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From Reason:

A Medical Student Questioned Microaggressions. UVA Branded Him a Threat and Banished Him from Campus.

Kieran Bhattacharya’s First Amendment lawsuit can proceed, a court said.
ROBBY SOAVE | 4.7.2021 2:30 PM

Kieran Bhattacharya is a student at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine. On October 25, 2018, he attended a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions. Dissatisfied with the definition of a microaggression offered by the presenter—Beverly Cowell Adams, an assistant dean—Bhattacharya raised his hand.

Within a few weeks, as a result of the fallout from Bhattacharya’s question about microagressions, the administration had branded him a threat to the university and banned him from campus. He is now suing UVA for violating his First Amendment rights, and a judge recently ruled that his suit should proceed.

Here was what the student said.

“Thank you for your presentation,” said Bhattacharya, according to an audio recording of the event. “I had a few questions, just to clarify your definition of microaggressions. Is it a requirement, to be a victim of microaggression, that you are a member of a marginalized group?”

Adams replied that it wasn’t a requirement.

Bhattacharya suggested that this was contradictory, since a slide in her presentation had defined microaggressions as negative interactions with members of marginalized groups. Adams and Bhattacharya then clashed for a few minutes about how to define the term. It was a polite disagreement. Adams generally maintained that microaggression theory was a broad and important topic and that the slights caused real harm. Bhattacharya expressed a scientific skepticism that a microaggression could be distinguished from an unintentionally rude statement. His doubts were wellfounded given that microaggression theory is not a particularly rigorous concept.

But Nora Kern, an assistant professor who helped to organize the event, thought Bhattacharya’s questions were a bit too pointed. Immediately following the panel, she filed a “professionalism concern card”—a kind of record of a student’s violations of university policy.

“This student asked a series of questions that were quite antagonistic toward the panel,” wrote Kern. “He pressed on and stated one faculty member was being contradictory. His level of frustration/anger seemed to escalate until another faculty member defused the situation by calling on another student for questions. I am shocked that a med student would show so little respect toward faculty members. It worries me how he will do on wards.”

According to Bhattacharya’s lawsuit, the concern card generated interest from an assistant dean in the medical school, who emailed him and offered to meet. The assistant dean assured him that “I simply want to help you understand and be able to cope with unintended consequences of conversations.”

Bhattacharya responded that contrary to anyone’s assertions, he had not lost his temper or become frustrated with the panel:

Your observed discomfort of me from wherever you sat was not at all how I felt. I was quite happy that the panel gave me so much time to engage with them about the semantics regarding the comparison of microaggressions and barbs. I have no problems with anyone on the panel; I simply wanted to give them some basic challenges regarding the topic. And I understand that there is a wide range of acceptable interpretations on this. I would be happy to meet with you at your convenience to discuss this further.

Then a dean of student affairs asked to meet as well.

Meanwhile, the Academic Standards and Achievement Committee met to to discuss the concern card. This committee voted to send Bhattacharya a written reminder to “show mutual respect” to faculty members and “express yourself appropriately.” The committee also suggested that he get counseling.

On November 26, this suggestion became a mandate: The student was informed that he must be evaluated by psychological services before returning to classes. Bhattacharya repeatedly asked university officials to clarify what exactly he was accused of, under whose authority his counseling had been mandated, and why his enrollment status was suddenly in doubt, according to the lawsuit. These queries only appear to have made UVA officials more determined to punish him: Bhattacharya’s mounting frustration with these baseless accusations of unspecified wrongdoings was essentially treated as evidence that he was guilty. At his hearing, he was accused of being “extremely defensive” and ordered to change his “aggressive, threatening behavior.”

He was ultimately suspended for “aggressive and inappropriate interactions in multiple situations.” On December 30, UVA police ordered him to leave campus.

Back in the 1970s, the Soviets used mental health hospitals to punish and silence dissidents, as in Tom Stoppard’s play Every Good Boy Deserves Favor. Psychiatric treatment as punishment for political incorrectness is more rare in the U.S., but it was imposed on baseball pitcher John Rocker in 2000 for his funny observations on New York City.

 
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  1. This is reminiscent of the Kafkaesque scene where the NYT reporter was being interrogated — by his own people — for thought crimes, except he was near 70 and this kid is just a 20-something. People are just going to have to learn to be passive-aggressive rather than laying it all out there.

    I don’t really care about young people but at the same time I feel awful for them, this is their world now

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @photondancer
  2. Tony says:

    I think he should have asked that Adams woman if anyone in her family has ever done time upstate.

  3. Rocker’s wikipedia page is really a scream.

    “Yeah, of course I was [using steroids]. I mean who wasn’t? Let’s be honest here, who wasn’t?”

    Anybody knows where Bill James has John Rocker, or my personal favorite insane relief pitcher, Mitch Williams on his career value rankings. No way he has them below Brad Lidge. Well maybe he does but he definitely should not.

    • Replies: @Marty
    , @Forbes
    , @Ron Mexico
  4. Anonymous[260] • Disclaimer says:

    This is a surprise amd not a surprise.

    His mother was my kids’ pediatrician. She is very intelligent and a good doctor, but very clearly on the autism spectrum herself. Her bedside manner was peculiar, but we liked her because she had an open mind to figuring out challenging health issues and listening to our concerns and opinions, although she always did so while hunched over her laptop computer staring at the screen instead of looking at us. She went to MIT for her undergraduate degree.

    When I mentioned this post to my daughter she said “That’s ableist!”

