It is a sad state of affairs that I must write this open letter. Perhaps more as a lethargic exercise for my own sanity. However, this letter is directed towards those who were told their entire life that “You must go to University to be successful”, and even those still parroting that myth.
I’m in my last year of university and I am utterly disgusted at the current state of the academic system. In my classes, the topic of “the white man” is never one discussed in a positive light. Our curriculum seems to be drawn towards the most divisive topics in western culture’s history. Slavery, suffrage, war, and oppression. This is the legacy of “the white man” they teach, as they wear Ralph Lauren and sip from their Starbucks coffee cups.
They preach “White Privilege”, as it’s commonly known. To quote one of my professors “There have never been such a people hungry for destruction, then the Europeans. Consuming all in their path in the name of gaining capital”. Proposals of reparations for slavery, and restricting the development of western nations as ways for white people to atone for the past injustices, were also taught. This original sin of being white permeates all political science and international development studies which I have currently encountered. The various movements within the nations that opposed the slave trade, use of forced labor, and constant wars are ignored entirely. In these classes the reasons for “why slavery ceased?” are never explored. Neither are the distinct types, reasons or perpetrators involved.
The only specifics ever mentioned as to why slavery occurred blames “capitalism”, while tying it to the evil of the white race. To help instill this self hatred of whites, the images of slavery are shown in their full horror as are the various genocides of the colonial era. They simply state that “white Europeans caused this”.
Going further, claiming that all European society and culture was built on this oppression. We are all guilty as long as Western Culture, and by association, the white race exists and thrives. The fact that these empires routinely treated their own white citizens horrible and routinely committed violent actions against them is ignored entirely except when it helps supports Marxist dogma.
All complex issues are boiled down to emotional arguments that are designed to inflict fear.
Perhaps the most insidious part of the curriculum is the misrepresentation of historical events and political theory, in the name of furthering Cultural Marxism. The reverence held for Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong, among university students is remarkably high.
The ideas of these people are never explored in their application or who these men were. The treatment of Marxism is only ever represented as something that has never been tried. The horribly crippled countries Communism has produced are completely ignored.
They claim that a worker working for a paycheck is a modern form of slavery they call proletarianization or “wage slavery”. This idea is directly from Marxist dogma and helps portray a false picture of the west being a society of slavery for all except those who are the top “1%”. Marxism is framed as a great liberator, an idea that can only remain while omitting the oppressive and genocidal nature of communist states. This “1%”, according to my professors, should not even be considered people, but rather a permanent monolith that must be eliminated. The professor's claim that if the 1% were removed from their station and wealth, a near utopian society without poverty or conflict would occur.
The reason for why such a spectacular idea has never been attempted, their reasoning never suggests that it could be an issue with the ideology, but rather resort to an “oppressive capitalist” rhetoric.
To illustrate the incredibly insidious nature of this, in the first seminar they told us to repeat “capitalism has failed” five times in unison.
They don't explain why. However, like some dystopian boarding school, the dogma was ordered to be repeated.
The mutilation of historical concepts in my history class should be criminal.
When teaching of Empires or Imperialism they leave out all Non-Western Empires. The Islamic, Chinese, Mongol, Mughal, Russian, Zulu, and countless other conquering and war waging peoples. They teach that slavery was a European invention and not a system that has dated back to before the inception of European civilization.
The very concept that other civilizations had slaves, or could show far more brutality than the European Pilgrims is swiftly dismissed. The early wars between Europeans and Native Americans had massive casualties on both sides, with Native accounts describing the horrific treatment of European prisoners on par with the worst of war crimes.
The genocides, committed by the Ottomans, or Mongols, are ignored as though they never existed. The fact that Black Africans ran the slave markets that the transatlantic used, or that the slaves were procured by other blacks, is never mentioned. Slavic and Irish slaves are predictably left out of the lesson plan.
In history there are three guidelines that must be applied to give the proper picture of history:
When there is a side truly evil or righteous, they are anomalies in history. If it appears that one side is consistently blameless, then chances are there is something intentional being omitted for the purposes of narrative, or there is a lack of information.
The guidelines can be summed up in the old parable:
“In war, everyone is fighting for the side of angels. Friend or foe, you will never find one fighting for evil.”.
These rules are ignored in my classes. The concept of modern morality is applied to all historical events.
One professor claiming that “the American constitution is worthless!” as the courts at the time did not recognize all American citizens as having rights. This in turn he used to say that since it was written under this context, achieving a fair society under the American constitution is impossible.
What may be the most dangerous side effect of this post-modernist education is the way you’re taught to think. Everything is about Identity, but not as an individual. We are taught to identify with visible groups based on our race, gender, religion, and wealth class. We are nothing but the representation of our demographics. We are not taught to see our classmates as individuals but rather as members of a collective identity. They teach that the color of skin matters drastically to both your character and what you can achieve.
If you are black, you are a victim. They teach that society is inherently racist, and they are doomed to forever be oppressed by a society that exists to exploit them.
This line of teaching denies the option of control over one’s life, while inciting racial tensions. “If you’re black you will only ever been seen one way”.
Whites on the other hand are taught that no matter how bad their life gets they will always be more “privileged” than blacks, or any achievement of theirs is a result of this privilege on the backs of minorities.
This robs all the responsibility from the person accomplishments and this in turn encourages stagnation. The encouragement to think on racial or collectivist lines is not just limited to the individual of that race but whole concepts. The term “Gay”, or “Liberal” are words used to identify groups of people who might think the same way and are somehow homogeneous and lacking division. This becomes incredibly problematic when people who are of that group don't think the way the majority do, and are disqualified from that collective. This line of thinking based on collective encourages a very simple us versus them mentality that breeds resentment, hatred, and social division.
I’m a white, bisexual, male, who hates that those two totally irrelevant characteristics are now held in higher importance in evaluating my opinion then the entire content of this letter.
I wish for a society where meritocracy is the rule of the land regardless of race, gender, and who I chose to sleep with.
However, that is directly under attack by Marxist professors who would rather their ideology reign at all costs.
The days of Universities being places of debate are sadly gone.
With the FSM (a Maoist group on campus) attempting to ban the conservatives. Something that they succeeded in with the libertarians last year.
Free speech on this campus is not protected as legally entitled under the Canadian constitution despite it being Publicly Funded.
I implore you as a parent or prospective student to choose a job, over spending thousands on an indoctrination that will give you nothing but debt and hatred for your own society.
Sent in by an Anonymous Canadian Student