Want Proof of the Decline of Western Civilization?

A white rap artist who goes by the name of Lil Dicky joined a black rap artist, Chris Brown (born in Tappahannock, Va., and best known for slapping around songstress superstar Rihanna) to produce a song, “Freaky Friday.” The conceit of the song and video is that Lil Dicky and Chris Brown find themselves occupying each others bodies, which gives rise to such witticisms as

I’m in Chris Brown’s body
I look at my soft dick with delight, it’s my dream dick…
My dick is trending on Twitter, fuck

and toward the end of the video when contributing “artist” Kendall Jenner says…

Huh, I’m Kendall Jenner
I got a vagina, I’m gonna explore that right now (woo)
Holy shit, I got a vagina (uh), I’m gonna learn
I’m gonna understand the inner workings of a woman

Then  there was this, in which Chris Brown (occupying white Lil Dicky’s body) croons the following:

Wonder if I can say the n-word (wait for real?)
Wait, can I really say the n-word?
What up, my nigga? (woo)
What up, my nigga? Big ups, my nigga
We up, my nigga, you pussy ass nigga
Man, fuck y’all niggas, ’cause I’m that nigga
Nigga, nigga, nigga, I’m that nigga

Apparently, that’s what passes for art — or maybe it’s humor — in the Millennial generation. We’ve come a long way from Rogers and Hammerstein, baby!  Released in March, this foul little ditty soared to number one in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and reached number eight on the US Hot 100. As of today, the YouTube video has received more than 90 million views. The mind-dumbing vulgarity didn’t seem to offend anyone….

Until the words were sung by members of the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team. Someone posted a Snapchat of exuberant young women after a win over Elon University dancing in the aisle of their bus and singing the song. Including Chris Brown’s grotesque nigga-nigga-nigga sequence.

Social media went ballistic. Charges of racism were hurled. Next thing you know, Coach John Sung was apologizing for the use of the epithet, although he insisted that there was no malice involved. “They had just won,” he said. “They’re singing songs. The first couple songs were Disney songs… They were celebrating and they were dancing and they were excited.” (From “Let it Go” to “Freaky Friday” — quite the transition.)

Then came the crowning blow, the condemnation of their peers. The Virginia Tech Student Government adopted a resolution condemning the use of the racial slur, describing it as “one of many episodes of discrimination and animosity toward marginalized groups that have occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech in recent months.”

According to the Campus Reform website, the resolution stated:

Examples of such discriminatory incidents include… a guest lecture by Dr. Charles Murray, a white-nationalist known for inaccurate theories linking race and intelligence; a Steven Crowder speaking event in which promotional materials contained homophobic language; and the invitation of Charlie Kirk, a controversial right-wing speaker whose rallies have attracted the support of white nationalists and ended in violence such as the February 2nd event at Colorado State University, to speak on campus April 30th.

Asserting that “such discriminatory incidents contribute to members of marginalized communities feeling unsafe on the campus of Virginia Tech,” the resolution goes on to “completely and wholeheartedly” condemn the Women’s Lacrosse team out of a desire to “stand in solidarity with our fellow students.

Basically, anyone to the right of Mother Jones is deemed a racist, a homophobe, or a borderline Nazi worthy only of condemnation and exile. This is concocted outrage. It is selective indignation. It is bullying. It is totalitarian intimidation. It is all about silencing opposing views and silencing anyone who even has a stray thought resembling an opposing view.

Look, the song is total trash. It is offensive from start to finish — not least the mindless repetition of “nigga nigga nigga” — and if I were the parent of one of the girls who had learned the lyrics by heart, I’d be mortified that she’d wasted her time listening to such garbage. But in the minds of the Virginia Tech student council members, there’s no problem with Chris Brown using that language. There’s no problem with putting that language on a YouTube video. There’s no problem with 90 million people listening to that language. The problem is that the wrong people used the language. When a bunch of white girls used the N word while singing the song — not in in a way meant to denigrate anyone — they were singled out for condemnation and humiliation.

I reject the N word, I never use it, I don’t defend anyone using it, and I suppose you could say the lacrosse team girls had it coming for being so vapid as to use it. But the double standards applied here are just appalling. It’s all about the power. It’s all about defining who can say what and who can’t.

But this bullying will backfire. If you want more Donald Trump, this is how you get more Donald Trump. If you want more Alt-Right, this is how you get more Alt-Right. That may be fine with the far Left because anything that engenders hate and polarizes the nation is fine with them, but it’s not the kind of country I want to live in.

We have a choice. We can succumb to the narrative of aggrievement or we can build a narrative of achievement. We can surrender to envy, resentment, nihilism, and destruction, or we can embrace hope, collaboration, improvement and uplift. Pick one or the other. That’s what it’s come down to.

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51 responses to “Want Proof of the Decline of Western Civilization?

  1. I think it’s been this way for a while. Watched “Fences” last night – which is an all black cast and the “N” word is pretty much every other sentence along with other phrases like “black ass” , etc…..

    The setting was the 1950’s in Pittsburg and the main character made his living being a trashman…first a lifter then a driver….

    Black folks talk to each other that way – have for a LONG TIME…but it has always been an insult and an affront to them to have others who are not black call them the N word …. in person or as a parody.. i.e. white folks don’t typically “sing” black rap music as something they like and enjoy on a regular basis…

    The thing in life is to not insult others… even if you don’t think it is an insult. If it IS an insult to them – don’t do it. Accord them that level of respect.

    If you want to be friends – don’t insult them. If you don’t want to be enemies – don’t insult them. If you are white and are going to parody black rapster music..don’t act surprised that it will be received as a provocation and insult.

