Friday, November 27, 2015
Don't Let the Fascists Take Over Our Campuses
From Brandeis University in Boston to the Universities of Missouri and Texas and all points in-between and beyond, modern day Brown Shirts are taking over our universities. The below article in The Times of Israel paints a depressing picture of the state of American universities, where a minority of students with hand-picked causes and agendas are dominating the campuses.
First of all, let me pay a tribute to Daniel Mael, a courageous young student described in the above article. It is all too easy for young college students, who, for the most part, just want to finish school, get along with everybody, and enjoy their college experience. Daniel is an exception. He chooses to stand up for his beliefs in the face of intimidation. I have met others like Daniel, who have stood up to the bullies and the Brown Shirts on campus. Their university experience has been largely ruined, but they know there is something more important in life.
Today, our universities are being taken over by misguided students with different agendas, whether it be black students who think they are back in the 1950s (They should sit down and talk with people like James Meredith) to pro-Palestinian students, who are resorting to Brown Shirt tactics to further a cause most Americans rightfully do not sympathize with.
Do these students represent most students? Not at all, but as usual, it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Thus, indoctrinated and aided by radical faculty, these malcontents have intimidated college presidents across the board who give in to their outrageous demands. It is a sickening spectacle.
Largely, I place the blame on the professors, those over-educated pseudo intellectuals who think it is their calling to use their classroom as a soapbox to indoctrinate students into a post-colonial, anti-West, anti-Israel, anti-America, pro-Marxist way of thinking. They try to convince students that they are victims of an unjust, racist and imperialistic society (America). They deny the greatness of America preferring to define this country by every mistake or misstep we have made in our history. Unfortunately, they are succeeding in persuading our youth that America doesn't work and is irredeemable.
On a positive note, the latest wave of outrages on our campuses is starting to get national attention, and well it should. I don't know if there are enough courageous Daniel Maels out there to rise up and insist that the universities knock off the nonsense and get back to the business of education. For example, do you really think there are many students who are going to stand up and say, "All lives matter, and if that's not good enough for you, go to hell"? Similarly, the very culture of our universities dictates that there are not too many presidents who are going to say no to black dorms and black-only study facilities and tell their students that they are equal to other students and that's it.
But those who contribute to universities, the donors, the benefactors, can choose to give their money elsewhere until the insanity stops.
It is not enough that sensible young students go through 4 years of this nonsense, graduate and laugh it off, with "Yeah, we just put up with it to get by." If they are having to sit through lectures absorbing some dopey professor's view of the world, that is not education. They are being shortchanged, and they should complain to the dean. (Some do, and most fail to get satisfaction.) I could suggest transferring to another school, but it would be no different say, if you transfer from UCLA to USC.
Ultimately, the universities have to be hit in the pocketbook. The voters should let their elected representatives know that they don't want to support public universities who engage in this nonsense (virtually all of them do). If students are intimidated on campus and can get no help from the administration (Ask some Jewish students), they should file class action law suits.
Universities are no different than other entities in that they care about the bottom line. Only if that is threatened will they reform.