Friday, November 02, 2007

Conclusion of a Scandal

You may have read about the University of Delaware's brainwashing scandal: in short, RAs were effectively forced to brainwash their residents into conformity with the social justice/whites-as-racists/liberal dogma that they themselves were subject to by their superiors. You can read considerably more about it by scrolling down here. At any rate, once this became public (mostly through the efforts of the good folks at NRO and elsewhere publicizing it after FIRE raised a stink about it), the University caved, halting the program in its entirety.

Now, I should be happy about this, and at one level, I am -- when brought to light, this wretched plan collapsed under the weight of its own absurdity, and gives hope for the destruction of other, similar misdeeds at other universities. But another part of me is left wanting, on account of how quickly the university caved.

Why is that? Well, as soon as the program's nature was made widely known to the public, the university didn't even hesitate -- it yanked it without review or even, it would seem, a moment's thought. This implies to me the following: that a) they already knew what they were doing was inherently wrong, and b) they were only proceeding for as long as they weren't caught. I can't help but think that, without a long (or at least, longer-than-instantaneous), dragged-out fight, no lessons were learned on the part of the university establishment. Not one of the leftist loonies who allowed this program to proceed apace had it pointed out to them not only that it was wrong, but why it was so contrary to the very core American values that allow universities in America to flourish.

By way of analogy, it conjures up an image in my mind of of shining a flashlight in a darkened room: shadows cannot survive even the faintest light source, but whenever the light is moved to another dark spot, they gather together just as before. Only tearing off the roof can bring in the sunlight to banish the shadows permanently.



Blogger Mazeman said...


"All whites are racists". There's not a lot of room for nuance-ing their way out of that one. Liberalism is really a sickness. One more generation, and I think people will either be home-schooling themselves for undergraduate degrees, or the likes of you and I will be locked up in some Leftist gulag.

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Blogger Benjamin said...

You forget that homeschooling is an equally popular target of left-wing ire -- how else can they re-educate youth if we silly bourgeosie insist on instilling our own backwater values in their place?

I like the idea of "undergrad homeschool"... sorta like U. of Phoenix Online! Can I apply federal grants to myself if my wife and I are the entire administration and faculty?

1:36 PM  

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