    In other words – just respect others even if you don’t really understand or want to understand… just let it be.. and try to find ways to get along rather than looking for ways to do the opposite.

    We humans seem to LIKE to hurt and harm, even kill others than are “not our kind”. It’s sad.

  2. The reaction to the singing of this song by the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team tells us far more about the state of our society than the college girls singing the song.

    How is the singing of this song or any song far “more wrong” than doing “slut walk” ? Or doing a “Hook-UP”? Or doing an abortion?

    Why is the speaking or singing of certain words by one identity group rather than another identity group so much more offensive than taking real actions with real consequences by certain groups and?or certain individuals?

    We reap what we sow.

    • ARE THESE GIRLS TO BE PUNISHED? AND IF SO, WHY?

      AND IF PUNISHED, AT WHO’S PERIL? AND WHY?

      • Why might some think this is about Donald Trump? Or has anything whatsoever to do with Donald Trump? Or those who voted for Donald Trump? Are these Virginia Tech women lacrosse players who sang this song more likely to be Donald Trump Voters? Did he make them do it? Are Donald Trump voters more likely to come to their defense. Are Never Trump people more likely to verbally attack these girls in social media? And on campus? And elsewhere protest and riot?

        • Why is this a “teachable moment” for the girls? And for no one else?

          • Reed Fawell 3rd

            Are not these girls celebrating by song a progressive anthem? So why punish them for that?

          • Reed Fawell 3rd

            As Jim Bacon suggests, here is the real teachable moment, here is the really frightening event:

            “Then came the crowning blow, the condemnation of their peers. The Virginia Tech Student Government adopted a resolution condemning the use of the racial slur, describing it as “one of many episodes of discrimination and animosity toward marginalized groups that have occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech in recent months.”

            According to the Campus Reform website, the resolution stated:

            Examples of such discriminatory incidents include… a guest lecture by Dr. Charles Murray, a white-nationalist known for inaccurate theories linking race and intelligence; a Steven Crowder speaking event in which promotional materials contained homophobic language; and the invitation of Charlie Kirk, a controversial right-wing speaker whose rallies have attracted the support of white nationalists and ended in violence such as the February 2nd event at Colorado State University, to speak on campus April 30th.

            Asserting that “such discriminatory incidents contribute to members of marginalized communities feeling unsafe on the campus of Virginia Tech,” the resolution goes on to “completely and wholeheartedly” condemn the Women’s Lacrosse team out of a desire to “stand in solidarity with our fellow students.”

            Apparently this is the sort of education that students at Virginia Tech are getting from their professors. What kind of educational malpractice produces such toxic drivel as this resolution from of “the best and the brightest” students at Virginia Tech, its student leaders. This result is simply astounding.

            Meanwhile serious well documented reports by celebrated professors at Virginia Tech that detail with great authority the corruption of scientific research at Virginia Tech gets hidden and buried from public view.

            What is the real question here?

            Why should not the President of Virginia Tech answer for this? And absent that, be fired?

            Where is the Virginia Tech Board in all of this horror?

            Is no one responsible for educational and research malpractice in Virginia? No one, except the kids. That is how it appears.

            The greater the claims of educational excellence in Virginia by Virginia’s leaders of higher institutions of learning, the greater the failure to produce it. The evidence of this corruption is overwhelming.

            Meanwhile, those responsible, the Administrators and boards, run away and hide or blame it on students, including girls on a lacrosse team celebrating victory on a bus returning from a ball game.

            Who are the moral midgets here? Who are the ones that should answer for all this mess after all the money parents and taxpayers pay to educate their kids.

  3. For more information as to what is going on:

    “Marcuse argued that, because of the radical repressiveness of Western society, a tolerance for all viewpoints actually contributed to social oppression. A pervasive network of assumptions and biases implicitly privileges the viewpoint of the powerful, so that seemingly “equal” presentations of opposite opinions actually end up benefiting the viewpoint of the powerful… Because of social programming, the inhabitants of a given society automatically favor certain values. The ideological playing field’s lack of levelness means that seemingly equal presentations of ideas are not really equal.

    In the light of this situation, Marcuse made a rather cunning inversion (one that has been aped countless times since by cultural organs across the United States): The fact that society is so radically unequal means that we should be intolerant and repressive in the name of tolerance and liberty. He rejected what he termed “indiscriminate tolerance” — a tolerance that accepts all viewpoints — in favor of “liberating tolerance” or “discriminating tolerance.” Unlike many of his disciples, Marcuse was frank about what this intolerance would mean: “Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”

    For more information as to what is going on see: http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/06/firing-kevin-williamson-is-just-the-beginning/

  4. JB, thank you for your articulate expression of outrage, here.

  5. What I find far more tasteless than the the musings over this rap guy is the lack of comment about Donald Trump who is by far the crudest, rudest and most foul president this country has ever seen. Reading Bacon’s Rebellion makes it seem that Trump doesn’t exist. Stormy and the rest don’t exist. Grabbing women by their privates when you feel like it doesn’t exist. The constant insults don’t exist. Nope, we’re supposed to be more upset over some rap star kid.

    As for me. I went to Woodstock. Really did.

  6. LG, I agree with your comment above; this is about a perceived insult; yet it’s apparent that no insult was intended. It seems to me, black culture is obsessed with respect from outside the culture. The us versus them dichotemy is so deeply ingrained that it’s impossible for someone inside the culture (i.e., someone who is black) to fail to “respect” other blacks; therefore they are entitled to use words that from others would give offense.

