Oberlin College president rejects special snowflake, SJW list of demands

posted at 11:01 am on January 31, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Could we finally be seeing the first signs that the vast overreach of the SJW movement and the embarrassing antics of their activists on the nation’s campuses have finally gone too far? We previously covered some of the sadly typical protests taking place at Oberlin college, where students have demanded an end to “racism” in the form of safe spaces, the renaming of buildings and the firing of faculty who are not openly enthusiastic enough about Black Lives Matter marches. Given the ultra-liberal nature of the college and its storied history of protests, this one seemed like a no brainer. But just this week we found out that the book length list of demands presented to the head of the institution has been rejected. (Cleveland.com)

OBERLIN, Ohio – Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov said he will not respond to 14 pages of demands submitted by black students.

Krislov posted a statement Wednesday about the petition, which was submitted last month before students went on winter break.

The detailed petition includes general goals of increasing the number of black students, faculty and administrators and more controversial proposals including creating “exclusive Black safe spaces,” curriculum changes, firing of specific employees, and renaming academic buildings.

The petition says “Failure to meet them [demands] will result in a full and forceful response from the community you fail to support.”

While Kislov spends too much time on the obligatory nod to the students and paying lip service to their issues, he describes the lengthy list of demands as “deeply troubling.” He rightly notes that the document is not an invitation to open discussion, but more like a ransom note. The personal attacks on individual faculty members and the one sided directives are called out as undeserving of an answer. What the president fails to point out is that students are consumers of education as a product, not equal partners in a democracy. This is a point taken up by Andrew Kloster at the Daily Signal, where he describes the SJW movement on campus as, a troubling presumptuousness by the consumer of education.

Acceptance into an undergraduate class confers no rights of radical critique: Colleges are supposed to be places of learning, insulated from this sort of “class consciousness.”

Unfortunately, many college administrators across the country have lost sight of education as a mission and have instead focused on collective “dialogue” and hyphenated learning. While Oberlin College’s stiff arm to an unreasonable list of demands is welcome, it does not represent a new direction, nor does it necessarily represent a movement. But perhaps it provides hope to other educators that their day will come.

Meanwhile, the college president has another hot topic on his plate. He’ll be participating in a call with a number of alumni who are legitimately concerned over threats of anti-Semitism on campus coming out of the same group of activists who claim they are being treated unfairly. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The phone call comes several weeks after 200 alumni wrote to the college administration to voice concern about the actions of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, at Oberlin and a school culture they believe tolerates anti-Semitism.

“Several student organizations at Oberlin have assumed the role as the mouthpiece of the BDS movement, which claims to be a defender of Palestinian rights, but whose inflammatory language falsely portraying Israel as an illegitimate, colonialist and murderous regime demonstrates that its primary goal is to demonize the Jewish state,” read the letter dated Jan. 3. “Because participation in these groups requires denouncing Israel, the message to Jewish students can be summed up as follows: Either forfeit your allegiance to Israel and join us, or we will brand you as an enemy of justice and complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian people.”

There’s some serious irony for you. The people who are issuing demands for changes to prevent bias are creating an actual hostile environment for a less politically popular group. Frankly, even though some of the alumni are legitimately upset, I don’t think it’s Oberlin’s job to shut down the voices of those calling for boycotts on Israel, either. It’s speech which may be popular with some and unpopular with others, but that’s the nature of the adult world. We debate things and try to move the ball down the field. It’s just a shame that the SJW movement on campus can’t see the insulting level of hypocrisy in their actions.

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Baby steps in dealing with “adult” babies.

Nutstuyu on January 31, 2016 at 11:08 AM

It’s going to be so nice when these kids enter the workforce.

Oil Can on January 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Irony is apparently over the heads of the SJWs

iurockhead on January 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

“Dear SJW:

“Go **** yourselves.

“Sincerely,
Oberlin College Administration”

It won’t happen exactly that way. But, it should.

orangemtl on January 31, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Professional bullies.

Remember when bullying was a hot topic?

artist on January 31, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Okay, other so-called Institutions Of Higher Learning, How about a little Follow The Leader?

TimBuk3 on January 31, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Meanwhile, the college president has another hot topic on his plate. He’ll be participating in a call with a number of alumni who are legitimately concerned over threats of anti-Semitism on campus coming out of the same group of activists who claim they are being treated unfairly. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

I can’t help but laugh at this. This is a classic case of being eaten by the wolf you’ve raised since a pup.

Dick Richard on January 31, 2016 at 11:21 AM

It’s just a shame that the SJW movement on campus can’t see the insulting level of hypocrisy in their actions.

