Ithaca College

Somewhere in between Gender Studies 101, partying, putting money on meal cards, and sexual exploration, Ithaca College students are allegedly bombarded with racial injustices. Sometimes, people say mean things. It apparently hurts their feelings more than it hurts the skulls and spinal cords of gay men thrown off tall buildings by the Islamic State group in Syria. And so, there must be a “no confidence” vote in Ithaca College president Tom Rochon.

College faculty and staff must now reap what they have sown.

Islamic State gay execution

The Ithaca Journal reported Wednesday:

Members of the campus community walked out Wednesday “for all the injustices students of color face on this campus and other colleges nationally. With University of Missouri’s president stepping down, we demand Rochon to do the same as it is vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment,” according to the event Facebook page.

In a statement issued after the protest, POC at IC said they want to make one thing loud and clear: “We are here, and we demand change.” …

“Diversity and inclusion here at Ithaca College is nothing more than an image,” one protester said into a microphone. Many in the crowd responded with cheers and clapping. …

Those sentiments were echoed by a woman who stood with POC at IC, shouting from Free Speech Rock: “We desire his resignation, not his input.” She went on to list some goals, including Rochon to resign or be removed from his position, a “radical transformative change in government and structure at Ithaca College” and “we want to bring a sense of safety, emotional stability and dignity to the experiences of POC at IC, other marginalized groups and the intersection between us as well as the entire Ithaca College community.”

What is Mr. Rochon’s offense, you ask?

Answer: He is not a member of the Precrime Police Department from “Minority Report.”

There have been several controversial incidents this semester, including a Blue Sky Reimagining Kick Off event in October that was meant to “formulate ideas about the evolution of Ithaca College.” During the event, an alumna on the panel, Tatiana Sy, a woman of color, said she had a “savage hunger” to succeed. However, two other alumni on the panel then referred to Sy as a “savage” throughout the event. Future Blue Sky Reimagining events have been put on hold.

After the Blue Sky event, Rochon issued a statement that he had apologized to Sy and regrets that the event was diminished by “insensitive comments.” He went on to say, “In general, the college cannot prevent the use of hurtful language on campus. Such language, intentional or unintentional, exists in the world and will seep into our community. We can’t promise that the college will never host a speaker who could say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or otherwise disrespectful.

Behold, the fragile mind of modern youth — so delicate and brittle that it crumbles with every episodic instance of unwelcome rhetoric. It’s not hard to guess who would be the first to fold in a mainland invasion of America by its future enemies. But I digress.

Tom Rochon Ithaca protest

This is only the beginning. The roller coaster of weird is just pulling out of the gate.

As I said Nov. 9:

The anti-free speech “muscle” of Mizzou had a big win on Monday, which means that its allies on campuses across the country will now seek to duplicate or surpass their ideological peers. I implore any young person attending college to push back twice as hard the next time your wannabe police-state overseers request “muscle” to do their dirty work.

Buckle up, because this roller coaster looks like it will have plenty of twists and turns. And, as always, welcome to the Twilight Zone.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

  1. If he does resign I am sure the future gender studies graduates will reminisce fondly about their victory as they work as a barista because their degree has no real world applications.

    1. War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. Who controls the present controls the past. I loved 1984 when I first read it. Now it seems eerily prophetic.

      I went to a pier at Southwold in Suffolk England and there was a lot of artwork dedicated to Orwell.

  2. Taking the money you’ve saved up for your kids’ college and telling them to use it to start a small business does sound like the safer and more responsible thing for a parent to do these days…

    Man, it sounds so cliched to say but, US Millenials will probably end up being the greatest danger to freedom and safety in the world since the rise of the National Socialist German Workers party in the 20s.

    1. The lack of self-awareness by Millenials never ceases to amaze. I don’t think their “helicopter parents” should be left off the hook, though. A good chuck of culpability for this sort of embarrassing behavior rests on their shoulders.

