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At Yale University, Special Snowflakes™ Are Traumatized by Republican Victory

Posted on | November 10, 2016 | 5 Comments

“I cannot even function right now. As a queer, black woman, I feel unsafe in this country.”
Isis Davis-Marks, Yale sophomore

We must remember, at moments like these, that Yale University began as a school to train puritan (Congregationalist) clergy, and that among Yale’s most eminent early graduates was Jonathan Edwards, historically famous for his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Another famous Yale graduate was John C. Calhoun (Phi Beta Kappa, Class of 1814).

It is with this history in mind that we should read the words of Isis Davis-Marks, “a queer, black woman” who “cannot even function right now” because Donald Trump was elected president. And laugh.

“I want to represent women of all shapes and colors in my work, as intersectionality is very important to me. Feminism is not just a white, affluent, cis-gendered face.”
Isis Davis-Marks, Aug. 28, 2015

Ms. Davis-Marks is a 19-year-old native of New York City who graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science and, we must assume, was highly recruited by Yale (annual tuition $49,480), where the administration is nowadays eager to maximize diversity. And what diversity actually means is that Ms. Davis-Marks will spend four years denouncing Yale and capitalism:

Yale and other universities are adopting capitalism’s ethos.
Just as capitalism gains its success on the backs of marginalized groups, the academy consistently writes marginalized groups — women, disabled bodies, minorities, LGBTQ and the poor, among others — out of the history books. This process intellectually justifies the demographic destruction capitalism yields.

In 1951 a young man named William F. Buckley Jr. described how his alma mater had departed from its Christian origins. God and Man at Yale was one of the seminal works that inspired the modern conservative movement in America. We may doubt that Ms. Davis-Marks has bothered to read the late Mr. Buckley’s book, and we may further doubt that this advocate of “intersectionality” could explain in any coherent manner how “capitalism gains its success on the backs of marginalized groups.” Of course, Ms. Davis-Marks is a beneficiary of capitalism, but evidently no one at Yale has bothered to explain this to her, and neither does she seem grateful to receive this benefit. She is not attending college in Havana or Pyongyang, after all, but is in New Haven reaping the rewards of life in the most prosperous nation the world has ever known, even while she blames capitalism for “demographic destruction.” Ms. Davis-Marks is certainly not the only Yale student who hates capitalism. The vast majority of her classmates share her anti-American worldview:

Teary eyes, bowed heads and cries of disbelief emerged from election-watching gatherings on Yale campus as prognosticators announced that Ohio’s electoral votes went to Donald Trump — essentially guaranteeing the Republican nominee the presidency.
Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 presidential election early Wednesday morning sent shockwaves across Yale’s campus. . . .
Among the largest gatherings on Yale’s campus was The Politic’s watch party. Students, including members of the Yale College Democrats and Yale Students for Hillary, packed the room, their eyes glued to a television tuned to CNN. . . .
Silence fell upon the room when CNN predicted that the Republican Party would maintain control of the House of Representatives.
“I expected to be feeling jubilant by now,” Yale Dems campus and community coordinator Josh Hochman ’18 said. “I was really excited for tonight. We expected a huge crowd and we got it, but we were disappointed pretty early on.”
The reactions are consistent with the results of a News survey distributed last month, in which 80.87 percent of 2,054 respondents said they supported Clinton while less than 5 percent said the same for Trump. . . .
Gabriel Groz ’19 told the News he worried about Trump’s policies towards many of his peers, particularly those who are Muslim, and called this year’s election “the rise of a fascist.” Leah Smith ’20, who attended The Politic’s watch party, expressed her concerns with what Trump’s appeal said about the nation’s attitude at large.
“I’m scared at the prospect of waking up in a country that elected Donald Trump as our president,” said Smith toward the middle of the watch party. “I am also scared at the prospect of waking up in a country where Donald Trump was almost elected president, because that means almost half of the population thinks it is okay that someone who has such vocal hatred towards women and minorities is fit to be president.”

Let the question be asked: How is it that, in a nation where the popular vote for president was almost evenly divided by Democrats and Republicans, the administration at Yale has recruited a student body composed of 81% Democrats? Isn’t it also true that the Yale faculty is at least 81% Democrat in their political alignment? Why is it that Yale University is a so disproportionately controlled by Democrats? Would the alumni of Yale be correct in suspecting that the administration of the university now deliberately discriminates against Republicans in terms of both faculty hiring and student recruitment? If it is diversity they want, why doesn’t Yale do something to recruit more Republicans?


Oh, the Special Snowflakes™ at Yale are angry and confused:

As the dust clears following the election of Republican nominee Donald Trump, students at Yale are struggling to come to terms with one of the biggest upsets in American political history.
Bleary-eyed students walked to class Wednesday morning in various stages of emotional distress — some anxiously calling their families, others looking silently into the distance — on a surreal day at Yale. . . .
Around 300 tearful students filled Dwight Hall after classes Wednesday to hear Shades — Yale’s only historically African-American a capella group — sing “We Shall Overcome” as well as other songs devoted to love and solitary, the theme of the event.

Yale students are “tearful,” suffering “emotional distress,” and “struggling to come to terms” with the trauma they suffer because a Republican has been elected president — “a surreal day at Yale.”

One of my sons is a college freshman, but thank God he isn’t at Yale. He attends the local community college, and if any of his classmates are dealing with “emotional distress,” my son hasn’t mentioned it. For some reason, you don’t find many Special Snowflakes™ at community college.

(Hat-tip: Donald Douglas on Twitter.)






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