    Thus we have the bizarre circumstance of a published, popular song which, even in exhuberant celebration of a sports victory, only a black person is allowed to sing. A white person cannot ever use the n-word. By extension all rap music, with its violent, mysogenist, racist, live in-the-moment themes, “belongs” to blacks and cannot be appropriated even stylistically by others, at least without a nod to its origins. A white person is not allowed in that world. It is disrespectful even to try to imitate it.

    So the VT student council condemns these fellow students not for the words sung, but for the effrontary of singing them despite being white. You and I might see that as a profoundly racist reaction. Yet a black student could reasonably experience the white kids’ chant on the bus as a taking, an unwarranted invasion of private cultural “space” — a lack of respect. On campus today, failure to give due respect is a punishable offense. As GH wrote in Dune, “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”

    Can we move beyond outrage over the mere fact that one culture would want to borrow from another?

    • “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”

      Brilliant. That’s what it’s all about.

    • All I can say is that when someone tells me that they find my comments demeaning to them … even if I do not agree.. I now KNOW and I ALSO KNOW that if I use those words again – that I have purposely used them even when I’ve been told they are insulting and demeaning.

      Thus in this world of us a simple gesture can result in physical harm or even death.. not just blacks and whites in the US… Christians and Protestants in Ireland… Arabs and Jews … around the world.. people do die over hate talk and hate actions of others.

      My view remains.. If my wife tells me she finds my words to be condescending… even if I do not agree.. I DO respect her feelings.

      It’s not really about black and white. It’s about how we get along with people who are not our own culture… we look for trouble these days…. we look for the “outrage” so we can stir it up even more.

      we should be proud…. eh?

      • Larry, Nobody on this blog is defending the use of the N word. I don’t even hear anyone defending the VT women’s lacrosse team for using it. The main issue here is the decision of the VT Student Government to single out the women’s lacrosse team for singular condemnation and humiliation, and rolling the offense into an all-round condemnation of controversial conservative speakers. I’m pretty sure that Charles Murray never uses the N word. Or Steven Crowder. (I don’t know anything about the other guy.)

        Meanwhile, people can use all manner of vulgarity and profanity that many people still find incredibly offensive, but the Student Council doesn’t give a rat’s patooty. It’s all about who’s offending and who’s being offended. It’s all about the power.

        • And one one person or group owns words, or language, or the exclusive right to use either.

        • Jim – it’s not really about the N-word guy. There are a LOT of ways to offend folks culturally.. and we have a long history of it in this country to include many other cultures and ethnicity.

          It’s not the word – it’s how you use it and when ..etc..

  7. Somewhat on the same page as Peter. It is not exactly news that pop music is crude and designed to offend The Man, as deeply as possible, and these days it just keeps getting deeper. I too think that Trump finds similar behavior entertaining and in a way is mocking and demeaning his own fans. But I also think he says things in public that others said away from the camera or the microphone (well, not always the microphone – Nixon and LBJ left some amazing recordings.)

    I will look for you in the line at a showing of Chappaquiddick, Peter. (Now there is an alum UVA can brag about. A fine product. Talk about offensive, anybody remember the Mad Magazine joke ad a while later – showing a VW bug floating by a bridge and saying “If Ted Kennedy had owned a beetle, Mary Jo would be alive today…” )

    And since about, oh, I don’t know, ten years of age I’ve known that I dare not use the N word or any other derogatory label, but members of the derided group could so so if they chose. If my father’s mother and her siblings were around, the Murphy’s, I might call them “micks” in jest but it might not be a good idea for you to try.

    What I have found telling about this whole episode is, I actually believe the coach and the young ladies were probably singing something from “Frozen” right before this little ditty, and were clueless about the difference.

    • OK, I beg leave to withdraw the shot at UVA, which hardly can be blamed for any subsequent bad judgement by one of its law school grads.

    • They teach Judgment at UVa Law School? Missed that one.

    • Steve,
      As an aside, and having nothing to do with Jim’s post:
      The Chappaquiddick incident shows just how dumb the Kennedy people were.

      Any self-respecting islander could have told them there was a very good reason to turn right off the paved road toward Dike’s bridge at the point where it otherwise unmistakably curves to the left toward the ferry. The narrative did not have to wind up being about an affair with Mary Jo, or “I made a wrong turn”, which is simply not possible at that point in the road. The correct narrative, had any of the numbnuts surrounding Kennedy bothered to think or ask, would have been as follows: The incident occurred after 12:00 midnight, when the On Time ferry was closed for the night. While it’s possible to call out the ferryman in the wee hours to get you back to Edgartown, it is considered extremely bad form, even though you pay a very hefty fee for the privilege. This is not a problem for islanders and other locals. Any local would simply go over the Dike bridge to the beach on the east side of Chappy. You then turn right and drive down the beach to the southern end of the island, turn right again along the south beach, then go across the sandbar that frequently closes off Katama Bay from the ocean, contrary what is shown on most maps. The sand bar is routinely used by islanders, but not tourists, to get back and forth to the main island after hours. Kennedy could have said “I turned right onto the unpaved road to the bridge because I did not want to call out the ferryman that late. I thought the sandbar had closed up Katama Bay and was headed that way to get back to the main island. I just misjudged the bridge”, which at the time had no rails, cables or other safeguards to keep cars from going off the side.

      There were endless hours of consultations before the Kennedy team made public statements. None of these dimwits came up with this very plausible explanation why he left the paved road to go out to Dike’s bridge. All they had to do was key into local culture. But to these guys, Chappaquiddick might as well have been fly-over country. Sorta reminds me of when Sinatra showed up on a yacht in Katama Bay with Mia Farrow and never set foot on land.

