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Friday, January 20, 2006

Terrorist Enabler Comes to Campus

Angela Davis, a former black panther, spoke the other day on my campus for the MLK "days of dialogue," which is ironicly named because it mostly involves ramming liberal perspectives down the rest of our throats (where is the Q&A session?). I didn't bother to go because, quite frankly, I really don't like the smell of patchouli oil and unwashed bodies.

Davis, lacking any real meaning for her life for the past 40 years or so (read: old hippie) started spewing the typical "Bushitlerhalliburton" diatribe we have come to expect from the intellectually weak.

Speaking in the jam-packed Yellowstone Ballroom of the University of Wyoming Union as part of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Davis challenged the audience to preserve King’s "legacy of bold action for the cause of justice and peace."

The rights of American citizens are endangered by "the so-called war on terrorism... the policy of global war" and the use of torture, Davis said.

The policy of capital punishment, which has taken the lives of two inmates in California prisons in a little more than a month, leads to "an assembly line of torture and death," Davis added.

The United States under the Bush administration has become "a great purveyor and exponent of violence in the world," Davis said.

On the issue of crime and punishment, she said, "Historic racism is very much alive today and probably more obvious in our prison system than anywhere else."

Saying that most prison in prison are functionally illiterate, she said that "imprisonment becomes a way of disappearing people in he false hope of disappearing the problem they exemplify."

She said Americans have too often accepted the idea that "the eradication of racial laws from the books is tantamount to the elimination of racism."

"We have been basically persuaded that we should not talk about racism," Davis said.

She also argued that security is being used as a pretext for violations of the rights of American citizens.

Her talk was interrupted a number of times by applause from the audience.

Such intellectually dishonest spewing of crap is regarded as "speaking out against injustice" as read the headline in the Branding Iron (my school paper) today. I could go through each of these points, but I have to respond to the one about "eliminating racial laws" and how that will end racism.

The actual argument that escapes this giant of intellectual mice is that making continual racial distinctions is detrimental to a social outlook of seeing people without color. Instead of being just a person, people (namely self-pitying minorities) have to be a black person or asian person or native-american person. By referring to yourself (or others) as someone different, or as some kind of in group, you are making everyone else an out-group and, in fact, being racist. The end result of this is that people are going to see you as different. With regard to laws, the problem is making a racial distinction within the laws rather than making race-neutral laws. For example, affirmative action leads to race quotas in hiring practices. Not that that's what the law says, but that's how it is implemented by employers. Perhaps a well intentioned piece of legislation, but in reality harmful to the job market and to well-qualified people who are denied a job because of the color of their skin (usually whites).

Anyway, I didn't see anything but liberal/left wing activities and no "dialogue" on the issues. It just goes to show you that even on conservative campuses like mine, liberal control can still be found. I am glad to see, though, that my college (Business) did not sponsor this horrid week of events.

UPDATE: I failed to mention that the Branding Iron's commentary was by a conservative who actually did attend. She did a pretty good job of exposing Davis' absurd and intellectually dishonest comments, so good on her!