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PowerLine -> Help her (or not) – University Suicide Watch (1): “This No Longer Looks Like a Liberal Arts College.”

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  • Help her (or not)
  • Media alert
  • University Suicide Watch (1): “This No Longer Looks Like a Liberal Arts College.”
  • Discipline Quotas: The Obama Administration’s Evil Lives On (Part 2)
  • The First Ever Power Line Crossover Podcast!
Help her (or not)

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 04:47 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)Hillary Clinton gives new meaning to the phrase “the girl can’t help it,” made famous by Little Richard among others. She proved as much again in India, prompting Democrats still actively peddling their wares to profess their readiness to move on — unfortunately for us. Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) captures one of the essential truths of Madam Hillary in his March 18 cartoon “Fallen Hillary” (below). Ramirez credits Justin Caruso’s Daily Caller story on Clinton’s second fall in India and resulting broken wrist for his inspiration.


Media alert

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 01:19 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)Tomorrow morning, I will be on Sandy Rios’ radio show, “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” on American Family Radio. Sandy and I will discuss Chai Feldblum, whom, oddly, President Trump has nominated for another term as EEOC commissioner.

I’m scheduled to appear at 8:20 a.m., Eastern Time.


University Suicide Watch (1): “This No Longer Looks Like a Liberal Arts College.”

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 12:59 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Yep—another new series heading for our periodical updates on the “Suicide of the University,” which is the title of the lecture I gave last month at Arizona State and which I will revise for publication and also post up as a Power Line podcast at some point soon. At that conference, I was able to meet Bret Weinstein, late of Evergreen State, whose astounding story we covered here, here, and here. I really like him, and kidded him by asking about how he is progressing in scraping the Bernie Sanders sticker off his car. (He allowed as how that’s an entirely plausible question!)

Heather Heying

Weinstein wasn’t the only victim of the leftist witch hunt at Evergreen State. His wife, Heather Heying, an award-winning professor of biology, was also forced out of her faculty position. She has posted up on Medium a copy of the email she sent to the administration and faculty last year that got her branded a racist. I reproduce the whole of it here, along with the administration invitation to “conversation” to which she was replying:


From: “Heying, Heather”

Subject: Public response to [interim Provost]’s invitation to “come talk…in person” if we feel threatened

Date: May 25, 2017 at 1:43:18 PM PDT

To: [all staff and faculty at Evergreen]

Dear Evergreen administration,

You have allowed a critically dangerous situation to escalate while obscuring facts from both those inside Evergreen and people outside of campus.

This morning, our Provost invited those who have felt threatened or in danger this week to come speak to him, or an academic dean, in person, on campus. (I include his email at the end of mine, for those who were not included.)

At nearly the same moment, Bret Weinstein was being told that he was not safe on campus and that he needed to leave immediately. He did so. He and his students are meeting off-campus today.

On Tuesday morning, May 23, a group of 50 or so protestors showed up in Bret’s class. He tried to talk to them. His students tried to talk to them. The video, taken by one of the protestors, is widely available. In it, Bret asks for a dialectic (in which the truth is exposed), rather than a debate (in which both sides are trying to win). He is shouted down.

Later that day, at the meeting with hundreds of people on the fourth floor of the library, Bret listened while protestors spoke. He also listened while others spoke, including his own students. Those who did not agree with the new party line at Evergreen were again shouted down and, in some cases, taken aside by protestors and lectured. Bret was told, by text from his friends who were also in the room, that there was the talk of not letting him leave.

Bret’s students have been followed, verbally bullied, and aggressed against.

My family has been told to lock our doors, and keep our loved ones close.

You know all of this. The broader Evergreen community does not.

Why are you putting us at risk?

Why are you obscuring the facts?

Here is one national take on what is happening at Evergreen.

Bret and I have been receiving countless communications of support and concern from students — students of color and not — who are, at best, flabbergasted. Most of them have a harsher criticism of what is happening. They speak of being ashamed and embarrassed to be affiliated with a college that would allow such vilification. Remember that what Bret has been doing, all year, is objecting to authoritarian changes in the college, and asking for dialogue. The specific argument that was picked up by the CPJ [Cooper Point Journal, the student newspaper], and which is the source of much of the anger directed at him, having to do with Day of Absence, was that having one population identifying and asking another population to leave a space is not acceptable.

Surely we can all remember historical precedent that lends credence to this objection.

The college has lost its way. The tactics being used by the protestors are oppressive and rageful. They are the same ones used by those on the alt-right, those who, in part, helped bring national politics to its current state.

Using oppression and fear mongering to maintain the status quo, as has happened nationally for a long time, ought to be wholly unacceptable in a democracy. Using oppression and fear mongering to fight for a reversal of that status quo ought to be similarly repugnant. A reversal of fortune, in which those who were in power are powerless, and those who were powerless have all the power, ought not to be the goal. But it is the stated goal of at least some of the protestors and their allies.

That is not equity.

And this no longer looks like a liberal arts college.

Sincerely, Heather Heying / Member of the Faculty

On May 25, 2017, at 8:43 AM, [Interim Provost] wrote:

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,

As you are well aware, student protests continued Wednesday afternoon. The President, Vice-Presidents and Academic Deans met with students in the President’s office and listened to their concerns and demands. We were joined by many faculty later in the afternoon. I want to thank those faculty for joining the meeting; it helped establish a different, and in many cases, a better dialogue. The President will respond to the demands by 5:00 on Friday.

I never felt threatened or in danger but that may not have been your experience. If you have concerns, both personally and generally, about the protest and disruption please find time to come talk to me or an academic dean in person. At this time I plan to be in my office most of the day but you can contact [administrative assistant] to make an appointment.

