Posts tagged: social justice
thus begins an opinion piece that ran just last week in my university’s most read newspaper. needless to say, this ‘article’ made waves. it is entirely indicative of a general incline felt by many of the “majority” students at UW-Madison. read for yourself and just try and count all the biases, microaggressions, paraphrases, generalizations and blatant misinformation.
BY: Justin Kramer
Throughout the upcoming fall and winter months, the university will begin processing thousands of applications for admittance for the 2013-2014 school year. Yet there is one troubling aspect about how applications will be evaluated: Utilization of affirmative action policies. Affirmative action is one of the most racist policies currently in existence and has no place in the admissions process.
Controversy erupted last year when, as the Milwauke Journal Sentinel reports, Virginia-based Center for Equal Opportunity reported a wide disparity in the ACT score range of incoming freshman, finding white students averaged a 29, Asians a 30, African-Americans a 25 and Hispanics a 26. This data goes back to the 2007-2008 academic year — the last year data was available when they conducted their analysis. The explanation for this gap is not difficult to find; the university publicly admits to giving preference to certain ethnic minorities. University officials claim such an admissions process is a “holistic” or “comprehensive” approach. Cutting away the buttered-up semantics, it becomes quite clear the university is unapologetically racist in their admissions process.
In defending their blatant racism, university officials claim it’s vital for students to be immersed in diversity with a wide range of viewpoints. If that’s truly the case, why does the university not ask if the applicant is a Republican or Democrat? Why not also ask if they happen to be Catholic, Jewish, Hindu or any other religion? Where is the representation of atheists? Should we also strive to achieve a financially diverse group of people? How about giving special preference based on sexual orientation? Apparently some groups are worthy of special diversity consideration, yet others are not. This double-standard is nothing short of state-sponsored, socially-accepted discrimination.
When affirmative action is acknowledged as being readily employed, it’s understandable why certain parts of the student body respond with vigilant protest. It’s hurtful to suggest some students may not be worthy Badgers, and implicating if they did not belong to a targeted minority group, they would have not been admitted. While nobody is admitted based on ethnicity alone, last year Adele Brumfield, UW-Madison’s director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment, told legislatures those not meeting all admissions criteria receive a second look if they belong to a targeted group. It logically follows if these students hadn’t belonged to said group, they would have been afforded no “second look” and denied.
While I can understand those who resent this notion, the solution isn’t more of the same, but an abolition of affirmative action. If race and ethnicity were not part of the admissions process, nobody with sub-average admissions qualifications would ever wonder if their skin color did indeed make the difference. For this very reason, affirmative action is anti-Martin Luther King, Jr., since instead of judging applicants on their merits and by the “content of their character,” we instead give biased judgment based on race. The unspoken, unintended implication to minorities is, “you are inferior and not good enough to compete with the white man or Asian on your own. Because you are not qualified enough, we will give you special consideration we do not give to other ethnic groups.”
Liberals’ insatiable obsession with diversity further serves to inadvertently strip people of their individuality and instead sees everyone as groups. We have black groups, white groups, LGBT groups, Muslim groups and so on ad infinitum. This mentality will never cease so long as we deliberately perpetuate racism with affirmative action and other such policies that serve to lump together individuals as a monolithic group. What’s sorely missing is seeing beyond the race or gender, and instead viewing everyone as a unique individual. Yet, whenever we try to eliminate the barriers preventing people from seeing their fellow human beings as individuals, we are often labeled racists. To paraphrase John Hawk, it’s a great irony those who view everything through a prism of race accuse those who don’t of being racist.
Affirmative action is a backwards-thinking, racist governmental program inflicting a great injustice on our society. The true anti-racist envisions a post-racial, post-gender society where we view each and every member of our society as an individual not bound by the constraints of whatever “group” he or she may belong to. Instead of digging in their heels and defending their discriminatory admissions standards, our university officials should instead cast aside this ill-designed policy of equality (read: social inequity) and lead the push for a future where we dump irrelevant, arbitrary characteristics — such as ethnicity — at the door.
Justin Kramer (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in nuclear engineering.
Writing about Affirmative Action does not need to be this incendiary. Entirely decrying such a complex idea as affirmative action merely a “backwards-thinking, racist governmental program inflicting a great injustice on our society” is not only beyond over-the-top hyperbole, but exhibits a complete lack of understanding of every issue such a brash and obtuse statement raises.
Despite so many people’s fanciful ‘beliefs’, many of us know we do not live in a “post-racial, post-gender society where we view each and every member of our society as an individual not bound by the constraints of whatever ‘group’ he or she may belong to,” and we do not wish to; we live this every day, and factors like our race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity form part of our identities. These “groups,” as Kramer so abruptly describes them, are pieces of who we are—why would we want them to be ignored?
The problem with this “colorblindness” approach is that it not only ignores very real and very vivid differences between different people, but it also arguably causes even more damage by insisting we are all the same, no matter what circumstances we may undergo or experience as individuals. There is a plethora of social theory to cover this problem, however it evidently has done little to affect in any determinable way this writer’s ideology, or perhaps more aptly, opinion.
Ideas like these that seek to minimize and ignore the very great and very real struggles and pains of so many people must be examined holistically: who developed them, what prompted them, why they exist at all. So long as pieces like this can continue to be published, read, and agreed upon by my fellow students and peers, we will continue to oppress one another by our ignorance. We cannot allow such ‘opinions’ to go condoned.
why the FUCK is this shitstain still allowed to run a blog tumblr
Last weekend, Melissa examined the case against Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville mother of three who fired a single bullet into her kitchen ceiling two years ago to warn her husband, Rico Gray, against continuing his physical attack on her. Gray, who reacted in violent anger after discovering that Alexander texted pictures of their newborn child to her ex-husband,spoke out earlier this week in an interview with TheLoop21:
“Personally, I wish she would have taken the three years,” Gray said. “I don’t wish 20 years on no one.”
