Faceless, nameless, leaderless, these are some of the qualities that typically come to mind when discussing Antifa. But the vigilante men in black have documented supporters in academia.
Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu and Purdue professor Bill Mullen started the Campus Antifascist Network to “stem the rise of fascism, whether proudly displayed in hateful exclusionary slogans and posters, or disguised as ‘free speech.'”
The Campus Antifascist Network lists endorsements from around 30 organizations and 50 individuals. If you scroll down, you’ll see a law professor, a few sociology professors, and several English professors. But disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, and math do not seem to be represented.
There are some pretty famous — or infamous — scholars on the list. There’s George Ciccariello-Maher, the “white genocide” Drexel University professor who said the Las Vegas massacre is what happens when white people don’t get what they want.
There’s Sujata Moori, the Middlebury College professor who teaches Playing Dead: Feminist Readings Of Crime Drama, a very useful class definitely worth your tuition money to learn how to apply “a feminist lens” to “explore the grammar of this genre in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality.”
There’s also Johnny E. Williams, the Trinity College professor who called white people “inhuman a**holes” and said “let them f***ing die.” Williams shared an article describing how “a lesbian black woman helped take down the man who shot Steve Scalise.” The article suggests that purported “victims of bigotry” should not help defend alleged “oppressors.”
Palumbo-Liu, one of the professors who founded Campus Antifascist Network, frames his vision for the group as one of “defense in various forms of those who are being threatened by fascists,” but who is a fascist and what constitutes a threat? It’s precisely this nebulous language that allows Antifa to justify responding to“hate speech” or some kind of “verbal violence” with actual, physical violence.
Justin Trudeau Bashes Identity Politics
Justin Trudeau gave the commencement address at New York University this year where he stressed diversity, but probably not the kind of diversity graduates were expecting to hear. Trudeau stressed the need for diversity of thought, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
But actions speak louder than words and so far the actions we’ve seen in Canada’s education system are not very indicative of a safe space for a diversity of opinions. Trudeau mentioned former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier in his speech, extolling his virtue for recognizing the potential benefits of bursting one’s echo chamber.
And I’m sure Wilfrid was a great lad. But Trudeau didn’t touch at all on the main reason we’ve seen Wilfrid Laurier in the headlines the past half-year. That is, Wilfrid Laurier University. More specifically, Lindsay Shepherd, who got scolded for showing her class a video with Jordan Peterson engaging in a debate.
Actions speak louder than words and if Trudeau wants people to believe this seemingly newfound commitment to the marketplace of ideas, he might want to consider — to borrow another cliche — putting his money where his mouth is and perhaps strip schools that do not tolerate a viewpoint diversity of their federal funding.
Prof OK With Calling Israelis ‘Mob,’ But Not Palestinians
On Thursday, George Mason University Noura Erakat tweeted out a Washington Post article entitled “Israel’s use of fatal force in Gaza: Excessive force or justified mob control?” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. This headline triggered Noura, who responded ““Mob”??? Can we plz try to acknowledge Palestinians as human? Not bugs to be exterminated. This is a freedom struggle.”
When I saw this awesome display of intellectual brilliance, I immediately put aside all thoughts like the fact that at least 50 of the 62 individuals killed by Israel Monday were Hamas or Islamic Jihad terrorists and thought to myself, “wow, what an upstanding citizen Noura must be, policing offensive words out of the English language.” It never even occurred to me that she might be a total hypocrite who shudders when the word “mob” is applied to Palestinians, but has used the exact same word to describe Israelis.
Oops, actually, here’s one of her tweets from a little while back: “Fadi Alloun – shot dead by Israeli police while he ran away from an Israeli mob.” And, of course, she neglects to mention that Alloun had allegedly stabbed a Jewish boy right beforehand. In case this didn’t convince you of how superb a mental gymnast Noura is, contorting language to fit her agenda, take a look at this time she tweeted about the murder of a Muslim teen in Virginia. She says “White supremacy breeds in all quarters,especially in the most liberal ones we call home.”
Except, as a commenter pointed out, the teen’s accused murderer, Darwin Martinez Torres, was not white, but Hispanic. Noura, of course, very adeptly dodged this pesky fact by saying “White supremacy is an ideology and what drives Islamophobia. Not race specific. Don’t need to be white to practice it.”
Antifa Bike Lock Prof May Face 11 Years In Prison
Former Diablo Valley College professor Eric Clanton may face 11 years in prison for allegedly busting a Trump supporter’s head with a bike lock, according to an interview he did with Rolling Stone entitled “Antifa on Trial: How a College Professor Joined the Left’s Radical Ranks.”
I love how this headline suggests that it’s UNUSUAL for professors to be part of the radical left; perhaps this author needs to tune in to Campus Unmasked. But I guess if you define “radical” to include only outright violence and not anti-white and and anti-Israel curriculum, readings from the Marxist Frankfurt School, etc., you can maybe get away with it.
Clanton refers to the “structural violence of the state” and I don’t think he’s talking about specific states like totalitarian dictatorships there, but instead violence inherent when you have any sort of government. Even more curious is when he dismisses the concept of moral high ground as something created by the “narrative class.”
Are these the sort of people you want teaching in universities? People who think morality is just another narrative, who think respect and decency are just weapons used to oppress them? At the end of the day, Eric Clanton’s case is a huge win for 4Chan and citizen journalism in general. If the mainstream media won’t hold these domestic terrorists to account, there at least seems to be a whole generation of sleuthy sentinels out there whose investigative skills are matched only by their razor-sharp wit and devotion to Western values.
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