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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

The horrors of Wokeness in higher education have been a staple of conservative commentary for decades—at least since the publication of Roger Kimball’s book Tenured Radicals back in 1990.

So the recent flap at Yale Law School did not cause me to swoon in astonishment. It is, though, an exceptionally nasty specimen of Higher Ed Wokeness: partly because it’s an incident all of whose points (as they say at dog shows) are very well defined—the pettiness of the imagined offense, the spineless cowardice of college administrators—but also because this is Yale Law School, just about the most prestigious incubator of ruling-class nobility.

Here is the offense. A second-year law student is of part-Cherokee ancestry and so—of course!—a member of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). He is also a member of the Federalist Society, which is an association of Establishment Conservative lawyers, law professors, and law students—all six conservative justices currently on the U.S. Supreme Court are members.

This student sent an email round to classmates on September 15th inviting them to a Constitution Day party event two days later jointly organized by both those clubs, NALSA and the Federalists. The party would be held, he wrote, at “our very own (soon to be) world-renowned NALSA Trap House.” Refreshments would include “American-themed snacks like Popeye’s chicken and apple pie” [A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling Him To Account. , by Aaron Sibarium, Free Beacon, October 13, 2021]

I’d never heard the expression “Trap House” before. Apparently, it’s young people slang for any place where they can score beer, although it has some deep etymological history to do with crack dens.

At least nine recipients of the email found it, yes, “triggering.” Why? Well:

  • There’s that deep etymological connection with crack dens, making “trap house” racially insensitive.
  • Popeye’s chicken is fried chicken, references to which are also racially insensitive. (Did you know that? I didn’t.)
  • Most triggering of all, apparently, was the fact that this event was to be hosted in part by the Federalist Society.

I can’t improve on the explanation given by the Law School’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Yaseen Eldik [Email him]. Actual quote, which I swear I have not made up:

The email’s association with FedSoc was very triggering for students who already feel like FedSoc belongs to political affiliations that are oppressive to certain communities. That of course obviously includes the LGBTQIA community and black communities and immigrant communities.

Diversity director Eldik extruded those words at a meeting with the offending student at which associate dean Ellen Cosgrove [Email her] was also present. Eldik and Cosgrove (right) quite openly threatened actions that would impact the student’s career if he did not formally apologize; although Eldik softened the threat somewhat by hinting that they might go easier on him because of his race. (He’s part Cherokee, remember):

As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.

They even drafted an apology for him, in the style of the self-criticisms that people had to make to the Red Guards in China’s Cultural Revolution. (Eldik, an American-born Muslim, is apparently a “spiritual person who had worked in the Obama White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships” [Harvard’s sacred spaces, Harvard Gazette, October 9, 2018])

To his credit, the student did not yield. To date, so far as I know, he still has not.

Latest news is that on Tuesday, October 12th—so that’s nearly a month after the student’s “offense”—Eldik and Cosgrove assured the student they wouldn’t put anything in his college record that might cause him career problems.

I’d guess that after the story broke, they were called in by Law School dean Heather Gerken.(Right)

If my guess is right, we can take some small comfort from the fact that the senior administration at America’s most prestigious law school is not yet completely insane—or at least that she’s worried about bad publicity. WHICH WE’RE GIVING HER [Email Heather Gerken].

Race and sex—these are the really flammable areas in our culture.

And, because the Anglosphere is a reality, it’s not just the U.S.A. that is vexed by these issues. In the land of my birth things are even worse, if you can imagine that. Current case in point: Kathleen Stock, a professor in the philosophy department at Sussex University.

Just a side note here about Sussex University. In England—not Britain, England—there were for the longest time—from the 13th century to the 19th—only two universities, Oxford and Cambridge. Then in the 1830s two more universities came up: the Universities of Durham and London.

That was it for the 19th century. Then in first half of the 20th century another dozen universities were chartered, the so-called “red-brick” universities.

