Watching The Ivy League Go Full-On Toxic Weed

I’m trying to decide if David Hogg is:

  • the thing parents fear they’ll get back at semester break when they send their kids to private colllege
  • A parody account rejected by Babylon Bee and Titania McGrath as “too over the top”.

One thing he is? Evidence of “white supremacy”. He’s using up a seat at Harvard that a deserving Asian kid didn’t get.

Exhibit D-24662-F:

The vision of gay slaves and Seminoles sitting in orange T-shirts and ELCA hair waving signs in safe white neighborhoods in Eagan, in 1820 (“centuries ago”) almost made me chuckle.

Erin Palette, with Pink Pistols, s not amused, and lights the little fop up but good.

while the colonists and early citizens of the United States were well-armed and saw virtually no restrictions on what arms they could own or when they could carry or use them in a peaceful manner, this was not true for all inhabitants of the land. Many people of color were brought to this country as slaves, and as property, they had no rights. Furthermore, free persons of color and Native Americans were often prevented by law from owning firearms.
Such gun control as Hogg champions would have hurt those fighting slavery. Abolitionists were highly unpopular and threatened with violence or worse. Rev. Elijah Parish Lovejoy, publisher of the abolitionist newspaper The Saint Louis Observer, was murdered by a pro-slavery mob who shot him before destroying his new printing press. Members of the Underground Railroad needed to protect themselves from law enforcement and bounty hunters enforcing fugitive slave laws, and so were often armed. The most famous example of these is  Harriet Tubman, who carried a pistol for self defense while escorting runaway slaves to freedom.
While the 14th Amendment eliminated some of this discrimination, many additional laws were passed to keep people of color, the poor, and other “undesirables” from owning or carrying arms as part of the many Jim Crow laws of the time. Some of these statutes have survived to the present day, such as the North Carolina Pistol Purchase Permit. It requires that an applicant be of “good moral character” despite the fact that “The term ‘good moral character’ is not defined in our statutes nor is there a case specifically on point as to what constitutes good moral character for purposes of a pistol purchase permit.”

Needless to say, being a person of color was ample reason to deny a permit under these circumstances. Most famously, in 1950 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, applied for an Alabama concealed-weapon permit after receiving death threats. He was, of course, denied. In the 1960s, California’s Mulford Act banned the open carry of firearms as a direct reaction to members of the Black Panthers patrolling minority neighborhoods while visibly armed.

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Between Hogg and Matt Yglesias, I’m starting to think a Harvard degree, outside of hard sciences and medicine, should be considered a disqualifieer.

9 thoughts on “Watching The Ivy League Go Full-On Toxic Weed

  1. I’ve decided not to come down too hard on Junior Hogg because:

    1. He’s a child being used as a human shield by political activists and is therefore not the correct person to attack.

    2. He may still be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the school shooting, and therefore not responsible for the disordered mental state that causes his shoddy analysis.

    3. He is the product of modern American “education,” in which students are rewarded for rote recitation, not for ability to think for themselves. To be honest, that’s not much different from how students learned in the past, the important distinction is what’s being recited: political cant instead of verifiable truth. Can’t fault a computer for garbage in-garbage out, whether the computer is silicon or carbon based.

    4. He’s no more threat to me than Saint Greta, who’s just been nominated for the Nobel Prize. They’re marionettes, briefly entertaining but quickly boring.

  2. He’s becoming quite the little woke-bot thee days.

    David Hogg
    Lincoln was a really good president.
    1:28 PM · Feb 5, 2020

    David Hogg
    Actually, I was not aware of the scope of how detrimental he was so many native american populations.

    He was not a really good president.
    4:25 PM · Feb 5, 2020

    David Hogg
    I thank my indigenous peers that brought my attention to Lincoln’s atrocities committed against native Americans.

    I’m deeply sorry for not acknowledging these crimes that I was unaware of until now. I will do better in the future.
    4:33 PM · Feb 5, 2020

  3. TKS, thank you for adding a new word to my vocabulary. Woke-bot, I shall use it often.

  4. I’d argue that Hogg is worse than the average Hahvid student for the simple reason that he’s nowhere near as smart, and thus he’s forced to simply repeat what he’s told. Very dangerous position for him.

  5. bike, that idea also applies to other “special admission” students, the ones who didn’t get in on grades and test scores, but because they were legacies, or affirmative action, or politically connected.

    Thomas Sowell has written extensively on “mismatch” between student ability and peer abilities caused by these programs. He argues that rather than making certain students the dumbest person in class and therefore the most likely to fail, the student would be better off at a lower ranked school where she’d be competitive.

    I suspect Junior Hogg would benefit from the same.

  6. Thomas Sowell has written extensively on “mismatch” between student ability and peer abilities caused by these programs.

    I have two problems with this. The first is that I simply don’t believe that Harvard or Yale or St Olaf or Gustavus Adolphus, etc are superior schools that require, so to speak, superior students. I didn’t 20-some years ago when I paid for my children’s schooling (Mankato St and St Cloud St) and I didn’t 40-some years when I went to SCSU (then a college). I accept that one might cultivate connections at Ivy League type schools that may end up being more worthwhile when compared to MN state schools. I also accept that one might get a better STEM education at a STEM univerisity like MIT or CalTech, but that brings up my second problem.

    As Rod Dreher wrote, “Having all but ruined humanities education, the Social Justice Warriors now turn to the STEM fields. Purdue University has hired Donna Riley as its new head of its School of Engineering Education.”. The Gramscian damage now being perpetrated on STEM is in the early stages, but I see little or no push-back. Consequently, I see there being an effort made to reduce the “mismatch” that Sowell speaks of by reducing the rigor and effort required to keep up. Everybody passes.

  7. … oops, hit send too soon. I would suspect that little David will be quite successful at Harvard given the quotes above.

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