  5. I wonder if he’s related to the same Bhattacharya out of Stanford who’s been a big lockdown skeptic.

    But these nice women will have to realize that Indians can handle quite a lot of confrontation and sharp words without any feelings being hurt. That’s how they roll, and if you’re used to it, plenty of learning and understanding can take place. Or, you can feel bullied and want them out of your comfort zone.

    Hey, can we still mock our own comfort zones? I forgot about that. It used to be something to get out of, but now we are supposed to crawl into our safe spaces.

  6. All I can say to this young man is “Welcome to the Republican Party”.

    • Replies: @Anon
  7. Anon[268] • Disclaimer says:

    Is there video anywhere of the panel discussion?

  8. anon[293] • Disclaimer says:

    Everyone should be tossed out of UVA except Bhattachharrah (sp?).

  9. Onward and downwards.

  10. Travis says:

    Kieran Ravi Bhattacharya is Asian. Was he trying t claim victim status ? Or does his high caste give him permission to have negative interactions with members of the lower castes ?

    UVA defined microaggressions as negative interactions with members of marginalized groups. Do Asians qualify under this definition. Was Ravi Bhattacharya trying to expand the definition so that Asians could be victims of microaggressions and this upset the dean.

    • Replies: @Aardvark
    , @Hibernian
  11. I have mentioned before that my daughter at UCLA was viciously attacked and seriously injured by a disturbed roommate (my daughter was moving out of the room when the attack occurred) in May 2019: my daughter had medically documented injuries, including a broken bone in her hand, and the assailant confessed to multiple crimes. Obviously, the assailant was not injured at all.

    UCLA has now finished their administrative proceedings. They gave my daughter a deferred suspension and are holding it over her for the next five years, long after she will graduate. They let the criminal off scot-free.

    Their proceedings actually found my daughter innocent of the false accusations they had made against her. So, after the hearings were all finished, they just invented some new accusations and found my daughter guilty of those new accusations without her having any chance to defend herself at all.

    American universities need to be shut down. They are simply racketeer-influenced-corrupt organizations. There was a better system of justice in the later days of the Soviet Union.

  12. Anonymous[260] • Disclaimer says:
    @stillCARealist

    I don’t know if he is related to the Stanford Bhattacharya on his father’s side, but his mother is white.

  13. Anon[261] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johann Ricke

    “All I can say to this young man is Welcome to the Republican Party.”

    Why would he join that pack of gutless losers? Seems like he wants to win in life, and I don’t blame him. GOP would be a long sad road to nowhere.

  14. @PhysicistDave

    American universities need to be shut down. They are simply racketeer-influenced-corrupt organizations. There was a better system of justice in the later days of the Soviet Union.

    Hear, hear.

  15. Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting thing is that Bhattacharya had a lot of discussion-thread detractors a year after the incident, which must have been the point when he realized the expulsion was insuperable. They weren’t mostly, AFAICT, defenders of U.Va. but instead, piqued that he was spamming their anime/racism/porn boards with photos and unfortunate text records of “Medgate”-related dramatic personae. It’s hard to say which side is meta-brigading and which is merely brigading, period. There is a pro-guy side and an anti-guy side but the connection to opinions on and employees of U.Va Med is murky.

    The temperature in the country has also changed a bit since 2019. If the aggrieved ex-Cavalier gets his legal representation upgraded, which I would think is now likely, then U.Va. will prob extend a significant sum to settle this. I didn’t find any pieces of backstory and side drama that help U.Va. specifically in a 1A constitutional dispute.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  16. MBlanc46 says:

    He’s not an American. He has no First Amendment rights. ascend him back where he came from.

    • Agree: Mike Tre
    • Replies: @Gandydancer
  17. it’s a norm in family court

  18. Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Note: the line between doxxing and embarrassment has been blurred, thanks to the Taylor Lorenz’s of the world. So I wasn’t suggesting Bhattacharya doxxed anyone because I don’t know any of these people anyway.

  19. @stillCARealist

    These “nice women” are indeed the problem:

    Read this passage and ask yourself what the heck does this have to do with a “university”?

    “This student asked a series of questions that were quite antagonistic toward the panel,” wrote Kern. “He pressed on and stated one faculty member was being contradictory. His level of frustration/anger seemed to escalate until another faculty member defused the situation by calling on another student for questions. I am shocked that a med student would show so little respect toward faculty members. It worries me how he will do on wards.”

    Uh oh, someone arguing with faculty! Someone not showing us proper respect!

    Women create this whole “hurt feelings” microaggression nonsense … then get their feelings hurt when someone challenges it.

    Note, i’m not saying women have no place at a university. But they certainly have no place in administration at a university, nor any place where they have the ability to dictate the culture of a university.

    Maybe co-education isn’t such a great idea.

  20. Currahee says:

    America is due to be conquered.

  21. @PhysicistDave

    How is the lawsuit going?

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  22. @PhysicistDave

    American universities need to be shut down. They are simply racketeer-influenced-corrupt organizations. There was a better system of justice in the later days of the Soviet Union.

    Well said PhysDave.

    The are a joke–a sick joke. A few labs are useful and we could have research institutes. But basically American universities–pretty much anything outside STEM now–are in the net anti-learning, anti-white, anti-nation, anti-civilization, anti-knowledge nests of parasites.

    We have the Internet. Education scales really, really well. Many of the people doing these “Great Courses” things are better than any prof a kid will ever encounter in four years.

    One aspect of a national pro-American-people program would be competency exams in everything from basic skills to particular subjects, which anyone could take to demonstrate their knowledge on any subject. And have all government hiring driven off exams with no account of any bullshit university credential.

    Take away the credentialism, and this entire edifice of minoritarian propaganda and parasitism collapses.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Thanks: PhysicistDave
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @Anonymous
  23. Isn’t he himself a victim of microaggressions in all of this?

