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From the Washington Post:

Hundreds march at Yale in solidarity with minority students

By Isaac Stanley-Becker November 9 at 7:54 PM

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A crowd of hundreds stopped traffic on city streets surrounding the Yale University campus Monday in a march to show solidarity with minority students who say they are barred from full participation at the Ivy League school. …

The university’s president, Peter Salovey, who last Thursday told minority students in a closed-door meeting that the university had “failed” them, greeted students after the march on Monday. Salovey said he welcomes students’ efforts to improve the university and clarified his view that Yale has failed its minority students.

“What I said on Thursday is if there are students who don’t feel welcome here, we need to accept that as an area where we can do better,” Salovey said in a brief interview. “And we must do better.”

Salovey pledged at the end of last week to unveil a series next steps before Thanksgiving in a university-wide effort to improve the experiences of students of color. He said that might come through “formal committee processes” but also extensive “informal interactions.”

“People really have to feel like they can express themselves, whatever their views are, in an environment that is open to them,” he said.

That question — of the right to free expression — has come into sharp focus in Silliman College, one of Yale’s 12 residential communities, which has been a focus of the racial tensions here. Nicholas Christakis, the Silliman master at the center of a campus debate over speech and sensitivity, spoke with students on Sunday in the living room of his home at the college.

Christakis apologized for his role in a controversy that erupted the day before Halloween when his wife, Erika Christakis, the associate master at Silliman, challenged a campus-wide request that students be sensitive when considering costumes that could be offensive. An early childhood educator, she advised Silliman students either to “look away” or to voice their discomfort, counsel that drew a sharp rebuke from minority students. The pair defended the e-mail on social media last week, suggesting that the uproar was emblematic of “campus censorship culture.”

“I have disappointed you and I’m really sorry,” Nicholas Christakis told about 100 students gathered in his living room on Sunday for a meeting also attended by Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College, and other university administrators. Christakis said his encounter on Thursday with students in the college’s courtyard, in which numerous black women upbraided him for being inattentive to them, broke his heart, according to a voice recording of the conversation provided to The Washington Post.

“I mean it just broke my heart,” Christakis said. “I thought that I had some credibility with you, you know? I care so much about the same issues you care about. I’ve spent my life taking care of these issues of injustice, of poverty, of racism. I have the same beliefs that you do … I’m genuinely sorry, and to have disappointed you. I’ve disappointed myself.”

Hasn’t anybody learned anything from Donald Trump? When you are in the right, never apologize.

Christiakis, by the way, is a superstar with tenure, an endowed chair, and is a professor in two separate departments. From Wikipedia:

Nicholas A. Christakis (born May 7, 1962) is an American sociologist and physician known for his research on social networks and on the socioeconomic and biosocial determinants of behavior, health, and longevity. He is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University.[1] He directs the Human Nature Lab, and he is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. Until July 2013, he was Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and an Attending Physician at the Harvard-affiliated Mt. Auburn Hospital.[2][3]

From 2009 to 2013, Christakis and his wife, Erika Christakis, were Co-Masters of Pforzheimer House, one of Harvard’s twelve residential houses.[4] In February 2015, it was announced that Christakis would become the new master of Silliman College at Yale University, perhaps the first person to serve in this role at both Yale and Harvard.[5]

In 2009, he was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[6] In 2009 and again in 2010, Christakis was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.[7]

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, and he was named a Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010. …

Upon graduating in 1995, he was recruited by the University of Chicago, where he started as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in Departments of Sociology and Medicine. Six years after arriving at Chicago, Christakis was awarded tenure in both Sociology and Medicine. However, in 2001, Christakis left the University of Chicago to take up a position at Harvard. In 2013, Christakis moved his lab to Yale University, where he is appointed as a Professor of Sociology and a Professor of Medicine, with additional appointments in Evolutionary Biology and Biomedical Engineering. …

Christakis has practiced as a home hospice physician, taking care of home-bound, dying patients. In Boston, from 2002 to 2006, Christakis worked as an attending physician on the Palliative Medicine Consult Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2006, he moved to Mount Auburn Hospital, and in 2013, he moved to the Department of Medicine at Yale University.

If you are wondering what “master of Silliman College” means, I can explain because Rice U. has the same set-up. A “college” at Rice or Yale, or a “house” at Harvard, is a dormitory that is more of a long-lasting community than the typical dormitory that students shuffle in and out of. It’s like a randomly chosen fraternity house. At Rice, I spent all four years living in Sid Richardson College, one of eight dorms with its own dining hall. The food was pretty awful (Rice back then had a central kitchen and trucked the meals around to the eight dining halls), but eating all your meals with the same 250 people builds a sense of esprit de corps (perhaps especially if the food is as bad as it was at Rice).

A professor is hired to be the “master” of the college and moves into an adjoining house, with his or her spouse being the associate master. At Sid Rich, our master was Bill Martin, Rice’s superstar professor (he was always being interviewed on 60 Minutes and the like). Professor Martin is just about the world’s greatest guy, so he was always dreaming up favors to do for me, like getting me invited to dinner with visiting big shots.

I’ve often wondered why this “college” system hasn’t spread to more universities, since it’s a nice blend between dorm and frat living. But maybe one reason is that rare individuals of the caliber of a Christiakis or a Martin have a lot better things to do with their lives than getting screeched at by overgrown adolescents.

 

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  1. Jerelyn Luther outed in the media:

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/09/meet-the-privileged-yale-student-who-shrieked-at-her-professor/

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  2. numerous black women upbraided him for being inattentive to them, broke his heart,

    Get a room!

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  3. The dean was there holding a gun to his head. His real opinion can be seen in the videos, where he says he and the girl have different visions of Yale. Indeed!

