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Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Toxic Race Tour at Cornell University

October 19th, 2013 - 9:25 am

We have yet more evidence that parts of academia are fully engaged in dividing Americans along racial lines and indoctrinating students with fringe and toxic racial ideas. From the Cornell Daily Sun: Kimberle Crenshaw ’81, Critical Race Theorist, Returns to The Hill (emphasis all mine):

Visiting Cornell, a prominent theorist on issues of race and gender equality said recent Supreme Court cases addressing affirmative action and voting rights have devastated the progress of the civil rights era at a lecture Thursday.

Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw ’81, law, University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia Law School spoke as part of her five-day visit at Cornell, where she studied government and Africana studies when she was an undergraduate. During the course of her visit, Crenshaw will be meeting with faculty and students.

Crenshaw focused on recent major Supreme Court decisions made primarily this summer, including Shelby County v. Holder, Hollingsworth v. Perry and Fischer v. University of Texas. . . .

Crenshaw said the decision of Shelby County v. Holder –– which was designed to prevent discrimination by striking down the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act –– “was truly ugly in the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. The crown jewel of the civil rights movement … it will surely suppress the voting rights of tens of thousands, perhaps millions of voters of color.”

Millions? This is an outright lie, and the professor either knows it or is not grounded in reality.  There hasn’t been a single voter “disenfranchised” by the Shelby decision.  It gets worse:

Crenshaw focused on the arguments of colorblindness that were brought up through this case.

Crenshaw explained that the rationale of “colorblindness” — the idea that society has become race-neutral and does not have to redesign status quo institutions to prevent discrimination — is used to disguise a defense of the status quo. Crenshaw argued that substantive changes are necessary to be truly post-racial. [Specific institutions please?] . . .

“Colorblindness has been resurrected to roll back the social infrastructure enacted during the civil rights movement,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw said these setbacks were the result of decisions made by the Supreme Court under Justice John Roberts, since 2005. She said that the Roberts court ended active restructuring of social structures to prevent racial discrimination, pointing to the Parents Involved v. Seattle case where, she said, “the Supreme Court ends active school desegregation.” [the case that said race could not be used to assign children to schools, sort of like the desegregation cases in the 1960s.]

[And this truly Orwellian moment she] said the legal move toward race neutrality is reminiscent of much discriminatory policy like grandfather clauses and literacy tests, “efforts to suppress access to the franchise has always used measures that were formally race neutral.”

Crenshaw concluded by saying truly combating racism requires scrutinizing the structures that perpetuate racism and confronting inequality with the status quo.

Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students and director of intercultural programs, worked to bring Crenshaw to Cornell after being inspired by a previous presentation she had seen Crenshaw give.”

This is what passes for credible on elite college campuses today — the idea that treating individuals without regard to race or color but rather as individuals with divine dignity is somehow racially discriminatory.

These are not just nutty notions, they are dangerous notions. They attempt to undo and unravel the meaning of words. They defy the truth. Treating people without regard to race is deconstructed to mean racism. Oceania has always been at war with East Asia, except when it wasn’t.

Beware: these nutty and dangerous notions aren’t confined to places like Cornell or  Crenshaw’s classroom in Los Angeles. They are en vogue among growing numbers of lawyers and those who hold power. We saw it on display last week at the Supreme Court when Shanta Driver stood before the Supreme Court justices and proclaimed that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to whites. Driver wasn’t ashamed. She and thousands more share the same toxic belief. We see the belief manifest in the policies of the Justice Department.

Pay attention: Driver’s client was “By Any Means Necessary.”  They claimed that Michigan’s ban on racial discrimination was, in fact, racial discrimination.

Freedom is slavery at last.

The “structure” that racialists like Driver and Crenshaw seek to undo is the primacy of truth.  They seek to deconstruct the meaning of words.  They seek to alter the meaning of the promises of equality in the Constitution.  They defy truth.  They disdain the individual dignity of every human, without regard to race.  History is full of people like Driver and Crenshaw, and they are a menace to individual liberty.  Sadly, college professors these days seem enamored with ideas that have created so much destruction across time.

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They do NOT share our deep wellsprings of literacy, compassion, and civilization. They only see our wealth and status, ignorant of the values that build high-trust societies.

They could not build it, and won't have enough distributed talent to maintain what they will seize. Our future will be favelas and townships of Slum World- feral gang's turf in Urban ruins.
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Normally the other side of a political position is something I may not agree with but I can understand why a position is taken.

This crazy racialist and racist rhetoric isn't politics but simply hate hiding behind notions of justice and social issues. This woman is either a complete moron or else has genuine mental health issues.

There was a time when colorblindness was the goal, and now it's supposedly itself racist. In my opinion that argument is simply an excuse to continue tilting at lances at dragons long gone.

Despite the stereotypes of the white, straight, male as the preeminent idiot on the planet, he is in fact the only one supporting those who don't share his identity, cuz the straight white male acknowledges no such identity.

We watch black folks play basketball and football but black folks don't and won't watch us play hockey. White folks support and have interests in cultures all over the world, single-handedly creating a market for foreign films for example, and digging up temples in Guatemala and Java, among a zillion other things. There would be no Abu Simbel were it not for Europeans - it would be under a lake.

On the other side, the racialists and radical feminists are whining to read books by non-whites and women. Who's the profilers and who's the profilers? Do you see purpose-built whites-only literary anthologies, white culture websites with PBS ads like The Root or white Miss America contests?