  24. Kieran Bhattacharya

    Indo-Irish? Guinness with his ghee? Still, the Irish are champions at finding microaggressions (except those fictive “no Irish” signs apparently hiding behind leprechauns), while Indians are quite deft at avoiding them, in a land with a thousand different ethnicities. (Factorial that!)

    …a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions.

    Staged at whose expense? And that should be miniaggressions or microepithets. Latin to Latin, Greek to Greek. What would TJ think?

    a dean of student affairs

    Sounds like a scandal in itself.

    Nora Kern, an assistant professor

    Nora Kern = No ranker.

    At his hearing, he was accused of being “extremely defensive” and ordered to change his “aggressive, threatening behavior.”

    In other words, male.

    Back in the 1970s, the Soviets used mental health hospitals to punish and silence dissidents…

    So did the Swedes. More Huxley than Orwell, in their case.

  25. Marty says:

    Here’s a lawyer who specializes in defamation – recently had a $17 million award affirmed on appeal. But, maybe the State of Virginia’s a tougher nut than U.S. Bank.

    https://www.plaintiffmagazine.com/recent-issues/item/profile-christopher-whelan-the-defamation-king

  26. Marty says:
    @Morton's toes

    I loved Rocker’s description of the #7 train, but he (nor Williams) didn’t have anything that broke straight down like Lidge.

  27. @ben tillman

    ben tillman asked me:

    How is the lawsuit going?

    Ever dealt with lawyers?

    My daughter just wants the whole thing over: she has a medical problem (24/7 migraines) and is an electrical engineering major, generally considered the toughest major on campus. The lawyers are focused on how much money they can get out.

    We’re friends with a retired University of California Regent. She is urging us to contact Robby Soave and others in the media. We will probably do that when the school year is over.

    And federal DofEd is investigating: hopefully, they will get enough evidence to nail the crooked administrators.

    Aside from the physical pain and terror, I think what most bothers my daughter is that she expected support from the UCLA Administration: my daughter called the UC police during the attack — they have a recording of most of the attack (which UCLA is holding back).

    UCLA actively enables and encourages violence against women: that is what the country needs to know.

    My daughter has also been sexually assaulted on campus twice. The counselor for victims of sexual assault has actually told my daughter that the counselor has to recommend against reporting these assaults to the University because the University has such a horrific record of harming female victims of assault. (Note that the counselor said that she will support my daughter if my daughter does report the sexual assaults, but the counselor fears the University will only go after my daughter, as has happened in the roommate assault.)

    Think of the UCLA Administration as basically Boko Haram and you will not be far off.

    No sane parent of a female student who knew the truth about UCLA could send their daughter to UCLA.

  28. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve never visited east of the Blue Ridge Mountains but I am wondering how Charlottesville can possibly be as insane it’s seemed over the past 5-6 years? I must be reading too much Unz Review…

  29. Polistra says:
    @Known Fact

    “I am shocked that a med student would show so little respect toward faculty members.”

    Remember Jerelyn Luther? She wasn’t even reprimanded. This is just more who/whom. It’s reminding everyone that even a hint of independent thought will be crushed without mercy.

  30. Senator Manchin is single-handedly stopping the Biden immigration bill.

    Someone send him a Thank-you card.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Ron Mexico
  31. Polistra says:
    @Anonymous

    Remember that one of the reasons Sabrina Rubin Erdely chose UVA for her hit piece was that as a state school they couldn’t sue for slander? Do I have that right? Been so long I can’t remember.

  32. @AnotherDad

    These “nice women” are indeed the problem:

    Didn’t iSteve tell us rule by Karens was going to be lit?

  33. In 2018, UVA President Jim Ryan received a total compensation package worth ~$1.2M.

  34. black sea says:

    In such settings, lecturers or presenters are particularly thin-skinned not when they have great faith in what they are advocating, but when they have so little.

    I’m willing to assume that administrators at UVA’s School of Medicine are highly intelligent people. That doesn’t make them pillars of integrity or defenders of intellectual inquiry, or whatever, but it does mean they are probably not oblivious to the possibility that they are pushing an absolute load.

    In academe, one qualification for becoming an administrator is a willingness to go along with a fair amount of bullshit. You may see that bullshit as advantageous to your career, or you may see it as offensive to your own standards, but if you are going to be a dean, you’re going to be fairly “selective” in your criticisms. Nevertheless, people hate getting publicly challenged on that kind of stuff, because they don’t really believe it themselves.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Ganderson
  35. Anon[377] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    I am saying Women can’t run a university. A few faculty spots yes, Admin or anything decision making, terrible. Its about 1/1000 women that can override their feelings. All the old stereotypes are true. We all know that women simply lack the ability to admit fault or be challenged. Its maybe 1/1000 that can handle it. Once some dormant maternal instincts come into play its 1/10000 that can make reasonable decisions. Also, women, in general, don’t even come close to understanding men and so cannot be put in charge of boys society would like to become men.

    Problem is male faculty will act very badly w coeds if they are in charge. Single sex education is the way to go.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  36. 22pp22 says:

    Nora Kern was shocked at the the disrespect? This is disrespect of a faculty member.

    • Replies: @sayless
  37. Bumpkin says:

    I’m willing to assume that administrators at UVA’s School of Medicine are highly intelligent people.

    You have to be joking or have never met administrators. The bureaucracy selects for those who will follow orders, that is not the hallmark of a highly intelligent person. These are midwits mostly who have been handed CRT propaganda marching orders and will just follow them, lest they be marked for a struggle session also like this kid.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @black sea
  38. In a twisted kind of way, they’re right about young Mr. Bhattacharya being unsuited for the medical profession; his tendency to think freely will cause him to run afoul of wokeness enforcers at future stages of his career. In truth, everyone with a brain and a spine is due for a rough ride.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Pericles
  39. @AnotherDad

    “THAAAAAT’SSSSS RAAAAYCISSSST”!