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  4. When you are in the right, never apologize

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    But Christakis said he is genuinely sorry. I believe him.

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  5. He should off himself–organically of course–say, by having heavy bags of horse manure dropped on his head.

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  6. Non White students are just showing who is boss. Them. Not White students. The whole point is non-Whites telling Whites what costumes they may or may not wear on Halloween. Which Elite White worship of non-Whites as racial redeemers not only allows but encourages.

    HOWEVER.

    Yale exists only to produce the NEXT generation of elite rulers. The university is like the ENA colleges in France, or Oxbridge. Making the next generation of elites bow and scrape and OBEY non-Whites even in choice of costumes for Halloween is sure to generate resentment. AND the push by non-Whites to manage and control every aspect of private life of non-Whites is not going to stop there. Pretty soon Yale will be nothing but a place where non-Whites scream at Whites and micro-manage every little bit of private life of Whites. Including who they have sex with; and don’t; what they eat; how they speak; and when they are allowed to speak.

    In short turning Yale into Al Sharpton Central is going to make the university as appetizing to elite Whites who donate money and become mover and shakers as a mess of collard greens and chitlins at some Soul Food BBQ joint in Harlem.

    Some other institution will take over: Stanford, NYU, maybe MIT. But giving in to the campus Sharptons only makes the institution look like a Historically Black College/University. How many big shots go to Grambling?

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  7. It serves Yale right for having the #1 drama department of all the elite schools in the world.

    (and I still say this is only going to lead to good things in the long-and maybe short-run).

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  8. “I have disappointed you and I’m really sorry,” Nicholas Christakis told about 100 students gathered in his living room on Sunday for a meeting also attended by Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College, and other university administrators.

    Was there not one single student amongst the 100 in attendance who disagreed or had the balls to exclaim “You didn’t disappoint me Professor, I admired you for not buckling to the Maoists subjecting you to cultural reeducation. Thanks for defending Enlightenment values from the barbarian hordes.” Just one student, Bueller, anyone?

    http://www.kingsacademy.com/mhodges/03_The-World-since-1900/11_The-Bewildering-60s/pictures/Victim-of-the-Cultural-Revolution-2.jpg

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  9. Never mind Trump, haven’t any of these people noticed that public apologies like this don’t work? Vox Day and his new book SJWs Always Lie emphasizes this point.

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  10. Oh, man, this story has it all! The spoiled brats who are complaining are just about the most privileged people in the world. I mean it’s Yale. And yet they are complaining about being victimized by a nice (if very silly) lady who clearly couldn’t be any more politically correct. Her husband – another epic paragon of PC – has been demolished just for happening to be there. The beast has began to eat itself! What can we ordinary mortals draw from this story? That the only way not to lose the game is not to play? That the only way not to be a heretic is not to express any view whatsoever? That the lunatics have taken over the asylum? All that and more? How glorious. What a brave new world that has such people in it!

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  11. “I’ve spent my life taking care of these issues of injustice, of poverty, of racism. I have the same beliefs that you do…”

    Is why I have zero sympathy for these fools when their pets turn on them.

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  12. There surely are students who thought that, but they know they’d get eaten alive if they tried to stand up for the professor. These days life is about keeping your head down and hoping you don’t get caught saying or thinking the wrong thing.

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  13. Pussy

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  14. You’re absolutely right, Steve. Never, ever apologize to a leftist mob. BTW, TangoMan, that pic deserves to go viral. It’s perfectly apt for this situation.

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  15. “Broke his heart”? Hmmm, I’ve never known a male of Greek ancestry to sound like that twit.

    Trump? Oh, Steve, Trump is an alpha male, and if there’s one thing a beta male like Christakis can never pull off under pressure is to pass himself off as alpha.

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  16. Aren’t Hallowe’en costumes SUPPOSED to be scary?

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  17. Yale’s come a long way since the days when Jodie Foster would drink too much and vomit in the gutter. (Not a pretty sight)

    Honestly, New Haven is kind of a dump with an overrated college in the middle. Ghetto people should feel right at home, not threatened at all.

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  18. Sure, that’s the path of least resistance, I understand that. Each of us has our own BS threshold level which when reached makes it difficult to look at oneself in the mirror because what looks back at you is a coward. I’m really saddened that all 100 students chose the path of subservience rather than standing up to the Maoists. Not one single student voiced support for the professor?

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  19. I was with the professor until his inane apology. Fuck ‘em all.

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  20. Leftists are a plague on humanity. Different cultures, different times, same toxic effects.

    “Live Not By Lies” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    Things have almost reached rock bottom. A universal spiritual death has already touched us all, and physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children—but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tounges tied. But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength?

    We have been so hopelessly dehumanized that for today’s modest ration of food we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants—but just don’t disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don’t even fear universal nuclear death, and we don’t fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.

    We fear only to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone-and suddenly find ourselves without white bread, without heating gas and without a Moscow registration.

    We have been indoctrinated in political courses, and in just the same way was fostered the idea to live comfortably, and all will be well for the rest of our lives. You can’t escape your environment and social conditions. Everyday life defines consciousness. What does it have to do with us? We can’t do anything about it?

    But we can—everything. But we lie to ourselves for assurance. And it is not they who are to blame for everything—we ourselves, only we. One can object: But actually toy can think anything you like. Gags have been stuffed into our mouths. Nobody wants to listen to us and nobody asks us. How can we force them to listen? It is impossible to change their minds. . . . . .

    It’s dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

    This is our path, the easiest and most accessible one, which takes into account out inherent cowardice, already well rooted. And it is much easier—it’s dangerous even to say this—than the sort of civil disobedience which Gandhi advocated.