With the collapse of the British Empire after World War Two and a widespread feeling that to stay competitive in the world Britain needed more higher education, there was a rash of university-building. These were the “plate-glass” universities, so-called from their architectural style. Sussex was the first of these, chartered in 1961.

I was applying to universities in the following year, 1962. I wanted somewhere academically rigorous, and Sussex, just through its first year of operation, was an unknown quantity, so I didn’t put it on my list. The following year, 1963, I went up to University College, London, and that’s where I took my degree.

During those years, though—the first half of the 1960s—Sussex became very trendy. It was the cool place to take your degree. I’m not sure why this happened. Sussex wasn’t distinguished academically, or athletically, or in any other way I could see. It was just cool. Perhaps it was the plate glass.

That’s just a sidebar. Back to Professor Kathleen Stock, teaching philosophy at today’s Sussex University.

Prof. Stock is 48 years old and respectably Woke. She’s a lesbian and a feminist. It seems to be her feminism that is causing problems.

It is currently fashionable to deny the reality of sex altogether. “Male” and “female” are just social constructs, you see?—not at all grounded in reality.

Some feminists, however, don’t go along with that. They say it denigrates women to say they are just men with a different attitude. You may have heard the acronym TERF, for these feminists: it stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.

ORDER IT NOW

Prof. Stock seems to be that way inclined. In January this year she was awarded a national honor for services to education, the Order of the British Empire. Yes, that’s what it’s called, the OBE. Tweeting about this, Prof. Stock made some unkind remarks about what she called “gender identity ideology.”

That was taken to be transphobic. Six hundred academic philosophers signed an open letter condemning the lady. [Outraged academics condemn government for handing anti-trans professor Kathleen Stock an OBE, PinkNews.co.uk, January 6, 2021]

Then in April this year Prof. Stock published a book, title Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism. I must say, scanning the Sunday Times review, [A Controversial Look At Transgender Issues, by Christina Patterson, April 25, 2021] the book seems not totally crazy. I don’t think I’d pay for it; but if my local library has a copy, I might give it a try.

In this new book, however, our heroine doubles down on her sex realism. We should respect the feelings of people who think they are the other sex, she reportedly says. But, in the Sunday Times’ Patterson’s summary:

“In my opinion,” she says, “immersion in a fiction about sex change is being coercively required of people.” It’s one thing to choose to do that out of a kind of courtesy, she says, but quite another to “indicate that these things are literally true”.

She’s a philosopher, with a proper philosopher’s regard for truth.

This book has been too much for the sex-denial activists. With the new academic year starting this month, Sussex University has been roiled by protests against Prof. Stock, calling for her dismissal.

Things have gotten pretty nasty:

Police have advised her to install CCTV cameras at home and implied that she may need security guards to return to campus.

Academic freedom in British universities is under threat, The Economist, October 16, 2021

She’s giving her classes by Zoom.

Prof. Stock’s troubles are to do with sex; but sex, like race, is a biological reality. By scrutinizing your DNA, we can tell which sex you are, a very tiny number of genetic oddities like XYY Syndrome aside. By scrutinizing your DNA we can identify your race, or mix of races, with high accuracy [Racial groupings match genetic profiles, Stanford study finds, AAAS EurekaAlert, January 27, 2005].

Both Race Denialists and Sex Denialists are denying biology.

I find myself wondering what else they will deny when they tire of their current sport.

Chemistry, perhaps? “There is no such thing as states of matter. Solid, liquid, gas—those are just social constructs!”

Or perhaps physics? “Pressure? Oppression? Same root word, see? And forces—like when the oppressor forces himself on the oppressed! Ha!”

I’d better stop here. I may be giving people ideas.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges (and I suppose, the new universities, too), by gender.

  2. Stogumber says:

    The strange fact is, in my eyes, that the whole problem was described and solved already in the 1940s. Then Karl Popper had explained that words resp. concepts are indeed constructs – but they are more or less apt to formulate assertive sentences, and these sentences are true or false. And this relation between word and sentence was affirmed by Rudolf Carnap’s method of “explication”, even if Carnap and Popper had different ideas about the way these sentences were verified or falsified.

