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The Black Autumn

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Yale’s never-ending Halloween Costume Crisis has centered upon shrieking at the Master of Yale’s Silliman College, Nicholas A. Christakis, and his wife, Associate Master Erika Christakis. The Master will take a one semester sabbatical, the Associate Master will not teach her class at Yale, and the university will ponder a name change for the role of Master to something that won’t trigger genetic memories of slavery in delicate black psyches.

But, commenter Steve Austen asks, what about the sexist name Silliman College? How patriarchalist is Silliman? Think of the children!

Clearly, it must be changed to something more sensitive, more 2015.

There is only one appropriate name:

Silliperson College

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Stuart Taylor Jr. offers a mismatch theory for the Black Autumn in The American Spectator:

Only 1 to 2 percent of black college applicants emerge from high school well-qualified academically for (say) the top Ivy League colleges. Therefore, those schools can meet their racial admissions targets only by using large preferences. They bring in black students who are well qualified for moderately elite schools like (say) the University of North Carolina, but not for the Ivies that recruit them. This leaves schools like UNC able to meet their own racial targets only by giving large preferences to black students who are well qualified for less selective schools like (say) the University of Missouri but not for UNC. And so on down the selectivity scale.

As a result, experts agree, most black students at even moderately selective schools — with high school preparation and test scores far below those of their classmates — rank well below the middle of their college and grad school classes, with between 25% and 50% ranking in the bottom tenth. That’s a very bad place to be at any school.

This, in turn, increases these students’ isolation and self-segregation from the higher-achieving Asians and whites who flourish in more challenging courses. At least one careful study shows that students are more likely to become friends with peers who are similar in academic accomplishment.

Put yourself in the position of many Hispanic and especially black students (recipients of by far the largest racial preferences) at selective schools, who may work heroically during the first semester only to be lost in many classroom discussions and dismayed by their grades.

As they start to see the gulf between their own performance and that of most of their fellow students, dismay can become despair. They soon realize that no matter how hard they work, they will struggle academically.

It is critical to understand that these are not bad students.

But they also aren’t really good students, so the ideas articulated by protesters aren’t very intellectually impressive. In contrast, back in the 1960s, campus radicals were heavily Jewish. So the reigning theories, while puerile, were at least clever. And the clever radicals tended to attract some hot babes. So the Sixties were a big deal, because beautiful young women are always a big deal, as is whatever they think is cool at the moment.

In contrast, the shrieking black coeds of 2015 tend to be neither clever nor hot. And everybody kind of realizes that, deep down, that’s what they are shrieking about — their lack of either cleverness or hotness. But who wants to point that out and get shrieked at yourself? But the shrieking black coeds can kind of sense that they are coming across as thick, mentally and physically, which just makes them shriek louder: a feedback cycle.

But that raises the question of: Why Now?

Perhaps Mexican history can offer a clue. The central element of the Mexican political system is the six year term limit on the presidency. This gives each faction in Mexican politics hope: just live long enough and your guy will get to cut you in on the loot. But sometimes when the current faction in office is getting term limited out, as in 1976, 1982, and 1994, Mexico melts down as all the president’s men maneuver to set themselves up for post-presidential careers and lucre.

Maybe what’s going on at present — the Liberal Meltdown of 2015 — is that various timeservers in the Obama administration are trying to cause ruckuses on campus for which they’ll be seen as The Solution and get themselves hired for academic administration jobs?

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Screenshot 2015-11-23 14.46.42From, an official Princeton University website with the ominously dystopian slogan “Many voices, one future” (which sounds like an Orwellian boy band):

Latinx & LGBTQA– Exploring Intersections

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Carl Fields Center (58 Prospect Ave), Multipurpose Room

Fund for Reunion/Princeton BTGALA with support from the Fields Center, Intersecting Queer Identities, the LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, Program in Latino Studies, and Women*s Center

This panel discussion will explore the identities and experiences of activists, academics, and community members who identify as both Latinx and part of the LGBTQA community. Panelists include: Elicia Gonzales (Executive Director of GALAEI – Queer Latin@ Social Justice), the Honorary Representative Mary González from the State of Texas (the first openly pansexual elected U.S. official), Jose Gutierrez (Founder of the Latino GLBT History Project and Co-Founder at Dicción Queer), and Isa Noyola (Program Manager at the Transgender Law Center and Advisory Board Co-Chair of El/La Para TransLatinas).

Screenshot 2015-11-23 15.51.40 The panel will be facilitated by Brian Eugenio Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theater and author of LATIN NUMBERS: Playing Latino in 20th Century U.S. Popular Performance.

Thank goodness that Latino@s and Latinxs — not to mention BTGALAs, LGBTs, LGBTQAs, GALAEIs, and GLBTs — all have straight cisgender non-Hispanic white males to hate. Otherwise they might just have a hard time getting along with each other.

