There Is No Space Safe From The Social Justice Cheka

Purdue hires a social justice warrior to head its engineering program.  

While overt sexism and homophobia are less common than historically, they still play out in ways that are subtle and, therefore, insidious and hard to combat. How do you see this happening in the sciences, and how do you deal with it?

One of the biggest sources of sexism and homophobia is lodged in the epistemology of science. How we think, and what we think, matter in determining what we know and don’t know, and affects our workplace interactions in very negative ways. We think that we eliminate bias by keeping our “personal lives” – some aspects of ourselves – out of the lab, classroom, or office. But actually this is how we allow implicit bias to seep in and saturate everything we do, because that which is male, straight, white, able-bodied, monied, is not left behind in the practice of science and engineering – it is just so normative that lots of us don’t notice.

The story came out on Saturday.  I can only hope it’s an April Fool prank – perhaps the most insanely brillaint one o al time.  

I’m not very hopeful.

8 thoughts on “There Is No Space Safe From The Social Justice Cheka

  1. I seek to revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destinations, integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics and social responsibility; de-centering Western civilization; and uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups.

    Well, that’s all fine, except for the part where Western civilization is responsible for 90% of all the inventions that the world has built on. While women and racial minorities (which are, let’s be honest, the focus of this woman’s consciousness) have made contributions, ferreting them out while deliberately ignoring work done by white, Western men inherently means they will overlook the bulk of the subject.

    It’s like when leftist owned government schools focus on Pocahontas, they never get around to explaining what Lewis and Clark did and why it was important.

    It is the road to a global Kakistocracy.

  2. She’s got a good point. The 35W bridge was flawed because the original engineers who designed it were focused on tensile strength and bearing load capacity which left the bridge cold and insensitive to, well, pretty much everybody, until the bridge collapsed in despair.

    Atlanta just had a similar experience with a bridge built by people insensitive to the plight of the homeless; that bridge self-immolated like a Buddhist monk protesting the war.

    We need engineers who are more socially aware, more focused on renewable building materials, more sustainable, and inclusive structural members, perhaps timber, hemp, wattle and daub. Doug Adams had it right: anyone can throw up a bridge, but what color should it be?

    The 35W bridge solved that problem. It incorporates colorable lighting to celebrate holidays plus special events, same as people changing their Facebook photo to show how much we care about missing children and dead Frenchmen. It’s brilliant engineering innovations like these that will

    http://www.dot.state.mn.us/i35wbridge/bridgelightingschedule.html

  3. You just know these following complaints are burbling in leftist heads across the Twin Cities:

    January 1 – New Year’s Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    February 20 – Presidents Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    May 14 – Mother’s Day
    Pink

    Reinforces heteronormative societally imposed gender stereotypes.

    May 26 through 29 – Memorial Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    June 14 – Flag Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    July 4 – Independence Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    August 1 – Bridge Memorial
    All colors off

    Triggering reminder of the horror of that day.

    September 4 – Labor Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office. Should be just Red to commemorate the true Workers’ Unity of the various brotherhoods of labor.

    September 11 – 9/11 Memorial
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office. Also reinforces the rampant Islamophobia sweeping the nation.

    November 11 – Veterans Day
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

    December 25 – Christmas Day
    Red and Green

    Violates the constitutional amendment dictating a Separation of church and State, reinforcing a christianist theocratic oppressive state.

    December 31 – New Year’s Eve
    Red, White and Blue

    Triggering colors, representative of the imperialism and colonialism that displaced native inhabitants, and the current racist alt-Right nationalism that swept Trump into office.

  4. Oh, I suppose I should have addressed that previous comment in response to JD posting the 35W bridge lighting schedule. Sorry for the threadjack.

  5. That’s an odd appointment, since Purdue is led by Mitch Daniels, who has usually stood against this kind of horse pucky. Well, I guess there’s always Rose-Hulman, Notre Dame, and then of course Illinois is right across the border. Going a little further, you’ve got Michigan State, Michigan, and of course “The” Ohio State University, and of course…..the U. of Kentucky! (making every loyal Hoosier cringe….)

    I have to wonder if Daniels is in trouble there if he cannot prevent this sort of thing. An excess of political correctness can and will scare away big name researchers, after all.

  6. So a major US university has hired a person to hector engineering students about their incorrect race & gender.

  7. Anybody want to drive over a bridge designed by a future Purdue grad? Me either

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