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Don’t Be a Racist Who Makes Me Crazy: Look Into My Eyes When I Speak!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:54 pm

[guest post by Dana]

On the heels of President Trump sticking his finger in the eye of Big Media, let’s talk about eye contact: Oxford University has taken the position that students who don’t make eye contact might be racist. And you thought you had seen everything…

The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.

Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told.

Oxford University’s Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that “some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence.

“But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong”.

It’s almost has if the university is dangerously close to espousing a particularly ugly brand of hate speech as they dismiss other cultures and various individuals who do not assign the same value to making eye contact. Consider individuals coming from Asia or the Middle East, or any place where making eye contact means something very different than what it does in the West. Why don’t the members of the Equality and Diversity Unit also consider the very real challenges that those on the autism spectrum have with making eye contact? Because, when you really look at it, the exclusion of certain ethnic groups and those with particular spectrum disorders really makes the Equality and Diversity Unit appear to be about anything but equality and diversity.

Clearly, members of the Equality and Diversity Unit are blind to reality and can only stumble their way through the darkness searching for yet another way to confirm their own victimization by giving birth to the ugly authoritarian lurking inside their soul. They are carriers of the worst sort as they continue to weaken a generation in their mission of telling others what to think, what to feel, and what to believe because they alone are the standard bearers of what is morally and culturally acceptable.

In contrast to this blithering madness, Dr Joanna Williams at the University of Kent, put the kibosh on the silly, self-indulgent “hyper-sensitivity” of students, as well as nailing the authoritarianism of the adults supposedly in charge:

“Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime,” Dr Williams told The Telegraph. “They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.”

“Instead of people seeing each other as potential friends, equals, these re-racialise academia, they force people to see each other as a person of colour, they force people to be put into boxes about identity.

“It is really problematic – it means people can’t relate to each other naturally, they have rules in the back of their mind and they can’t be spontaneous as their interactions are all overlaid with the desire to follow all these rules.”


60 Responses to “Don’t Be a Racist Who Makes Me Crazy: Look Into My Eyes When I Speak!”

  1. Consider too: When a guy spots a girl he’s interested in, more often than not, he’ll look for some sort of signal to see if she’s into him before he risks making a move. And what is that signal? Typically, that signal is eye contact. She looks back at him. If she doesn’t, most guys won’t move in.

    Dana (023079)

  2. I would have given anything to have been seated next to the administrator who approved this missive to go out in the newsletter so I could have looked her/him right in the eye and cried out, “Why, that’s ableist!” The look on her/his face would have been priceless.

    JVW (42615e)

  3. Thanks for the evening post, Dana. I’ll queue one up for tomorrow morning.

    JVW (42615e)

  4. heads they win
    tails we lose

    if a guy were to make too much eye contact at a female student, then we know she’d probably report him to the administration for committing a microaggression

    these lefties are simply angry at the world
    they allegedly worship nature, yet they’re disappointed with all the natural instincts of people and animals

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  5. I give everybody stink eye.
    In Sacramento (don’t know about the rest of California) even store clerks panhandle you.

    It makes not one jot of difference whether you make eye contact or not. If you are breathing someone will put a fang in you, or at least try.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  6. Eye contact is different for various cultures. I spent some time in China and iirc they don’t do eye contact the way we do in USA.

    Denver (a81ecd)

  7. But don’t look ’em in the eye too long, lest you be accused of mad doggin’.

    Golden Rule is a good rule to live by.

    Colonel Haiku (ddb5f8)

  8. On Earth Day, shots fired at building housing leading climate skeptic scientists

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Seven shots were fired into the National Space Science and Technology building, over the weekend, according to UAH spokesman Ray Garner.

    No one was hurt during the incident.

    According to the NWS, there were National Weather Service employees in the building at the time of the incident, as they are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but none of their employees heard gunfire.

    Garner says UAH Police have identified this as a “random shooting.”

    UAH Police found seven spent Belgian 5.7 millimeter bullet casings along Sparkman Drive. Garner says three bullets pierced building windows, the other four were lodged into the side of the building.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  9. Can I make eye contact and still be racist?


    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  10. @9, I’m calling B***s***. Because we right wing gun nuts typically do not dislike AGW skeptics.

    This is obviously a false flag operation.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  11. You don’t think that AGW profiteers might be hopped up on Earth Day Juice and decide to go out and shoot up Dr. Christy’s office?