  8. Perhaps Steve has just spent time in the UK, where either spelling is OK.

    But how did this get on this thread? This one is about society circling (or circleing) the drain. . .

    • We had a saying. Reporters can write, but they can’t spell. Editors can spell, but they can’t write. My first paid job was as a sportswriter, unable to do either!

  9. Remember ..what.. just not that long ago.. we had folks blathering on and on about “post racial”… then all of a sudden – WHAMO!

    like a thin crust floating on simmering lava!!!

    NFL kneelers! Skinheads in Cville! Good and bad people on both sides!!! now we’re gonna get “context” on Monument Avenue… to see if that calms
    things down… and now this “outrage”…. erupting from the right…. not sure I heard much on the left… so I guess it’s a cabal of leftists behind it all…

  10. Remember .. just not that long ago.. we had folks on the right blathering on
    and on about “post racial”… then all of a sudden – WHAMO!

    like a thin crust floating on simmering lava!!! voila !!! post what?

    NFL kneelers! Skinheads in Cville! Good and bad people on both sides!!! now we’re gonna get “context” on Monument Avenue… to see if that calms
    things down… and now this latest PC “outrage”…. from the enraged..mostly right… not so much from the left so I guess that means they’re part and parcel of the leftist cabal of evil-doers. eh?

  11. Actually, this rapper song is a brilliant work of art, one that does great public service. It educates us about our culture, including what is being taught, acted out, and inculcated into our youth, at our colleges and universities today. What else would you expect from the hook-up culture? Or a culture wherein you are taught that there is no truth, or right or wrong, and you are either perfectly precious because you got into a certain school, or that alternatively you’re incorrigibly racist & corrupt if white, or a victim if black. And, alternatively taught that where you came from, and who and your parents and kin are, is evil.

    The quote I inserted earlier can be found at:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/06/herbert-marcuse-and-new-intolerance/

    This is a brilliant article on some of what is behind what these kids are being taught and how it results in conduct such as Jim describes in his post.

    Recall back in the Stone Age, Tipper Gore warned about this sort of music, and how she got shut down by the glitterati who of course knew better?

  12. I bet there is serious market research behind all of this – and they are laughing on their way to the bank. Before Marcuse there was Mencken: Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American people. Today he’d add a corollary about not losing any elections, either…did I spell corollary right?

    • True enough. Though I don’t much like Mencken either. But at least he was amusing. But both are mostly wrong as to result – Mencken absolutely, Marcuse mostly, but murderously so without humor absolutely. The rappers are far better, dead to rights on the culture they mimic in exquisite detail and as to where it all leads.

    • Thanks, Reed, for the Marcuse quote, here and earlier, with your link back to the Federalist article. I’ve learned to check your leads out. That’s what led me to George Herbert’s philosophizing and the Dune reference that Jim liked, above.

      • Acbar – Regarding the National Review article at:

        https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/06/herbert-marcuse-and-new-intolerance/

        Please take particular note of the quote: “dissent from the sexual ethics du jour (and the mandarins of the new intolerance have used sexuality as a cultural battering ram) is viewed not as an alternative account of how we should direct our erotic energies but instead as atavistic bigotry.”

        It’s amazing, Lit Dickey’s dazzling intellectual leap and Lit Dickey’s profound mastery of the Rap Art. Note how Lit Dickey weaponizes the sexual energy of our children at Virginia Tech and how Virginia Tech Professors have used that sexual energy of their girl students as “battering rams” to explode the sexual mores and culture of their parents. This Freaky Friday video as so weaponized by our Virginia Tech Professors working in league with Lit Dickey, is a tour de force of depraved art and instruction worthy of Charles Mason’s Helter Skelter.

        Again, quoting for context from the National Review article on Herbert Marcuse, a leading intellectual guru at our modern universities:

        “Following Marcuse’s lead, our current PC politics is simultaneously collectivist and personal. It is collectivist insofar as belonging to certain collective identity groups grants one ethical privileges denied to others. But PC politics is also personal in that the new intolerance exacts a tremendous personal price from dissenters. It is not enough to argue with ideas: Those who espouse heretical ideas must be destroyed; they must lose their jobs, their reputations, and their places in the public square. The notion of “shaming” to the point of personal destruction seems a principal modus operandi of PC politics.

        As a corollary to its collectivist emphases, PC politics also attempts to eliminate the space for ethical debate through fetishizing the idea of identity. One of the major innovations of current advocates of “discriminating tolerance” is the attempt to classify alternative ethical approaches as exercises in animus rather than good-faith attempts to find the truth and to live well. Thus, dissent from the sexual ethics du jour (and the mandarins of the new intolerance have used sexuality as a cultural battering ram) is viewed not as an alternative account of how we should direct our erotic energies but instead as atavistic bigotry. Classifying as bigotry the teachings of, say, the Catholic Church places them beyond the realm of respectable argument. However, trying to silence debate with the cry of “Shut up, you despicable bigot” does not stop with the Catholic Church, owners of small businesses, or the Republican party — as some on the Left are now finding to their chagrin.