    Our path is to talk away fro the gangrenous boundary. If we did not paste together the dead bones and scales of ideology, if we did not sew together the rotting rags, we would be astonished how quickly the lies would be rendered helpless and subside.

    That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.

    So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood—of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies—or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries.

    And from that day onward he:

    -Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
    -Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.
    -Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.
    -Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
    -Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
    -Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
    -Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question. Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
    -Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed. Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

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  21. Of course it saddens me too. On the bright side, the closer we get to the election, the more the media will become hysterical and the more people in general will stand up to BS like this. Steve has noted that the most up-voted comments tend to be against the narrative, even in places like the NYT.

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  22. Hasn’t anybody learned anything from Donald Trump? When you are in the right, never apologize.

    Yep, he just signed his own death warrant, as well as threw his wife under the bus. I think the administration probably gave him an ultimatum, but accepting the ultimatum to keep his job is not going to allow him to keep his job. Better to be fired in defiance and keep some of your dignity, than to crawl in supplication and still get run off. …Which leads me to wonder since this happens so often, if there isn’t a financial motivation involved. Does the person forced to apologize get to keep their pension and severance while the defiant non-apologizer who gets fired receives doodlysquat? It would explain some things.

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  23. He should have not resigned but instead let them fire him.

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  24. IMO, there’s better than even odds that the Supreme Court Justices drawn from this generation of Yalies will identify a constitutional penumbra or emanation that mandates revising Americans’ unique freedom of speech to match European practices–or worse.

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  25. The Coalition of the Fringes is looking more and more fringed indeed.

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  26. On reddit, there are over 12,000 comments about this story, and the comments are monolithically against the SJWs. “Brats” is a common descriptor.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/3s5wz2/yale_administrators_responds_to_safe_space_hands/

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  27. The dean was there holding a gun to his head.

    Yes. But the dean will be careful not to overplay his hand (please excuse mixing your metaphor) by imposing more ‘sanctions’ on Christakis. If the master is pushed into a corner, things could turn litigious, and that could be expensive for Yale. To win compensation he would need to establish that his employer failed to provide a ‘safe’ environment, free from bullying, harassment, verbal abuse and intimidation. This very apology session (including the apparent lack of an apology from his abuser) can be used to show coercion and disregard for his rights and dignity; part of an ongoing pattern, etc, etc…

    To establish fault on the part of the institution, a lawyer could present as evidence endless official material produced by the the university that has the effect of ‘empowering’ the bullies; making them believe it was OK to abuse etc, etc…

    All of this will be amusing to watch. I say will, because there is no effective statute of limitations on this kind of case and the man is bound eventually to fall out of love with his employer, especially now that he is ‘damaged goods’, so to speak.

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  28. I go to Yale – and I can confirm that the Christakises are lefty true believers, and will willingly sacrifice themselves to the mob. Moreover, beware Isaac Stanley-Becker’s reporting on this issue. He is also a lefty true believer, and not at all objective.

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    Personally, I’d just leave.

    I can’t imaging working in that sort of environment. No matter how high the pay and prestige, it just isn’t worth it.

    I’m already structuring my life so I won’t need to operate in any bureaucratic setting like this. At some point white males are just going to have to withdraw.

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  30. Apologizing to Stalin before being shot.

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  31. See The Atlantic too. Although there are some unbelievably tortuous rants in favor of the Red Guards.

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  32. “People really have to feel like they can express themselves, whatever their views are, in an environment that is open to them,” he said.

    The jokes write themselves here.

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  33. We can now put a name to the “Shrieking Girl” – Jerelyn Luther. May her reputation follow her everywhere.

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  34. Like Wren in the movie Splice…very creepy and scary, btw.

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  35. Years ago when I came off the Appalachian Trail for a few days, I spent that time in New Haven. Cold, dreary town. Campus felt like a mausoleum. And there was a SJW organizing a tent village of homeless/wino people on campus, by the way.

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    I’m all for this kind of stuff. I promote it whenever I can. The elites have worked to destroy middle-class white America and I will do what I can to foster more insane disorder through PC/SJ politics. Hurt the elites through dysfunction.

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  37. If conservatives were smart they’d be exploiting this, and similar, incidents to shame ALL liberals and make liberalism toxic to normal people, just as liberals do the same with tying religious fundamentalist excess around the necks of conservatives.

    This might even work on young people – “you want to stand with these nutbags? Come over to the rational Right.”

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  38. As the good book says, “For they have sown the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind.”

    First to go will be white professors at our elite universities . The speed and ideological purity of modern Progressivism guarantees they’ll all be fired soon. Next will be elite universities themselves. The liberal 1%ers that send their kids to the Ivys aren’t stupid enough to blow $250 K on an education that consists of neothing more than 4 years of apologizing for “White Privilege” to affirmative action hire professors not qualified to teach macro economics, organic chemistry and engineering.

    Better a chemistry degree from a state school that will get Junior into med school than an Africana studies degree from Yale that will qualify him for a job bussing tables at TGIF

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  39. As the good book says, “For they have sown the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind.”

    First to go will be white professors at our elite universities . The speed and ideological purity of modern Progressivism guarantees they’ll all be fired soon. Next will be elite universities themselves. The liberal 1%ers that send their kids to the Ivys aren’t stupid enough to blow $250 K on an education that consists of nothing more than 4 years of apologizing for “White Privilege” to affirmative action hire professors not qualified to teach macro economics, organic chemistry and engineering.

    Better a chemistry degree from a state school that will get Junior into med school than an Africana studies degree from Yale that will qualify him for a job bussing tables at TGIF.

