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Trump’s Election? Some Students Are Too Busy to Worry

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On a blustery afternoon this past week, the Atrium, a gathering place at LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the most ethnically diverse quarter of the world — western Queens — seemed especially worn. There was little light streaming in from the windows that overlook a small interior courtyard, the only suggestion of greenery amid a drab array of buildings, and an offering of concession foods that did not put you in mind of Alice Waters’s ministrations in the dining halls at Yale.

I had come to gauge the reaction of students to the election of Donald J. Trump as president; around the country, many elite colleges were in a state of mourning and protest. At Brown, flags were destroyed. At Columbia, on the night of the election, students flooded College Walk to cry and scream. The university’s president, Lee C. Bollinger, himself denounced President-elect Trump at an awards dinner several days later, saying that the falsehoods disseminated during the campaign “would make George Orwell seem naïve and unimaginative.”

Students at urban community colleges around the country, though — largely poor and many of them immigrants — were potentially those with the most to lose under a Trump administration. Were they equally unnerved? Or was the expression of outrage — with its petitions and meetings and hours spent lingering over coffee and vodka and plans to overcome — itself a luxury their lives could not accommodate?

On the morning after the election, Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia’s president, shellshocked and assuming her students needed comfort, went to the Atrium to hear them out. She found herself surprised by the range of response. “Many of us have experienced this as a uniform negative, and they don’t,” Ms. Mellow told me. Some students welcomed change, they said; others were unaffected; still others felt that the world was really no different from the way it had been 24 hours earlier — life, with its difficulties, would go on.

Later the same day, Karen Dubinsky, one of Ms. Mellow’s administrative colleagues, had been scheduled to lead a meeting of the President’s Society, a group of the school’s most diligent students. She assumed that the evening would be given over to their feelings about the election, but the subject hardly came up. Instead, the students wanted to talk about their coming job interviews, their résumés, how to shake hands with potential employers, how to find work as radiology technicians. None were afraid; none saw the current moment as the harbinger of end times. Of LaGuardia’s approximately 50,000 students (representing more than 150 countries), more than two-thirds come from households that make less than $25,000 a year.

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  1. What a surprise! The kids attending fancy schools supported by dad’s money have plenty of time for virtue-signaling activities. The ones at community colleges who know they will have to work for a living are focused on what they must do in order to earn one.

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  2. Too busy to worry about fascism? Too busy to worry about redneck tyranny? Too busy to worry about a LITERAL HITLER???

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  3. “On a blustery afternoon this past week, the Atrium, a gathering place at LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the most ethnically diverse quarter of the world — western Queens — seemed especially worn. There was little light streaming in from the windows that overlook a small interior courtyard….”

    Over written much? I suppose they had to pack in as many words as possible without worrying too much about it meaning anything. It’s a pretty good way to disguise that your article is about how college students care about the stuff college students care about. And… that’s it.

    If these writers-of-future-novels-well-reviewed-by-the-New-York-Times are just filling space with words… could they at least make the purple prose a bit less excruciating?

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  4. “The sky was the color of pigeon shit. Trump had just been elected. The Times had sent me to cover the reaction of students at a small community college. I found them in the gathering place they call the Atrium. No one has bothered to tell them an Atrium is a unroofed section of a Roman house to gather rainwater. The president of the college had come to console them about Trump. None of them seemed to care. They were all in hock up to their eyebrows in student loans. You know what an assistant dean of admissions is today in United Statesian colleges and universities? A former loan officer from a bank. They are all screwed. There will be no jobs. But the loans they got come with bank credit cards, so they are for the moment dreaming the American dream. Suckers. They will never pay off those loans. They will never buy a starter house. They are trying to drain the Atrium. It is full of pigeon shit.”

    Apologies to Henry Miller (if due).

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  5. Like I said, white middle class SJWs have no idea how much bigotry actually exists, and thus overreact and turn into far-left zealots because they believe anything a small number of grievancemongers say.

    This includes their professors. Purge academia today.

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  6. Now I am afraid to find out if Henry Miller’s writing is that bad. Maybe I’ll just watch Henry & June again.

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  7. …white middle class SJWs have no idea how much bigotry actually exists…

    They also have no idea how much of the bigotry that does exist resides inside themselves.

  8. It’s not the non-White students at American universities who fears Donald Trump – but Zionist Campus goons belonging to Hillel and Lee C. Bollinger are scared of Trump.

    Lee Bollinger is a Zionist filth and a disgrace to human ethics if one remember how he treated visiting Iranian president Dr. Ahmadinejad at the Columbia University in 2007. Ahmadinejad, PhD, was head of Civil Engineering Department at Tehran University before becoming president of the country.

    On June 1, 2015, the ‘Jewish Week Media Group (JWMG)’ gave Jordan Chandler Hirsch, its Fearless Israel Supporter Award for firing the ‘Holocaust loaded gun’ at Iran’s foreign minister professor Muhammad Javad Zarif (then Iran’s envoy at United Nations) during latter’s visit to Columbia University.

    Hirsch asked the stupid question: Do you believe six million Jews died in Holocaust?

    Hirsch, as typical lying Zionist Jew, claims that Zarif dodged the question. According to Columbia University (New York) records, Zarif did answer the question.