    I sure do.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  12. A little background perhaps is in order.

    Dr. Christy is the chief scientist for the satellite temperature program. He’s the one providing a check on the global warmers GISSTEMP. Calling them out on their fraud.

    I suppose it’s possible that Doc Christy shot up his own place – but it would be a tragedy of world wide proportions if he did.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  13. I use eye contact to my advantage, it helps in profiling for terrorists, gang members, thiefs, hoods and anyone else who looks the role.
    My minority buds do the same thing. I never once thought to call them racists.

    mg (31009b)

  14. 99 out of 100 FN Five-Sevens are in the hands of military and law enforcement agencies. Because the round is worthless except in its armor-piercing configuration which is illegal for civilians to own. If anybody wants to start a pool, I’ll take “Secret Service agent shooting wildly at a hooker who took his money and failed to perform the ‘secret service'”.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Geese, guy. Read teh newspapers, like when you were teh prez and wanted to keep abreast of current events…

    Colonel Haiku (ddb5f8)

  16. This entire meme is racist.

    I work with a lot of Chinese. They will be the first to tell you that they are taught not to look a superior (i.e. teacher, parent) in the eye. Are 2 billion Chinese ‘racist’ ?

    Neo (d1c681)

  17. The fundamental problem being addressed both here in the US and in Britain is that most “minority” students, admitted under affirmative action, cannot do college level work. The IQ distribution is blamed sub rosa but that cannot be acknowledged. There are many black students who are capable of good academic work and I have had some as medical students. The dirty little secret is that many, if not most, are foreign students, either from Africa or from the West Indies.

    It’s a long story but there are just not enough black students, given the abysmal public schools, especially in black neighborhoods, to meet the “need” for enough tokens There are excellent students and the demand is high but the supply is not enough so the colleges, especially these with less reputation, are accepting kids with little ability to do the work. They gravitate to fake majors like “Studies” majors. Then they demand more of “their ” faculty.

    I had quite a few black medical students in my 15 years of teaching them. Most were either from Africa or the West Indies and they had trouble understanding American blacks. The kids from the West Indies had a background of slavery but they lacked the sense of victimhood and anger of the Americans. Some of the African kids had had far more difficulty with things like civil war or poverty but they were capable of making the most of their opportunity, which they thought was tremendous and theirs for the taking.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  18. 17 – “I work with a lot of Chinese. They will be the first to tell you that they are taught not to look a superior (i.e. teacher, parent) in the eye. Are 2 billion Chinese ‘racist’ ?”

    Wow, totally different from our Japanese gardener. Mr. Miyagi says “Look eye! ALWAYS look eye!”

    harkin (517285)

  19. Women in Saudi Arabia are required to cover up so that men won’t be looking at them.
    If I were to visit Saudi Arabia and make the observation that women walking down the street (escorted by a male reltive, naturally!)are avoiding eye contact with me, do you think Oxford would deem them *racist*?!

    I think we know the answer to that one.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  20. As for not asking where someone is from, the natives of Tanna in Vanuatu just might have a problem with that. The ‘John Frum’ cargo cult is based on American GI’s asking fellow servicemen where they’re from. The native Melanesians heard it so often they assumed it was an essential part of the magic ritual which would bring a return of the WW-2 planes and ships to disgorge huge stacks of food, tools, and gifts.

    Consequently, the hopefull dress in quasi military uniforms, carve crude wooden replica rifles, and march around in formation whenever an airplane flys overhead asking each other where they’re from.

    Once they perfect the ritual they’re convinced it will entice the planes and ships to deliver vast loads of cargo to the faithful.

    ropelight (2715b3)

  21. @9. Cloudy w/a chance of pain.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  22. Where you end up inevitably if you believe in AGW.

    “Airborne de-icing solution for wind turbines

    …A truck equiped with a water tank and oil burner heats the water
    The water is then filled into a water tank
    Tank capacity 855 l
    Refills in 20 sec…”

    Got it? To some people it makes sense to fuel a helicopter to dump water heated by an oil-burning, diesel-consuming tanker truck to maintain “renewable” energy sources in the winter.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  23. Lemme see, if I don’t make eye contact: “you a racist”

    If I do make eye contact: “Whatchoo lokin at, fishbelly?

    Looks like lose lose to me.

    Flatiron Fred (5a4596)

  24. FF, thats the idea, the other side feels voluntary abortion is not good enough, they dont want even the change of “happy accidents” for the westerners.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  25. *chance of “h..”

