The coast-to-coast liberal meltdown as a result of Donald Trump’s election shows no chance of abating.This week, we learned venerable rockers U2 have decided to delay the release of their new album because they need some “breathing space” since “the world is a different place” after Trump’s election.
Madonna, who famously offered a particular sex act most commonly associated with Bill Clinton to anyone who voted for his wife, has tweeted a photo of her nether regions in support of the Million Women’s March planned in protest of Trump’s inauguration.
And of course, there was Meryl Streep’s tirade at the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday.
We expect such histrionics from Hollywood — after all, that’s where people get paid for it — but sadly it appears this freakout is being institutionalized in our institutes of higher learning.Remember the puppies and coloring books in safe spaces after the election? That was in no way the end of the madness.
Campus Reform reports, A national “teach-in” movement is asking professors to set aside class time between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration to “protest” oppression and challenge “Trumpism.”
The movement, known as “Teach, Organize, Resist,” is set to kick-off on January 18, strategically “poised between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration” as an explicit means of “challenging Trumpism.”
The movement, known as “Teach, Organize, Resist,” is set to kick-off on January 18, strategically “poised between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration” as an explicit means of “challenging Trumpism.”“Transform your classrooms and commons into spaces of education that protest policies of violence, disenfranchisement, segregation, and isolationism,” the organizers urge educators on the movement’s homepage, clarifying elsewhere on the site that participation “is an opportunity to affirm the role of critical thinking and academic knowledge in challenging Trumpism.”
This is hilarious coming from the left — the ones with policies of violence (Ferguson riots) and segregation (students demanding black-only housing)On that day, we intend to teach about the agendas and policies of the new administration, be it the proposed dismantling of economic and environmental regulations or the threatened rollback of the hard-won rights that form the fragile scaffolding of American democracy,” a description for the teach-in explains, later accusing Trump of institutionalizing “white supremacy” and allegedly proposing the “expansion of state violence targeting people of color” and other marginalized groups.
“On that day, we intend to organize against the proposed expansion of state violence targeting people of color, undocumented people, queer communities, women, Muslims, and many others,” the description continues. “On that day, we intend to resist the institutionalization of ideologies of separation and subordination, including white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and virulent nationalism.”
The movement, which has been spreading on social media under the hashtag “J18,” was started by “departments, centers, and collectives at UCLA,” but has since amassed the support of 18 other institutions, many of them public.
Professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for instance, are asking “all UCSB faculty to actively support” the teach-in, even suggesting that they “insert a note” about it in syllabi or “use your regular class time to attend a panel with your students.”
Those professors who elect not to require their students to attend the events, however, are still asked to “not penalize students for a missed class if they intend to attend panels.”
Other prestigious institutions, including Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley, are also among the 17 American institutions participating (two others are foreign, and another is the American Anthropological Association). All told, nine of the participating schools are public, and a total of 46 teach-ins are currently scheduled to take place.
There is one tiny bit of bright light in all this madness. Scripps College, on the other hand, will be hosting a teach-in on “conservatism and right wing movements,” which will discuss Republican “strategies and tactics of mobilizing support, producing consent, and fragmenting opposition” in order to “help fellow students understand our present political moment.”
So…aren’t “strategies and tactics of mobilizing support, producing consent, and fragmenting opposition” exactly what all political parties seek to do in an election? Apparently it’s only a problem when Republicans do it.
And for this crowd, clearly it’s a problem if Republicans do just about anything – including win the election.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]