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  40. minority students who say they are barred from full participation at the Ivy League school…

    I bet they enjoyed full participation in Sex Week.

    numerous black women upbraided him

    They gave him cornrows?

    especially if the food is as bad as it was at Rice

    Ironic that a school eponymous with a food would offer bad cuisine. How is the food at Cornell? Wheaton?

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  41. Like Wren in the movie Splice…very creepy and scary, btw.

    Or Wren in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, played by Jodie before her vomiting days, against Martin, who gave Charlie and Emilio some lessons in life.

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  42. Christakis, Wolfe, and the rest of their ilk’s underwear on sale! – : http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo323/bubbanomics/wtf/abbott-lou-costello-ive-been-a-bad-boy.jpg

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  43. If you’re a university professor who 1) doesn’t own a bullhorn and 2) doesn’t bring it to every confrontation with student mobs, well, you’re like the guy who brings a knife to a gunfight.

    “WHAT ABOUT MY SAFE SPACE, YOU PSYCHO MOB-LEADING BITCH” at God knows how many decibels is the appropriate response.

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  44. The residential college system is great. At my college we had both a resident head and a house master. The resident head lived in an apartment with the students. Our resident head was a senior administrator who had been a chemist and was involved with creating the first compound of a noble gas. As well as giving advice he organized sherry hours every other week where University professors would talk about their research and their lives. The house master was a world famous philosopher who had recently retired. He organized incredible lectures with including Nobel prize winners, famous authors and even some celebrities (I still remember Carl Sagan’s talk on how there was life on Mars). Like Steve’s residence, the food was awful. It would be bad if jerky students scared faculty from participating in this.

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  45. As smart as this guy is…he’s a coward and he lacks wisdom. It brings me satisfaction to see him abase himself like this. Schadenfreude, indeed. I wonder if he will learn anything, or if he will double down on his leftism. He has always loved Big Brother!

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  46. ““I mean it just broke my heart,” Christakis said. “I thought that I had some credibility with you, you know? I care so much about the same issues you care about. I’ve spent my life taking care of these issues of injustice, of poverty, of racism. I have the same beliefs that you do … I’m genuinely sorry, and to have disappointed you. I’ve disappointed myself.””

    What he should have said was this: “Screw you, you pissant little creeps. I’m a distinguished physician and professor at an ivy-league universtiy. You will never be anything but low-paid staffers at some two-bit think-tank.

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  47. Nicholas and Erika Christakis donated to the campaigns of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, giving the latter $2,700 just five months ago. They are certified Leftists. They caved. It was fully expected.

    The sad fact is that we’ve had in the space of just one week two terrific examples of black, Leftist insanity, with the public overwhelmingly against them, and yet the insane Leftists won.

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    “I’ve often wondered why this “college” system hasn’t spread to more universities, since it’s a nice blend between dorm and frat living.”

    Steve, the residential college system is sometimes called the “British” system.

    Old saw — “The best way to organize a university? British for the undergrads, German for the grad students, and American for the alumni and the football team.”

    The “British system”, focusing on building character and maturity for would-be clergymen, civil servants, and lawyer-types, attempted to build relationships between students and “esteemed adults” and mentors. The British system can do a good job of polishing coal until it sort of resembles diamonds. Think Hogwarts.

    The “German system”, which the US essentially adopted when Johns Hopkins adopted the German research university model, was viewed as having been developed deliberately to foster fast modernization in a “backward, agricultural” economy (Germany). It worked great. The Germans were soon putting industries like the British textile/dye industry under pressure. Modern chemistry and all that. The US adopted the German system in large part because the US was considered likewise to be backward and agricultural. The German system does a great job of picking diamonds out of the coal. Think Prussian Army.

    Johns Hopkins University, early years:

    “In preparation for the university’s founding, Gilman visited University of Freiburg and other German universities. Johns Hopkins would become the first American university committed to research by the German education model of Alexander von Humboldt.”

    The German system is seen as impersonal and industrial. It also lends itself well to mass-producing officers at national scale, if you need to do that.

    The British system is expensive. There have been occasional attempts to replicate it in the US. In the UC system, UCSC (Santa Cruz) was originally setup with great effort to try to recreate the British residential college system.

    The UCSC experiment, and I think most others like it in the US, did not fully succeed in duplicating the (vision) of the British system, even though they got a lot of the trappings right. The problem was that in research universities, at national level, academics must owe their primarily allegiance to their Department. The Department system, revolving around fields of study, swamps alternative models. The Department system is also well suited to receiving research grants and being integrated into national research efforts. In the modern research university, it is no contest.

    Today the core mission of residential colleges — passing on values from the older generation — is seen as perverse, subversive, and reactionary. Whose values? Whatever, we can’t do that, it’s probably evil. Claws of the dead white patriarchy, or something.

    People often say it would be great if the models could somehow be combined. Perhaps that could somehow be done.

    Residential College:

    “A residential college is an organisational pattern for a division of a university that places academic activity in a community setting of students and faculty, usually at a residence and with shared meals, the college having a degree of autonomy and a federated relationship with the overall university…

    …Prominent models for residential colleges are the colleges of the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge…”

    The British system is probably rooted in the house system used at all grade levels, not just university. Well suited to boarding schools, you can almost see richer Norman knights and nobility nearly a thousand years ago trying to set up a system that would keep their kids safe and provided for while they were away on a Crusade or some other campaign that was bound to take years away from home.

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  49. Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    Yet he couldn’t even influence a claque of black schoolgirls to whom he’d been sucking up for the better part of a year.

    Straight outta Roissy.

