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February 20, 2004

Attica! Attica!

More crushing of dissent in FortressAmerika. How dare the powers that be force a well-meaning teacher to apologize for issuing a politically correct, and seemingly well deserved, denunciation of a white male?

A UNC-Chapel Hill instructor has apologized after a student said during a class discussion that he opposed homosexuality -- and found himself singled out by the teacher for hate speech.

In an e-mail message sent Feb. 6 to her "Literature and Cultural Diversity" students, the lecturer, Elyse Crystall, wrote, "[W]hat we heard [T]hursday at the end of class constitutes 'hate speech' and is completely unacceptable. [I]t has created a hostile environment."
Crystall went on to name the student, identified as Tim, and said he was a perfect example of the topic of discussion during class: privilege.

She referred to Tim as "a white, heterosexual, [C]hristian male" who "can feel entitled to make violent, heterosexist comments and not feel marked or threatened or vulnerable."

Crystall apologized to the class Monday, and university officials said they're monitoring the class to ensure students' free speech.

Doesn't everyone already know that any controversial speech that issues from the lips of Whitey is hate speech by definition? Why, a protected minority might have gotten their feelings hurt! And what about the teacher's opinion that "Tim," (if that is indeed his real name, and not a pseudonym adopted out of a cowardly desire to prevent his re-education at the hands of his moral and intellectual betters) is a hate-mongering heterosexualist of the worst sort? Why isn't her free speech important?

Sure, she's in a position of power, but she's a woman (an oppressed species of humyn!!!!!), so in all reality "'Tim" should have been forced to apologize to her! And perform community service! For differently-abled, different-gendered, differently-pigmented Vegans for Peace! That would teach him to open his mouth!

Yet of course a bunch of white men jumped to the what-really-should-be-a-felonious student's defense, instead of the real injured party’s!

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, a Farmville Republican, called for state Attorney General Roy Cooper to look into whether the professor broke any state laws. Jones also is asking the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to investigate.

"Had Ms. Crystall substituted the word 'black' for 'white,' 'homosexual' for 'heterosexual' or 'Muslim' for 'Christian,' she would have been suspended or fired immediately," Jones wrote in a letter to UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser. "Instead, the student in question was forced to go to an online message board to defend himself to his classmates, his academic future left in the hands of the likes of Ms. Crystall."
...
In a letter to Jones on Thursday, Moeser said the university took the incident very seriously and would see to it that students in the class are treated fairly and not penalized by their views.

"At Carolina, our responsibility is to remain a vibrant intellectual community in which all viewpoints can be comfortably expressed and heard in an atmosphere of respect," he wrote. "Universities exist to promote the free exchange of ideas. As a public university, we at Carolina have a special responsibility to vigorously protect the right of everyone to be heard."
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English Department Chairman James Thompson said he had spoken with the student and the lecturer on several occasions, persuaded Crystall to apologize, and appointed a faculty member to monitor the class for the rest of the semester. That person occasionally will sit in and make sure grading is fair, Thompson said.

This cannot stand! People should march around partially nude in protest of this abject silencing of a correct opinion! (Deity! They're all white too!) Until this administration is forced to apologize for the forcing of this apology, vegans should go on a hunger strike, anarchists should anarchize, and animal activists should throw vials of realistic fake blood at any building suspected of containing leather within it!

AND THAT"S ALL OF THEM!!!!!

Our inconsequential actions, theoretically united, can never be wholly defeated!

Now sing with me!

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day

Posted by Bigwig at February 20, 2004 10:44 AM | TrackBack
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Comments

Wow! I never thought I would see the day when a protected minority would apologize to a meat-eating gender oppressor just for expressing his fascist opinion. There must be something else to this story that is not being told. Maybe this was planned by the school to get all the other gender oppressing neaderthals to show themselves so that they can be properly re-educated.

Posted by: El-ahrairah at February 20, 2004 11:18 AM

Speaking as a caucasian, heterosexual male that went through the English program at UNC, I can say that the program is heavily biased towards the PC crowd, and huge amounts of time and energy are devoted towards promoting feminism. Tellingly, the best professors I had at UNC never mentioned it, but were much more objective and unbiased in their teachings.

Posted by: Kehaar at February 20, 2004 12:19 PM

Being a White, heterosexual, Christian male is great. I cannot be the victim of racism, sexism or homophobia. I cannot play the victim card to account for my failings.I rise and fall on my on merits. I do not have The National Association for the Advancement of Non-Colored People, The White Caucus nor National Organization of Men to speak for me, to think for me, nor would I want them to. It doesn't matter if I make $20 thousand or $20 million, just being White is enough to make me privileged. It doesn't matter if a person makes $20 thousand or $20 million, being Black, female or homosexual is enough to make them a victim. A third generation is growing up under Civil Rights and integration and they still can't compete with my children. Why? Because being Black is enough to make you a victim of math and English racism. Blacks, females and homosexuals wear their victim status on their sleeve like it is a badge of honor. Being a White, heterosexual, Christian male, I look on being a victim of others as something to be ashamed of and to be over come.

When I watch the National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and the History Channel, I see the White male as the mover and shakers of the world, the builders and destroyers. I see thousands of Edisons, Duponts, Pasteusr, Einsteins., Bells, Fords, Galileos but only one Carver. I also see White males living in mud huts and trekking through jungles in an attempt to bring a better life to the 3rd world, but few if any Blacks. I see White urban pioneers moving into ghettos and run down neighborhoods in order to make a better life for themselves and the rest of their city. Most Blacks are happy to forget where they come from and never go back.


And the best part of being a White, heterosexual, Christian male is, I can eat all the water melon, fried chicken and collard greens I want and no one will think anything of it.

Posted by: Dasboot at February 22, 2004 12:45 PM
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