucus itself was created in response to such events.
Black students and students of color at our university and at many other universities experience countless and constant targeted attacks against their personhood, in attempts to scare them away and stop them from pursuing their dreams. Many members of our community believe that anti-Blackness only exists in extreme instances like this, but that simply isn’t true. Anti-Blackness is a structure that shapes the experiences of Black people at Stanford University and around the world — and anti-Blackness is the driving force in microaggressions, stereotypes, bigotry, ignorant comments and other things Black students experience….
We need our administrators to stand with us and against hateful actions fueled by anti-Blackness, antisemitism and racism, and to take the necessary actions to ensure that this does not happen again. In addition, we need to hold those who commit acts of racial violence accountable and issue the proper disciplinary actions to show that the Stanford community will not accept any form of racial violence.
The problem is that the Caucus doesn’t know who invaded their rally, and it’s likely they won’t find out. If the culprits aren’t affiliated with Stanford, the most law enforcement could charge them with likely would be harassment.
But here’s the thing: If we believe folks like the People’s Caucus — that minority students face “constant targeted attacks against their personhood” etc. in one of the most politically and socially progressive atmospheres anywhere — what does that say about the rest of the country? It must be worse than Hades itself.
This simply doesn’t jibe with reality, of course. Microcephalics like the Zoom hackers are indeed few and far between, and represent neither higher education nor American society at large. Folks not hypnotized by grievance studies courses know this. They know that the vast majority of Americans are good, decent people who couldn’t care less what color or religion the next person is.
Ask anyone who doubts this a simple question: Why do so many, then, want to come here?