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Greg Patton, blacklisted by USC for being a good teacher
The modern dark age: Today’s blacklist story is in a sense a follow-up of my blacklist story from yesterday, as it clearly shows that the fraternities which broke free of supervision from the University of Southern California (USC) had good reason, and that (as I speculated) one of the main reasons they did so was because of USC’s woke and racist policies.
Today we discover that USC has forced a communications professor specializing in Asia, Greg Patton, to stop teaching because during one virtual class he was explaining the innocent reason why — to English speakers — the Chinese seem to say a racial slur repeatedly. Apparently, the Chinese phrase “那个” (nèi ge), which approximately means “that one” or more simply “um”, is used in Chinese as a filler word, similar to “um,” “ur” in English.
Patton was trying to explain this to his class during a virtual session. Below is embedded that specific moment that has now caused him so much trouble:
Knowing this seemingly trivial fact could help English-speakers in China avoid some serious and unnecessary misunderstandings, which is clearly the reason why Abbot was talking about it.
At USC however the goal is no longer promoting knowledge or understanding. Instead, the goal is promoting willful ignorance, wielded in the service of power and oppression. The school’s statement:
“Recently, a USC faculty member during class used a Chinese word that sounds similar to a racial slur in English. We acknowledge the historical, cultural and harmful impact of racist language,” the statement read. Patton “agreed to take a short term pause while we are reviewing to better understand the situation and to take any appropriate next steps.”
Why would anyone at all want to attend this school? As I noted yesterday, this is not the first example of intellectual bullying at USC. In 2016 Jacob Ellenhorn, an elected senator in the student government, was threatened with removal simply because he was conservative. In the end Ellenhorn was not removed, but only because the removal required a two-thirds majority and only half the senators voted for removal. That senate however did find Ellenhorn guilty of the evil of inviting a conservative speaker to campus. How dare he!
Then, in 2018, two Trump supporters had to be escorted off campus because a mob of students threatened them with violence for daring to publicly express opinions that mob did not like.
Let me repeat: Why would anyone at all choose to attend this college? Colleges are supposed to teach young adults how to move past their emotions so they can think rationally, objectively, and dispassionately. In doing so, it makes them able to maturely recognize when they are wrong, so that they can grow and do better.
USC is instead teaching its students to be close-minded, fearful, and emotional ignoramuses, eager to silence opposition so that they don’t have to think at all.
Such teaching is entirely wrong, and is a reason to not attend this university. If you are a student there, get out. If you are considering going there, throw the application away. And if you are donor, put a stop on your check.
The best thing that could happen for everyone is for this school to go bankrupt, now. Only from those ashes could colleges with the right educational goals rise forth.
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