Communism Comes to the Academy
Bill Quick

Oh, FFS: Tonight Show Parody Video of Obama Kicking Down a Door After a Press Conference is Now the Subject of a Racial Grievance Complaint at a University

“The email in question contained the phrase “Honestly midterms get out of here” followed by a URL leading to a .GIF image of President Obama violently kick a door and storming out of a room following a press conference. The inclusion of the .GIF image was intended to bring a humorous tone to the email and use President Obama’s frustration with the press conference in question to mimic the frustration students feel when confronted with midterm examinations. Despite the innocent intentions influencing my decision to use this particular image, I have come to recognize the negative implications of adding the .GIF image within this given context.


Oppression, as outlined in SSMU’s Equity Policy, means the exercise of power by a group of people over another group of people with specific consideration of cultural, historical and living legacies. The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color—particularly young men—being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media. By using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of SSMU’s communication to become the site of a microaggression; for this, I am deeply sorry.”

Good God Almighty.

God’s got nothing to do with it.  Marx does, though:

Self-criticism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Under some systems of communism, party members who had fallen out of favour with the political elite were sometimes forced to undergo “self-criticism” sessions, producing either written or verbal statements detailing how they had been ideologically mistaken, and affirming their new belief in the party line. Self-criticism, however, did not guarantee political rehabilitation, and often offenders were still expelled from the Party, or in some cases even executed.

In the Soviet Union, Criticism and Self-criticism was known as kritika i samokritika.

In the People’s Republic of China, self-criticism, called ji?nt?o (??) in Chinese, is an important part of Maoist practice.

Such sessions could be elaborate, public and frequent, and included denunciations. Under the Khmer Rouge, the self-criticism sessions were known as rien sot, meaning “religious education.” In Francois Bizot‘s memoir The Gate, he recalled observing the Khmer Rouge engaging in frequent self-criticism to reinforce group cohesion during his imprisonment in rural Cambodia in the 1970.

You think the commie hacks running this university’s administration and faculty aren’t well aware of all this?

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Communism Comes to the Academy — 8 Comments

  1. Yes, these people complaining about the email are idiots — but the kid who originally sent the email is an even bigger idiot for consenting to “apologize.” He’s as much a part of the problem as anyone else in this sorry fiasco.

    • Yeah, because if he refuses, he’ll be treated as well by the commie academics as the refuseniks of the Cultural Revolution or the Khmer Rouge were.

      Maybe he decided that wasn’t the hill he wanted to die on. You and I, Burt, come from a time and generation where rebellion would have been not only automatic but widely supported and admired.

      Today such resistance is most often just punished – to the accompaniment of an echoing silence.

      Liberty dies when tyranny becomes the conventional wisdom of the culture.