The Continued Attack On America From Academia

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This is much more tragic than what the stories circulating about this allude. 

Today, we see yet another example of leftardedness run amok.  Here is just one of the many articles you can read about this issue ….

Seriously? Oberlin Students Believe Their Cafeteria Food Constitutes A Microaggression

The political correctness wars on our college campuses have entered the cafeteria. That’s right. Food could become the next issue, as college administrators have found themselves under siege by privileged, left wing college students bellowing about racial insensitivity or other fake paradigms of oppression.

Robby Soave, an editor at Reason and columnist for the Daily Beast, wrote about how cultural appropriation has entered the Oberlin cafeteria, where some students are alleging that the kitchen staff is engaging in microaggressions of epic proportions because they can’t prepare an ethnic dish properly. Soave takes this claim to the woodshed:

… [H]ere’s what one Oberlin student had to say about the dining hall’s sushi bar:

“When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture,” student Tomoyo Joshi told The Oberlin Review. “So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative.”

Cultural appropriation, readers will recall, allegedly occurs when people borrow the traditions of another ethnic or religious group. Liberal students at a Canadian university, for example, recently shut down a free yoga class for disabled students because yoga has its origins in Hinduism, meaning it doesn’t belong to white people and they shouldn’t practice it. This kind of thinking is actually bafflingly illiberal—who’s to say that culture itself belongs to anyone?—and yet it’s usually left-leaning students waging weirdly nativist campaigns of forced isolation on foreign cuisines and customs.

The culinary critics at Oberlin, however, aren’t just mad that the cafeteria has appropriated their culture—they’re mad that it’s been appropriated poorly.

“It was ridiculous,” student Diep Nguyen told The Oberlin Review (the “it,” in question was a Banh Mi sandwich with the wrong bun). “How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?”

For one thing, the Banh Mi sandwich is itself the product of the blurring of cultural boundaries: French and Vietnamese.

For another, there’s something deliciously ironic about Oberlin students—some of the most privileged people in the world, as evidenced by the $50,000 they pay annually in tuition—whining about the bun-thickness of meals prepared by lowly paid cafeteria workers. As academic and writer Fredrik de Boer noted on Twitter, “When you’re defending the cultural authenticity of GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN, you’re a living Portlandia sketch.”

Your blood pressure is going through the roof over buns? First of all, as Soave noted, this is a college cafeteria, not Dorsia. They’re not serving up sea urchin ceviche, nor are they serving anything that takes an exorbitant amount of time. Why? They have over 3,000 kids to feed three times a day. The kitchen staff needs to make something good and fast.

At my alma mater, Dickinson College, there was a wok station that I avoided because it wasn’t very good. I never for a second thought the school’s kitchen staff, or administration, was telling Asian students to go screw themselves. No one ever complained about cultural appropriation in the cafeteria. We had other things to worry about, like assignments for class, writing papers, and studying for exams.

College campuses have always been bastions of liberalism. This isn’t a new phenomena, but the direction in which advocacy is facilitated by the left in these arenas has become indiscriminately insane. Food is the new front in the PC wars. Is this a serious narrative? Luckily, Young America’s Foundation released a poll that offers a glimmer of hope, where half of the students polled prefer a smaller government, seven-in-ten reject Black Lives Matter, and a majority aren’t that thrilled with the whole microaggression culture.

Most of the articles I’ve read regarding this event have taken much of the same tone, tenor, and was written in the same vein.  It sort of makes fun of their lunacy, and to be sure, their lunacy needs derided.  However, I would make another point or two.

First, let us all acknowledge that these children didn’t come up with this stupidity on their own, they were taught this idiocy.  Now, let’s think on that for a second and ask ourselves this one question. 

What is it which made America the greatest nation on earth?

Well, that’s a loaded question which has many answers.  To be sure, the U.S. would not have achieved its greatness without its founding document.  And, also, we are particularly blessed by the land we possess.  But, it goes well beyond those two simply answers.  Another answer must be our ability to absorb the good from the many cultures which have come to American and be melded into one unique culture —- American. 

Since the birth of this nation, this nation, until recently, has absorbed many cultures into one.  In other words, our greatness, and the reason this grand experiment has been able to exist this long is because of our propensity for cultural appropriation. 

From the very beginning of this nation it was obvious this was so.  English, Scot, German, Irish, American Indian, African slaves, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Pole, Spanish, French ……. all of these distinct cultures and many more can be clearly seen, in part, in the unique American culture. 

It isn’t that it’s absurd to be offended by some dish served with wrong bread or that some idiots believe some people shouldn’t practice yoga, but, it is that we are suppose to be appropriating the good from the different cultures and demanding that we discard the evil of the cultures which failed the people from the various cultures and societies. 