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  26. “The fundamental problem being addressed both here in the US and in Britain is that most “minority” students, admitted under affirmative action, cannot do college level work.”

    – Mike K

    You have any stats to back that up, or are we supposed to take your anecdotal experience as gospel? Because if we’re just trading anecdotes, I went to college and law school with a ton of “minority” students who most certainly could do college level work, and excel at it.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  27. It’s not that people admitted underr affiormative action cannot do college level work, but if their level of preparation is below that of most of the other students, they will not easily do very well because the teaching will be geared to people who already have certain background knowledge.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  28. college isn’t what it used to be

    college work isn’t what it used to be

    america isn’t what it used to be


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. 30

    college isn’t what it used to be

    That helps a little. But still people who are admitted under affirmative action drop out more often.

    The single biggest problem in this system — a problem documented by a vast and growing array of research — is the tendency of large preferences to boomerang and harm their intended beneficiaries. Large preferences often place students in environments where they can neither learn nor compete effectively — even though these same students would thrive had they gone to less competitive but still quite good schools.

    And too oftem they don’t drop down to another college commensurate with their level of preparation. If they did, then the experience would actually help them.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  30. Sammy, wwith regard to dropping down to a level more commensurate, I’m surprised no one mentioned that might be an ulterior motive behind the Trump HBCU outreach effort, of course sullied by KAC yoga.

    urbanleftbehind (33654c)

  31. the authors of teh Atlantic article explain it this way: Think about a subject in high school where you did fine but did ito excel. Suppose now you had been transferred to an advanced placement class with one friend who was at your level and 18 other students who not only excelled but had taken the internmediate course you just skipped. While the teacher might give you some extra attention, he sitll would be focused on the median student and you and your friend would be covering material at a bewildering and too fast pace.

    Now if somebody is taking something just right above the usual level of preparation, they may do better. But it is too much. They switch to easier subjects.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  32. 30. That’s an argument for some of the historically black colleges, some of which may do a very good job of teaching less prepared students, but Trump probably doesn’t know enough about this.

    Maybe some otehr people in the administration do.

    What really needs to be done is to catch dropouts, and let them transfer, and not give up even if they wasted time and money. The experience could actually do some students some good if they saw what they didn’t know. Little bits of it also might make an impression.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  33. You catch something from the Colonel or is the-to-teh a common hip hop influenced auto-correct?

    urbanleftbehind (33654c)

  34. You have any stats to back that up, or are we supposed to take your anecdotal experience as gospel?

    I just Googled the question Leviticus and there were so many sites supporting Mike K.’s assertion I’ll leave it to you to go through them. Suffice it to say it does not appear to be anecdotal. But your point is well made. I’d love to see thousands more minority lawyers. That’s just what we need. More dedicated leftists being ground out of law schools to further the cause. Besides, why should those racist, privileged whites get to represent all those delightful people of color as they sue their way to the American dream? Minorities are just as capable of stealing 30-40% of a guys money as whites are. I mean look at all Obama (blessing upon him) did with his degree. He made the world a better place and all our lives worth living! (to be read in the voice of an eight year old girl). Tally-ho!

    Rev.Hoagie® (785e38)

  35. teh is a very common typo I make.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  36. You have any stats to back that up, or are we supposed to take your anecdotal experience as gospel?

    I would have been disappointed if you had not bitten at that bait, Levi.





    Read those and get back to me Levi.

    Try to keep your knee from jerking. You can hurt yourself that way.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  37. What really needs to be done is to catch dropouts, and let them transfer,

    I’m afraid I disagree. By the time they are in trouble, they have lost whatever confidence and motivation they once had.

    Affirmative Action is harming hundreds of thousands of black kids.

    Historic black colleges would be much better and Trump seems to have noticed this. Remember he had an Oval Office meeting in which the left only talked about Kellyanne and her shoes.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  38. Amazon seems to be down. I’ll fix those links later.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  39. does it like butter tarts

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  40. COULD and MIGHT are words that make a declaration meaningless.

    As in “Students who don’t make eye contact might ___________”

    There is nothing you could finish that sentence with that would make it false.

