February 18, 2018

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

Jewish News refers to Princeton’s anthropology teacher Lawrence Rosen as a “Jewish professor” who recently pulled the plug on a class called Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography because a lesson on “hate speech”—you may have heard of it—actually featured hate speech. Rosen reportedly asked the class:

Which is more provocative: a white man walks up to a black man and punches him in the nose, or a white man walks up to a black man and calls him nigger?

That’s a matter of opinion, but we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that if the white man did the latter, 99% of black men would punch him.

Apparently Rosen’s question didn’t go over well with the class. A “male student of color” reportedly got right up into Rosen’s Ashkenazic mug and said “FUCK YOU.” As the male was approaching Rosen, a female student of color allegedly shouted out, “Do you feel safe now?”

After Rosen folded like Bernie Sanders did in the face of those female wildebeests from Black Lives Matter, Carolyn Rouse, a woman of color who is also the chairpeep of Princeton’s anthropology department, urged that we feel compassion for Professor Rosen, seeing as how he “grew up a Jew in anti-Semitic America.”

All the comedy writers can go home now. There is no need to write jokes anymore.

If people think about Philadelphia at all, it is usually in the sense that it is the angriest, ugliest, poorest, and possibly most dangerous of all big American cities. Nowhere else in the country have sports fans been known to throw snowballs at Santa Claus.

Stranded out near the airport and the oil refineries, Southwest Philadelphia is one of the city’s many sprawling and endlessly ravaged no-go zones. At an elementary school without a single white pupil and a 94% black student body, a white female principal has offered eighth-graders a clean, crisp $100 bill each if they can last the school year without hitting one another. If even a single student hits another one, none of them gets the money.

According to Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich:

I wanted to challenge them to be what their families see in them, what we know they are. They have a choice—to become the violence they see in their day-to-day lives, or to be peaceful models for our school and our community.

Good luck with that whole project, teach. Let’s hope none of the bumptious little munchkins you’ve taken under your wing bashes someone else’s skull in with a tire iron before the school year ends.

Something similarly hopeful was attempted last year in Baltimore—a woman tried with all her might to guide the city through an entire weekend where the city’s feral dwellers were advised, “Don’t Nobody Kill Anybody,” but two nobodies got killed anyway.

Every Monday, Jim Goad reads the previous day’s “Week That Perished” on his podcast.


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