        In recent months, leftist writers have expressed increasing worry that the mobs of intolerance could target members of the Left. In January, Jonathan Chait wrote a major story for New York magazine warning about the excesses of PC culture. While many on the Left attacked Chait for daring to utter these thoughts (and perhaps thereby illustrated the accuracy of his concerns), others agreed with him about the intellectual dangers of the new rage. Edward Schlosser’s recent viral essay “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me” describes (how) the new intolerance suppresses the free exchange of ideas on college campuses.” (END QUOTE)

        Matters go downhill from there as our children are cast out into the ignorant darkness of an American modern university as they simultaneously flip out of the obit of responsible parental adult control and into the hands of Virginia Tech. There they revert to the terrible tantrums of their former infantile states under equally incompetent and neurotic tin horn despot Professors who fall into incoherent gibberish in the presence of a real scholars of consequence. And so clueless they collapse into the waiting arms of the likes of Chris Brown, Kendal Jenner, and Lil Dickey.

        Meanwhile Virginia Tech’s president and board run away and hide, disclaiming all responsibility as if Alfred E. Neuman.

      • Recall the 2012 election year. That is when Democrats were scared to death that the 2010 mid-term elections had shown that they were losing the support of younger women, and they were afraid it would repeat in 2012 presidential election year. And that Obama would lose.

        So they began in 2011 to madly engineer “a scare and sweet talk the coed campaign” that was centered around twin memes. The SUGAR DADDY. Based on OBamaCare. And a concocted RAMPANT RAPE EPIDEMIC on America’s campus colleges. Hence, the 2011 Dear Colleague to the colleges and universities about sexual behavior on campus.

        So this scare and sweet talk the coed campaign was multifaceted. First, JULIA was invented. The yuppie sweet web designer college graduate girl who could work and have kids happily and securely without a husband or any man around at all, because she had her sugar daddy, Barack Obama. He would get her first a free public education, then free birth control, then free health and child care, so she could then DO IT ALL – enjoy a single life alone without a care in the world – start up her own tech company without bosses, have her own kids without husbands or fathers, all done with free stuff for her and her kids, just like a life at the beach. And then she could retire with Social Security & Medicare and so spend her golden years volunteering in a community garden, all thanks to Barack Obama.

        Julia was only the start of creating fictional people for young girls.

        So then after Julia, Sugar Daddy Barack created Julia’s little friend in Barack’s Garden of Eden. Here like a God, he created Pajama Boy for Julia. Wimpy, nerdy, a hot chocolate sipper, this sweet boy in his zip-up plaid PJs will never grow up to threaten anybody, least of all little girls, or big girls either. He’s too nice for that. “Hey Girl, I live with my parents. How’d you know I went to Oberlin.” And P-Jam boy got his Obamacare too at Christmas, so he could have a happy New Year too, living at home, sipping chocolate in his PJs’ with his computer screen and dinner made by mom.

        But all good marketers and flimflam artists know the every garden needs a snake to keep little boys’ and girls’ attention, to keep them in line. That way all boys and girls who never grow up MUST be protected from DRAGONS that eat little boys and the BIG BAD WOLF that otherwise will eats little Miss Riding Hoods.

        Thus Barack Obama and Grand Daddy old Joe Bidden created out of their own imaginations A RAMPANT RAPE EPIDEMIC. ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR GIRLS IN COLLEGE WOULD GET RAPED unless sugar daddy Obama and uncle Joe swung into action against all the big bad white boys doing evil things to girls on campus, mostly in Fraternity houses. BOO!

        SO I GOT YOUR BACK, BARACK declares to the Coeds. ME TOO, Old Uncle Joe chimes in. Barack then told all the college presidents to watch out, not mess with him & Old Joe and their girls. I am not making this up. It happened in the Blue Room of the White House. That was in the Winter of 2014 in time for the mid-term elections in November of 2014. That is when UVA jumped aboard with a Jackie witch hunt.

        So now we got Virginia Tech in the 2108 working with Lit Dickey, conjuring up the Devils Incarnate, big bad wolves like Charles Murray.

        Go though that Freaky Friday Video again. This time look for the memes.

        What do I mean? What kind of meme?

        LOOK CAREFULLY for the “idea, behavior, or style that can easily spread from person to person within a culture—the action aimed at conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices that help transmit from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or song. Thus meme creators selling to kids try very hard to build cultural analogues to genes so those memes will on video self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures that impact kids with a powerful emotional and psychological wallop. (see Wikipedia)

        Built bad meme and foist them on your kids. This is what a lot of immoral professors and politicians do to people too, including kids.

        So slow down Freaky Friday so you can watch it carefully, see and hear and feel it frame by frame, word by word, phrase by phase, move by move, and expression by expression. Do you see what you see?

        Do you see how this piece of performance art is brilliantly designed to appeal to the yearnings and desires, fears and insecurities, of young girls living within the swamp of post-modern culture and its miasma, most particularly the toxic mix to often found today at America’s modern university. Its potent and its highly destructive brew. A poison designed to work like a battering ram that explodes traditional American culture, and American values, habits, institutions, and communities. The goal here is destruction. And it is aimed at your children.

      • Reed, at moments like this there’s little left to add. But I come back to Steve’s original juxtaposition: “Before Marcuse there was Mencken: Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American people.” Can you imagine the Bard of Baltimore commenting on, for example, street interviews with rioters in the wake of the Freddy Gray incident discussing why it was so important to burn down the only functioning businesses left in their part of the Charm City? Mencken did not merely bloody his opponents, he dissected and skewered them with the artistry of a surgeon; his wordplay was worth the effort to read it, dictionary in hand, even if the subject was far beneath his attention and the reader far from Baltimore and the result, as you say, perhaps quite wrong.