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  50. I think the black students intuitively sense that the penchant of elite whites (and it’s not just the Left, by a long shot) to treat them with reverent admiration and something like religious devotion is causing them to miss out on what has traditionally made an Ivy League education worthwhile, which is having one’s preconceived notions (and ways of arriving at notions) utterly dismantled by someone who knows how and will train you with better alternatives.

    An intellectual boot camp.

    That this process has been highjacked by the Left over these past fifty years doesn’t diminish the value it once offered (and still does, for those who know where to seek it – many blacks do not) over the previous three centuries.

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  51. It looks like she has a white mother too. This is BS that African immigrants and half-whites are getting to take up the lion’s share of diversity slots at the top-notch schools.

    Note: Her mother’s company appears to have no people of color on staff.

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  52. I agree those elites at the Ivies and other universities fostered this crap for decades and now it’s come back to bite them and end their careers.

    Good. They deserve it and more. They’re scum, frauds with degrees like the most of their ilk.

    I hope these Maoist Red Guards tear down these stinking universities for helping destroy middle-class white America.

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  53. This.

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  54. Not Leftist insanity, this is SOP for Lefties when they have power. They are anything if predictable.

    However it is a example of white elitists getting a taste of s**t they routinely ram down the throats of whites.

    I have zero sympathy for these phony intellectuals. Educated idiots is more like it with this lot.

    They are the very one ones who are poisoning the university system. They fostered the monstrosity known as PC/MC and help bring hordes of emotional and intellectual pygmies on campus to rampage about like Mugabe’s henchmen.

    They thought these ethnics would be grateful and revere them and keep them on as “leaders”. Doesn’t work that way with ethnics, they like their own kind, they’re quite tribal you know. Just ask the white Rhodesians. Oh that’s right you can’t.

    For supposed “smart” people, they didn’t ask the right questions. If they did, they never would have went down this road.

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  55. You’d think a site called Orthodoxy Today would proofread before posting.

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  56. But maybe one reason is that rare individuals of the caliber of a Christiakis or a Martin have a lot better things to do with their lives than getting screeched at by overgrown adolescents.

    They didn’t have to put up with that kind of nonsense when you were in college, Steve.

    To make Christakis’ humiliation complete, he should be forced to divorce that racist wife of his. Same way Molotov had to see his wife exiled to Siberia.

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  57. this story has it all

    Indeed. “The punishments will continue until moral improves.”

    I believe it is called a holier-than-thou death spiral.

    To save the village, it needs to be burned down.

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  58. Anyone have a guess on how long it will be before we see a high-profile death (murder or suicide) connected with this cr*p that is accepted as natural/just?

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  59. Tangential to this, I clicked through a hand wringing article about Hawaii having the highest homeless population per capita, and the “reporter” went on and on about the extra spending needed for this, and gushed about all the out-reach/advocacy/NGO groups catering to the needs, etc.

    The hedonic treadmill rolls on…

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  60. If they attacked him for his research and scholarship, do you think he’d have stood up for himself?

    Cialdini’s book “Influence,” talks a lot about the power of consistency. Leftists love to tar Christians with the hypocrisy tag but maybe their signaling that that’s what they fear being called.

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  61. TangoMan, that photo from the Cultural Revolution of the dunce-capped professor surrounded by a mob of howling, smiling students was well worth the visit.

    I hope that Professor Christakis and the Yale students (led by Shrieking Girl Jerelyn Luther) consider recreating that picture, as part of his penance. Annie Liebowitz or a similar hip photographer could direct the shoot. Given the subtext of Cultural Appropriation, it would be catnip for Melissa Click and her fellow academics. Everybody wins!

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  62. Obviously Yale should dedicate one of its Colleges entirely to blacks.

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  63. “Aren’t Hallowe’en costumes SUPPOSED to be scary?”

    Scary, yes. But POLITICALLY CORRECT scary, which means they can’t unduly frighten anyone, especially a person of color.

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  64. Not THE Gilbert Pinford?

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  65. If President Obama had a daughter…

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  66. If conservatives are smart they will let the Cultural Revolution happening right now to run it’s full course and discredit the left so much that they won’t have another chance in 50 years. As they should have done in the 1960s instead of electing Nixon, who saved the left from itself if only by giving them someone else to hate.

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  67. one reason is that rare individuals of the caliber of a Christiakis or a Martin have a lot better things to do with their lives

    This might be all it takes if you apply this across all institutions.

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  68. Reading about Christakis made me sad. Really. He and his wife seem like such great, amazing people. They are exactly the sort of people who should be gently guiding your smart kid into adulthood at a great university.

    Mrs. Christakis wrote a beautifully written email, full of complete sentences, multi-cultural allusions, and examples from her distinguished career as an early childhood educator. I read it and said to myself, pearls before swine. Some of the kids to whom this email was addressed will understand what she is writing. The inflamed aggrieved minorities performing for the camera, will not. It will be for naught.

    I know that most of the commenters here will sneer at me for saying this, but I don’t care. I should be happy that a liberal gets a taste of his own medicine, that he suffers an emotional version of the Philadelphia brick attack (google it). But I’m not.

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  69. That is backwards, unfortunately. Yale is the center. We are the fringe.

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  70. This was my immediate thought as well.

    Sometimes the megaphone really is just literally a megaphone.

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  71. And here is Shrieking Girl’s mother:

    http://creative-conceptsllc.com/about-us/letter-from-valorie/

    If your mother looked like this, wouldn’t you be insecure about your status as a gen-u-ine black person and want to affirm it by being as radical as possible?

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  72. Much of the second rank of the MSM has removed comments sections. If comments contra the currently fashionable babble keep getting upvoted at the NYT and other higher echelon Cathedral members; then those comments sections will close or receive tougher SJW monitoring. Pop Sci removed theirs because their readers were better informed on the global warming section of the currently fashionable babble than their authors and editors were.

