(Photo by Savannah Waddick).
Here we go again. It’s the time of year when we have to muster the energy to pretend to be happy when a friend tells us their child is headed off to college.
It’s a sad perennial ritual in which a sometimes unique and interesting young person departs and an overconfident, woke and melodramatic clone returns, just months later.
They preen in the glow of their nonconformity, trumpet their individualism and relish in their distinctive worldview, too intoxicated by their self-perceived uniqueness to notice that they are exact facsimiles of millions of other mass-produced units coming off the factory floor.
In short, they are monotonous.
Way too many kids go to college. We’re not talking about the people with their ducks in a row. Trade schools, nursing schools, the fields of engineering and medicine are generally home to kids who are in it to win it.
We’re talking about the millions of utterly clueless college students who are only in school because mom and dad value credentials over everything else and though Junior may be a mindless dolt by all outward appearances, his diploma speaks to some hidden value somewhere.
Over the last month at Albion College in Michigan, racist graffiti has been found on campus. There were references to the Ku Klux Klan and pentagrams and other little nasty scribblings.
The college wasn’t having it. They enlisted the FBI and pledged to throw the book at the racist once they got their hands on him:
“We stand together with our Black students, alumni, faculty, staff and broader community members in condemning the recent acts of racism on campus. Hatred and injustice have no place at Albion, and will not be tolerated. We are currently investigating who is responsible for the racist graffiti in our residential buildings and we will seek criminal charges against those involved.”
Albion College President Mathew Johnson knew what was behind these vile attacks. "As institutions have moved to diversity and inclusion and embraced an anti-racism approach, people act out," he said.
(Photo by Trisha McCauley @TrishaWWMT)
The brave students mobilized.
The student body spent last week boycotting classes and making a list of demands including transparency from the school and a day off for “wellness,” so they “can process everything that has been happening on campus,” according to a CBS news station. All in the name of racial justice.
In jumped the NAACP.
"We want the Black students, and all students on campus to know that our NAACP branch will not tolerate this example of racially motivated hatred," stated Albion NAACP President Robert Dunklin in a press release.
Then, a breakthrough!
Using video footage and good old fashioned sleuthing, authorities caught the white supremacist responsible for the hateful graffiti.
Wednesday night a statement was posted to Twitter:
“Earlier today, we identified the individual responsible for the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Mitchell Towers. The student, who was acting alone, acknowledged their responsibility for these incidents.
·They have been immediately removed from campus and placed on temporary suspension while we conduct a full investigation as part of our student judicial process.”
Sounds great. Was this racist wearing a MAGA hat? Did he belong to Steven Crowder’s Mug Club?
“But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident.”
Oh so this white supremacist is part of a network of racists.
“We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community.”
Seems a little overwrought. Why not just prosecute this jerk?
“We will change and heal together as a community, because we are committed to doing the work.”
Who has to change? Why does everyone, not just the white supremacist vandal, need to do any work?
“Right now, we encourage all members of our community to listen, respond and care for one another, and lean on the faculty, staff, and community members who have been gathering today to make sure we are supporting you. We have your back.”
Good talk, team! Anything we are leaving out that might be pertinent to this racist incident that has rocked the campus, the community and the state, and made ripples around the country in these racially-charged times?
One tiny thing.
This from the Michigan Live news site:
Albion College and the Albion Department of Public Safety say a student is responsible for racist graffiti found in a dorm last weekend.
Albion police brought the 21-year-old Black male in for questioning on April 6, according to Chief Scott Kipp.
Yes. It was a hoax.
There are many, many such hoaxes perpetrated around the country and lots of them happen on college campuses.
You’ve probably heard or seen one version or another of this saying and it is absolutely true: "The demand for racism in the US is greater than the supply.”
But here’s the real punchline.
Even after the hoax was discovered, students continued to boycott classes and make demands of the administration and insist on getting their wellness day off. Somehow, they were still victims of a racist attack even though it never happened.
Is boycotting class a sure sign that mommy and daddy are paying for our college or what..
It’s all make believe. Young know-nothings drift aimlessly across campus looking for meaning and purpose. They engage in performance art while the faculty validates their juicebox activism as bravery.
And why would the colleges encourage vacuous excursions into fantasy land?
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Almost fifty grand a year.
For that price, inane American kids - most of whom are bound for mediocrity - get to wrap themselves in glory pretending to be noble warriors, making lists of demands (to be fed directly into the shredder by the administration like they were last year, and the year before and the year before etc. etc.) and marching bravely from one corner of their cushy college terrarium to the other.
Even when their entire cause was based on a fiction - in this case the hate crime hoax - their dull minds are trained to reprocess events so as to make their foolish behavior make sense.
And they won’t need a “wellness day” to do it. The college has their back. It’s included in the 50K sticker price.
Sure, this time it was a hoax says the administration but it’s “not about one particular person or one particular incident.”
In other words, colleges will play along with any imagined crime or harm out of which woke students want to make hay. Every “ism” is welcome.
Back to the original point.
Why send your kid off to be coddled, woke-ified, victim-minded, privilege-minded, and most of all, in debt? It’s the perfect recipe for a miserable outlook and in 2021 when they bring these characteristics into the workforce, they make the world a much worse place.
We’ve all seen it.
There is nothing worse than being stuck next to a college student on Thanksgiving (which they believe celebrates genocide anyway) who has something to say.
Correction: Has something to teach us.
I don’t need to know that the house we’re dining in was “built on and benefits from the stolen land of the Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, and Mohican people.” I just need the frigging turnip.
At least the dumb college grads who spent their four years perfecting the arts of getting wasted, hooking up and sending regrettable videos of themselves around the internet don’t want anything from the rest of us. What we’re seeing now is destroying the rest of society.
The time has come to turn off the spigot of cash to these institutions and stop letting them ruin everything.