Yesterday, a reeducation camp with an 80K a year price tag, formerly known as Stanford University, was hit with this “bombshell” report:
Widespread discriminatory and harassing behaviors disproportionally affect communities of color as well as non-binary, trans and disabled communities on campus, according to the findings of the University’s first campus-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) survey released on Wednesday.
As a parent of a Stanford student, I am really glad that Stanford takes “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” seriously enough to employ a “Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access, and Community.” Paying 80K annual tuition, I think this is money well spent.
“Believe that you belong. We reframed our entire paradigm to ensure that you do. Community and belonging are at the cornerstone of our new neighborhood model. Belonging means we want to see each of you feel seen… feel connected, cared about, accepted, respected and valued.”
Seeing a very diverse community of students and faculty, and also living near Stanford for many years, it has always been my impression that Stanford was very much the place Dean Hicks described. The DEI survey, however, painted a very different picture:
“Approximately 63% of Black respondents reported experiencing at least one microaggression, according to the survey results.”
For those of you who have never applied to a selective college or have children who did: the application process to Stanford, or similarly prestigious educational establishment, can be described as nothing short of a boot camp. The admission committee scrutinizes every move your child made since the start of high school, if not before.
The sleepless nights, the hours spent writing, the thinking that goes into every word is so arduous that your child is uniquely qualified to handle any challenge they will face going forward. Apparently, however, many young people (and their parents!) believe that once they successfully conquered college admissions, they are now in for an “easy ride” getting through college without experiencing “one microaggression.” Stanford University, whose alumni include Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court Justices, and even US Presidents, now strives to be a “safe space” for emotionally fragile crybabies of all ages who go on CNN and cry every time somebody mispronounces their name.
Instead of telling his students to grow a pair, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne came out with a predictable mea culpa:
“Based on the survey results, it is clear that we are not meeting our own expectations for the kind of inclusive culture we hope to create at Stanford. We must all work together to eliminate these behaviors that the survey showed are widespread in our community.”
Below are the examples of the “harmful behaviors” that make Stanford a terrible oppressive place that is nothing short of dangerous for your kids’ mental health (the full list is here.)
- Someone told me that they “don’t see color” or we should not think about race anymore. At Stanford, we pride ourselves on always considering people’s race over anything else they can contribute to the Stanford community.
- Someone assumed I come from a disadvantaged background. This must have been reported by the white students and interpreted as “cultural appropriation.”
- Someone clenched her/his/their purse or wallet upon seeing me. Considering that people don’t usually carry their wallets in full view, this may be happening a lot more often than we think.
- Someone’s body language showed they were scared of me. Considering that college students are well-known “experts” at reading body language, this is very concerning.
- I am singled out by police or security people. Considering that after dark Stanford campus is full of inebriated students behaving in an erratic manner, the motives of campus security people are certainly suspect.
- Someone assumed that I spoke a language other than English. Considering that 25% of the Stanford student body consists of international students who come from 49 countries, the assumption is clearly racist.
- Someone made a derogatory remark or gesture in person or online. That never happened to a white conservative!
- Someone defaced property with derogatory graffiti. That never happened at “mostly peaceful” BLM riots!
Well, folks, Stanford has got a serious situation on its hands. If a Stanford student is offended by “body language,” they are going to find studying at Stanford a very traumatic experience. Imagine the bewilderment and confusion that students will feel in science class when they discover that electricity was not discovered by a person of color. Imagine the anguish they will experience after reading a philosophy text suggesting that destroying property, even in the name of “social justice,” is not a moral way of life. And after they learn how many Americans actually died to free the slaves, not to mention liberate the world from Fascism and Communism, making the US the most selfless and noble country on the planet, that kid is destined for lifelong psychotherapy.
The DEI survey has clearly demonstrated that Stanford needs to create a “more welcoming and inclusive community” by rejecting real history and real science to assure that students and faculty never feel “threatened” or “harassed.” The goal of Stanford is no longer to produce the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow who will face the new and unknown challenges with courage and conviction. Stanford’s goal is to make every student feel warm and fuzzy, fully secure in their own beliefs, no matter how delusional they may be.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Stanford released their admission rate, which has fallen, yet again, to a historic 3.95%. Unless your children’s names are Chelsea Clinton or Jennifer Gates, the odds of them getting into Stanford are nearly zero. If they do get in, they should be very secure in their own achievements, and not whine about real or perceived “microaggressions.”
We can only hope that after the word gets out that Stanford is not “meeting expectations” of becoming “a more welcoming and inclusive community,” the number of applicants will drastically decline. And that is a positive thing: maybe many extremely qualified kids who are “marginalized and excluded” every year by the Stanford admission committee for the sole reason that they don’t use words like “microaggression” in their essays have a better chance of getting in.