In an attempt to destroy its reputation as the most prestigious university in the world, Harvard’s Office for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity began distributing “Holiday Placemats for Social Justice.”The placemat, a copy of which was obtained by Campus Reform, offers students tips for talking to their family members about controversial topics such as “Black Murders in the Street,” “House Master Title,” and “Islamophobia/Refugees.”(with Islamophobia spelled incorrectly as Islamaphobia)
Divided into four possible topics of conversation, the placemat provides students with a series of sample questions they may encounter when they return home to their families along with an acceptable response to each question.
If someone needs a holiday placemat for their political wisdom, they aren’t going to have much luck debating anyone with more than half a brain.
Let’s review the nonsense, starting with “Yale/Student Activism.” I’m assuming the reference to Yale is also incorporating the Mizzou protests as well. There’s no evidence provided that instances of racism are more prevalent on college campuses – because there’s no evidence at all. Considering that racist attitudes correlate inversely with intelligence, we should expect less racism on college campuses, right? Wrong.And while we’re talking about “privilege,” if you can afford the $62,200 a year needed to attend Yale, you’re privileged regardless of your skin color. In case you forgot, Jonathan Butler (the organizer behind the Mizzou student protests) comes from a family with over $20 million in net assets. If only I could be so oppressed.
On the subject of “Islamaphobia (sic)/Refugees,” yes the U.S. has accepted refugees from war-torn nations before. But this is a false comparison – those in war-torn Central America didn’t have fighters in their midst bent on global jihad. And talk about “gallows humor” — the placemat mentions “very strict vetting” immediately after referencing the largest terror attack in France’s history, where one of the killers was able to enter the EU as a fake refugee. Presumably, these attractive placemats were produced before Tashfeen Malik slipped into the U.S. on a fiancee visa despite our “very strict vetting.”
The “House Master Title” section refers to Harvard discontinuing calling the heads of residential housing “house masters,” because apparently is reminiscent of the “legacy of slavery,” and could be offensive to “some groups.” And by some groups, they must mean a dozen people, because about as many people are outraged about the word “master” as they are over the Redskins name.In any event, the word “master” comes from the Latin word magister, which was used to address teachers and scholars. That sounds pretty appropriate for a university, don’t you think?
#Blacklivesmatter has crept into the final quadrant,”Black Murders in the Street” posing the oft-asked question “do you think the response would be the same if it was a white person being pulled over?” The question has other variations – for example, do you think Michael Brown/Trayvon Martin/etc. would’ve been shot if they were white?
Well, a recent study by Peter Moskos of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that “Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police,” so the answer to that question is yes.And if you want to discuss “Black Murders in the Street,” it’s useful to know that over 90 percent of black homicides are carried out by…other black people.
The bottom line is, if you have to rely on a placemat to produce your political arguments for you, you probably shouldn’t be in Harvard in the first place.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]