  3. Renoman says:

    64 genders is a lot of colleges! I can’t believe someone [us I suppose] is paying all these people to do these [using the term loosely] jobs.

    • Replies: @tr
  4. roonaldo says:

    As a universal synchronic verdant astral analog entity, I highly resent you nasty TERF bitches.

  5. Gordo says:

    Did you see Sussex getting thrashed in University Challenge? They got a whole ten points.

    University Challenge now has loads of women-only questions and questions about all those black Britons, also gays, but Sussex didn’t know the answers to those either.

  6. Mr. Ed says:

    The proper term is ‘sex’. ‘Gender’ is a term of grammar. When we yielded to the left on that (quite a while back), the battle was lost. The late G.G. Liddy wasn’t always wrong, even though he was a Republican.

  7. Svevlad says:

    There’s simply no way for this to end well, the current elite must not only be replaced but it’s members terminated, 9 Familial Exterminations style.

  8. We, the unvaxed, are the remnant of the human race as it occured in nature. Man made Man may well come with sixty four genders or no gender. The Woke are a bit ahead of their time.

  9. smetana says:

    If my guess is right, we can take some small comfort from the fact that the senior administration at America’s most prestigious law school is not yet completely insane ..

    It’s more a matter of self-interest for YLS. Prestige is measured by Supreme Court appointments and clerkships, and their feeder positions, federal court appointments and clerkships. Because the GOP appoints more than half of these positions, the elite law schools play nice with the Federalist Society and with conservative judges. Also, though to a far smaller extent, the schools hire moderate professors.

    If not for this issue of self-interest, they would have deep-sixed all moderates and conservatives long ago. Elite humanities departments, by contrast to the law schools, never hire non-leftist professors or tolerate conservative students.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  10. Art Deco says:

    You’ve had a ‘conservative’ government for 11 years. What have they done about this?

  11. SafeNow says:

    As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.

    This, Yale diversity deans, is called a dangling modifier. The introductory phrase is just dangling out there. Here is one way to fix it:

    As a man of color, you probably receive much less scrutiny…

    Do you see how, now, that phrase has something right there to modify? This isn’t rocket science. This is high school. “If this, what else?” as the old saying goes.

  12. Realist says:
    @Bernard Brandt

    I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges (and I suppose, the new universities, too), by gender.

    And by majors, and courses offered. STEM universities for those that occupy the area further to the right of the curve. All others relegated to two-year community colleges.

    • Agree: Bernard Brandt
  13. barnabus says:

    Sussex U probably became popular because of Brighton – a fashionable seaside town and just an hour away from London by train.

  14. During those years, though—the first half of the 1960s—Sussex became very trendy. It was the cool place to take your degree.

    Not to be confused with Sidney Sussex , of course.

  15. Just some thoughts:

    White females, feminists, created the lunacy of SJWism, or perhaps more properly, they were the foot soldiers and middle-management of Talmudic masters but once the ball got rolling they began “creating” more and more themselves.

    The “Muslim” females, Western born, who espouse feminism and SJWism are not in fact Muslim and are only so “in name only.” What a perfect exemplar of “Clown World.”

    The insanity of a feminist who created the problem, now being drowned in her own evil, is symbolic of the reality of liberalism in application.

  16. Anon[163] • Disclaimer says:

    As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.

    Think if that had “Jewish person” for “white person”, how many Jews would react to it.
    Whites just don’t. Except the few called by other whites “far-right”, the rest of them enjoys being discriminated against, and verbally slapped in the race.
    It’s about different tastes… and like intelligence and every trait, tastes vary by race.

  17. Pontius says:

    There is no male and female. All electrical connectors are the same. Like polarity.

  18. anon[390] • Disclaimer says:

    I trace it all back to the post WW 2 French intellectuals.

