Abandon hope, all ye American male white heteros who enter this classroom
An exciting new adventure in highly exclusionary “inclusiveness” and post-modern navel-gazing is under way at Butler University, as reported at The College Fix:
A political science professor at Butler University asks students to disregard their “American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status” when writing and speaking in the classroom – a practice the school’s arts and sciences dean defended as a way to negate students’ inherent prejudices.
The syllabus of the course at Butler, a small Midwestern liberal arts institution in Indianapolis, spells out that students should use “inclusive language” because it’s “a fundamental issue of social justice.”
“Language that is truly inclusive affirms sexuality, racial and ethnic backgrounds, stages of maturity, and degrees of limiting conditions,” the syllabus states, referencing a definition created by the United Church of Christ.
The syllabus of the class, called Political Science 201: Research and Analysis, goes on to ask students “to write and speak in a way that does not assume American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status, etc. to be the norm.” It is taught by a black, female professor.
So… this professor is all about “inclusiveness,” which she achieves in its purest form by excluding male white heterosexual Americans, because they’re avatars of intolerance, so you can’t tolerate them in a tolerant classroom. But don’t worry, the dean of Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences “denied this practice essentially presumes every student who walks through the door is a racist or misogynist.” It’s all about making certain people “uncomfortable” in order to “broaden the conversation and broaden the understandings,” because “if you’ve never been made uncomfortable in your college education, you’re not really getting a college education.” Apparently even superficial contact with the realities of the outside world interferes with getting a college education.
If you’re wondering what this means in practical terms, the aforementioned dean lamented the English language’s lack of a gender-neutral generic singular pronoun to “inclusively” deploy in place of the obscenely divisive hetero-normative white male linguistic fascism of “he or she.” This sounds like one of those “advanced” courses where you either regress to communicating through tentative grunts and hand signals, or spend a great deal of time flagellating yourself for accidentally saying “men” when you really meant “human beings of any biologically-determined sexual architecture or self-selected alternative sexual identity.”
This is the garbage kids are going into six-figure debt to be hammered with, instead of learning useful skills, banking constructive knowledge, and developing the ability to think critically. They’re busy internalizing lists of what they’re supposed to “affirm” – and deny – instead of learning to perceive.
An academic environment like this presents the most extreme forms of prejudice as the essence of tolerance and inclusiveness. If you’re white, male, heterosexual, or proudly identified as American, you’re judged guilty of various thought crimes before you ever get a chance to express yourself. Expression then becomes a minefield in which every word, and every idea, might be criminally offensive, no matter how innocently it has been offered. Not coincidentally, this dramatically compromises our ability to communicate meaningfully with one another… leaving us with more headspace to absorb dictates from on high, where the new cultural and linguistic reality will be manufactured and legislated.
Imagination and genuine compassion are among the casualties. One journalism school director interviewed by The College Fix made the reasonable observation that “I don’t think I could ever write from a black woman’s point of view, because I’ve never been a black woman.” Writing accurately and convincingly from such a remote point of view is primarily important to authors of fiction; what’s important for the rest of us is the ability for black women, white men, and everybody else to communicate effectively with one another. That’s a process of mutual imagination and empathy, not a one-way street for evil heterosexual white males to trudge down for eternity, as punishment for whatever inter-generational culture crimes a liberal college professor decrees them guilty of.