I‘m in the middle of an excellent, new book titled The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind by Bruce Bawer.
Ironically, Bawer is gay. Ironic because I think gays, more often than not, embrace the victim mindset. Bawer, a New Yorker, and his spouse now live in Oslo, Norway, apparently because gays can marry there.
The heavily researched book lists in extreme detail how the forces of political correctness and their Gestapo arm, the Speech Police, have pretty much taken over the Humanities and Social Sciences departments of a wide swath of American higher education. And it has filtered down into K-12.
It began around 1970, and it continues today.
It was about 1970 that the militant blacks and feminists of the love-flowering 1960s elbowed their way into universities to form their “studies” with the threat of violence, literally, violence that often was carried out — bombings, murders, you name it.
Panty-waist universities quickly ran up the white flag, and the invaders entered.
They have never left.
The whole disaster mushroomed, and nowadays we have not just African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, we have every kind of “studies” you can think of. There are Queer* Studies, Chicano Studies and on and on and on.
A pistol-packing rainbow of disgruntlement!
You can actually get degrees in this nonsense.
You will not encounter, however, a department of European-American Studies because if there is one unifying theme to all these sourpuss “studies,” it’s that white people are the root of all evil, everywhere and always.
Well, not white people so much as white men. White women get a pass because they are one of the groups that are eternally helpless victims.
Where is Germaine Greer when we need her? She would bitch-slap these sillies.
Plus, The United States is evil and always has been.** Another unifying theme.
These “studies” are indoctrination, not education, and this is what your children, grandchildren and even you have been fed for 40 years, which is why so many Americans*** run around saying how “offended” they are at just about anything.
Meanwhile, the Chinese, a legitimately oppressed people, are taking over the world’s manufacturing, and Iran, where women are severely oppressed, moves closer to a nuclear weapon. The United States, however, one of the freest nations on earth, is inhabited by lots of silly people running around saying they are soooo offended, daily.
And wishing they hadn’t bought that mortgage they couldn’t afford.
It’s pathetic — and perilous. All of it.
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* Their name, not mine.
** It was this dumb notion that led Michelle Obama to say she had never been proud of America until her husband became president. She is innocent of history.
*** Citizens of non-English-speaking nations do not do this. Yes, this phenomenon was born in the United States, but has made little headway in most of the world. Where it has made inroads, it will almost invariably be voiced in English.