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  73. Hah. And how’s the coffee at Columbia? How are the baskets at Reed? How’s the deer hunting season around Rutgers? (Okay, that was a stretch.)

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  74. Yale is just the seat of power. What we’re seeing is the occupants of that seat coming to the realization that they’re not all on the same team. They’re not even fighting over the controls, they’re playing king of the hill for the seat itself, and in the end the group left in the seat won’t be capable of working the controls.

    There’s a good possible outcome and a bad possible outcome from this:

    The good outcome is that this process burns itself out quickly, leaving a power vacuum for some adult supervision to come on the scene and turn things around. As other commenters have said, conservatives could take advantage of this if they were smart, and I believe some are.

    The bad outcome is that this somehow drags on and on, spiraling in on itself for decades and reaching new heights of absurdity, making demands that are so absurd that no powerful negative response is elicited, only nervous bemused compliance (a.k.a more of what we see now).

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  75. As a guy on DailyCaller.com said, “Now I know where my ugly stick went.”

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  76. I wonder why that eminent teacher accepts being treated like shit by a worthless “student”. Has he no self respect? Shouldn’t that hysterical girl made to apologize for making a scene? She belongs in the ghetto and not Yale.

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  77. Lol, those are some good ones.

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  78. Thanks for posting this link.

    I love it when these people are identified to the public.

    From now until the end of her life, Google will link her name to her assault on the mild-mannered, kind-hearted professor.

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  79. Absolutely. The best thing that can happen is for Hilary to get elected. Things need to get a lot worse materially before everyone wakes from their slumber. It will be painful in the interim.

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  80. Looks like America’s cultural revolution has well and truly started.

    I know people in China who went through that and the destruction and regression that occurred is amazing.

    If we are lucky it will be over soon. If not? Civil War II?

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  81. Yes these people are destroying themselves. We should all just stand back and enjoy the show.

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  82. Hard to believe that young woman is a senior, harder still to think that she believes she can get away with that kind of conduct in the real world. No boss, not even a graduate advisor, would willingly take on someone who launches into such abusive tirades.

    I’m not really a fan of doxxing people, and I’m a big believer in second chances, but truly the aggression on display (dropping her backpack, advancing on the wimpy professor, who is holding his hands like a perpetually startled parson in a Daumier cartoon, screaming obscenities at him with a jaw dropping sense of entitlement and license to bully) deserves some kind of sanction.

    Meanwhile the obsequiousness of the professor, both in the video and in subsequent comments, and even disloyalty to his wife, indicates a turn the other cheek passivity that crosses over into complete degradation and lack of self-respect. Who in their right mind would want to pay a quarter of a million dollars to have such “role models”?

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  83. Yale should never have allowed Slytherin to have a house.

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  84. … full of complete sentences…

    Once upon a time, this wouldn’t have needed emphasizing. It would have been like a hotel advertising “We have real beds!”

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  85. I’m just about ready to walk around the nearby campus next Halloween in blackface, drag, warpaint and a Native American headdress, just to see how many special snowflakes I can trigger into emotional breakdowns at once.

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  86. A lot of folks will sacrifice their self-respect for prestige. That Yale diploma is worth the damaged dignity for many.

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  87. Being a Turtle doesn’t work. Agree and amplify does. Until mau-mau’ed people understand this, the Mao-Mao-ing will continue.

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  88. One of the grander tragedies that have occurred in the West over the last half century, and that is showcased in the Yale debacle albeit in an oblique manner, is that the SJW are every bit as racist as the stereotypical Southern old boys of the 1950s, and that they perpetuate a nasty problem by pursuing a profoundly wrongheaded solution. The new racism is insidious and implicit, whereas the old racism was brutal and explicit.

    The problem is that both the old crowd and the new crowd say the same thing – namely, you are doomed because of your skin color. Both crowds assume the problem is insoluble. The old crowd wanted to treat colored people as a kind of an inferior class of people; and the new crowd wants to tread them like special students.

    Thus colored people in the West are now a sort of an infinite source of puppies for a gang of frankly insane do-gooders who have abandoned their religion but still retain its core impulses and principles. The SJW Corps is an army of current and future cat ladies who want an infinite supply of victims in order to justify the existence of their sinecures, and in order to have puppies to coddle and cuddle and feel good about themselves.

    But no self-respecting person beyond a certain age likes to be treated like a puppy. Hence the subconscious resentment many feel at people such as the Christakis couple.

    What colored people in America badly – viscesrally! – need is to be told that ghetto culture is hideous and without redeeming values; that if you don’t learn to read you are doomed and it’s your own damn fault; that a nation which elected Obama can not possible be and indeed is not racist; that a little bit of racism is natural and healthy and never hurt anyone anyway; that the jails are full not of victims but of hardened criminals; that America – and this is one of the best things about America – gleefully recognizes and appreciates all good and much bad human achievement; and that being a victim is not something you want to be.

    And SJWs just need to be told to shut up.

    Unfortunately, the above cannot be said in public, because the insidious SJW ideology has permeated society too deeply, and because far too many people possessed of much ambition but little ability are too deeply invested in the vast SJW industry.

    So what will happen is what always happens. The revolution, like the French Revolution, and the Russian Revolution, and the Weimar regime will proceed to its logical psychotic conclusion – and then a counter-revolution will arrive. Until we get there, there will be a lot of collateral damage. Many perpetual victims will live lives of intense suffering born out of resentment, self-doubt, and aimless hate; many true believers like the Christakis couple will suffer purification for the greater glory of the Revolution; and many sane normal people such as Brendan Eich will get thrown under the bus for heresy.