Marxists, whether they are outright communists or socialists, or mere fascists are inherently hypocrites.

rbj on January 31, 2016 at 11:25 AM

“Dear SJW:

“Go **** yourselves. And, oh, by the way, you’re expelled!

“Sincerely,
Oberlin College Administration”

It won’t happen exactly that way. But, it should.

orangemtl on January 31, 2016 at 11:13 AM

FIFY.

TXUS on January 31, 2016 at 11:43 AM

We demand…….”more controversial proposals including creating “exclusive Black safe spaces”

To be more clear….Special bathrooms for blacks. Special water fountains for blacks. Special places on school buses for blacks…black only eating areas….

Hmmm…why does this sound so familiar?

WC on January 31, 2016 at 11:49 AM

OT

Thank obama and Kerry

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 11:51 AM

For the slow student what the hey is SJW?

Missilengr on January 31, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 11:51 AM

You recall that AQ and ISIS are actively recruiting ‘Westerers’ to join their ranks, and they finding limited success.

Missilengr on January 31, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Read the list. Who knew Jazz was so controversial?

Borgcube on January 31, 2016 at 11:56 AM

they = they’re
darn laptop keyboard

Missilengr on January 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

For the slow student what the hey is SJW?

Missilengr on January 31, 2016 at 11:51 AM


Your not slow, just not “hip”.
Try social justice warrior.

diogenes on January 31, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Where do you go for an emergency “Spinal Implant”?
Hopefully, it will “take”.

Another Drew on January 31, 2016 at 11:59 AM

WTF? Do college kids ever study and go to classes anymore?

/rhetorical

bernzright777 on January 31, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Cry bullies. Administration to back down in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2

MJBrutus on January 31, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Your not slow, just not “hip”.
Try social justice warrior.

diogenes on January 31, 2016 at 11:58 AM

I don’t know, I prefer “social justice wimp”.

TXUS on January 31, 2016 at 12:17 PM

I’m so outraged! Look at me being selectively outraged!!1!

John the Libertarian on January 31, 2016 at 12:21 PM

It’s just a shame that the SJW movement on campus can’t see the insulting level of hypocrisy in their actions.

They see it. They just don’t care.

RebeccaH on January 31, 2016 at 12:26 PM

This crap would stop if the schools were hit where it hurts. The bank account. That did the trick in England when the SJW wanted to take down the statue of Rhodes.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2016 at 12:27 PM

It’s going to be so nice when these kids enter the workforce.

Oil Can on January 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

I wonder if there will be enough NGOs & non-profits to hire them all?

roy_batty on January 31, 2016 at 12:34 PM

WTF? Do college kids ever study and go to classes anymore?

/rhetorical

bernzright777 on January 31, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Good point. As a former [sigh of relief] full time “professor”, one of the more difficult things I had to navigate was staying out of trouble from whiners and mealy-mouthed administrators – while still realizing my main educational principle:

Four years is not enough time for any complete mastery, especially in the general curricula of most such programs: Therefore students should be kept so busy at the task that they have no time whatsoever for the irrelevant fripperies that come from too much leisure and too little application in the library, at their desks, in their labs – or other study places.

Any field [“Major”] not requiring this kind of application is not a legitimate field at all.

RL on January 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM

The dean should write a letter to the parents who are working two (or more) jobs and mortgaged their homes for the tuition that is being squandered.

Tell them to get their little jewels in line or else they lose their investment when the kid gets drop-kicked out of college.

kurtzz3 on January 31, 2016 at 12:40 PM

kurtzz3 on January 31, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Nice sentiment but most of the SJW types have grants, scholarships and student loans (that they hope will never have to be repaid). People who actually have to pay for their schooling (white middle class) don’t have time for this kind of nonsense.

MrsGsBoyTommy on January 31, 2016 at 12:56 PM

…when ‘alumni’ quit sending checks to their old school…’things’…will change!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 31, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Read the list. Who knew Jazz was so controversial?

It’s my high top sneakers

Jazz Shaw on January 31, 2016 at 1:30 PM

What happened to the practice of taking your business elsewhere if you don’t like the policies of the first place? Did I miss something? Is Oberlin the only college left in America?

dtb on January 31, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Unfortunately, this is not really a positive sign. The President is kow-towing to his far-left faculty, who want to give the students everything they have demanded, but the faculty want to be the ones to do it all, not the students. So the students get their demands rejected by the administration, and will soon get all their demands accepted by the faculty.

