Georgetown's Solidarity Protest and Sit-In Over Dead Jesuits

What an interesting week it has been.  To review, it started out with a controversy involving some incredibly privileged and yet spoiled and emotionally weak students at Yale who think they should never hear ideas which challenge their own.  Controversial ideas such as they should be mature and act like adults.

Yeah, we know.  

The notion college is a place where other people might disagree with you and voice their opinions, or where you're expected to be an adult and journey outside your comfort zone and encounter diverse thoughts, sure is mind-blowing.  

Things then jacked up a notch when protests erupted after a poopswastika was drawn on a wall in a dorm bathroom at the University of Missouri (Mizzou).  Around the same time some Black Lives Matter Except When Killed By Other Blacks protesters tried blocking the university president's car during a homecoming parade.  

One of their leaders, the dude behind the Mizzou protests, literally ran into the car after it backed up and attempted to turn around, then tried saying he was the one who got hit. 

 
 
 
 

We've set up the video to capture the moment of impact . . . 

As the narrator notes, if Jonathan Butler was trying to get an insurance payout, he would have been arrested for fraud.  

But we don't think Butler would have gone that far since as a professional activist who was radicalized in college he doesn't have time to lose as there's too much race hustling to be done.  Besides, he doesn't need the money since his family is incredibly wealthy.

Butler is the key leader behind the Mizzou protests and underwent a hunger strike to protest two other incidents, one of which certainly happened and occurred on the Mizzou campus and involved some drunk idiot racist white dude dropping the n-word, and the other of which was alleged to have occurred by Payton Head, the university's black student body president (evidently the university is so racist students elected a black president), but for which no other proof exists than his own word.

The protests over these (two real and one possible) events at Mizzou went national because the football team joined in along with their coaches and b/c some video was released of students and professors threatening the media covering the protests.

So now that you have the background, let's look at what's happening on the Hilltop.

First, there was this protest on Thursday held in solidarity with Yale, Mizzou, and the Black Lives Matter Except When Killed By Other Black People Movement . . . 

As we mentioned the other day, there was a lot of weird chanting.

Some of the chanting was about our fellow zombies Hoyas having nothing to lose but their chains and having to fight for their freedom (b/c apparently it's 1860 and not 2015).

We're not sure what chains are being referred to here or who isn't free.  

Are they the chains of overwhelming privilege and a suffocating sense of entitlement that involves attending one of the most elite universities on the planet and getting a world-class education which costs a quarter million dollars?  

Or are they the chains of leaving with a brand, credential, and social network which will set up for success pretty much everyone who graduates, minus those majoring in the grievance studies and who are handicapped and held back by their own fragility and university-sponsored sense of entitlement and victimhood?

Are they the chains of not having to work as hard and getting into Georgetown under lower admittance standards thanks to affirmative action, or benefiting from special scholarship and programs or the continued coddling which is part of the diversity scam?

Perhaps they are the chains of being in America, an evil, racist, horrible, no good, (did we say evil?), and oppressive place, and not say, the paradise of Nigeria, which is so amazing no one ever wants to leave, despite the Global Slave Index listing it as having the African continent's largest number of people living in conditions of modern slavery.

And we agree, America is an evil, racist, horrible, no good, very bad and oppressively awful place.  After all, that's why absolutely no one from Africa, Asia, Latin & South America, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and the Balkans EVER risk their lives trying to get here.  

It's also why so many Americans immigrate to Nigeria.

Of course, what was lost on the fragile chanting womyn and the rest of the professional victims in Red Square was that actual human beings were once in chains and suffered the abuses of human bondage, and that a bunch privileged protesters, regardless of color, who are attempting to appropriate that mantle are far worse than any white dude wearing a sombrero for Halloween or Miley acting all gangsta.  

Were the great Martin Luther King Jr. alive today, he no doubt would be ashamed and offended at their chutzpah and sense of entitlement.  After all, MLK risked his life fighting real injustices like racism, poverty, and war, and not over a few plaques on Copley Lawn or changing the names of two buildings.  

