Before you read any further, I recommend watching this video, it just popped up on YouTube and I was curious.
I do try to avoid politics due to not wanting to make this blog all about that, but given the current situation, of course I’m thinking about it, like most people are.
I was not too surprised with this video, just with the quick turnaround of all but one of the students.
If you must criticize someone, keep to the moral side of the issue and explain why you think they are wrong, don’t just spout off terms everyone uses and no one really understands.
Take the term “racist” no one even knows what that means anymore, it’s used so much.
Wearing back face paint in kids movie has been called racist, even though no connections to Africans were actually made.
Racist means to see someone as lesser because of their color or ethnicity. Less smart, honest, capable, etc.
The term has been expanded to mean any generalizations about a race, even if it might be considered a good thing, like black people can rap, or dance.
(Saying White people can’t rap or dance is perfectly okay, however.)
Not everyone takes it that seriously, but as far as politics are concerned, if you so much as reference what life is like in a bad neighborhood, it can be construed as racist.
Or you seeing things through your “white privilege”.
Anyway, the point is these students are clearly not thinking for themselves, and that can’t be denied, but they think they are.
The thing is, while I am disgusted, I can no longer judge them quite as harshly as I used to, because I’ve started to experience why they turn out the way they do.
A lot of them it’s their parents, but assuming not every single one of these students has liberal parents (or just ones who hate Trump) then why do they end up like this?
And some of you may even think they are right, though I don’t think a whole lot of liberals read my blog just because the nature of what I write about, but hey, it’s possible.
Or you may not be american and may not care that much.
Well, whoever you are, I think you’ll still find my story interesting.
So, before this year I had not taken any completely leftist themed classes at my college. Of course I noticed a bias in all the textbook for any of my humanities courses, but it wasn’t a huge focus, and at least one of my professors was far more fair.
Then I took a Philosophy class, and so it began.
That class was far more fun though, the real trouble was that dang history class I’ve taken this last semester.
I really began to see why college students are so dumb.
It’s a real strain on your mind to be fed propaganda constantly and tested on it, but the problem is even worse when its hidden in what are true historical events and facts, the propaganda gets slipped in with a lot of interesting and useful things.
The average college student at a public college like mine will already be primed for Leftist philosophy by their high-school experience and the News media–and Twitter.
So they enter college, and the textbook are ready for them.
All of us have been taught to be triggered by a few key words.
Textbooks throw these terms in whenever they need the student to start coming to a certain conclusion.
When we are looking at the past hundred years and how America, England, France, Belgium, and Portugal (to name a few, and to ignore the Asian countries doing similar things) interfered in other countries, to “improve” them, we will call it Western ideals of “Manifest Destiny.” White Supremacy, you know. Cultural Appropriation.
When we look at the past 30 years, such as the horrible holocaust in Rwanda, we will drop the political terms and start saying America should have gotten involved in another country’s business, because it was clearly our moral duty to stop them from killing each other off.
Now, when the Portuguese stopped Aztecs from sacrificing each other to gods, that was intruding into their culture
but when we didn’t interfere in Rwanda, after its own government told us not to, (for 3 months, we did help eventually) we were to blame for it.
I don’t disagree with us helping, of course. I am pointing out how doing very similar things can be spun two different ways by using the right words, and the right pictures.
There are differences between now and then, naturally. But the point of the history course is to make it clear to students that getting involved in other countries moral problems is arrogant on our part, the nuances about how and why it was done are inconsequential.
That said, how does it tie in to the present situation?
In every way.
The students even referenced some of the ideas I’ve been hearing. It’s arrogant, it’s not right…it’s America’s Superiority idea.
The college student who goes to my class is not likely to realize exactly how all this is presented to them in such a way to make sure they get to one conclusion. Because it’s sneaky.
Out of one side of their mouth, curriculum makers say they want everyone to be equal, but they make sure you know that anyone who disagrees with them is ignorant.
I got called ignorant and narrow minded, in so many words, in the class discussions, just for daring to disagree or to suggest we were being too hard on one people group. Imagine that.
It’s hard to explain unless you live through it, but even as strong willed as I am about what I think, I found it tempting to give in.
I am sure my professor would tell me if I opened up to it, I might learn a new perspective.
But I neither want to, nor see the wisdom in allowing my thinking to be influenced by these books and people. They often don’t know all that much about what they are talking about.
In fact, I read more of the curriculum, and faster, than a lot of them did.
This book covered slavery in America but neglected to mention there were Black Slave owners, a lot of them.
My professor also strove to justify the slavery in Africa as of a different nature than slaver in America… because somehow, that makes it better.
Hey, I think maybe it was, but if your argument is that slavery is inherently evil because it’s removes equal rights (the argument in every college class) then it doesn’t exactly matter how good or bad it was, the slaves were still not equal to their masters.
Digressing, College Students are not just inherently stupid.
It’s very artfully planned.
But no one can control your mind without your permission.
You make a choice at some point to look no further than school and Twitter for the worldviews you support.
Despite having conservative parents, I read liberal philosophy plenty growing up, before I even knew what it was, and later because I either had to for school, or because it was part of the book and I just had to take the meat with the bones.
It’s easy enough to get that without even trying, it’s all over TV and movies too.
But it’s far harder to get a Conservative perspective without trying to.
In fact, since we’re on the subject, I’ll open up the floor.
I am not ultra Conservative, but I’ve been raised around it and I have a pretty good grasp of the general philosophy, if anyone is curious about it, comment a question, and I’ll try to answer it.
I mean just a genuine question, like “how can you support this?” “Doesn’t it bother you when..?” “Why do you believe in so and so?”
Since I’m preaching that we should get informed, what better way to follow up than to offer to answer myself.
But you don’t have to take me up on it, just thought I’d put it out there.
The thing is, the actual students I’ve talked to don’t even know what people like me believe, and are surprised when I can explain anything to them in a way that makes sense.
All they hear from TV is prejudice, prejudice, prejudice.
And to be fair, I know the few Conservative news Networks are prejudiced against the Left, and I’ve taken some of what they said with a grain of salt.
(Though this last week, I think I’ve never agreed with them more, I really can’t believe some of the crap that’s going down.)
But I cringe sometimes, people like to say controversial stuff when they talk politics, and the drama is mostly why people enjoy it anyway, and I am not a huge fan of that way of discussing stuff, but I recognize that doesn’t make all of it untrue, just uncomfortable.
Anyway, I think I’ll have to end it there, look forward to your responses if you have some, and until next time–stay honest–Natasha.