University of Cincinnati Sponsors “White Fragility, White Tears” Lecture
Brad Johnson, Politics Contributor
Universities are *supposed* to be places where ideas are challenged and debated. Increasingly, however, we see these presumed bastions of thought transform into echo chambers of Leftist doctrine and narrative. In my fourth and final year at the University of Cincinnati, I have observed first-hand the University that I loved and cherished mutate into that which has become so prevalent among Universities across America.
Last night, to my dismay, a story from The Daily Caller was posted in the UC College Republican group chat. Author Peter Hasson exposed the fact that University of Cincinnati, more precisely UC’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, was sponsoring an event titled “White Fragility, White Tears, and White Allies: Learning to manage emotion in difficult conversations about race and racism.” To any attentive UC student, this does not come as a shock, but to any reasonable person, it is appalling.
As cited in Hassan’s article, an “academic” paper written on the subject of “White Fragility” defines it as such, “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.” Assuming white people ㅡ in the absence of mental conditioning ㅡ cannot discuss race without reverting back to their own ostensibly inherent racial biases is at best disingenuous, and at worst racist. The inclusion of “White Tears” only makes this more apparent. (A report surfaced that a protester in this disturbance at Dartmouth, had verbally abused a young woman and screamed “*uck your white tears!”)
In this practice, the University of Cincinnati violates its own mission statement. The second stanza states, “We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish.” What has been clear to me for multiple years, and is now to those who learned of this second-hand, is that the University of Cincinnati does not care about a flourishing of intellectual inquiry. Rather, they prefer to disseminate their predetermined narrative which is inherently non-inclusive.
This is not the first offence committed by the University I have attended for almost four years now. In 2012, the school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter sued the University for violating 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech. The school had created a “free-speech zone” which, from speaking to YAL members present at that time, was incredibly small and remotely located away from high traffic areas. Additionally, University authorities “threatened to arrest student members of YAL” for gathering signatures to allow a right-to-work initiative on the ballot.
Moreover, there is a growing movement on campus to follow suit of the City of Cincinnati in becoming a sanctuary area, in which adherence to federal immigration laws is discontinued.
A petition was circulated and gathered many signatures to support the effort, and then promptly submitted to the University Interim President. The support did not stop there, a bill will soon be submitted in the Student Senate to officially make UC a Sanctuary Campus. Yet, the Board of Trustees refuses to even discuss allowing campus carry. This, I heard directly from the mouth of our Student Body President who said he talked to the Chairman of the Board. In conjunction with this issue, a petition with over 2,000 signatures was circulated demanding UC strip a man of his rights to Free Speech and Open-Carry. The University of Cincinnati has created an environment, not which fosters a diversity of ideas, but one that actively silences and repudiates any thought not in line with their narrative.
The sponsorship of a “White Fragility” class is among the most egregious offences on a long list committed by a University that claims inclusivity. The virtue signaling and thought supervision that has become commonplace within this University is outrageous. Not-so-long ago, I walked onto campus as a wide-eyed freshman. Come May, I will leave with my degree and not a bit of sentimentality towards the institution itself. Not a dime of my future earnings, other than what is paid through taxes, will find its way into the hands of a University that abhors diversity of thought.
In my first year as College Republican President, I once lead a discussion with a community organization in which I said the horror stories we see at college campuses across the nation are not without truth, but seem to be embellished. I was unequivocally wrong. Believe the horror stories, they are true.
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