He’s referring to the plea deal that Alexander reportedly turned down, a deal that took into account Gray’s history of violence. Alexander presumably cast that deal aside because she genuinely believed that she was standing her ground — both figuratively, and legally. But Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” castle-doctrine law somehow didn’t apply to her, despite the fact that her case appears to fit the statute to a T.
She was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault in a matter of minutes — and today, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, a sentence she will appeal…
if this isnt even about case precedent
how the FUCK was the judge able to rule out the stand your ground law
when it was SPECIFICALLY FUCKING WRITTEN FOR SHIT LIKE THIS
THAT IS NOT LAW
THAT IS SOME ASSHOLE SITTING ON A DAIS DECIDING THE FATE OF OTHERS WITHOUT CONSULTING THE MANUAL THAT COMES WITH SITTING ON THE DAIS DECIDING THE FATE OF OTHERS
TO HELL WITH ALL OF IT
Yeah, I’m even going to use capital letters and shit because this is kind of a serious venting post for me, requiring me to temporarily abandon my flippant no-effort no-care face. (Not serious even to stop swearing though)
As I identified myself as an extremely tolerant and caring person, when I started a tumblr I was naturally drawn-in by the way the community seemed to be accepting of everything. This was fresh and new to me coming from twitter, where misogynistic and racist trending tropes still adorn the sidebar from when I left two years ago to this day. There was a large overwhelmingly leftist and socialist atmosphere that seemed to beckon me in with open arms, and I could talk to other gay women, and my transgendered friends could post without fear, and there would be no petulant contrarian arguments.
Ah—so I thought.
Then friends of mine started being attacked by other ‘social justice’ participants for using language and disagreeing with ideals the participants agreed with. And no, it was no mere mincing of words—my friends were called oppressors. The dirtiest, most foul term that you could call someone in this sort of atmosphere. And it wasn’t an isolated incident. It happened over, and over, and over again. People called oppressive for shipping different things in fandoms. People called oppressive for mocking internet groups. I was called bigoted for calling someone a half-wit, and if you’ll excuse my french, what the fuck? I couldn’t even be offended for the sheer absurdity for the situation, and not only because it was ridiculous. It’s because the word ‘bigot’ has lost meaning and weight to me.
You see, in this culture we have created there is a wide-spread need for people to be victims. And they don’t only need to be victims—they need to be the most victimized. A sort of literal Oppression Olympics. You will see people that are clearly white or at least white-reading (and so benefiting from white-reading privilege, which is the important part because race is a social construct and is all about what you read as) researching their family trees in depth to find that one great grandmother that was a Cherokee princess so they can claim first nations heritage, and so they’re not really white, no, promise! We have a group of people afraid to cop to any sort of privilege whatsoever, and so they try to claim that they are participants in oppressed groups.
It’s baffling to me, because privilege is not in itself a bad thing. In fact, privilege is a good thing! It’s awesome! Everyone should have privilege! That is the nature of social justice—elevating everyone to privileged status, so everyone can enjoy the same comforts in life!
But I see where it is coming from.
In this culture, instead of using the words ‘stupid,’ or ‘asshole,’ or ‘jerk,’ for people that we vehemently disagree with and wish to put down, we use ‘bigot.’ And ‘ableist.’ And ‘privileged.’ They have become slurs. They have lost meaning for now being generalized insults that people use to cut down others. You don’t like a particular internet group? It must be because you see them as mentally ill. Bigot. Ableist. Oppressor. You don’t agree that I, an asexual, suffer the same indignities as queer people do in daily life? You’re trying to silence me. Bigot. Oppressor. You called me stupid? Bigot. Check your privilege.
What I have witnessed is a circle of people that are waiting to feel self-righteous and attack other people, because getting mad feels good. And don’t you dare pretend to me that this isn’t it, because I have participated in it. Getting mad at someone for their bigoted bullshit feels awesome. It feels righteous. You feel like you’re helping your cause for cutting other people down to size on the internet, when in actuality all you’re doing is shouting at someone who is learning nothing. Or, in more common scenarios, already knows. And in your reblogs, your own followers that your target may not necessarily know join the circular beat-down to feel awesome and righteous about themselves. And it goes on. And on. And social justice advocates eat other social justice advocates alive forever, in a sick incestuous circle and it keeps happening. And it accomplishes nothing. You are not actually fighting oppression like this.
We have misappropriated the word oppression. We have misappropriated the word privileged. We have misappropriated the word trigger, which infuriates me so much I can’t even describe. Something that you don’t like looking at is not a trigger. Something that hurts your feelings is not a trigger. It’s a word that has a very specific meaning, and you have demolished it. People no longer understand when I profess to being triggered by rape and non-con. Shaking. Crying. Flashbacks. Involuntary vomiting. I unfollow people when they post about it. It’s not personal. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. But they will get snitty and passive-aggressive about it because they do not understand what I am trying to communicate with the word trigger. Fucking stop misusing it. Fucking stop.
It’s a vicious and toxic environment and I am tired of participating in it and I’m tired of seeing it on my dash. I am tired of people that need to be victimized and am tired of people who point fingers at everyone as victimizing them. I’m tired of misappropriation of social justice terms.
I love this person, I love this post, and this combined with the recent shitstorm re: bestiality (as well as other shitstorms) is why I refuse to identify with this awful community any longer. You keep on keepin’ on with your ~internet activism~, people. Imma be over here trying to survive and make a difference in the ways I feel are most appropriate.