Under modern leftist academic thought, soon everyone
will be witch who must be burnt.
Eating their own: Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in California has suspended the vice president of its extended learning program, Joyce Coleman, because she made comments about the World War II Japanese internment camps that apparently offended some Asians.
Apparently Coleman, who only started her job at SBCC six months ago, made her comments during a March Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee meeting in connection with the formation of “a new campus affinity group on behalf of Asian-American Pacific Islanders.”
The complaint alleges Coleman, who is Black, reportedly greeted news of the new group’s formation with the words, “About time,” and then described having visited an internment camp for Japanese and Japanese American people during World War II and wondering why the prisoners there “did not just leave,” given how small the fence was. By contrast, Coleman allegedly noted, Black American slaves formed the Underground Railroad and actively resisted.
Some campus faculty and staff took offense to what they described as “victim blaming,” charging that she inflicted “great harm” by her words and actions.
My heart be still. Her words offended someone. What a tragedy! She obviously must be fired immediately and forbidden to work anywhere in America ever again. The suspension is certainly insufficient!
The irony here is that Coleman is herself a proud modern leftist who thinks all whites are bigots and must be punished. For example, during a presentation she gave at a college book club, she had the group watch…
two videos on YouTube from 1994. They are called “The Color of Fear: What it means to be an American,” and the other is called “The Color of Fear: Just be American.”
Both videos feature an Asian, Hispanic, black, and white person having discussions. The gist of the videos seemed to be to castigate the white man for being an oppressor, for asking “why can’t we all be brothers?” and saying things like he doesn’t see race or judge people by their skin color.
After the white person asked “why can’t we be brothers,” Coleman stopped the video and told us “this is a racist statement.” [emphasis mine]
In other words, according to Coleman, when a white person makes the sincere effort to treat all people equally that person is proving that they are racist. She later concluded the meeting by saying, ““There is no such thing as not being racist. Either you are anti-racist or racist.” In her eyes the only way a white can be “anti-racist” is to apparently favor blacks in all things and kowtow before them.
Well, apparently the bigoted leftist Asians in her university feel the same way, but instead require everyone, white and black, to favor them in all things. When she made her intemperate and somewhat ignorant remarks about the Japanese internment camps she did not kowtow properly to Asians. They complained, and got her suspended.
I fully expect her to be reinstated, because she really is a teammate in the modern academic effort to turn all Americans into hateful bigots who see everything from the perspective of race and victimhood.
Based on her behavior and philosophy, as expressed by her own words, she should be fired, but not because she said something offensive. That is her right as an American. She should be fired because she is ignorant, uneducated, bigoted, and the worst sort of person to be working at a college. But then, if this college agreed to this standard and fired her for incompetence and bigotry they probably would have to shut down operations entirely, as there likely is no one in their administration or faculty who is any more qualified than Coleman. Coleman appears to be a very typical academic these days, hateful of whites, focused entirely on race, and apparently poorly educated on the history of the United States.
This reality once again raises the obvious question: Why is anyone attending these cesspools of misinformation and hate? And why are they still getting taxpayer money to operate?