  40. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @International Jew

    In a twisted kind of way, they’re right about young Mr. Bhattacharya being unsuited for the medical profession; his tendency to think freely will cause him to run afoul of wokeness enforcers at future stages of his career. In truth, everyone with a brain and a spine is due for a rough ride.

    Well put, IJ. (As usual.) But wouldn’t the medical profession be especially insulated from what you refer to as “wokeness”?

    • Replies: @International Jew
  41. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bumpkin

    You have to be joking or have never met administrators. The bureaucracy selects for those who will follow orders, that is not the hallmark of a highly intelligent person.

    Not true. Following rules is a sign of high intelligence. The Chinese have the highest average IQ in the world.

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
    , @Reg Cæsar
  42. black sea says:
    @Bumpkin

    I’m not joking and I have met administrators. There are enough intelligent people who will go along with all sorts of bullshit to staff 1,000 university administrations. Rocking the boat is not a good career move, and lots of very bright people are also very careerist. You shouldn’t confuse conformist behavior with stupidity. Very few people have even mildly original ideas or ethical convictions about anything.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    , @Bumpkin
  43. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    We have the Internet. Education scales really, really well. Many of the people doing these “Great Courses” things are better than any prof a kid will ever encounter in four years.

    I imagine that any young person nowadays who’s an autodidact and assiduously studies reliable books and lectures in the humanities (history, lit, phil, religion) will be received by the rest of the world like St. Anthony the Great’s prophecy:

    Murray Gell-Mann taught himself calculus at the age of 7 (he got his doctorate from MIT at 21). Richard Feynman taught himself algebra, calculus, and advanced calculus in middle & high school. Nassim Taleb says in Antifragile that he only learned well and remembers what he taught himself. These guys all learned from an old technology called books.

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
  44. Roger says:

    I would also be defensive, if treated like that.

  45. @JohnnyWalker123

    Can always count on highlanders when the going gets tough.

  46. @PhysicistDave

    I believe Ben Tillman is a lawyer.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  47. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Btw, thinking of Murray Gell-Mann reminded me of his doctoral advisor at MIT, Victor Weisskopf, whose doctoral advisor at the University of Göttingen was Max Born. Thinking of Max Born reminded me of his granddaughter.


    Max Born


    Max Born’s granddaughter

    • Thanks: Captain Tripps
  48. A guy with the name Bhattacharya sounds like he might be a bit darker than some of the other players in this mini-drama. His suit should be a cakewalk, assuming he gets an all-White jury.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
  49. Anonymous[231] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Murray Gell-Mann’s doctoral advisor at MIT was Victor Weisskopf whose doctoral advisor at the University of Göttingen was Max Born. Max Born’s granddaughter is a famous singer and actress.


    Max Born


    Max Born’s granddaughter

  50. @black sea

    You shouldn’t confuse conformist behavior with stupidity.

    No one mentioned the word stupidity but you.

  51. @North Carolina Resident

    North Carolina Resident wrote to me:

    I believe Ben Tillman is a lawyer.

    In that case, maybe he can tell me how to deal with his peers. We have spent tens of thousands on three different sets of lawyers, each of whom promised to carry out certain actions and then just did… basically nothing.

    The whole experience has not left me with a much higher opinion of lawyers than of UCLA administrators.

    Let me emphasize again the enormity of what has happened:

    My daughter was viciously attacked and physically injured: she has medical documentation of the injuries (from UCLA’s own Medical Center) and the police have a recording of much of the attack.

    And the criminal confessed to multiple crimes against my daughter.

    And yet my daughter has been punished and the criminal has been let off scot-free.

    I know that innocent people are often wrongly punished or even intentionally framed for a crime.

    But I can never remember hearing of any case in my lifetime (I am over 60) in the USA or even in a place like the Soviet Union in which a violent criminal confessed to multiple crimes and yet the victim of the crimes was punished and the criminal let off scot-free.

    Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this happening anywhere in modern times where the victim is punished and the criminal let off, even though the criminal confessed?

    (We have all the documents, including the documents relating the criminal’s confessions: the documents relating the criminal’s confessions were actually given to us by UCLA, so we know UCLA has them.)

  52. Pericles says:
    @AnotherDad

    And, as one might have guessed, Nora Kern is furthermore intellectually unable to defend the official malarkey except by vicious gossip against her student. “Shut up and DIE”, she explained.

  53. Pericles says:
    @International Jew

    What is really needed is more dancing plastic surgeons.

  54. BTW, not to be confused with this …

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  55. Here’s the judge’s opinion allowing the suit to go forward. It includes details that he held to be relevant.

    Bhattacharya v. Murray, Jr., et al, No. 3:2019cv00054 – Document 129 (W.D. Va. 2021)

    Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Senior Judge Norman K. Moon on 3/31/2021. (hnw)

    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/virginia/vawdce/3:2019cv00054/116573/129/

  56. @Reg Cæsar

    What happened in Sweden? I’d like to read a book on all the student brow-beating in history. Soviets, Nazis, the Woke, Lefties in the 60s/70s/80s/90s. They all had different targets, but their modus operandi was similar. Perhaps the difference now is that it comes more from the internet-enabled mob than higher authorities.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  57. @PhysicistDave

    Since the 80s, Reader’s Digest has had articles about colleges covering up crime so people will send their children to “safe” schools.

  58. @PhysicistDave

    I am stunned. I am appalled.