Members from the audience were also invited to speak and share their experiences, such as the terrifying story of some Asian guy who sometimes gets asked where he is from, and another from a Latina who is also a victim (yet so brave!) because she's the only Latina in one of her classes.  One guy who swore lot (and was we admit kinda funny) even complained about how horrible it is that some people on campus think white is a color when it's evidently the absence of color (silly white people!) and that if you're against the diversity requirement, then you're like, so not obviously a man or woman for others.  

Oh yeah, and then there was the whole "white fragility will not be tolerated" thing, because we all know the problem here quite obviously is there are too many fragile white people.  

The organizers also passed out a leaflet with six demands (including mandatory diversity training for faculty, which to be honest, is our favorite, since we know the faculty will oppose it because now something impacts them - interesting too how that was THE ONE THING the faculty in the Philosophy Department did not endorse in their letter of support to the protesters), and announced a sit-in at Jack DeGioia's office that would originally keep banker's hours and have rotating participants.

Funny thing about the sit-in is it's not a real sit-in, which actually requires you to stay and sacrifice your time without tapping out and taking breaks like it's a professional wrestling match.  The original schedule was 9-5 and not on weekends, but due to popular demand the hours were extended until midnight, but no later, since it's the weekend and there are parties to go to and who wants to sleep overnight on the carpet anyways?

Here are the demands of the five Hoyettes, (or 0.03% of the student population, which probably goes down to 0.0001% if you include faculty, administrators, and alumni), who organized the protest and who claim to represent a university of 17,858 students . . . 

You'll note they're mostly about memorializing the fact the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus once owned slaves about two hundred years ago.  And they don't actually deal with racism because the truth is racism isn't a problem at Georgetown despite those who wish it were so they can get more attention for themselves and win cash and prizes.  

Anyways, today (Saturday) President DeGioia announced he was immediately changing the names of Mulledy and McSherry Halls to Freedom and Remembrance Halls.  So the protest and sit-in were successful in speeding up the name change, because let's be honest, the name was going to be changed anyways, with or without the protest.

As we said back in September, we don't think renaming the buildings is a big deal, mostly because we don't care much one way or the other.  There are more important issues to concern our time with, like rising tuition, preserving choice when it comes to which courses one chooses by fighting the diversity requirement, maintaining freedom of speech in an increasingly illiberal campus culture, and the degradation of Georgetown's Catholic identity.

And as we said before, there's nothing wrong with remembering the University's history, both the good and bad parts so, additional reminders of Georgetown's past, even if they don't reflect well on the University, shouldn't be opposed.

But let's not make any mistake: the whole protest was not about a name change.  

It's about pushing the narrative that Georgetown and America are hateful, racist, horrible horrible horrible places, and that white people should feel guilty and shut up and transfer more resources to those who claim they are oppressed.  

Like our man Booker T. says above, some people have a fetish for playing the victim and have a psychological need to think they are oppressed since it provides them a convenient excuse and narrative for explaining why it is they're not as successful or well-liked as others who they envy.  After all, blaming your failures on others means you don't need to work harder and improve or change your behavior since nothing is ever your fault.

And as we all know, there is a class of professional victims and race hustlers who attempt to profit off it all.  As current events at Georgetown show, the University has clearly done a great job training more such folks and we'll no doubt continue to see more protests over inconsequential issues like the names of buildings when real problems like increased tuition rates and a culture hostile to the exchange of ideas is quickly becoming the norm.

That said, next up, the John Carroll statue.  

After all, it's only right.  He originally owned the slaves while head of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and didn't free them.  He even had a slave serve as his personal attendant.  And he never participated in a die-in for the gentle giant Michael Brown.

Yep, time to remove the statue, even if everyone likes sitting on it.  

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Note: Apparently the Mizzou protesters and Black Lives Matter Except When Killed By Other Blacks Movement are upset that the 100+ dead in France are honing in on some of their media coverage.  Because French lives don't matter.