        Your article reduces to this prescient sentiment: “One of the major innovations of current advocates of “discriminating tolerance” is the attempt to classify alternative ethical approaches as exercises in animus rather than good-faith attempts to find the truth and to live well.” In other words, if you debate and respond to my rant logically, you are oppressing me not arguing with me. This perversion of thought process can only be explored to its fullest in science fiction of the social sort, like Orwell or Herbert wrote decades ago, and that’s where I hoped it would stay during my lifetime. But that was not to be. Now we have the governing entities of the largest university in Virginia and a respected blog on educational matters in Virginia all a-twitter over song lyrics premised on a young biracial couple’s awakening to the conundra of a male-female body exchange. With denials of the resulting realities. With echoes, no doubt, of the denials of reality all around that abound in the current political environment in Washington. But I cannot comment further, for that would be animus, rather than a good-faith attempt to find the truth.

        The question remains: Can we grant the space on campus for trashy music lyrics that even a women’s lacrosse team might “rap” aloud on a bus without a thought as to what the words really mean? Or must they be held accountable for having memorized and for saying those words whatever the circumstances? I’ve sung along to a lot of music over the years that fit the tempo but was embarrassingly deficient as “timeless prose.” As Mencken observed, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American people.”

        • Acbar –

          Step back, take a deep breath, and try of focus on reality. The piece is titled “Want Proof of the Decline of Western Civilization?”

          Or are we just kidding?

        • Acbar –

          My comment immediately above was not directed at you personally. Nor was it even a response to your previous comment. It was more a note to myself and everyone who cares about educating our youth and keeping our culture and institutions intact. I think we are reaching a defining moment, and a point of no return unless we focus on reality. And how to heal what divides us, and threatens us all. Another words, we need to take reality and our responsibility for reality seriously, and act like adults as best we can.

          For example, this current issue at Virginia Tech is not about race. People should never be judged, preferred, deprecated, or treated differently, in public or private, by reason of their race, their tribe, their class, their education, their religion, their politics, or where they live. To violate that rule disrespects and deprecates individuals, and strips them of their dignity and God given rights, in the most fundamental way I can image. Individuals, each and every one of us, is the what matters here.

          What I find so objectionable here is how our public institutions and our leaders so regularly and cynically violate this rule, favoring one group or person over another, for their own private gain, whether it be for money, or power, or prestige, or ideology, or feel good moment, or whatever. This is wrong. It is what racists do. Our society needs to get out of this racist mindset before we tear ourselves apart.

          We need to save our culture and society, for the benefit of ourselves and everyone else. This is what this issue is about. See for example: https://www.firstthings.com/article/1994/12/postmodern-times

          Regarding H. L Mencken:

          I prefer K. G. Chesterton and his ilk.

          I could never find H. L. Mencken’s core in his word blizzards. He also had trouble dealing fairly with and making judgements on issues like race and class. He was an avowed elitist, and he loved Freidrick Nietzsche for the wrong reasons. That is my subjective opinion.

          • Reed Fawell 3rd

            K. C. Chesterson’s Views on other people’s cultures that so impressed Mahatma Gandhi, he republished the article in India. But first published in Illustrated London News 18/9/1909 when Gandhi first read it.

            MATTHEW ARNOLD, among much that was arid and arbitrary, said at least two very sound and useful things: first, that we, the modern English, are much too prone to worship “machinery”—that is, the means rather than the end; and secondly, that we ought to cultivate to a great extent the habit of letting our thoughts “play round” a subject. This page of this paper seems to be an admirable and specially appointed place for playing round. Nevertheless, if you allow your mind to play round anything that is worshiped as machinery, you will probably get into trouble. I have myself, for instance, been sternly rebuked of late for saying that what I wanted was not votes, but democracy. People spoke as if this were some sort of awful apostasy from the Liberal position; whereas, it is a humble remark of exactly the same sort as saying that I want, not the Brighton express, but Brighton; not the Calais boat, but Calais; not a Polar Expedition, but the North Pole. The test of a democracy is not whether the people vote, but whether the people rule. The essence of a democracy is that the national tone and spirit of the typical citizen is apparent and striking in the actions of the State, that France is governed in a French way, or Germany in a German way, or Spain in a Spanish way. Votes may be the most convenient way of achieving this effect; but votes are quite vain if they do not achieve it. And sometimes they do not. I venture to say that the average Frenchman was much more behind the conscription of Napoleon I. than the average Englishman was behind that mass of anti-civic nonsense, the Children Bill. The art of politics is not managing a machine, but managing a personality. Parliament is called “it,” but England is called “she.” Yet the extent to which this sense of national or local color has been lost is really amazing. A man in a train told me the other day that some Model Settlement or Garden City or some such thing that he lived in “had the real life of an old English village.” When I asked him about the inn, he told me that they had voted for having a teetotal inn. He seemed to have no sense of how he had painted out the whole picture with one sweep of the brush. It is as if he had said, “How charming is an old English village at evening, when the Muezzin is calling from the shining pinnacle of the Mosque!”

            It is this lack of atmosphere that always embarrasses me when my friends come and tell me about the movement of Indian Nationalism. I do not doubt for a moment that the young idealists who ask for Indian independence are very fine fellows; most young idealists are fine fellows. I do not doubt for an instant that many of our Imperial officials are stupid and oppressive; most Imperial officials are stupid and oppressive. But when I am confronted with the actual papers and statements of the Indian Nationalists I feel much more dubious, and, to tell the truth, a little bored. The principal weakness of Indian Nationalism seems to be that it is not very Indian and not very national. It is all about Herbert Spencer and Heaven knows what. What is the good of the Indian national spirit if it cannot protect its people from Herbert Spencer? I am not fond of the philosophy of Buddhism; but it is not so shallow as Spencer’s philosophy; it has real ideas of its own. One of the papers, I understand, is called the Indian Sociologist. What are the young men of India doing that they allow such an animal as a sociologist to pollute their ancient villages and poison their kindly homes?