    I also know of a case at a different college in which a female relative of mine declined to report a sexual assault out of fear of being published by that college for violations of COVID protocols, in that the punishment for the young lady for being in the wrong place at the wrong time could be more severe than the punishment for the perpetrator. I thought she was wrong, but maybe she was on to something.

    All I can say is I sincerely wish you and your daughter the very best possible result. It is difficult to read your situation and not devolve into profane rants.

  59. @Anonymous

    I suppose, if he aspires to general practice in a small town. And even then, if he hopes to take Medicare patients, he’ll have to play ball with the government.

  60. @Anonymous

    I like my doctors on the spectrum too. Less likely to attribute physical problems to fake psychological bullshit.

    I recall reading about a few activists and attorneys pushing for discrimination lawsuits on behalf of autistic students or employees who are punished for blunt speech. These suits seem likely to succeed and place the universities and HR types in the uncomfortable position of seeming to be “ableist” as your daughter said. And unlike much of the discrimination litigation, these seem based on actual discrimination.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
    • Replies: @njguy73
  61. Aardvark says:
    @Travis

    I will declare that one does not need to be a member of any specific group to commit microjackassery.

  62. Blodgie says:
    @PhysicistDave

    She’s been “Sexually assaulted” twice?

    Dubious.

    But keep believing everything your Little Princess tells you because she’s YOUR daughter.

    She’s working you like she works all men.

    • Troll: William Badwhite, ic1000
  63. Anon55uu says:

    1. It looks like a brahmin name, and a google search results in pages and pages of profiles of professors, physicians and lawyers.

    2. Senator Manchin’s wife has just been nominated to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission by Biden, which I expect will now be lavishly funded.

    3. An incident which has surprising echoes in recent events is the 1962 arrest of General Edwin Walker for insurrection in connection with a demonstration at the University of Mississippi. The general was ultimately released, but first needed to undergo some sort of psychiatric confinement.

  64. On the University grounds, there should still be a plaque with Jefferson’s line, “Here we are not afraid to follow the truth, wherever it may lead us, nor to tolerate error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

    Should be no problem to surgically remove that plaque.

  65. Seamus says:

    UVa alumnus Haven Monahan was unavailable for comment.

  66. @MBlanc46

    He’s not an American. He has no First Amendment rights. ascend him back where he came from.

    You mean he’s an angel?
    I don’t know that he’s not an American and I suspect you don’t either.

  67. @Anonymous

    Kieran Bhattacharya sounds as if he’s mixed (Indian dad, white American mom). Without giving out details, was his mother white?

    The hapas may turn out to be our only hope.

  68. Paleoconn says:

    There may be some guilt by association here, given how Dr. Bhattacharya out of Stanford is opposed to the flu lockdowns. That name must make some people defensive.

  69. @PhysicistDave

    You have my sympathy, but this environment is one where unless the attacker is black, the woman is at fault.

  70. @PhysicistDave

    …federal DofEd is investigating: hopefully, they will get enough evidence to nail the crooked administrators.

    The newly reAwokened federal DofEd? Don’t hold your breath.

    • Agree: Hibernian
  71. @Paleo Liberal

    But this goes against the avalanche of articles in the right-o-sphere bemoaning the overly restrictive sex codes on campus nowadays. According to them, a girl can say “yes,” change her mind two years later, and then accuse an innocent man of rape.

  72. Too bad Vernon Dalhart isn’t around to sing us a song of “The Old Dominion #21 Intersectionality Train Wreck”

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=train+wreck+songs+old+97&docid=607993414425935811&mid=7F5BDB057A2A923E78DF7F5BDB057A2A923E78DF&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

  73. @stillCARealist

    What these nice women will have to realize is that Indians aren’t Whites; they’re allowed to fight back.

    Whites are basically non-persons now. But Indians, Asians and other non-blacks aren’t under threat of complete destruction for questions the diversity training officer. Even more important – and listen up your identity-hating CivNats – other groups protect each other. Indian-American groups will rally around this guy.

    Pussy Whites could learn something from this.

  74. El Dato says:

    Meanwhile, the Academic Standards and Achievement Committee met to to discuss the concern card. This committee voted to send Bhattacharya a written reminder to “show mutual respect” to faculty members and “express yourself appropriately.” The committee also suggested that he get counseling.

    This whole dishonorable behaviour of the collection of self-selected superior-than-you notables is a straight-on mesoaggression.

    Add-in aspiring “Youth League” with political denuncation fantasies and it becomes a macro-aggression.

    It’s a fucking plantation out there.

    Pick up your cotton!

  75. @PhysicistDave

    I’m sorry to hear about your experiences with lawyers. And more broadly about the horrific ordeal in general. I don’t really know what else to tell you without knowing all the details, except I wish you and your daughter the best.

  76. @PhysicistDave

    We’ve had similar experiences with do-nothing lawyers dealing with a criminal case. They’re happy to take your money, but they don’t actually perform.

    I suspect that in order to accomplish something you have to pay the really big bucks. The truly expensive lawyers all know the judges and prosecutors and can pull the strings necessary to get a fair decision. A lot of criminal lawyers are totally worthless. Pretty sick and sad.

  77. @Currahee

    Already happening. Immigration of another people or peoples (especially in a democracy where 50.1% rules) is an invasion. Whites are just cowed and brainwashed to realize it.

  78. @PhysicistDave

    Wow. It sounds worse than you previously made it out to be. I keep thinking of the future and the need to prevent UCLA from ever making any false claims about your daughter.

  79. dearieme says:

    I am shocked that a med student would show so little respect toward faculty members.

