If there's anything right wing world hates, it's diversity awareness which, they believe, is just an excuse to shame white folks into thinking that it's not OK to treat minorities with the kind of contempt that you see on Fox News. Check out Outnumbered's attempts to say that a college "celebration of diversity" is really all about dividing people. Got irony?
The latest thing to throw right wing world into a tizzy is the Univ. of Oklahoma's School of Engineering's celebration of diversity which, according to Glen Beck's "The Blaze," is really an attempt to OMG "shame its white male students into admitting and accepting their 'privilege'." (cuz there's really no such thing as white privilege, right?) This sinister interpretation of the diversity awareness event isn't shared by the school which describes it as a way to "recognize the individual cultural richness that GCoE students, faculty and staff bring to all aspects of our college." But for Fox, this is yet another harbinger of the end times so Outnumbered is, as a public service, giving national attention to this latest affront to white people.
Wednesday, white privilege poster child Meghan McCain provided us with this latest Fox named "controversy" in her intro about how "controversy is brewing at the University of Oklahoma over what some say are apparent efforts to shame white students into admitting their quote white privilege." She noted that the school says that it's about "encouraging a healthy dialogue." After noting that footprints, with nasty anti-white messages, are being placed around campus, she read a comment, from an event flyer, which accurately defined white privilege. There was laughter all around when she said that she didn't understand the comment.
#Oneluckyguyt Pete Hegseth whined that the footprints are not at radical hotbeds like Berkeley or Brown but on a real Murcan place like the Univ. of Oklahoma and that shows how "absolutely pervasive this is." Hegseth then provided us with a bogus Abraham Lincoln quote (first made its appearance in the 50's and is promoted by pseudo-historian David Barton) about how what's in today's classrooms becomes tomorrow's politics. He complained that today's "brainwashed" college students don't study civics and economics while the ladies, skirts pulled up to the stratosphere, murmured assent.
Harris Faulkner provided her perfunctory oh-so-serious validation for the right wing talking point. She expressed deep concern that this is "creating deeper divides in putting people in further apart classes on campus" with those who are privileged vs. "the victims." She lamented that those who are different will see themselves as victims and "that's really sad."
An upset Andrea Tantaros said that many battles have been fought "to reverse that exact thing and now they're reintroducing that prejudice and separation." She accused Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton of being "the face of white privilege." Hegseth whined about "eroding" educational standards and the "balkanization" of America. African-American Faulkner did a little homily about how this is really "a stab" against "American exceptionalism (includes slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration) because "if you divide us enough we won't be talking about where we are as a nation which is one of the most special places on the planet" (voter suppression, poisoned water, homophobia, gun violence...) and any challenge to this myth "just wouldn't be true." She concluded with more agitprop: "But if we talk about our differences all the time, we don't remind the world and ourselves of our exceptionalism." Meghan McCain: "Drop the mic."
Only in the Orwellian, alternate reality of the "balkanized" and race baiting Fox News is diversity awareness encouraging prejudice. Got irony?
Could it be the irony “Outnumbered,” a show dedicated to being the antithesis of diverse political thought, is discussing diversity? You know that’s going to end up an epic fail each and every time.
The other thing was Harris doing the classic Fox-onian logical fallacy of putting 2 things onto a graph and assuming they’re related. So she claims this movement is intended to undermine American exceptionalism, a right-wing nativist ideology I’ll skip over for now. This is a decent example of “unfalsifiability” since it’s unprovable but as an ‘appeal to the [right-wing Fox audience] masses’ will be unquestionably swallowed whole. You could write a textbook on logical fallacies citing “Outnumbered” quotes!
That fair and balanced Republican mouth organ Fox would savage diversity with Pavlovian predictability is… well… completely predictable. ;^)