Ken Berwitz

Suppose I said the following to you:

“I don\’t believe in race.  There is only one human race.  America is a melting pot and it is the land of opportunity”.

Would you feel I had a positive outlook, maybe even call me a bit of a dreamer?  Would you see me as someone who has good things to say about others, and about where we live?

Well, if so, you probably do not work for the University of California.  Because it has put out a directive warning students and faculty not to say any of those things.

So help me, this is not a goof, this is real.

Excerpted from Dennis Prager\’s commentary at

Forover half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceasedteaching and begun indoctrinating. In the past few weeks, this downhill spiralhas accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educationalinstitution. It is difficult to come up with an idea or policy that is moreabsurd than the ideas and policies that now dominate American campuses. 

TheUniversity of California, once an elite public institution, now circulates alist of “microaggressions” that students and faculty must be careful to avoidlest they engage in racism and bigotry. 

Some examples: 

“There is only one race,the human race.”

You read that right. The denial of the significance of race infavor of the primacy of the individual and the affirmation of the equality ofall human beings – one of the noblest achievements of liberal Western society – is now officially listed by the University of California as a racist statement.It is a pure expression of moral inversion. 

“America is a melting pot.” 

TheUniversity of California considers this, too, a racist statement. ThroughoutAmerican history the melting-pot idea has been an expression of America\’sunique ability to transform people of every race, ethnicity, and nationalityinto Americans. It is now deemed racist.  

“Idon\’t believe in race.”

Again, this statement – which is the opposite of racism – is deemed racist. In terms of the inherent importance of race, the Americanuniversity is now closer to fascism than to traditional liberalism. 

“America isthe land of opportunity.” 

According to the University of California, this is a “myth” that is also racist. It implies that some of those who fail do so not becausethey haven\’t had opportunities to succeed but because of their failure to takeadvantage of those opportunities.

When I call this insanity, I am not spouting hyperbole.  I am dead serious.

And, as Mr. Prager shows in the latter part of his commentary, it does not stop there.  The fascism on parade you just read about is the tip of the iceberg.

When do we take our institutions of higher learning back from Academic Brownshirts, who do not want to educate students, but want to control what they think and say?

The time is long overdue.

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