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The most redolent Who We Are Now story of 2017 has been the Social Justice Warrior stabbing spree in Berkeley featuring a stabby Latinx Studies major who only answers to the pronoun They. They has been charged with randomly murdering an old-fashioned Berkeley hippie chick folksinger and less randomly attempting to murder a fellow campus SJW.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
UC Berkeley student charged with murder in stabbing rampage
By Jenna Lyons, San Francisco Chronicle Updated 6:37 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A 22-year-old UC Berkeley student arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a woman and the stabbing of another in a Berkeley rampage was charged with murder and attempted murder Tuesday afternoon.
Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood appeared at a brief hearing at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, where the arraignment in the case was postponed until Feb. 1.
Gomez was charged with murder in the slaying of 27-year-old Emilie Inman, a musician and science teacher who worked in Lafayette. Gomez was also charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of another woman, Kiana Lailin Schmitt, who has UC Berkeley ties, according to court documents released Tuesday.
An article in Berkeleyside said that Gomez, a Latinx Studies major whose friends demand They be referred to as “they,” broke into and robbed a third woman’s home (who remains unidentified). Also, Berkeleyside said of the poor dead woman, Emilie Inman, who was allegedly murdered by They:
Authorities have said Inman did not know Gomez prior to the attack.
Obviously, if They were a white Trump supporter who had recently had their picture taken with the governor of Texas and one of the billionaire Koch Brothers and then murdered a female immigrant of color, the story of they’s rampage would be world famous by this point.
But because They is a leftist activist lately photographed chumming around with Democrats Jerry Brown and Tom Steyer and the immigrant woman he murdered was white, well, who cares?
One question I’ve been asking is: How much evidence is there that They’s stabby outburst consisted of hate crimes? Was They motivated by hatred of whites, the female sex, heterosexuals, or what?
The San Francisco Chronicle’s identification of a victim who survived, Kiana Schmitt, the bullhorned blond with somewhat East Asian features in the photo above from the San Jose Mercury News last fall, complicates the picture.
Schmitt’s Linked-In bio is a model of Social Justice Warrior careerism:
I believe that words are the most powerful weapons. As a writer, editor, nationally-ranked public speaker and spoken word poet, and community organizer, I seek to use mine to create positive social change.
A senior UC Berkeley undergraduate student majoring in Rhetoric with a concentration in Public Discourse, and minoring in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, I am most intrigued by the way people employ language as rhetorical force to perpetuate violence, inequality, and disenfranchisement of historically underrepresented communities. I am passionate about uplifting marginalized voices, and telling their stories authentically through multimedia and digital marketing.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
… • Manage recruitment efforts such as the Johnathan Rodgers Fellowship for high-achieving students from underrepresented minorities. …
Director of Marketing and Communications
August 2016 – Present (6 months)San Francisco Bay Area
Since 2001, CalSLAM has remained the premier spoken word poetry organization of UC Berkeley and the United States, as champions of the very first College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) national competition. CalSLAM won the competition again in 2004, and has consistently made semi-final and final stages, as well earning awards and recognition for individual poets each year. Our mission is to create a safe space for all students and community members to explore and share their stories. …
UC Berkeley Division of Student Affairs
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Peer Educator
UC Berkeley Division of Student Affairs
August 2016 – Present (6 months)San Francisco Bay Area
The PATH (Prevention, Advocacy, Training, and Healing) to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. …
Berkeley Student Cooperative | Consent Education Working Group
Berkeley Student Cooperative | Consent Education Working Group …
A current member and one of eight members of the inaugural Consent Education Working Group with the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC). The purpose of the group is to improve consent education and violence prevention efforts within the BSC and promote critical, continuous dialogue. The BSC is a 501c3 nonprofit housing cooperative that aims to provide affordable housing to low-income students at UC Berkeley and other Bay Area colleges who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education.
• As a Peer Educator, my areas of expertise include: Consent, Anti-Oppression, Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention, Grievance Policies and Procedures, and Survivor Resources …
Bay Area Youth Summit
Member of the Board of Directors …
Bay Area Youth Summit (BAYS) is the first entirely youth-led LGBTQIA* non-profit organization in the world. We believe that every young person has the power and capacity to create safe environments for LGBTQ* youth as well as effect change towards collective liberation. We stand in solidarity with those subjugated demographics that do not receive the appropriate recognition and respect afforded to other demographics within the larger LGBTQ* community. Each year, BAYS hosts a free, day-long youth empowerment conference that seeks to promote social activism and solidarity among queer and allied youth in the Bay Area ages 13-25. …
Oscar Wilde House
Community Manager …
Oscar Wilde House is the nation’s first and oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) and/or Queer themed cooperative.
