University Wants Fewer Whites — Fears “Mediocrity”

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke   4/16/14
If you thought the “educator” who saw “racist” intent behind offering someone a peanut-butter sandwich was a loon, consider Western Washington University (WWU) president Bruce Shepard. Always on the lookout for ways to improve his institution’s academic integrity, he recently circulated a school-wide questionnaire and asked, “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’”

Apparently, Shepard has been gnashing his teeth over this problem for quite a while. As Kaitlyn Schallhorn at Campus Reform reports, el presidente said in a 2012 speech, “Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university.”

Hey, forget the old measures of academic success, such as if students know what’s in the Constitution, have a grasp of basic history and civics, can perform rudimentary mathematical calculations and properly use the language (for Shep’s benefit, I refer to English). It’s now all about melanin content.

And if you disagree with this thesis, then hope you’re just an ignorant rube. Because the alternative, according to el presidente, is far worse. As he wrote in a January blog post, if you disagree, you “have not thought through the implications of what is ahead for us or, more perniciously, assume we can continue unchanged.” Lions and tigers and pernicious! Oh, my! For graduates of WWU, in calling those who’ve thought things through but nonetheless cling to their misbegotten notions “pernicious,” Shep is accusing them of being “ruinous; injurious; hurtful.” Well, off to the re-education camp with you.

And WWU’s got that covered: Campus Reform also tells us that el presidente has already junked “standard performance reviews” in favor of “sensitivity training and hosts workshops” to better serve illegal aliens. Hey, doubleplusgood for you, Shep.

But Shep is just looking to the future. He also warned on his blog, “In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self.” Would that be a White Shadow?

But I’m hip. We certainly wouldn’t want to be mediocre like the white guys who forged Western civilization, founded the US, created the modern world and gave us most of what makes our lives better.

Now, given that WWU was founded in 1886 and originally called the Northwest Normal School, I have a feeling it’s already a shadow of its former self. But, question: if WWU became what it is today while being intolerably white, how could remaining so make it a shadow of its current self? I know, I know, our strength lies in our diversity, our smartness lies in our stupidity, and academics lie constantly.

But I have a couple more questions. Does Shep still want the mediocre white alumni’s money? And since WWU has printed information on how to more effectively “recruit and retain faculty and staff of color,” will the colorless Shepard lead by example and give his presidency to a member of the color replete? Or is this where, as with Elizabeth Fauxcahontas Warren, we suddenly learn that Shep is really a Cherokee named Peddling Bull.

Anyway, it’s not hard to figure out how to reduce the number of whites at WWU: just eliminate the affirmative action for whites.

Oh, wait….

Alas, mediocrity may not remain restricted to WWU’s presidency after all.
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7 Responses to University Wants Fewer Whites — Fears “Mediocrity”

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Obviously, no public money should be allocated for worthless academic frauds, but the Democrats would never accept that and could probably prevent it in Washington. But when they call for getting rid of mediocrity while also junking objective academic standards (which are inconvenient for purposes of diversity), is the problem that the Left wants students to aspire to even lower standards than mediocrity? If so, they’ll probably do a great job of delivering.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    How about we hire people according to their abilities….or is having a certain skin color now an “ability”? Apparently having white skin now is seen by the Marxists as some sort of disability.

    The Left is crazy. They are nutty as a jaybird.

    Folks, stop voting for these arse-wipes who say they are for “diversity” or “equality” when what really drives them is a perverse and dark kind of racial hatred. No wonder they’re ready to call others “racists” at the drop of a hat. A skunk smells his own hole, as they say.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Introducing “It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier” on An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, the singer-mathematician noted that the Army “takes the Democratic ideal to its logical extreme” because they don’t even discriminate on the basis of ability (much less all those other categories, such as race or religion or sex). As a liberal but not a modern leftist, Lehrer probably never expected “his side” to take that notion seriously.

    • Rosalys says:

      Apparently having white skin now is seen by the Marxists as some sort of disability.

      Oh goodie! Finally, as a member of a bona fide minority (and I have my DAR papers to prove it!) I’ll be able to cash in big time! Where do I sign up?

  3. Faba Calculo says:

    WWU? Oh, God. My old alma mater. I swear to you all, it wasn’t remotely this crazy twenty years ago. Worst thing they did back then was let WashPIRG use negative check-off for donations on school tuition. I’ve fond memories of that being done away with (and watch the PIRG donations plummet). Pretty moderate economics department, including good old Dr. Slater, a Brit who wasn’t shy about telling you that you were slacking off and grading you accordingly. I was kind of lazy then, so I took him as my advisor as I knew he’d “motivate” me. One of the best decisions I ever made. (That, and leaving the Poli Sci department there, which WAS a joke and hideously leftist.)

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I seem to recall that the edition of check-off or check-in of the PIRGs, such as INPIRG at Purdue or KYSPIRG (which I called Kiss Prick) locally, was a big issue in the 1970s. Most of the schools I was familiar allowed students to choose to contribute instead of automatically doing so (though this may have changed, since it hasn’t been a news subject in a long time).

      • Faba Calculo says:

        Well, then Bellingham was behind the times there as well. But what can I say? B’ham was pretty much the back ass end of western Washington. But in 1986 to around 1988, this was a big issue on campus.

        Oh, the good old days about complaining of my $400 per trimester tuition bill.

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