    2. What’s so weird is that I’m right at tail end of what is allowed to be called “Gen X”, yet the difference between myself and people just a year or two younger than me certainly feels generational…

      I’m barely in my 30s and I want these 20somethings to stay the hell off my lawn. I keep coming back in my mind to something I saw Urbanski write a week ago: “Pity us poor Gen-X punks. We spent most of our lives so far resenting and fighting against the dominance of self-absorbed Boomers, and now we can see we’ll be stuck spending the other half fighting the totalitarian narcissism of clueless Millennials.”

    3. I was born in 1979 and feel the same way. We’re sort of in the “in-between” phase between Gen-X and Gen-Y. I definitely always identified more with Gen-X (STP, Smashing Pumkins, and Pearl Jam were my favorite bands in high school), but I feel as though I would have needed to be born 3 or 4 years earlier to get the full stamp of approval.

      I think we’re so different because they were the ones who really got to grow up with the explosion of the internet. When I lived in Germany in 1997 I had to go to a public library to sign on for 15 minutes at a time. If I was lucky, the next guy wouldn’t show for his reservation. I think we have it best because we had one foot in each world, the pre- and post-internet era, at the perfect time in our maturation process. It gives us a very unique perspective.

  3. It took me a while to figure out why these activists act the way they do, but it makes sense to me now.

    The black activists (and a substantial percentage of black people in general) are naked tribalists. Most people in the US can’t understand the idea that a person would advocate for their own group at the expense of other groups no matter how unjust, but that’s what’s going on. Note how the black activists had little to no concern with the circumstances when it came to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin — that’s because it literally didn’t matter to them. They really are arguing that a black man attacking a cop or beating a man’s head against the sidewalk should not be shot by his victim. They really are saying that they’d rather a non-black man who did nothing wrong be dead than that a black criminal who initiated the confrontation be dead.

    It’s also why they don’t care about black-on-black crime. It’s irrelevant; whatever black people do to each other or to non-blacks is to be defended, no matter how obviously heinous. It’s why black poverty and family destruction is always someone else’s fault, even when it’s due to the choices of black people. It’s why the family members of black murderers or other criminals almost invariably argue that their family member shouldn’t be punished, but don’t really try to argue that he’s innocent. It’s why representatives of a community that accounts for a ludicrously disproportionate amount of crime nevertheless demand concessions and apologies from a group which is disproportionately victimized by their own.

    Most Americans can’t wrap their brains around this worldview. They don’t see things this way so they don’t understand that it’s how others see things. As a result, you end up with one group that sides with the tribalistic minority group, assuming that it must be their own group’s fault that these people are aggrieved, and another group that spends all its time trying to calmly explain to the tribal group how they really ought to just embrace typical American values and things will go better for them (voting Republican will benefit the black community; liberals are the real racists; etc.).

    Both groups are missing the point. These black activists are trying to get stuff for their own, just because they’re part of the same group. They don’t care about justice, what the rest of us mean by justice. They mean the “just us” kind. They’ll keep taking from other groups until they can’t do so anymore, either because the others run out of stuff or because people stop listening to their demands. That’s all.

    1. I’m pretty sure your comment would get you booted from the 2016 Blue Sky Reimagining Kick Off…

      In all seriousness though, a lot of the points you raise would “trigger” some kid in a college classroom today. The professor would boot you for saying “tribal” instead of “collective” or whatever. Normal human beings just care about whether you’re making cogent points (e.g., family breakdown is completely glossed over in any discussion on racial inequality).

      I will readily acknowledge that slavery had long-lasting repercussions, but not in the way most activists imagine. When you oppress a group and then give them freedom essentially overnight, it’s psychologically like a scuba diver who gets the bends from coming up too fast. Individuals who were oppressed then become oppressors in their own little sphere of influence. Some are just shell-shocked. Some are apathetic. Black America was making great strides, and then the Great Society programs rolled in and began to destroy families. The rest is history.

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