    He’s a student at a university. It’s his job to show little respect towards faculty members. Hell, in my day we’d throw tomatoes.

    It worries me how he will do on wards. No it doesn’t, you lying cow.

  80. @PiltdownMan

    I don’t know if the problem is with my old browser, but the opinion proper is not loading at the page you list. I did, however, find Judge Moon’s opinion here: https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.vawd.116573/gov.uscourts.vawd.116573.129.0_1.pdf

    Looking at dockets for the case, I see a different judge, which may not be good news for “Kieran [Ravi] Bhattacharya (Densmore)”, as the school’s communications call him. I mention that more complete version of his name as it suggests that maybe some uncertainty about the plaintiff”s ethnicity expressed upthread may be explained by the former Kieran Densmore taking his mother’s name after a separation from his father, or somesuch.

  81. What are the chances that somoene living in Stalin or early-post-Stalin USSR would be mental to voice opposition in the open? BBC and VoA reassured me that all of them were sane, yet inexplicably mistreated by evil dictators. What are the odds that Western media would have lied about USSR?

    In the past, US media was extremely honest, despite the Cold War being 90% a war of propaganda. But today, US media is dishonest and hides the truth about Bhattacharya’s oppression.

    It’s easy to tell when US media is honest. Just apply the Leninist principle: who? whom?

  82. Matttt says:

    Battacharya – a Bengalese or Assamese Brahmin surname. Berverly Adams, the microagressions presenter, is a light-skinned black woman graduate of Spellman College, which looks suspiciously like a old finishing school for high-class black women. Nora Kern seems to be a second-generation East Asian immigrant.

    It seems that a merchant class Asian woman thought a high-caste Indian man wasn’t giving a high-caste black woman the proper deference. These days, she’s probably right – high-caste, light-skinned black women are modern-day royalty and a priestly caste in the U.S. Lese-negre is very real.

    As a white man whose ancestors were never high-class, I don’t care. Can they all lose?

    • Agree: 3g4me
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Bill Jones
  83. Herzog says:

    So, inquiring about the concept of microaggression earned Mr. Bhattacharya some serious medioaggression.

    Oh sweet Karens of the world, you are truly becoming a scourge on the planet.

  84. Forbes says:
    @Morton's toes

    Rocker’s description of the riders on the #7 train, while flamboyantly entertaining, was accurate.

    What I couldn’t figure at the time was why a MLB player was taking it…

  85. According to the Washington Biz Journal, the largest salaries on Virginia’s payroll in 2020 [were] earned at the commonwealth’s public universities [data provided by Virginia’s Dept of HR].

    Notably that year, far-&-away the most highly paid, VA public workers were UVA professors of football/basketball, who took home $3.85M/$3.03M; they took voluntary pay cuts during COVID/shortened season.

    The sacrifices some people make.

    [MORE]

    Officially, those coaches are “only” paid in the $575K base range, i.e. not as much as top administrators (~$650K). That is because government (crap) bean counters avoid counting (see the pattern?) the millions of dollars that the athletic departments receive directly from Big Sports boosters, who thereby become a shadow, clubby, board of regents, i.e. take over all important decision-making at the schools.

    For instance, they institutionalize policies that fund ridiculous, X Studies departments that cater to jocks. More broadly, policies that turn the whole mission of college on its head.

    The government should be prohibited from accepting donations.

  86. Bel Riose says:
    @PhysicistDave

    1. What does the University accuse your daughter of doing/not doing? In other words, what actions/inactions of hers do they believe warrant punishment?

    2. What punishment did the University impose on your daughter?

  87. Ron Unz says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this happening anywhere in modern times where the victim is punished and the criminal let off, even though the criminal confessed?

    (We have all the documents, including the documents relating the criminal’s confessions: the documents relating the criminal’s confessions were actually given to us by UCLA, so we know UCLA has them.)

    This does seem a very strange case. Are there some particular circumstances involved regarding the identity of the attacker, e.g. a particular racial/ethnic background or a very elite/wealthy family?

    I don’t regularly browse isteve threads, so perhaps you’d previously provided those details…

  88. @Paleo Liberal

    A New York court recently upheld NYU’s punishment of students who violated the school’s COVID protocols by being at an off-campus, indoor gathering of 12 people.

  89. wren says:
    @PhysicistDave

    That sounds like a true nightmare. I hope it all gets resolved.

    On one level it feels a little like the national situation in the US, where people are locked up in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for taking pictures in the Capitol while others are set free immediately after burning and looting. And apparently, in some cases murdering too.

    It’s a national nightmare.

    I hope that someone here can help you amd your daughter in some way.

    • Replies: @wren
  90. @AnotherDad

    Women create this whole “hurt feelings” microaggression nonsense … then get their feelings hurt when someone challenges it.

    We can be more specific than “women”. Women with degrees from HBCU’s in voodoo psychology teaching voodoo psychology at what was, until fairly recently, a school for white Virginia gentry is a travesty.

    That said, this kid should have known there was no way an arrogant but dim-witted BlAcK woman was going to concede. I agree with the rest of your post.

    https://vabook.org/speakers/beverly-colwell-adams/

  91. @Anonymous

    Correlation is not causation. It may be a shared characteristic in many cases, but it’s not a “sign.” The only thing that most highly intelligent people truly have in common is their high intelligence.

    I’ve heard a lot of highly intelligent people claim that because they and the other highly intelligent people that they know agree on something, it must be the intelligent thing to believe. It’s a logical fallacy, but it’s the main reason why the ‘left’ in the US has drifted from Reason to something like religion.

    But the opposite is true too. There are too many iconoclastic idiots and crazies to regard mere stubborn individualism as a mark of intelligence. Many teenagers, criminals, and cranky old men are habitual rule-defiers too — and very few of them are actually misunderstood geniuses.