            When all is said, there is a rational distinction between a people asking for its own ancient life and a people asking for things that have been wholly invented by somebody else. There is a difference between a conquered people demanding its own institutions and the same people demanding the institutions of the conqueror. Suppose an Indian said: “I heartily wish India had always been free from white men and all their works. Every system has its sins: and we prefer our own. There would have been dynastic wars; but I prefer dying in battle to dying in hospital. There would have been despotism; but I prefer one king whom I hardly ever see to a hundred kings regulating my diet and my children. There would have been pestilence; but I would sooner die of the plague than die of toil and vexation in order to avoid the plague. There would have been religious differences dangerous to public peace; but I think religion more important than peace. Life is very short; a man must live somehow and die somewhere; the amount of bodily comfort a peasant gets under your best Republic is not so much more than mine. If you do not like our sort of spiritual comfort, we never asked you to. Go, and leave us with it.” Suppose an Indian said that, I should call him an Indian Nationalist, or, at least, an authentic Indian, and I think it would be very hard to answer him. But the Indian Nationalists whose works I have read simply say with ever-increasing excitability, “Give me a ballot-box. Provide me with a Ministerial dispatch-box. Hand me over the Lord Chancellor’s wig. I have a natural right to be Prime Minister. I have a heaven-born claim to introduce a Budget. My soul is starved if I am excluded from the Editorship of the Daily Mail,” or words to that effect.

            Now this, I think, is not so difficult to answer. The most sympathetic person is tempted to cry plaintively, “But, hang it all, my excellent Oriental (may your shadow never grow less), we invented all these things. If they are so very good as you make out, you owe it to us that you have ever heard of them. If they are indeed natural rights, you would never even have thought of your natural rights but for us. If voting is so very absolute and divine (which I am inclined rather to doubt myself), then certainly we have some of the authority that belongs to the founders of a true religion, the bringers of salvation.” When the Hindu takes this very haughty tone and demands a vote on the spot as a sacred necessity of man, I can only express my feelings by supposing the situation reversed. It seems to me very much as if I were to go into Tibet and find the Grand Lama or some great spiritual authority, and were to demand to be treated as a Mahatma or something of that kind. The Grand Lama would very reasonably reply: “Our religion is either true or false; it is either worth having or not worth having. If you know better than we do, you do not want our religion. But if you do want our religion, please remember that it is our religion; we discovered it, we studied it, and we know whether a man is a Mahatma or not. If you want one of our peculiar privileges, you must accept our peculiar discipline and pass our peculiar standards, to get it.”

            Perhaps you think I am opposing Indian Nationalism. That is just where you make a mistake; I am letting my mind play round the subject. This is especially desirable when we are dealing with the deep conflict between two complete civilizations. Nor do I deny the existence of natural rights. The right of a people to express itself, to be itself in arts and action, seems to me a genuine right. If there is such a thing as India, it has a right to be Indian. But Herbert Spencer is not Indian; “Sociology” is not Indian; all this pedantic clatter about culture and science is not Indian. I often wish it were not English either. But this is our first abstract difficulty, that we cannot feel certain that the Indian Nationalist is national. (From Wikisource)

          • Reed, I am also an admirer of the creator of F. Brown and Flambeau, but even Chesterton’s commentary on the White Man’s Burden must yield to that American Prince of Paradox, his contemporary, our own Samuel Clemens, who wrote a similar essay about our own little war against the Spanish and then against the Philippine people (to “protect” Filipino independence) — but also reflecting on the excesses of British colonialism in Africa, and on the larger topic of cultural self-determination that you touch upon. Here is a link to the essay (“To the Person Sitting In Darkness”, footnote 2): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Person_Sitting_in_Darkness
            And here is an excerpt:

            “At this point in our frank statement of fact to the Person Sitting in Darkness, we should throw in a little trade-taffy about the Blessings of Civilization — for a change, and for the refreshment of his spirit — then go on with our tale:

            “We and the patriots having captured Manila, Spain’s ownership of the Archipelago and her sovereignty over it were at an end — obliterated — annihilated — not a rag or shred of either remaining behind. It was then that we conceived the divinely humorous idea of buying both of these spectres from Spain ! [It is quite safe to confess this to the Person Sitting in darkness, since neither he nor any other sane person will believe it. ] In buying those ghosts for twenty millions, we also contracted to take care of the friars and their accumulations. I think we also agreed to propagate leprosy and smallpox, but as to this there is doubt. But it is not important; persons afflicted with the friars do not mind other diseases.

            “With our Treaty ratified, Manila subdued, and our Ghosts secured, we had no further use for Aguinaldo and the owners of the Archipelago. We forced a war, and we have been hunting America’s guest and ally through the woods and swamps ever since.” . . .