    Who needed to explain away and rationalize their collaboration and perversion.

    It was both convenient and necessary to deny reality.

    And, FWIW, I’ve never heard a simple explanation when people get sex change surgery, what it is that changes. Their sex or gender? Personally, I think of it as purely cosmetic, like breast implants. They would do better hiring a good stylist.

  19. JackOH says:

    Does America really need her 3000+ colleges and universities at all? Come on! 3000+?

    Colonial America got by with, I think, seven small colleges about the time of the Revolution. Given America’s increased population, we ought to have, say, 700 small colleges producing lettered individuals, and specialists in mathematics and the sciences.

    We have, instead, 3000+, with student bodies bloated by government money. What for? I suspect most are high schools 2.0 specializing in empty verbalism and equally empty credentialism.

    There, I got that out of my system!

  20. @SafeNow

    What’s the ambiguity? Seems clear to me, however repulsive the language, that ‘you’ is ‘the man of color’. What else could it apply to, however nonsensical?

    [MORE]

    Change one word:
    “Being a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.”

    Or add two:
    “As you are a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.”

    Or shorten that:
    “As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position.”

    I see ambiguous constructions all over UR, often from Eric Striker. Don’t see one there. I think your suggested ‘fix’ is essentially the same regarding ambiguity, though better otherwise.

    Fascinated by the prevalence of ambiguity in modern writing, so would like to understand if I missed it here. Appears to me that it’s an awkward sentence camouflaged as a dangling modifier.

    • Replies: @John Pepple
    , @SafeNow
  21. anon[954] • Disclaimer says:

    @SafeNow #13

    “This, Yale diversity deans, is called a dangling modifier. The introductory phrase is just dangling out there. Here is one way to fix it:

    “As a man of color, you probably receive much less scrutiny…”

    Here’s how I’d fix it:

    Hey, man of color! Just between you and I, you probably receive much less scrutiny. . .

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  22. Both Race Denialists and Sex Denialists are denying biology.

    It’s Cultural marxism now – as opposed to Marxist Marxism, hehe.

    Since biology is part of the material world, the most important function of the new Cultural Marxism is, that it is not material any longer (Marxists were once proud of their materialism).

  23. @SafeNow

    “As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person”

    “This, Yale diversity deans, is called a dangling modifier.”

    Um, I’m really pretty sure there is something far more distressing in that sentence than a grammatical error.

  24. @schnellandine

    The word “you” needs to be in the nominative case instead of the genitive.

    • Troll: schnellandine
  25. tr says:
    @Renoman

    There are more than 64 colleges in the United States.

  26. haha says:
    @Bernard Brandt

    “I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges by gender”.

    Nope, not so fast. Don’t you see the big problems?

    Firstly, to begin with, how do you segregate by an attribute that is only a social construct and liable to change by the hour and at the whim and fancy of the person? If A identifies with the female gender one moment and with the male gender the next, will he/she/it spend entire college time shuttling between segregated colleges?

    Secondly, my dear friend, yo have failed to perceive the sensitivities of the matter and that will almost certainly cause some serious offence to the LGBTQXYZ population. What about the transgendered, multigendered, and fluid-gendered folks? You will have to open separate colleges for each and every category, and these categories are presently in the exponential phase of their growth. You may end up with a separate college for each individual being.

    And thirdly, and fourthly, … and fifthly … Oh my god, the potential problems make an endless list. Let us leave that task to a team of scholars chosen from the best minds specializing in gender studies.

    • Replies: @Rex Little
  27. Jameson says:

    He is just lucky he didn’t mention having watermelon at the traphouse event.

    Maybe the next reality the woke need to reject is gravity. Who are we to tell them they can’t fly?

  28. AceDeuce says:

    Observation#1: Popeye’s Chicken was founded by a White Man. (As was Church’s and KFC.) Which is fitting, since fried chicken itself was invented and perfected by White people. Even fried chicken and waffles, the negro ambrosia, was started by White people.

