The Force Is Strong In This One

Arizona State student Ryan Visconti proves that there is hope for the future.

Visconti – a senior at the school – is pushing back over a “diversity exercise” in which students were assigned ethnic, affectional and social backgrounds, and subjected to society’s supposed stereotypes.

Visconti said the students who designed the roleplay overlooked their own stereotypes, such as the notion that white men don’t have to work for wealth because society gives them a free ride. Or the idea that Christian churches are filled with bigots, and people who support traditional family values such as heterosexual marriage are hateful and narrow-minded.

“They were basically saying that if you don’t feel the same way, you’re wrong,” Visconti said. “It got to the point that if you weren’t a minority or gay, you were supposed to feel guilty and that everything was given to you in life.”

To start the role-play, participants were handed coded index cards that indicated their race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Participants were then told to visit different “life stations” and create their “perfect life.”

The stations included booths for housing, banking, church, jail, transportation and employment.

At each stop, Visconti said he was given scripted responses based on his gay Hispanic identity. He was told he could be a landscaper and live in a ghetto apartment or be unemployed and homeless. Meanwhile, students assigned white identities were encouraged to be business executives.

Of course, the “training” starts well before college.  I’ve had a longstanding program with my kids; I pay ‘em a buck for every example of liberal indoctrination they bring home from school.  These sorts of stereotypes are all over schools well into the elementary grades.

It’s equally interesting to read the comments from the “tolerant” people at the end of the article…

22 thoughts on “The Force Is Strong In This One

  1. Mitch disclosed: ” I’ve had a longstanding program with my kids; I pay ‘em a buck for every example of liberal indoctrination they bring home from school. ”

    Hey, I’ll try that with my kids – pay ‘em to think like Dad. Beats risking they’ll develop their own opinions!

  2. Yeah! The nerve of me, teaching my kids to think critically!

    That’s John Stewart’s job!

  3. Why do I suppose that not a lot of “critical thinking” in the Berg househeld is directed at the president?

    I guess if you were handing out dollar bills every time Bush peddled some lie a little kid could see through, you’d be in the poor house.

  4. In AssClown’s case the kids would have to be paid by the hour…it’s hard to quantify instances of leaning against the wall letting drool run from the mouth.

  5. Why do I suppose that not a lot of “critical thinking” in the Berg househeld is directed at the president?

    Because your entire point of view is based on stereotypes and your own sense of superiority?

    Just guessing.

  6. No, Angryclown approves! The technique is straight from Dr. Spock’s chapter on using cash to reinforce wingnut cant in children. So Kermit, when your tadpoles slander a Democrat, do you also tip ‘em?

  7. Melanie warned: “Wait until “the village” catches up with you, Mitch.”

    It takes the Village People to raise a child, Mel.

  8. Some Minnesotans are bright enough to move south. Kermit, on the other hand, prefers to sit around the trailer park spraying cases of Lemon Pledge up into the air so he can make the warm weather to come to him.

  9. When I was at Mac in the mid-80′s, at was “reverse-Aparteid” role playing, with “Blacks Only” and “Whites Only” doors and whatnot. When they tried to give me a slip of paper indicating that I had been detained and beaten for using a “Blacks Only” door, I crumpled it and left it there on the floor for them to pick up. And I never did pick up the Mac liberalism.

  10. Given the topic of the post, I should think creating Mississippi here in the People’s Republic of would fit the agenda quite nicely.
    I need to take banjo lessons.

  11. Mitch disclosed: ” I’ve had a longstanding program with my kids; I pay ‘em a buck for every example of liberal indoctrination they bring home from school. ”

    Great idea Mitch. Have they saved enough for college yet? They should have plenty by now!

  12. I have to admit that I have borrowed your idea Mitch. Fortunately, I have not had to pay out anything yet this school year. I thought for sure we would get innundated with plenty of global warming propoganda – what with the Junior Logician being in Middle School and all but they haven’t even touched the subject yet.

    LL

  13. Hm. It _is_ a good idea, but I think I’d want to extend it to both forms of indoctrination and extend its source to media sources as well as the school.

  14. On the one hand, I couldn’t afford to reward for all the indoctirnation in the media.

    On the other, I have yet to see an iota of pro-conservative indoctrination in any of my kids’ schools.

  15. I have yet to see an iota of pro-conservative indoctrination in any of my kids’ schools.

    Sit down, shut up, do what you’re told?

    Although maybe they don’t do that in schools any more. Man, I guess I’m getting old. More and more “when I was that age…” thoughts seem to come to mind.

    Sadly, I used to think that was just the conservative agenda, but watching the number of personal choices that the Democrats seem happy to ban, I guess I might have to re-evaluate that opinion.

  16. I guess I might have to re-evaluate that opinion.

    Yeah.

    Telling people to sit down, shut up and toe the line is hardly a conservative trait. From the New Deal to the Teachers Unions to the Great Leap Forward, liberalism has its element of mindless conformism as well.

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