    “I believe that numerous crimes and violence had occurred during WW II. This question must be proposed in this manner; that what was the crime of Palestinians in the violence of WW II? ,” said Zarif.

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  9. What was the crime of the Palestinians in the violence of World War II?

    You have, perhaps, heard of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. According to Wikipedia -

    “During World War II he collaborated with both Italy and Germany by making propagandistic radio broadcasts and by helping the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS (on the ground that they shared four principles: family, order, the leader and faith).”

    The grand mufti was Yasser Arafat’s uncle. There is a fairly direct connection through him between the PLO and the Nazis.

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  10. Unless yer tryin to write in a sarcastic tone, I’d suggest dropping the hysteria, already and just get a grip.

    BTW, Hitler was anti-Red; you got a problem with that? Why?

    Here you go. Read it and learn a little about Hitler.

    Now revisionism teaches us that this entire myth, so prevalent then and even now about Hitler, and about the Japanese, is a tissue of fallacies from beginning to end. Every plank in this nightmare evidence is either completely untrue or not entirely the truth.
    If people should learn this intellectual fraud about Hitler’s Germany, then they will begin to ask questions, and searching questions…”

    Murray Rothbard, Revisionism for Our Times, 1966. Note: This gentleman was Jewish.

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  11. Speaking of “The” holocaust, it would probably never have happened if some New York Jews hadn’t declared war on Hitler in 1933, (long before any trains rolled), if the Commies hadn’t been threatening Germany big time, if the Brits hadn’t imposed a starvation blockade on Germany and if Zionists hadn’t collaborated with Nazis. So it couldn’t have all been Hitler’s fault.

    Besides, who came up with the phony figure of 6 million, anyway?

    Check this out…

    Where do they get 6 million?

    “Allowing for a maximum of 100,000 who succeeded in emigrating from Europe, this would bring the total number of Jews under the direct rule of Nazi Germany to about 3,200,000.”

    AMERICAN JEWISH YEAR BOOK 1941-1942, page 664

    Then there’s this…

    “You protest, and with justice, each time Hitler jails an opponent; but you forget that Stalin and company have jailed and murdered a thousand times as many. It seems to me, and indeed the evidence is plain, that compared to the Moscow brigands and assassins, Hitler is hardly more than a common Ku Kluxer and Mussolini almost a philanthropist.”

    - H. L. Mencken, in an open letter to Upton Sinclair, printed in The American Mercury, June 1936

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  12. “There was a touch of spring in the air, a poisonous, malefic spring that seemed to burst from the manholes. Night after night I had been coming back to this quarter, attracted by certain leprous streets which only revealed their sinister splendor when the light of day had oozed away and the whores commenced to take up their posts.”

    Henry Miller

  13. Yeah! And we know Jews never made propaganda to help recruit soldiers to fight for their interests. Rotten Palestinians. No Fair!

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  14. Preaching to the choir, maybe. Svigor is a pretty hardcore “anti-Red” and demonstrates great historical erudition in his comments. Educate yerself 1st, pal.

    BTW, Rothbard’s revisionism is sooo stale. In the Trumpian current year we no longer need the permission of Semitic authorities to discuss the 2nd World War. We take our own side now. MAGA!

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  15. “MAGA!” Hey, maybe Make America Great Again could be the foundation for a new martial art.
    Krav Maga (/krɑːv məˈɡɑː/; Hebrew: קְרַב מַגָּע [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. “contact-combat”) is a self-defense system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with realistic fight training.

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  16. That 3.2 million figure for Jews under German rule was for the period preceding the invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1942. An estimated 4.7 million Jews were living in Soviet territories, so a figure significantly larger than 3.2 million for exterminated Jews is not unreasonable. Large numbers of Jews were living in Soviet territories that were under German occupation for over two years.

    I personally don’t think whether 6 million Jews or maybe a somewhat smaller number were exterminated really changes the argument. My main bone to pick with the Holocaust narrative is the way over 13 million deliberate deaths of civilians in German-occupied Soviet territory are ignored.

    BTW, I disagree with Rothbard about Britain entering WWI to facilitate Russian expansion. The “Great Game” was still on, just with a timeout over Germany.

  17. Krav Maga is indeed the hand-to-hand combat system taught to the God-Emperor’s conscripts at the Tycho Crater Space Marine Recruit Depot. I thought this was common knowledge?

  18. There’s no question but that Jews made propaganda to help recruit soldiers to fight for their cause. But how does that excuse the grand mufti from having allied himself with Hitler?

    Germany began stirring up jihadism during World War I in an effort to cause problems for the British in India, which they hoped would distract them from the war in Europe. Hitler’s alliance with the grand mufti was more of the same. These were efforts of similar character to the Germans’ dispatching Lenin into Russia. None of those efforts succeeded in accomplishing what the Germans hoped they would, but we are still living with their unintended consequences.

    Islam is an existential threat to Western civilization, and has been its determined enemy since 732, when Charles Martel turned the Muslims back at Tours. Belloc (no friend of the Jews) wrote in The Great Heresies that Islam would still be a threat to the West long after Bolshevism had ceased to be. His judgment has been vindicated.

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  19. You really don’t know jacques sheete if you don’t know who Svigor is.

  20. The Balfour Agreement possible could have influenced Palestinians to favor Germany.

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