    It’s like how we’re so used to identifying genius with eccentricity that we tend to forget that there are an awful lot of eccentrics who are otherwise just as dumb as everyone else. Forget the quirks and remember the works.

    • Agree: photondancer
  92. wren says:
    @wren

    At the risk of sounding flippant, your daughter’s situation, as you have described it, sounds like something Tucker Carlson would give a monologue about.

    I can already hear it in my head.

  93. Bumpkin says:
    @black sea

    I’d agree with pretty much everything in your latest comment, so we’re not that far off. I guess calling them “highly intelligent” seemed a bit much, as that was not my impression in my cursory dealings with them when I attended grad school decades ago, but I certainly never had a real conversation with them where I got to plumb their depths. 😉

    These UVa characters come across as dimbulbs but as you say, we cannot underestimate how much even the bright around them duck for cover and hide, when their cushy sinecures would be at risk if they spoke up during the current CRT witch trials.

  94. @PhysicistDave

    Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this happening anywhere in modern times where the victim is punished and the criminal let off, even though the criminal confessed?

    Yes, I had the misfortune of experiencing the kangaroo college court system at a flagship state school in the late ’90s, though my situation was not nearly as traumatic as your daughter’s.

    I hope everything works out for you and yours.

  95. @Reg Cæsar

    Don’t worry Reg, the Irish have a history of extracting reparations at a time and place of their own choosing.

    Jews, blacks and sundry other minorities need the “government” to do it for them.

    According to the recently dead old Marxist Jew, Noel Ignatiev, the Irish have only recently achieved Whitehood…lol

    Bottom line. In this “country” at this time in our history, nobody gives a shit about old dead Irish Catholics anymore than they do about old dead Yankee Protestants.

    We’re all white now.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  96. njguy73 says:
    @PhysicistDave

    Think of the UCLA Administration as basically Boko Haram and you will not be far off.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

    If our higher education system was a foreign country, the State Department would give it a Level 4 Travel Advisory: Do Not Travel.

  97. @TelfoedJohn

    What happened in Sweden?

    Roland Huntford described the worldview in The New Totalitarians. There was a long article in some rightish magazine about how even the moderate coalition which ousted the Social Democrats in 1976 pulled the same psychological tricks as their predecessors. It might have been this one by Brian Crozier:

    https://www.unz.com/print/NationalRev-1983sep16/

  98. @The Alarmist

    The first thing he should do is very publicly accuse the Karen of racism.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  99. @Anonymous

    The bureaucracy selects for those who will follow orders, that is not the hallmark of a highly intelligent person.

    Not true. Following rules is a sign of high intelligence.

    Sometimes.

    Sometimes not.

  100. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The first thing he should do is very publicly accuse the Karen of racism.

  101. Alden says:
    @PhysicistDave

    I must ask if you don’t mind. Is your daughter White or Asian heterosexual and the attacker black or LGBTC?

    Lawyers are not a profession of basic standard competency. They have a certification but it’s not like a barber Dr nurse EMT plumber electrician cable guy commercial truck or city bus driver HVAC or other licenses and certificates that really do guarantee basic competency.

    Legal problems drag on forever. Could be you, a scientist doesn’t understand the long delays. Most people don’t. You wrote your daughter is still in school? So the case is only about 3 or 4 years old? Sorry to say, that’s normal. If you win your case, it will take more years to recover whatever money daughter’s awarded.

    Best thing to do is just harass your attorneys twice a week. Even attorneys advise plaintiffs to do that. Defendant UCLA is doing the standard defense strategy. Delay delay delay till plaintiff gives up.

    Be glad it’s not Workmen’s Comp. Those cases can drag on 10 or more years before the employer’s Wcom insurance is finally compelled to authorize medical treatment. By which time the injured worker is completely disabled due to delay in medical treatment.

    Don’t let your daughter cave. It’s just standard normal defense tactics. Used it many times myself.

    Congratulations on her becoming an EE. The electrical industry is booming booming booming and will do so as long as we can lobby for clean energy aka electrical. The big thing right now is data centers. Even better, they need endless maintenance and re doing about every 9 years. We’re paying ordinary commercial industrial inside wiremen as much as $23,000 a month building a new google data center in the South Bay. And buy stock and futures in copper mines.

    Don’t let your daughter cave in. Keep harassing your lawyers and accept the fact that lawsuits take forever and recovering monetary awards even more time.

  102. Alden says:
    @Matttt

    Back in the olden olden days White SweetBriar, Finch, Newton and Sophie Newcomb competed with black Spellman to be the best dressed college girls as we were called then. Spellman girls were the absolute top best dressed.

  103. MEH 0910 says:
    @The Alarmist

    Every Good Boy Deserves Favour playlist:

  104. njguy73 says:
    @william munny

    Most people don’t prefer their anything to be on the spectrum. They prefer comforting bullshit to unpleasant truth.

  105. @Morton's toes

    Lidge was perfect in save opportunities for the entire ’08 regular and postseason. Regardless of career value, that sets him above Wild Thing and Mr. #7 Train.

  106. @JohnnyWalker123

    Manchin is the most significant person in DC right now.

  107. @AnotherDad

    You’re saying men never get upset when someone doesn’t show them the respect they feel entitled to? What rot. Men have started wars over that. Don’t claim it’s women who invented status issues.