            Having now laid all the historical facts before the Person Sitting in Darkness, we should bring him to again, and explain them to him. We should say to him:

            “They look doubtful, but in reality they are not. There have been lies ; yes, but they were told in a good cause. We have been treacherous ; but that was only in order that real good might come out of apparent evil. True, we have crushed a deceived and confiding people ; we have turned against the weak and the friendless who trusted us; we have stamped out a just and intelligent and well-ordered republic; we have stabbed an ally in the back and slapped the face of a guest ; we have bought a Shadow from an enemy that hadn’t it to sell ; we have robbed a trusting friend of his land and his liberty ; we have invited our clean young men
            to shoulder a discredited musket and do bandit’s work under a flag which bandits have been accustomed to fear, not to follow; we have debauched America’s honor and blackened her face before the world ; but each detail was for the best. We know this. The Head of every State and Sovereignty in Christendom and ninety per cent, of every legislative body in Christendom, including our Congress and our fifty State Legislatures, are members not only of the church, but also of the Blessings-of-Civilization Trust. This world-girdling accumulation of trained morals, high principles, and justice, cannot do an unright thing, an unfair thing, an ungenerous thing, an unclean thing. It knows what it is about. Give yourself no uneasiness ; it is all right.”

            Now then, that will convince the Person. You will see. It will restore the Business. Also, it will elect the Master of the Game to the vacant place in the Trinity of our national gods; and there on their high thrones the Three will sit, age after age, in the people’s sight, each bearing the Emblem of his service: Washington, the Sword of the Liberator; Lincoln, the Slave’s Broken Chains ; the Master, the Chains Repaired.

            It will give the Business a splendid new start. You will see.

            Everything is prosperous, now ; everything is just as we should wish it. We have got the Archipelago, and we shall never give it up. Also, we have every reason to hope that we shall have an opportunity before very long to slip out of our Congressional contract with Cuba and give her something better in the place of it. It is a rich country, and many of us are already beginning to see that the contract was a sentimental mistake. . . . .

            And as for a flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily managed. We can have a special one — our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones.”

          • Reed: PS: the essay on “the secular ideology of postmodernism” that you cite meanders a bit for my taste, but here are two quotes I really enjoyed:

            “Indeed, at the very core of postmodernist ideology is the assertion that language is a self-referential “prison house” which cannot take in truths about the world outside, but can only construct meanings out of itself. There can be no transcendent Logos; the only reality is virtual reality. ”

            “For all its putative sympathy for those who suffer and are oppressed, postmodernism often seems little more than a philosophical pose for the comfortable and jaded and clever, those living off inherited capital that they pretend to despise.”

  13. Music has always been a counter culture. I’m sure folks do remember Peter, Paul and Mary and Puff the Magic Dragon and all the hooray over the “words” which some folks interpreted to be about the use of drugs … songs have actually been banned in the past over “words”. Music has always been the voice of many different “ideas” from the young – and the disaffected.

    Songs that Were Banned
    (Oh) Pretty Woman – Van Halen.
    (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang – Heaven 17.
    A Day In The Life – The Beatles.
    Armchair Anarchist – Kingmaker.
    Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd.
    Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot.
    Be Chrool To Your Scuel – Twisted Sister.
    Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich.

    This is not really about “song” or even the “N” word.

    It’s about purposeful provocation from one group or culture to another – on campus – and some 3rd group that calls itself “government” , chastising the group who they feel perpetrated the insult.

    I don’t know who the “govt” of Tech consists of .. how many there are or how representative of the student body or at this point if the larger student body feels the same way or not.

    But the current leadership clearly feels there is a race undercurrent at Tech and that this act was related to it and thus they spoke out to condemn it.

    Some of you may remember a previous time at Va Tech when there was student “unrest” in the 1970’s and the State Police were called out to restore “order”:

    might be worth a read: https://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/unrest/intro.htm

  14. Jim,
    Hah! If Obama were in office we’d be hearing so much about him on this blog. Saying Trump has nothing to do with Virginia is nuts. At the moment, the state’s farm sector is taking a drubbing due to Trump’s inane trade war. The state needs infrastructure. Whatever happened to Trump’s big plan? Every measure he takes on federal spending affects Virginia since it is so dependent on federal spending. The list goes on and on. The fact is, you little conservatives are just too damned embarrassed by the man. And for a Mr. Boomergeddon Guy,” you sure have had no comment on Trump’s deficit blow out tax spending. If it had been Obama, there’d be no end.

    Steve Haner. How the hell do you know my views on Ted Kennedy? Have I ever said anything about him on this blog?Where?.

    Jeez!

  15. Steve, you did say, “It is not exactly news that pop music is crude and designed to offend The Man.” Yeah, yeah. But this song offended other students. Have they become “The Man” now? Do some students anyway view their fellows, not “the Administration,” as the voice of PC oppression?

    Or is something else going on here — a flashback in some minds to those racist fraternity-boy chants on the college bus only a few months ago? Now that was intentional, and nasty. Painting a women’s lacross team with the same brush is a little off the mark perhaps, but I’d like to know just how accidental other VT students think it was that this particular song got sung when it did, where it did, and why it did.

  16. Six posts on Trump in what? Fourteen months? Well knock me over!

    • Hey.. remember Peter.. it’s just the way he talks that people are not “used” to… read that here somewhere… I think….

      We’ve got the POTUS-in-chief bully/name-caller and folks are worried about
      what some young-uns are doing up Va Tech way… hell.. it’s the end of civilization as we know it and besides there are good people on “both” sides, after all!!!

  17. Mean while, back in RIC: http://www.nbc12.com/story/37460746/vcu-class-takes-low-level-offenders-puts-them-in-the-classroom .
    From the article: “I got so many charges, it’s hard to remember,” Belton said. “I don’t like a lot of the things I did.”
    What could possibly go wrong?

  18. Now serious people are writing articles about the coming breakup of US into separate nations. This follows the logic and analysis of the 2010 influential book on changing demographics by Charles Murray titled Coming Apart.

    See now: http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/10/time-united-states-divorce-things-get-dangerous/

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