Someone taught some of our children that we shouldn’t absorb cultures into our society.  Someone taught some of our children to hate one of the things which greatly contributes to American greatness. 

These people who taught our children this should be hunted down and removed from their positions of instruction and exposed for their anti-American behavior. 

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22 Responses to The Continued Attack On America From Academia

  1. leftinflagstaff says:

    ‘Another answer must be our ability to absorb the good from the many cultures which have come to American and be melded into one unique culture —- American.’

    Former ability. What also needs to be taught is that perhaps there’s at least a speck of a chance of variance in our ability to absorb others. And, that checking to see the shape your house is in, and that you have enough food on your table for your own family, before inviting the neighbors over, is in no way hateful, racist, or bigoted.

  2. Latitude says:

    …and then, somewhere in the back, was the kid from Arkansas…..

    “I ain’t eatin this chink shit”

  3. I. Lou Minotti says:

    Oberlin College should be a case study for Christian conservatives about how a once good school can be taken over by leftists and other Satanic Communists. One of its premier students was Lewis Sperry Chafer, who went on to found Dallas Theological Seminary–itself now in demise due to its successive administrations’ acceptance of the world’s approval beginning in the late 1970s. I thank God I turned down an academic scholarship there in 1989, opting instead to sit under the tutelage of John Whitcomb at Grace Theological Seminary until he was fired for speaking the truth in 1990 by another goddamn “Christian” progressive.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Sperry_Chafer

  4. DirkH says:

    For the first time humans land a thing on a rocket engine.

    Ah, wait, no, they did that all the time when landing on the moon, without a single hitch. Amazing if you think about it.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Long term and large scale I remain very optimistic about humans. (Short term, locally, not so much.) Congratulations to the SpaceX team! Per aspera ad astra!

  5. DirkH says:

    “What is it which made America the greatest nation on earth?”

    Free trade.
    That obviously includes the freedom to prepare a sandwich any ole way you like.

  6. Let me see if I can explain this correctly. What made America great?
    A lot of people of different cultures coming here to escape those cultures.
    See?
    Alfred

  7. Latitude says:

    well you idiots….conservatives don’t poll…they have caller ID

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-trump-polls-20151221-story.html

  8. Jason Calley says:

    What made America great? Every man a king. YOU are the world’s leading expert on how to run YOUR life. When Americans were allowed to run their own lives they did great things.

  9. Jason Calley says:

    Readers might be interested in r/K selection theory. (See part one of a three part series explain it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8N3FF_3KvU )

    Briefly, ever wonder why facts and logic seem to bounce off progressives like bullets off Superman? Their brains are different. Literally, physically, measurably different. Humans are the most adaptable animal on the planet. Even our brains, our neurological systems, and (perhaps most importantly) our memetic systems adapt to external pressures. Progressives have grown up in a culture that is so enormously wealthy that they are (for their purposes) living in a land of infinite resources. They are displaying a life style appropriate to a spoiled child who can get anything at all by making emotional demands and having the wished for item appear.

    Reason, logic, freedom, ethics and hard work produce huge amounts of wealth. At some point it becomes very advantageous to switch life styles to that of a free-loading consumer. If the producing class still has so much wealth that they will not bother to control the consuming class, then the consuming class will metastasize until it consumes everything. Thus, Oberlin College…

    • DirkH says:

      There’s a problem with Molyneux’ idea. He says the leftist wants to create instability through utopianism, leading to more r type reproduction. BUT, the two most famous utopias, The Republic by Plato and Thomas More’s Utopia, describe totally static totalitarian systems with no insecurity at all.

      • DirkH says:

        Another one. If Molyneux were right with identifying r with growing up in insexure conditions with being leftist, and K with growing up in security with being conservative, let’s compare growing up in Germany between 1945 and 1947, when the Western Allies imposed hunger rations on Germans, leading to vastly increased child mortality; with growing up in the 50ies and 60ies, when these caloric restrictions no longer existed.

        Molyneux’ theory would have led to a generation of communists born between 1945 and 1947.

        Dang. He’s right. These born communists were at exactly the right age at the 1968 Maoist student revolution led by Adorno. They are today our Green gerontocracy.

  10. DirkH says:

    Airline kills U.S. route to avoid serving Jews
    Kuwait Airways dropping New York-London flights
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/airline-kills-u-s-route-to-avoid-serving-jews/

  11. >>
    . . . what one Oberlin student had to say about the dining hall’s sushi bar:

    “When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people . . . .”
    <<

    I didn’t know you “cooked” sushi. Prepare–yes; cooking–not so much.

    Jim

  12. Latitude says:

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all….

    ‘Muslim Migrants Demand Sex’ “So much problem here Balls is very big”

  13. gator69 says:

    Makes me pine for the days of macroaggressions in the cafeteria…

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