• Organize and co-facilitate workshops and events for tenants of the first
LGBTQIA+ & Queer themed student housing cooperative in the U.S.
• Promote and foster a safe and brave space that encourages participation
in local efforts regarding racial, gender, and sexuality justice, while
working to dismantle systems of oppression in everyday interactions …
Ironic, of course, but also exhausting to contemplate. Being young these days requires constant beavering away at career-building. The SJW industry is highly competitive so only the most enterprising and relentlessly self-promoting amateur SJWs can expect to attain paid sinecures.
Ms. Schmitt published an op-ed for the Daily Californian last September denouncing former Cal law school dean Sujit Choudhry for “sexual violence:”
From a survivor to Sujit Choudhry
BY KIANA SCHMITT | SPECIAL TO THE DAILY CALLAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
This op-ed was previously published on Facebook and is printed here with permission from the author.
To Sujit Choudhry,
Last week, you went to work in your office. Comfortably. Safely.
Last week, you went to work in your office of your tenured faculty position. Whereas your former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell — a resilient woman of color, a mother of five children — remains forever unable to return to her position, and forever unable to navigate this campus safely again.
Last week, I had a panic attack. I understand that might cause you confusion. You’ve probably never experienced anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts or any other lasting mental health effects that often develop as a result of experiencing sexual violence or harassment. You’ve never had to walk through the world in pain, in memory, in fear of your own safety and well-being. Your mere presence on this campus is a threat to the safety and wellbeing of the entire UC Berkeley community.
It is shameful that you invoke a survivor’s own words in an attempt to absolve yourself from guilt. Even if it is true, having “pure intentions” does not change the fact that you perpetrated an impure act. The intent does not matter when the impact you have made goes unaddressed. In case you forgot, the impact is that you perpetrated eight different counts of sexual harassment over a period of one year. You assert that you “meant nothing” by your gestures. Because sexual violence means nothing to you.
Once again: ironic.
Here’s a similar photo of They denouncing Choudhry through a bullhorn last September:
So, They and Schmitt were allies and/or rivals in screaming about Choudhry.
In case you are wondering, from Wikipedia:
Sujit Choudhry was Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law from 2014 until March 2016. He was the first person of Indian origin to be named dean of a top US law school. … He is a recipient of the Trudeau Fellowship, one of the four Canadians to receive the fellowship in 2010.
Following the disclosure of a university investigation finding that he sexually harassed executive assistant Tyann Sorrell, Choudhry was placed on an indefinite leave of absence on March 9, 2016. He resigned as dean the following morning, but he did not resign his position as tenured professor of law. Melissa Murray was named as interim dean, pending a search for a permanent successor. …
In 2016, Choudhry was served with a complaint by his former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, alleging sexual harassment between July 2014 and March 2015. The complaint followed a July 2015 report by the University of California’s Central Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).
The OPHD investigated Sorrell’s complaints that Choudhry was “rude and demeaning” and demanded too much of her, including requests for tea and coffee and for assistance with personal business, and that their workplace interactions, including lingering hugs, kisses on the cheek and head, and squeezing of arms and shoulders, created a hostile work environment and was sexual harassment. Following an investigation, the Office reviewed Choudhry’s conduct and determined that the use of rude language and requests that Sorrell bring him his tea or his lunch were not “gender discrimination” but that his physical interactions constituted sexual harassment.
During the investigation, Choudhry admitted that he had hugged, kissed, and squeezed Sorrell. but claimed that there was no sexual intent. He also admitted that on at least one occasion, he placed her hands on his hips, as he thought that that action might calm her down.
In August 2015, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele chose to discipline Choudhry by a 10% reduction in pay and by requiring him to write a letter of apology to Sorrell. The investigation and its results were kept confidential, and no members of the Berkeley Law faculty or staff were informed of the behavior.
On March 8, 2016, Sorrell filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the State of California and named the Regents of the University of California as additional defendants. Choudhry has stated that he disagrees with Sorrell’s claims and allegations and intends to defend himself. On March 10, Choudhry resigned as dean at Berkeley Law but remains on the faculty under the University’s tenure policy.
The controversy garnered national and international attention. The reporting quickly expanded, from covering Choudhry specifically to the history of tolerance of sexual harassment and violence by Berkeley’s administration and faculty.
The added media attention triggered a series of high-profile responses from both the University of California Office of the President and the Berkeley administration.
On March 22, 2016, Melissa Murray was appointed interim dean.
Sounds like a nothingburger case — it’s common for secretaries to want, say, a five figure check for putting up with highly paid bosses (and they often get them) — that turned into another example of Obama Era hysteria on campus.