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  89. Hah. And how’s the coffee at Columbia? How are the baskets at Reed? How’s the deer hunting season around Rutgers? (Okay, that was a stretch.)

    How’s the *****ing at Ball State? And at Beaver College*….

    *Which changed its name a few years back; wonder when the nice white lady school president who instituted that will be hauled before the firing squad for the crime of beave-shaming…

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  90. When I was at Yale in the late 70′s, these outrages would have stimulated a conservative student response— a counterdemonstration, posters, etc.— and we would have relished the fight. I know Yale has conservative student organizations— the Conservatives, Tories, and Party of the Right, last time I looked a few years ago. Are they doing anything?

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  91. The chap probably knows the First Law of University Dynamics: he who does the right thing will be let down by the Powers that Be.

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  92. You have this all wrong – academia is topsy-turvy world. She has just gained immense credibility as an “activist” and I’m sure will have many job offers as a “community organizer”, etc. Obviously she is not going to get any offers from businesses, but she wouldn’t take such jobs to begin with. You have to understand that these people live in a hermetic bubble and they try (often with success) to arrange their lives so that they can live inside that bubble for their entire life – thus the vehement protest when anything or anyone threatens to puncture their bubble. Increasingly, their bubble constitutes the “real” world and your world is the one that is disappearing.

    Obviously, this can’t go on forever – there has to be some productive sector of the society to support all the worthless (indeed counter-productive) parasites. But it may go on for longer than you and I are alive.

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  93. I think that Time magazine’s Person of the Year, will be one of the following, the late Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter movement or the next loudest shrieking black girl who manifests herself closer to publication date.

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  94. Sounds like a true wuss.

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  95. Why would he agree to it? I have no sympathy for him, at the very least he should have never apologized ( For the obvious reason that he had nothing to apologize for, but she did and didn’t apologize ) at the most he should have annihilated her arguments and then as icing on the cake told her she was in violation of the student code of conduct and that he would bring her abusive tirade to the attention of the administration, even if it was a useless threat. If they fired him, he should have sued them in a New York minute.

    More kowtowing and placating just brings more of it down the road, for everyone. I have heard other people claiming he was being physically threatened, but nothing on this video shows that, throw it back at her with interest and watch her completely lose it. She clearly doesn’t belong at Yale or any Ivy if a dispassionate and reasonable argument brings her to the level of a tearful, profanity spewing mental breakdown, let her have it with both barrels and dare the administration to justify firing him in court.

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  96. Eh, these are ambitious kids who are about to apply to grad school/enter the job market. It’s kind of unreasonable to demand that they severely jeopardize their future prospects for the sake of some guy who’s kinda wussy anyway.

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  97. I know Yale has conservative student organizations— the Conservatives, Tories, and Party of the Right, last time I looked a few years ago. Are they doing anything?

    Hosting gay weddings, perhaps? I suspect “conservative” to those born in the mid-’90s means conserving the victories of the left. Just with lower marginal tax rates.

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  98. “Obviously she is not going to get any offers from businesses,”

    Except from her mother’s business, where she could break the glass ceiling by becoming the first employee of color to be hired.

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  99. You’re assuming that if blacks just accepted that they need to learn to read, that they could (at the same level as whites), when all evidence is to the contrary.

    The problem is MUCH worse than that. We are living in an age where the bar for the necessary skills needed to be a productive citizen keeps getting set higher and higher. We are way past the point where a strong back (which is all many of these people have) is adequate to earn a living and we are seeing even highly skilled people (programmers, lawyers, etc.) displaced by technology and outsourcing. People here complain about SJW’s who do nothing useful, people who spend their entire life on welfare, people who retire young on “disability”, etc. but there are no jobs for most of these people anyway in our economy as it is currently constituted. But people hate being kept like animals in a zoo – everyone would like to feel as if they are somehow useful. But no one has any bloody idea on how to make most of these folks useful in a modern economy. Of course whatever we are doing now is totally wrong, but it’s not clear what could be done that would really fix the situation. We are never going back to the age where you need John Henry.

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  100. No doubt president Peter Salovey will be forced to resign. Have they set up a guillotine in the quad yet?

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  101. “People really have to feel like they can express themselves, whatever their views are, in an environment that is open to them,”

    then apparently college isn’t for you any longer.

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  102. Academia is too scared to fix the problem themselves. They want somebody else to do it. Like Trump.

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  103. This being New England, stocks would be more appropriate.

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  104. Excuse me while I take another sip of this medicinal draught… That damnable jazz cacophony is driving me mad… Now what was that, old man?

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  105. Don’t disagree. My point is that the University has a lot to lose here with possible lawsuits from both sides. Maybe they will reflect on creating this toxic environment. Empowering angry, entitled bullies and encouraging their histrionics seems like the SJW thing to do. What could possibly go wrong?

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  106. Look at how liberals are acting. They seem to be able to reconcile being outright totalitarians, in line with their beliefs and values, and doing so in public and yet their opponents have to keep their heads down and keep their beliefs and values secret.

    It’s one thing to have an unpopular belief, say worshiping Stalin and the Gulags, and so keeping quiet for fear of ostracism, but when students are scared to stand up for free speech on a college campus because they believe that this will impact their careers, this implies that they believe that the larger world sees their belief as obnoxious and the beliefs of liberal zealots to be mainstream.