    Observation #2: EVERYTHING INTHE WORLD IS “OF COLOR”. Non-Caucasian people are, to be precise, of a fecal/urinary color, and should properly be described as such.

    • Replies: @Truth
  29. SafeNow says:
    @schnellandine

    You recently gave an “ouch” to “between you and I.” You seem to be inconsistent in your approach to good grammar.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  30. anon[411] • Disclaimer says:

    @schnellandine #26

    “‘between you and I’

    “ouch”

    “ouch” is still another way of putting it.

  31. White women need to suffer excruciatingly for what they have done to western civilization, for they were/are the transport vehicles and force multipliers for so much of this garbage. Their sins are unforgivable, and I hope all those nice Haitian invaders, er, immigrants, reward them in kind.

    • Troll: schnellandine
  32. @haha

    the best minds specializing in gender studies.

    Is that like the smartest kids on the short bus?

  33. anon[397] • Disclaimer says:

    I think we are reliving the 1960’s, and as with the Bolshevik, both “revolutions” were led by the same (((tribe))), who have since gained even firmer grips on our media, academia, judiciary, financial systems, politics, big tech, big pharma, and hence have become far more emboldened and vicious. Anyone not drinking the Kool Aid is immediately an outcast, gets publicly lynched through internet mob justice, suspended/expelled from school, lose their reputation and all means of livelihood.

    This whole transmania is now a major money making industry. Kids in CA and WA are now taught since K that gender identity is fluid. By 4th grade they are taught anal sex. By 6th grade they have to do secretive school “surveys” that ask them to declare their gender identity and sexual orientation. Sex ed in middle school and high school now tells kids that gender identity is based entirely on how you feel. If you’re born a girl but feel like you’re a boy and 3 months later still feel the same, then you are most likely incorrectly “assigned” a gender at birth and should seek treatment. Laws have been passed to “protect” these kids from their parents, like seeking gender “re-assignment” – visits to the psychologist during class time.

    Teen girls are especially susceptible to this transmania. Middle and high school sex ed now tells girls who are “lonely” that perhaps the reason they aren’t popular with other girls is because they are lesbian or transgender. I know all this because my kids just graduated high school, and I pressed for access to their curriculum. Little wonder that 85% of trans are female to male. And then of course they get raped in men’s bathrooms.

    Meanwhile, a whole cottage industry of sex change “specialists” have come to fore: first, the psychological evaluation that confirms your gender dysphoria, based on how you feel. Then the litany of pharmaceuticals prescribed – beta blockers, hormones, anti-depressants etc. Then the surgery. Followed by continuing lifetime therapy and drugs, until your eventual death by suicide, most likely drug overdose. And who are these psychologists, pharmaceutical companies, sex change surgeons, “educators”, lawmakers, lawyers, and judges who support this industry? Overwhelmingly Jews.

    If we are lucky enough to survive this, we will one day look back in history and study the horror (((these people))) have inflicted on Western societies, and we will refer to this period in human history as the second dark ages. Hopefully by then, this hostile parasitic tribe has been completely banished from the western world.

    • Replies: @Resartus
    , @Rex Little
  34. Truth says:
    @Bernard Brandt

    I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges (and I suppose, the new universities, too), by gender.

    I belive that “I imagine a time…” is the correct phrasing, because you ain’t going to live long enough to (for)see anyting similar.

    • Replies: @Bernard Brandt
  35. Truth says:
    @AceDeuce

    …As opposed to a “pus” color?

  36. Resartus says:
    @anon

    If we are lucky enough to survive this, we will one day look back in history and study the horror (((these people))) have inflicted on Western societies,

    Can’t forget the ’90s, when mind doctors were planting false memories, then attempting to send dads/teachers etc to jail…..
    Bunch of doctors should have been lined up against a wall and ended….

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  37. @Truth

    My original post: “I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges (and I suppose, the new universities, too), by gender.”