Eff these morons.
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Slowly but surely the American populace is finally starting to realize that the "left" in American politics today is a full blown neo-communist movement intent on destroying traditional American culture. That is what FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION means: destroy traditional American values in order to limit any resistance to transforming into a completely marxist ideology. This is simply an extension of 1960's radical communism which has spread from our college campuses into every facet of our daily lives thanks in large part to a complicit and sympathetic national media. Sadly, there will eventually be violence and bloodshed before the 'war for America' is over....will we stand as our ancestors before us at Lexington and Concord, at New Orleans, at Gettysburg, on the Western Front, Normandy and Iwo Jima, Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sanh and the Ia Drang Valley, the Cold War....or will Kruschev be proven correct as we fall like ripe fruit from a tree, defeated from within by the 5th Column of "democratic" traitors and a treasonous media?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Crenshaw admitted that blacks were intellectually and morally inferior to whites. Which is why they need affirmative action and special privlidges based on race.
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Treat the university of diversity as Obamacare: fund it, support it, never seriously oppose it. I’m sure like Obamacare it will pass from its own contradictions. No worries!

This has been the strategy of Republicans, be they RINOs or “Conservatives” since the election Eisenhower. And see the result!
26 weeks ago
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How not to win friends and influence people - with apologies to Dale Carnegie:

1) Give others reason to believe you don't like them, you resent them or even hate them.

2) Make it obvious that your political ideology and belief system informs everything you think, do or say and trumps small things like logical thinking, ethics and competency in your work.

3) Let others know every chance you get that they owe you a some of whatever they have and that you have powerful friends in government who will make sure you cough it up.




26 weeks ago
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White people are cowardly. They won't even fight for the sake of their children. The only course of action available to them is to die.
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You have to feel sorry for her

It must be very difficult to realize that some people cannot compete in the world without affirmative action

and it makes life easier for people like her to blame others for the pathetic performance of her racial community

she can point all the fingers she wants at whit*y....it won't change reality
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Isn't she special? Her name is Kimberlé. I imagine that we are supposed to pronounce that as Kim-ber-lay. Oo la la. It could only get better if her name was LaKimberlé. Twit.
Of course, to be fair, I find first initial, name, surname pretentious, as well.
26 weeks ago
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Now you know why Napolitano fortifed the Canadian border.
It's an Iron Curtain, to keep us from fleeing that which is to come.
26 weeks ago
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Remember that balkanizing So. Africa into segregate Palestine-model "autonomous homelands" was demanded by murderous Mandela and his Communist ANC.
They blamed the Boer after the towns became bloodbaths in the first week- thats what happens when police and soldiers are banned in favor of gangs.

The entire nation voted against apartheid- the many other tribes had lived peacefully with Boer whites for 200 years- but the Marxists kept forcing a fraudulent vote (with grenades) til they got their gangland fiefdoms without regard to tribal boundaries.

Carter came along and nullified the legal election in Rhodesia, installing Mugabe as he did Khomeini. Now they've progressed back to burning witches alive and literally eating children.

Democrat radio, lately, is loudly and openly calling for racial civil war.
26 weeks ago
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You cannot deal with people like Professor Crenshaw rationally, and people like her have overrun the barricades of reason in humanities departments throughout the nation. You cannot argue in good faith with people who hold these insane, racist views. In much of academia, not holding a Marxist view of race is treated as a mark against your personal character.

I do my best to assume that my political opponents are well intentioned people arguing in good faith. However, when the personal knives come out, and you are branded as a morally degenerate "racist" merely for holding a belief in personal liberty and treating others in a color blind individualistic manner, arguing in good faith may no longer be tenable.

We need to begin treating all people who argue for special privileges based on race as the bigots and racists they are. Give them the social respect they deserve, none. Punch back twice as hard.
26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
Normally the other side of a political position is something I may not agree with but I can understand why a position is taken.

This crazy racialist and racist rhetoric isn't politics but simply hate hiding behind notions of justice and social issues. This woman is either a complete moron or else has genuine mental health issues.

There was a time when colorblindness was the goal, and now it's supposedly itself racist. In my opinion that argument is simply an excuse to continue tilting at lances at dragons long gone.

Despite the stereotypes of the white, straight, male as the preeminent idiot on the planet, he is in fact the only one supporting those who don't share his identity, cuz the straight white male acknowledges no such identity.

We watch black folks play basketball and football but black folks don't and won't watch us play hockey. White folks support and have interests in cultures all over the world, single-handedly creating a market for foreign films for example, and digging up temples in Guatemala and Java, among a zillion other things. There would be no Abu Simbel were it not for Europeans - it would be under a lake.

On the other side, the racialists and radical feminists are whining to read books by non-whites and women. Who's the profilers and who's the profilers? Do you see purpose-built whites-only literary anthologies, white culture websites with PBS ads like The Root or white Miss America contests?

Eff these morons.
26 weeks ago
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Yes and no. Communism has completed its transvaluation of all values. All symbols, words, and thoughts will be remade in its image. The only similar change in the past was the Christianizing Europe. The current effects will be as dramatic, as fatal, and as long-lasting.
26 weeks ago
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They do NOT share our deep wellsprings of literacy, compassion, and civilization. They only see our wealth and status, ignorant of the values that build high-trust societies.

They could not build it, and won't have enough distributed talent to maintain what they will seize. Our future will be favelas and townships of Slum World- feral gang's turf in Urban ruins.
26 weeks ago
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The teeming South looks hungrily at the glittering cities of the North.
They never even invented so much as an alphabet.
They are coming.
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