    • Replies: @ALden
    , @Bel Riose
  108. @Known Fact

    Can’t agree with you about the need to be passive-aggressive. SJWs use passive-aggressive tactics all the time themselves. It’s why they hate blunt speakers so much. You don’t defeat an enemy using their tactics, you come up with something they have no defences against. SJWs don’t like honesty, fairness or being laughed at so we should be openly and unapologetically (that’s important) stating our support for truth and parodying them mercilessly.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  109. Hibernian says:
    @Travis

    Apparently he was white adjacent.

  110. @PiltdownMan

    I read the opinion, and assuming that Bhattacharya’s allegations are true, the professors and administrators at UVA’s medical school are being unbelievably petty and vindictive with a student who had the nerve to challenge some affirmative action mediocrity about how much of her “academic” work was entirely anecdotal in nature.

    Bear in mind, however, that this decision (which granted defendants’ motion to dismiss all three of the aspiring doctor’s other claims — including a procedural due process claim that he had (i) a liberty interest in protected free speech, and (ii) a liberty and property interest in his continued enrollment in the UVA medical school and eventual ability to practice medicine; only the First Amendment retaliation claim survived) does not find that Bhattacharya carried his burden of proof on his First Amendment claim. It merely holds that his amended complaint alleged facts sufficient to state a legally cognizable claim. That’s a much lower bar than proving facts by a preponderance of the evidence to the satisfaction of the trier of fact (usually a jury).

    Interesting factoid, gleaned from one of the decision’s footnotes: Nora Kern, M.D., one of Mr. Bhattacharya’s prime antagonists in this tale, is an Assistant Professor of Urology. What manner of jokes can the iSteve readership make about this insignificant detail? The mind reels.

  111. ALden says:
    @photondancer

    Another Dad’s not a Dad. Never got near enough to a woman to become a Dad. Another ancient bachelor misogynist women hater Man of UNZ

    Also completely ignorant of many things about which he comments. For instance, he actually believes Muslim men obey the Muslim sharia law against homosexual sex. When in fact. Muslim men, whether Arab, Turk, Pakistani Afghani Moroccan are the most homosexual and boy raping men on planet earth.

    • Replies: @Bel Riose
  112. ALden says:
    @PhysicistDave

    I used to work at UCLA. Every male UCLA cop I saw was not White, mostly blacks. . A very few White woman cops.

  113. sayless says:
    @22pp22

    Christakis was so admirable for going down and facing that. Because they were mad at his wife, not at him. But he took it instead of her. Hope he got his favorite dessert that night.

  114. @PhysicistDave

    Maybe it would help if you were to realign incentives for your lawyer(s) by adding or changing to higher-profile civil liberties lawyer who would be motivated to pursue the case not by whatever awards are won, but by wider press coverage and prestige in their field. If they were with a conservative, libertarian, or similar foundation whose primary mission is ideological justice rather than big bucks awards, they would want to bring more attention to the case and pressure the university to settle or go to court. However, such a strategy would pursue a higher-profile awareness of your daughter’s case and she might not want that at this point, so that strategic decision should hinge on her wishes. However you go, good luck against the apparat.

  115. Bert says:
    @PhysicistDave

    You will probably find that fighting with a corrupt University administration is tilting at windmills. The account below provides a bare outline of how an 18-year-old girl was charged with the murder of her roommate in order to prevent the publicity of an ongoing investigation from marring an institutional name change. The outcome is provided by linked local newspaper stories.

    “Yet another year has passed at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout this time the students have experienced several events that have changed campus for ever. This is simply a reminder of some of the events during the 1999-2000 academic year.

    In August 1999, students were greeted with red banners adorning street lamps, closed admissions, a centennial celebration, the news of a name change and a commemorative centennial pin. This was a time of great pride for the university, and it was represented in a majestic manner throughout the year.

    The Jill Tompkins murder investigation continued to remain in the news. The murder at the Cajun Village married housing apartment complex severly challenged the idea of safety on campus. Tompkins’ roommate, Mary Beth Dolan, was first arrested for the murder but never went to trial because of a no true bill that was handed down after a grand jury investigation. Later in the semester, physical evidence pointed to a new suspect, a male.”

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/32997118/jill-tompkins/

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/32997011/jill-tompkins/

  116. @photondancer

    Oh I agree that ridicule is the best medicine, but as with this student people often are stranded in powerless no-win situations. If for example I’m writing for a lefty client — do I mock them to their face and lose the account or do I just have fun seeing how many times I can work the magic word “sustainable” into the press release?

  117. Bel Riose says:
    @photondancer

    Can you identify three wars which were directly caused by one leader not showing another leader respect?

    And please identify the specific instance of disrespect which started each war.

    Thank you.

  118. Bel Riose says:
    @ALden

    “Another ancient bachelor misogynist women hater Man of UNZ.”

    In other words, another man who disagrees with you ladies.

    You two are a pair of lunatics, and you deserve to be treated as such.

    Your comments pretty much demonstrate how emotional, unstable, and neurotic women are.

    Keep on commenting, ladies!

  119. Ganderson says:
    @stillCARealist

    Hey, can we still mock our own comfort zones? I forgot about that. It used to be something to get out of, but now we are supposed to crawl into our safe spaces.

    Ask Justin Thomas

  120. Ganderson says:
    @black sea

    I am intimately connected with higher Ed- many if not most of the smart people who run our colleges and universities believe things (and they really believe them) that are insane.

    Corrupt as they are, big time college sports and D III sports are more normal than the rest of the institution- although at many colleges they are making war on their own athletic departments.

  121. Escher says:

    You make teacher angry.
    You go away long time.

  122. @Matttt

    So can we expect the Hindu to play the Ace of Spades and announce they’re only doing this to him because he’s gay?

    (better would be trans of course)

  123. @PhysicistDave

    So what ethnic group did the assailant belong to, Einstein?

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