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One of the forerunner events for the current Black Autumn on American campuses was the defacing and removal of the statue of arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town last spring.

So, with the new 32 American Rhodes Scholars being announced over a weekend otherwise devoted on campuses to agitation involving The Black Autumn (to focus on universities with ongoing BLM brouhahas, here are press releases from Princeton celebrating its four new Rhodes Scholars and a Harvard Crimson story about Harvard’s five new Rhodes Scholars), it’s worth reflecting on the well-known history of this most celebrated of scholarships.

With Princeton’s president’s office being occupied by black demonstrators demanding the eradication of the name of the anti-imperialist Woodrow Wilson (see video), it’s a bit ironic that Princeton is simultaneously celebrating garnering four scholarships named after the most flamboyant imperialist in the history of the English-speaking world.

Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond monopoly of South Africa, funded the Rhodes Scholarships in his will as a refinement of his long-treasured plan to launch a covert conspiracy to ensure that Anglo-Saxons ruled the world. Rhodes’ first will, written in his early 20s, articulated his original conception:

To and for the establishment, promotion and development of a Secret Society, the true aim and object whereof shall be for the extension of British rule throughout the world, the perfecting of a system of emigration from the United Kingdom, and of colonisation by British subjects of all lands where the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labour and enterprise, and especially the occupation by British settlers of the entire Continent of Africa, the Holy Land, the Valley of the Euphrates, the Islands of Cyprus and Candia, the whole of South America, the Islands of the Pacific not heretofore possessed by Great Britain, the whole of the Malay Archipelago, the seaboard of China and Japan, the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of the British Empire, the inauguration of a system of Colonial representation in the Imperial Parliament which may tend to weld together the disjointed members of the Empire and, finally, the foundation of so great a Power as to render wars impossible and promote the best interests of humanity.

But by his last will, Rhodes had achieved one of the great insights of 20th Century affairs: while secret conspiracies of the Masonic / Jesuit ilk sound like fun, they’re not as effective as public conspiracies in which the conspirators issue press releases about how amazing they all are. (This is the reason that PR-intensive Davos has overcome secretive Bilderberg.)

So, Rhodes switched his will from funding his “Secret Society” to his very public Rhodes Scholarships that bring hard-chargers from across the North Atlantic to Oxford for enculturation and networking at an impressionable age. The most prominent living Rhodes Scholar is likely term-limited former President Bill Clinton, who is currently maneuvering to move back into the White House.

So, with all the recent emphasis in campus protests on obscure bits of historical racism, you might think that the news media today would be full of reports of idealistic students turning down their Rhodes Scholarships to protest this extremely flagrant symbol of the history of white supremacy. And the husband of the Democratic frontrunner might renounce his Rhodes Scholarship and return the money, with interest.

But … that’s not how things work.

Instead, while the Black Autumn on campus is a low-brow grift for affirmative action admittee self-promoters, the Rhodes Scholarships are a high-class grift for superstar self-promoters. They are better off cooperating against everybody else than competing with each other.

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Commenter Abe writes:

But, of course, if post-Puritan whites actually do let this get out-of-hand, isn’t there something darkly comical in some of the most valuable brands in the world (and a Harvard BA is probably still barely just beating a Stanford BA for most valuable brand on the planet right now) going into the crapper, just like how post-Puritan whites almost let the same thing happen to the most valuable real estate in America (NYC) during the 70′s and 80′s?

circa 2030
Abe: No, seriously, I remember there was a time when Harvard Square could go for weeks, even months, without a stabbing or a shooting…
Facebook Friend Douche: BULL-SHEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

circa 2035
Black Justice League: And we demand more black faculty and enhanced diversity training at the University of Phoenix, especially given its shameful history in segregating minority students into such sub-standard colleges as Yale, Princeton, and MIT.

circa 2060
Janet Napolitano’s preserved head: You build me an orbiting space station at 250 miles, I’ll show you a space ladder that goes to 251.

circa 2500
Overlord Merkel: We can no longer afford to live in the past as if it were still 2480. Cheap faster-than-light travel means we must welcome Milky Way immigrants suffering in their hellish spiral galaxy region to our prosperous and privileged asteroid belt.

circa 3100
Hivemind Kristof: Verily the databanks weep at our most ungenerous welcome toward the refugees from the Earth-1 Reality. Have we so quickly forgotten how we abandond them in the harsh, underserved Universe to live our comfortable lives in this singularity? Sure it’s infintiely dense here already, but that just means we’ll have no problem absorbing an extra 10E+115 new human souls (plus their 10E+97 pitbulls). Why, ’tis SCIENCE!

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