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Things Go Badly After Ivy League Author Lectures About ‘White Privilege’

Posted on | October 15, 2019 | 2 Comments


More than 25% of students at Georgia Southern University are black, which is roughly twice the black enrollment at most Ivy League schools, but it’s not because of Georgia Southern’s “diversity” program. Rather, it’s because the school in Statesboro, Georgia, is not “elite.”

Like most second-tier state universities in the South (including my alma mater JSU), Georgia Southern’s academic standards and tuition make attendance possible for students whose parents aren’t rich, and who found more fun things to do with their high-school years than competing for valedictorian honors. Trust me when I say that “white privilege” does not describe the typical student at such an institution. There are a lot of students at Georgia Southern who are the first in their families ever to go to college, and part of the effort to help them succeed is the university’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, whose stated mission is to “prepare students to become self-directed learners capable of authoring their own educational experiences.” Well, the geniuses in charge of FYE apparently decided Georgia Southern freshmen needed to learn about “white privilege,” so they assigned a novel by Jennine Capó Crucet, who majored in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University ($72,518 a year, including room and board) and is now a professor at the University of Nebraska. Then they brought Professor Crucet to campus for a lecture, and things went very badly:

Students at Georgia Southern University burned a book, written by a New York Times contributor, after a Q&A session at her lecture became heated.
Jennine Capó Crucet is a Latina author, associate professor at the University of Nebraska and graduate of Cornell University. Her novel “Make Your Home Among Strangers” was used as required reading in some FYE classes. The book follows a Hispanic girl, inspired by herself, who is accepted into a prestigious university and struggles in her new predominantly white atmosphere.
Crucet spoke at the Performing Arts Center Wednesday night and after she talked about the book, followed by some personal anecdotes, she opened the audience up to questions.
“I noticed that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged,” one respondent said into the microphone. “What makes you believe that it’s okay to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught. I don’t understand what the purpose of this was.”
Crucet immediately responded to the student with audible reactions from the audience.
“I came here because I was invited and I talked about white privilege because it’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question,” Crucet said. . . .
Later that night, a video of students standing around a fire was posted on Twitter.
Carlin Blalock, a freshman music education major, walked outside of her dorm with her roommate to a crowd gathered around a fire in a grill next to the clubhouse of Eagle Village, on-campus housing. . . .
More video and images of the torn and burned books were tweeted, and Crucet tweeted again that students at GS were burning her books.

Look, I’m against book-burning, but what do you expect when you bring in someone with a $72,518-a-year Ivy League education to lecture a bunch of state university kids about “white privilege”?

And let us ask: How many white kids from South Georgia attend Cornell University? The number is probably very close to zero, because there is nothing the Ivy League despises more than white Southerners. Cornell quite likely awarded Jennine Capó Crucet all sorts of “diversity” scholarships simply because she is a Latina, but even if a white kid from South Georgia were the valedictorian of his high school, his application to Cornell would automatically be dumped in the trash can.

Don’t you think the kids at Georgia Southern know all this? It’s hardly a secret that “diversity” at Ivy League schools is enforced by a racial quota system which, among other things, involves discrimination against Asian-American students whose sin is being too smart. Keeping down the number of Asians on Ivy League campuses is necessary to “diversity” because (a) a certain number of positions in every freshman class must be set aside for children of alumni; and (b) there are hard quotas for “underrepresented minorities” (i.e., black and Hispanic students). What this means, in effect, is that Ivy League schools like Cornell systematically exclude the vast majority of qualified white kids, unless their parents happen to be alumni. If you’re a white kid, it doesn’t actually matter how smart you are or how hard you work, you are persona non grata at Cornell, unless your Daddy’s rich or an alumni (or preferably both). And that goes double if you’re a white kid from the South.

Lewis Grizzard used to tell a story about a graduate student at the University of Georgia doing a research project where the documents he needs are only available in the Harvard University library. So the guy goes up to Harvard and seeks directions from a student.

“Excuse me, sir,” the Georgia student says. “Can you tell me where the library’s at?”

“At Harvard, we don’t end our sentences with prepositions.”

“Oh, pardon my grammar,” the Georgian replies. “Can you tell me where the library’s at, asshole?”

That summarizes my attitude toward the Ivy League quite adequately, and I hope the faculty at Georgia Southern will reconsider their program of teaching about “white privilege” in Statesboro.

(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.)



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