Sincerely, Interim Provost [contact info redacted]

he/him pronouns

All correspondence is subject to State Public Records requests.

And here is one of the responses she provoked via Facebook:

Well, there’s a fine specimen of argument in higher education today. Why does Evergreen State president George Bridges still have a job? Why is is Evergreen State still open at all?


Discipline Quotas: The Obama Administration’s Evil Lives On (Part 2)

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 11:16 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)I wrote here about the Obama administration’s “guidance” threatening litigation against school districts that failed to enforce quotas in school discipline, and the baleful effects that policy is still having across the country. A variation on the theme comes from a case called Kenny v. Wilson, decided just a few days ago by a panel of the 4th Circuit. The case was brought by the ACLU, which alleged that South Carolina statutes referred to as “the Disturbing Schools Law” and “the Disorderly Conduct Law” are unconstitutionally vague. Plaintiffs purport to represent a “proposed class of elementary and secondary public school students in South Carolina.”

Plaintiffs’ constitutional theory is based on reasoning similar to that that gave rise to the Obama administration’s infamous guidance letter:

According to plaintiffs, criminal charges under the two statutes are among the leading reasons young people enter the juvenile justice system in South Carolina. … Plaintiffs also allege that students arrested for violating the statutes are less likely to graduate and more likely to feel stigmatized and afraid….

Plaintiffs claim that the statutes are enforced in a discriminatory manner, leaving racial minorities and students with disabilities especially vulnerable. In 2014-2015 black students in South Carolina were nearly four times as likely to be charged under the Disturbing Schools Law compared to their white classmates. In Charleston County, a charge under the Disturbing Schools Law was the number one reason young people entered the juvenile justice system and black students were more than six times as likely to be charged for the offense compared to white students. Plaintiffs allege that such racial disparities in discipline cannot be explained by differences in behavior among students of different races.

The district court had dismissed the case for lack of standing, but the Court of Appeals found “injury in fact” and returned the case to the trial court for further proceedings. While the holding of the decision is limited to the procedural standing issue, the court’s opinion suggests sympathy for the plaintiffs’ case on its merits (e.g., “S.P is disabled, Nesmith is black, and D.S. is both disabled and black. Thus, the threat of enforcement is particularly credible with respect to these three plaintiffs.”

It remains to be seen how the Kenny case will play out, and of course, the theory in that case–that certain South Carolina criminal statutes that seek to maintain order in the schools are impermissibly vague–is different from the race discrimination theory that animated the Obama guidance. But the fact that black students incur discipline at a higher rate than white and Asian students is central to both theories.

It seems to be a little-known fact that courts have explicitly rejected the claim that discrimination can be inferred from racially disparate rates of school discipline. Last year, Hans Bader reviewed some of the precedents:

For years, the courts have recognized that schools are not guilty of discrimination merely because black students get suspended from school at a higher rate than whites, since the higher rate may just reflect higher rates of misbehavior. (See, e.g., Belk v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, 269 F.3d 305, 332 (4th Cir. 2001) (en banc) (although “statistics show that of the 13,206 students disciplined from 1996–98, sixty-six percent were African–American,” this “‘disparity does not, by itself, constitute discrimination,’” and provides “no evidence” that the school district “targets African–American students for discipline.”); Coalition to Save Our Children v. State Board of Education, 90 F.3d 752, 775 (3d Cir. 1996)(rejecting the “assumption ‘that “undiscipline” or misbehavior is a randomly distributed characteristic among racial groups’”); Tasby v. Estes, 643 F.2d 1103 (5th Cir. 1981)).

For example, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional a provision that forbade a “school district to refer a higher percentage of minority students than of white students for discipline unless the district purges all ‘subjective’ criteria from its disciplinary code,” concluding that that constituted a forbidden racial quota. As it noted, “Racial disciplinary quotas violate equity” by “either systematically overpunishing the innocent or systematically underpunishing the guilty,” and thus violate the requirement that “discipline be administered without regard to race or ethnicity.” (People Who Care v. Rockford Bd. of Educ., 111 F.3d 528, 538 (7th Cir. 1997)).

Student misconduct rates are not usually the same among different racial groups. A 2014 study in the Journal of Criminal Justice by criminologist John Paul Wright and his co-authors, for example, found that racial disparities in student discipline resulted from more frequent misbehavior by black students, not racism.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Armstrong….rejected the “presumption that people of all races commit all types of crimes” at the same rate, which is “contradicted by” reality. Blacks, who are only 13 percent of the population, commit nearly half of all homicides…the homicide rate is 10 times higher among black teens than white teens.

There is more, including links that I have omitted, in the linked article. It strikes me that this body of law is one of several that the Left refuses to recognize, and likely will overturn as soon as it has the opportunity.


The First Ever Power Line Crossover Podcast!

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 10:59 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)One of the mischievous things I did in Washington last Friday was to hijack Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger’s “Need to Know” podcast, also hosted by our friends at Ricochet. Long story, but we decided that if the Marvel Cinematic Universe can combine Iron Man and Batman, why can’t the Ricochet Podcast Universe do the same thing? So I took over their mic to talk with Mona Charen about how to come to grips with the divisions on the right that Trump has caused, but much more importantly, preview Mona’s forthcoming book, Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense. (Sounds like an easy book to market, no? Pre-order now—put in on your list right after Ryan Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally.)

Mona and Jay are of course Never Trumpers and quite hostile to him, while I am trying to hold all my friends together on all sides, and support Trump’s actions when I can (which has been, to my pleasant surprise, a lot of the time). But above all, I worry about the future of the conservative movement under the strains, and am not ready to give up on it, unlike some of my other wonderful friends over at (a cough, cough) A——- G——–.

Anyway, here’s the link to the show—enjoy!



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