Friday, May 13, 2016

"The posters advertise Milo Yiannopoulos’s upcoming visit... “Make American Gay Again,” reads one. “Social Justice is Cancer,” says another.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence Sounds Like a Cult - Hit & Run : "The University of California-Irvine’s vice provost for academic equity, diversity and inclusion wants everyone on campus to know that he is very distressed about the appearance of some politically incorrect posters on campus. Safe spaces are available, he says. The posters advertise Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’s upcoming visit to campus. “Make American Gay Again,” reads one. “Social Justice is Cancer,” says another. 

Yiannopoulos’s speaking series, which has generated similar controversies at a host of other campuses, is called “The Dangerous Faggot Tour.” (Yiannopoulos is openly gay.) Yiannopoulos’s shtick involves deliberate provocation...  But Vice Provost Douglas Haynes, who heads the Office of Inclusive Excellence, branded these expressions “forms of bias,” (a serious allegation at a college campus) and reminded students that “bigotry has no place on campus.” His email is worth reading in full...
"Two things. First, Haynes’ eager repetition of meaningless buzzwords—Inclusive excellence! Collective sense of community! Ideological re-programming!—is both humorous and a little creepy, when one considers that his goal is to eliminate controversial expression from campus. Second, I might have expected the Office of Inclusive Excellence to support, well, inclusion: inclusion for pro-LGBT activists, inclusion for people like Yiannopolous who have a different opinion on the issues, inclusion for everybody. In UC-Irvine’s usage, inclusion appears to mean conformity (the better for “fortifying our collective sense of community,” I guess.) I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: look, college administrators, 1984 was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual."

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