AngusMc on January 31, 2016 at 2:18 PM

i keep reading about how the tide is changing, but it’s not! next week, we’ll all read another story of sjw demands being met.

the president of oberlin agreed with most of their demands, he probably just didn’t like the firing of teachers he probably can’t fire. the sjw just went a bit too far. if they get 80% of what they’re demanding, they will have won and the movement continues on…

jetch on January 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

The people who are issuing demands for changes to prevent bias are creating an actual hostile environment for a less politically popular group. Frankly, even though some of the alumni are legitimately upset, I don’t think it’s Oberlin’s job to shut down the voices of those calling for boycotts on Israel, either. It’s speech which may be popular with some and unpopular with others, but that’s the nature of the adult world.

There is a difference between “speech” and debate, which would be better and almost scholarly, and coercing the college to hold the views of these pushers of anti semitism.

They can speak all day, but the college should not take positions like the one they are asking, and alums are right to be afraid in todays environment, everything is done to please the current “customers of education.”

Fleuries on January 31, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Don’t the Oberlin College dunces know that we had “safe black spaces” in this country for decades? They were called “segregated schools” and their offshoots exist today as “historically black colleges.”

ricoliv on January 31, 2016 at 3:11 PM

The people who are issuing demands for changes to prevent bias are creating an actual hostile environment for a less politically popular group.

Let ’em play Dodgeball.

trigon on January 31, 2016 at 3:30 PM

It’s just a shame that the SJW movement on campus can’t see the insulting level of hypocrisy in their actions.

What hypocrisy?

In their eyes, they are right and virtuous, and therefore deserve to get their way in all things, while the Jewish students who identify with Israel are wrong and evil, and therefore deserve whatever happens to them.

You err if you think of them as mistaken idealists. They aren’t; they’re totalitarians in training.

BD57 on January 31, 2016 at 5:18 PM

kurtzz3 on January 31, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Most likely they have student loans that they’ll demand be forgiven or paid for by hard working tax paying people.

Deadeye on January 31, 2016 at 5:21 PM

This crap would stop if the schools were hit where it hurts. The bank account. That did the trick in England when the SJW wanted to take down the statue of Rhodes.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2016 at 12:27 PM

For the intellectually curious:
http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2016/01/an-oxford-college-stands-against.html

AesopFan on January 31, 2016 at 6:13 PM

The people who are issuing demands for changes to prevent bias are creating an actual hostile environment for a less politically popular group.
Let ’em play Dodgeball.

trigon on Jan 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Oberlin College hasn’t fielded a competitive football team since the Coolidge administration.

Myron Falwell on January 31, 2016 at 6:19 PM

SJW should be told to SHOVE IT and that the door isn’t locked. They can leave at any time.

GarandFan on January 31, 2016 at 7:31 PM

“It’s going to be so nice when these kids enter the workforce.”

TRY to enter the workforce. Who will hire them? All they have on their resumes are a bunch of bullets which scream “lawsuit-prone trouble-maker”, and I’ll bet a pitcher of beer you’re looking at “students” with majors in Women’s Studies, Black History, and Media Analysis. I really don’t see administrative positions in “diversity” being a growth industry so all the jobs with “diversity” in the job description have already been filled and will probably be defunded in the next few years going forward (i.e., when Obama leaves).

NahnCee on January 31, 2016 at 8:04 PM

I remember when I was involved in the interviewing of professionals (sometimes for my group, sometimes in order to develop a ‘second opinion’ about a candidate for another group) while working in large and a few mid-size corporations.

I always felt sorry for candidates who pointedly mentioned their “black studies,” “womens’ studies,” or similar time-wasting SJW courses rather than discussing their job-relevant studies and accomplishments. They were quickly (but quietly) tagged as “unfit” because it was obvious that they were more interested in stirring up trouble than in performing useful work. There was absolutely no chance that anyone in the entire corporation would ever hire them because they had self-identified as a potential liability.

landlines on January 31, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Sorry, a**hole. You’ve let the turds float around in the punchbowl too long to simply scoop them out and have a nice refreshing drink now. Your college is ruined forever.

jbspry on February 1, 2016 at 10:06 AM

I really don’t see administrative positions in “diversity” being a growth industry so all the jobs with “diversity” in the job description have already been filled and will probably be defunded in the next few years going forward (i.e., when Obama leaves).

NahnCee on January 31, 2016 at 8:04 PM

I dunno. I work for Boeing and they are hell-bent-for-leather in their diversity push. I suspect that they realize, as the students do, that diversity is a useful fig leaf for population control through oppression.

BOTTOM LINE 4EVR BABY!

jbspry on February 1, 2016 at 10:11 AM

They’re demanding divestment from Israel? What does that have to do with BLM? Oh, and f*ck them!

BrunoMitchell on February 1, 2016 at 5:46 PM