When you're at an Institution of Higher Education, of course.
At the University Near Here, we're against violence!
That goes without saying. Or so you might think, if you're unaware
of today's campus atmosphere. This month, being "anti-violence" is
April's excuse to demonstrate
that we are "more enlightened, noble, tolerant, wise, sensitive, conscious,
and smart than most other people." As if we needed an excuse.
And so we have the "'Stepping Out to Speak Out Against Violence at UNH'
WALK&RALLY!" this coming Thursday, sponsored by the U's
Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP).
It is a triumph of sloppy feelings and attitudes over careful
thought and measured expression. Example: when you're caught
up in strident earnestness, you find yourself autotyping
silly demands as in
this blog post:
(I'm not a total
cad, so I've written the poster to point out the blooper.
It might be fixed by the time you click there.)
As another amusement, the event's
announcement page proudly points out:
This event is sponsored by SHARPP with support from the following
organizations and department [sic] at UNH and in the local
… and there are exactly zero organizations and department[s]
listed following this sentence.
But more interesting (albeit unsurprising) is the infusion of
ideology into what you
might think would be a near-universal distaste
for campus violence. Here's a remarkable paragraph
from the announcement page, with my snarky comments interspersed:
This localized social movement aims at gathering students, faculty,
staff and Durham community members together to take a collective and
powerful stance against all forms of violence on our campus, […]
"Localized social movement" is apparently an up-and-coming term
of art in the community organizer game. Do you think they
hit that collective bell hard enough?
violence against women.
In a more logical world, since you've already said the
"movement" is against all forms of violence, it
would be unnecessary to point out that that stance includes
violence against women. The University is not part of
that more logical world.
Violence against victims/survivors results from […]
Lord forbid that they simply say "Violence is…"
the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others
in relationships, […]
You notice how quickly we're driving off into the weeds here?
What about your garden variety felony assault, like this
one, in which a non-UNH dimwit attacked a UNH employee with
a broken bottle? Were they in a "relationship"?
Is the word "relationship" really appropriate to how the
sordid murder of UNH student Lizzi Marriott played out in October 2012?
Apparently UNH faculty member Eric Paul Engel did have a "former family
friend" relationship with Aleksander “Lenny” Wysocki. That is, before
Engel shot Wysocki dead last Valentine's Day in Cary, NC. Before turning
the gun on himself in Florida the next day. But was Engel's violence
an effort to "achieve and maintain control" over Wysocki? I can't
imagine why it would matter if it was.
By the way, one of Engel's students was quick to point
out that Engel "always talked about how he was very anti-violence
and against wars". (UNH: the kind of place they say that sort of
thing about you even after you've murdered someone.)
Perhaps Engel attended a previous year's anti-violence
But it gets worse:
and from societal abuse of power and domination in the
forms of sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, able-bodyism, ageism
and other oppressions.
Yes, let's drag in all the current -isms, and add in "other
oppressions" just to be safe. Despite the fact that their
causal relationship to actual violence is close to nil.
The message is clear: to be "against
violence" at UNH, you need to buy into the entire current left-wing
victimology, privilege, and oppression. Otherwise, sorry, but you're
Fearless prediction: despite all the speechifying on Thursday, there
will be little or nothing said that might prevent the next
homicide, assault, or rape perpetrated by or against someone at UNH.
All that is beside the point when your purpose is
self-congratulation, moral preening, and indoctrination.