    Your comment: “I belive that “I imagine a time…” is the correct phrasing, because you ain’t going to live long enough to (for)see anyting similar.”

    My response: Wrong on all counts, ‘Truth’. Based on my ancestry, and barring something drastic, I have between 20 to 30 years yet to infest this unfortunate planet. I’m in the process of seeing the segregation taking place, and I expect a time, within my lifetime, when colleges and universities will be segregated by gender, and (mostly) in favor of the female gender.

    Besides, even should I not live as long as I either hope or fear, prophets seldom live long enough to witness what they have ‘foreseen’. Why should I be any exception to the rule?

    Finally, the words you so blithely mis-spell are ‘believe’, ‘(fore)see’, and ‘anything’.

    I’m going to recommend that Santa bring you a dictionary and a grammar for Christmas. You seem to need both.

    • Replies: @Truth
  38. Truth says:
    @Bernard Brandt

    You don’t have 20 or 30 years, Old Sport, you will be lucky to see the end of the decade, very few of us will, and who exactly, is going to declare gender segregation? The state? Now that’s funny, because there won’t be private industry.

    https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/19/lawsuit-female-prisoner-says-she-was-raped-transgender-inmate

    Yes and unfortunatley, the eyes start going a bit in one’s 50’s, this type is really small. I am going to have to start wearing glasses and get used to being one of the physically challenged guys. It just isn’t my speed.

  39. @Truth

    “Everybody is colored. Otherwise you couldn’t see them.”
    — Captain Beefheart

    Truth: “…As opposed to a pus color? [for white skin, presumably]”

    Well, I don’t know. When was the last time you lanced a boil, and the pus that came out was a sort of pleasantly creamy pastel pink?

    That said, I think you’re on to something here. The understanding round these parts seems to be that racial differences have a great deal more to them than mere skin color, but that is not the general opinion of our (un-intellectual, non-intellectual, anti-intellectual) society, which fixates pathologically on mere skin color.

    So it might make sense to demonize and devalue the fixation/fetishizing of skin color by forcing everybody to identify in the least attractive, most repulsive way possible…

    “I’m leprosy colored! I believe in Scar Tissue Supremacy!”

    “I’m a proud member of the Sh!t-Colored Congressional Caucus!”

    “We Urine-colored people object to these constant attacks on us by the Sh!t-colored people, but we’re going to blame the Pus-colored people instead!”

    Think of the comic possibilities, as well as the civic and societal benefits of making everybody shut up about color for a while….

  40. AceDeuce says:
    @Truth

    Pus is usually yellowish-greenish. Are you talking about Martians?

    • Replies: @Truth
  41. @anon

    85% of trans are female to male.

    Do you have a source for that? My impression has always been that it’s at least 85% the other way.

    • Replies: @anon
  42. Truth says:
    @AceDeuce

    you must BE an alien. Mine has always been white.

  43. anon[805] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rex Little

    It used to be the other way around, in the last few years it’s trending among girls, who are more susceptible to social media influence. These stats are for the UK(75%), for the US it’s even higher:

    https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/tavistock-transgender-transition-teenage-girls-female-to-male

  44. Art Deco says:
    @Resartus

    If I’m not mistaken, the most notorious cases (Fells Acres, McMartin, Ramona) were the work of clinical psychologists and counselors appended to lawyers. Don’t believe psychiatrists had a hand in them.

  45. Jett Rucker says: • Website

    I doubt Lewis Carroll could have dreamt up anything more-bizarre.
    Jabberwockys.
    That’s what they are. All of them!

  46. MEH 0910 says:

  47. MEH 0910 says:

  48. @Bernard Brandt

    I foresee a time when we will return to segregating the colleges (and I suppose, the new universities, too), by gender.

    So that would be at least four new schools for each existing one.

    • Replies: @Resartus
  49. Resartus says:
    @Bill Jones

    So that would be at least four new schools for each existing one.

    Well, the useless intelligentsia needs somewhere to fit in……

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