    Look at the accolades directed at the Mizzou student journalist for standing his ground. If some Yale coward stood up in that “encounter session” and denounced the Maoists and this was caught on camera, I would think that future employers doing Google searches on this student would see this a a resume enhancer. This issue really boils down to how much shit students are willing to swallow in order to live a peaceful life and liberals show us that they have no compunctions against living true to their principles, so to paraphrase Mark Steyn, the future belongs to those who stand up for their principles. If it’s too much of a burden to denounce Maoists, then the future will see continuing erosion of free speech rights. Who knows, one of those Maoists could end up on the Supreme Court – look at Sotomayor who appears to be fully on board with the “black lives matter” protests.

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  107. “Non White students are just showing who is boss. Them. Not White students. The whole point is non-Whites telling Whites what costumes they may or may not wear on Halloween. Which Elite White worship of non-Whites as racial redeemers not only allows but encourages.”

    Scottish Canadian Gavin McInnes dressed up as a Native American this year for Halloween and showed it off on Fox News Red Eye just to piss off the Nonwhites and the Social Justice Warrior SWPL types.

    Gavin is one Honky that Nonwhite people can not boss around. No Nonwhite person can stop him from committing cultural appropriation. The reason for this is because he has F U money. Meaning he can be politically incorrect and will not hurt his bank account because he is self employed. He never has to worry about getting fired because he is his own boss just like Donald Trump is his own boss. I wonder which Nonwhite group Gavin will culturally appropriate next year for Halloween? Islamic terrorist? Cannibal from Papua New Guinea? Mexican drug cartel member?

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  108. “Hosting gay weddings, perhaps? I suspect “conservative” to those born in the mid-’90s means conserving the victories of the left. Just with lower marginal tax rates.”

    So they are basically Libertarians. Libertarians are just Liberals who want to pay no income taxes.

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  109. “If your mother looked like this, wouldn’t you be insecure about your status as a gen-u-ine black person and want to affirm it by being as radical as possible?”

    Why would she be insecure about her Blackness? Phenotype wise she can not pass for White/Whitish. She has a typical Mulatto phenotype and in America Mulatto phenotypes are considered Black, so I doubt she gets mistaken for Nonblack very often.

    She would not be able to “Pass” like Anatole Broyard if she had lived in Jim Crow South. Her phenotype does not fall within “Passing” range.

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  110. I’m with you. I don’t wish this kind of crap on anyone, even the enablers.

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  111. In the comments at this link you can find out what a bunch of anti-religious liberals think of all this

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/more-fighting-over-halloween-costumes-at-yale/

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  112. As we have joked in our household for years, if you think the War on Christmas was something, wait till the left finishes with the War on Samhain/Halloween/Kekri.

    http://www.jyu.fi/tdk/museo/kekri_en/kekri_en.html

    May Joulupukki and Krampus damn them all.

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  113. Halloween/Samhain/Kekri are not African/Mexican/Arabian/Asian etc. holidays. Thus these nonwhites should have nothing to say about it, just as whites have no say in how Chinese New Year or Ramadan or whatever are celebrated.

    This is precisely why they are under attack. They are very old European holidays, and the point is to continue erasure of native European culture and memory.

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  114. Or a dating service where white men are forced to date black women. Because raycizm.

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  115. “all 100 students chose the path of subservience”

    Blacks being blacks. The females flying into a snit when white men don’t pay them attention. All of them following the shoutiest chest-thumping poo-flinger.

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  116. PRICELESS. Thank you for this.

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  117. Yes, it’s the deserved fate of a Zinoviev.

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  118. “Can’t someone else do it?” Homer Simpson

    Academia finally learns from The Simpsons!

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  119. My first thought on seeing the photo at the top of the article was “Wow! Where did they find that many white people in New Haven?”

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  120. From what I’ve seen of this Christakis guy, he would react with horror at any declaration of support from conservatives. In fact, he would probably join with his persecutors to denouce such ‘supporters’.

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  121. Yep. I checked out his twitter feed and he took pains to exonerate the b*tch who screeched at him. It kind of hardened my heart a bit, but I still feel sorry about the whole thing. Not for him, just about the whole situation.

    BTW, I can no longer edit my comments. Did they take that out?

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  122. I think Steve’s “Coalition of the Fringes” is absurd. A coalition that includes Big Business/Wall Street/Billionaires (in the real world) and, in the universities, Big Football, is hardly fringe.

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  123. That would be absurd, but Big Business/Wall Street/Billionaires obviously aren’t part of the Coalition of the Fringes. They just happen to line up on the same side on the immigration issue and a few others, and they play along with whatever the latest PC fad is to keep up their cred and not be the last ones clapping.

    Big Football is only part of the CotF insofar as it concerns looking the other way while football players commit crimes. Steve himself has written a lot about how rich conservatives often blow their donation money on football when they could be using it to influence political outcomes.

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  124. They just happen to line up on the same side on the immigration issue and a few others,

    That’s called a coalition.

    Big Football is only part of the CotF insofar as it concerns looking the other way while football players commit crimes.

    Right, it’s part of the coalition. You don’t even think before you write. You actually cuck what you say, and you don’t even see it.

    It’s not even a Coalition of the Fringes. You can’t say that LGBTCorporate America, and BigFootball, are fringes. They are the belly of the beast. Face facts: the NFL is the major US sports League, its reach is everywhere, and now they are going overseas! I realize that facts don’t mean much to people like you, but chew on this:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/sports-chart-of-the-day-nfl-revenue-still-dwarfs-other-major-sports-2012-10

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  125. The Violence Against the Trump Rally Was Part of the “Safe Spaces” Movement | VDARE - premier news outlet for patriotic immigration reform
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    […] From the Los Angeles Times below is an article that makes evident how the violence against the Trump rally in Chicago was part of the ongoing Safe Spaces campus movement, such as the Yale freakout over Halloween costumes. […]

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