    … be space aliens
    … be dead
    … be Bernie voters


    Kevin M (25bbee)

  41. They all work for me, Mike K.

    But I would qualify the conclusion. My opinion: A lot of dummies, across all demographics, should not be in college. With affirmative action, the number dummies from minority groups is bigger than it would be without affirmative action.

    nk (dbc370)

  42. They all work for me, Mike K.

    Yeah, Amazon was down for a while. Back up now. I have to get more Audible books for my commute.

    I drive to Phoenix and back from Tucson twice a week. Almost 4 hours on the road.

    Mike K (f469ea)

  43. @15 nk

    I’d like to nominate you to tell the families of Nidal Hasan’s victims that the 5.7 round is worthless and barely killed their loved ones.

    Pinandpuller (6b4f8d)

  44. Let me tell you something guys, if you get killed by a 5.7 round-that’s on you.

    Pinandpuller (6b4f8d)

  45. I wasn’t giving anyone advice on what round to use when murdering unarmed people in a confined space, Pinandpuller. Use whatever you like on your shooting spree.

    For the record, though, Hassan fired 214 rounds, at close range, from a gun equipped with a laser dot sight. At unarmed people. He killed 13 and wounded 30. (Or is that barely killed 30?) When armed police showed up, he shot the first one five times and only wounded her. The second officer took him out with a shot to the spine in short order thereafter.

    nk (dbc370)

  46. @Leviticus, here you go.

    It isn’t as if black and Hispanic students (note I do not say minority, for reasons which will become obvious shortly) who get into college can’t do college level work. They can. The problem with affirmative action is that it results in what this author and others have noted is mismatch.

    Two researchers from Princeton, Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, looked into the matter and demonstrated that Asians need 140 SAT points out of 1,600 more than whites to get a place at a private university, and that blacks need 310 fewer points. Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT get disparaged a lot, undeservedly so. They actually are good predictors of how students will do in college.

    I know of one Asian American who was rejected by six of the seven Ivy League colleges/universities he applied to despite finishing number 2 in his senior class of 1002 and having a composite score of 36 on the ACT. That’s the highest possible.

    Affirmative action harms everyone. It harms Asians who administrators insist would be unfairly over represented. It harms blacks and Hispanics who would do better at universities and colleges where their SAT/ACT scores would be more in line with the rest of the student population.

    This is not to say there aren’t black and Hispanic high school students who can’t get into top tier schools. Of course there are. But quite a few get into the wrong college or university and fail, whereas they would have done just fine if they went to a college or university more in line with their level of academic achievement.

    Just like a great many white and Asian students.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)


    ““Affirmative Action” and College Graduation Rates

    by Thomas Sowell | 4 Jun 2002 | POLITICS | 0 Comments

    …A book by former university presidents William Bowen (Princeton) and Derek Bok (Harvard) had made a misleading case for affirmative action that the media have hailed as definitive. Bowen and Bok claim that the mismatching of black students under affirmative action has not produced the dire results predicted by critics. Their evidence? Black students graduate at higher rates at a particular set of elite institutions that Bowen and Bok have chosen to study than at lower ranked institutions in their study.

    The real issue, however, is not how highly ranked the institutions are, but how big the racial difference in admissions standards has been. This they never tell us, despite mountains of statistics on everything else. From other studies, however, it is clear that racial differences in SAT scores, for example, are much smaller at Harvard (95 points) than at Duke (184 points) or Rice (271 points).

    In other words, where the racial preferences in admissions are not as great, the differences in graduation rates are not as great. The critics of affirmative action were right: Racial preferences reduce the prospects of black students graduating. Other data tell the same story…”

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  48. Wait, Steve… wut? Are you sayin’ no artificial ingredients allowed in this equal opportunity stew?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  49. I’m a health nut, Coronello. When we go to war with Iran or North Korea I want to be able to pass the PFT.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  50. A little nourishing knowledge for the young lawyer will be beneficial.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. even if affirmative action is harmful to the people you do it on it’s still a nice gesture

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  52. I think I’ve done that. When I was serving on the staff of Commander, Naval Forces Japan the JAGs kept asking me for what I thought was legal advice.

    It probably wasn’t. Looking back, they just knew I had a better grasp of the Japanese language. And we had various contracts with Japanese drydock operators, etc.

    Still, hopefully I imparted some general knowledge.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  53. It was awkward, Coronello. I’d be like, “Umm K, why are you asking me that. You’re the lawyer.”

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  54. colleges these days are left wing seminaries

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  55. @47 nk

    It’s all about teh [sic] shot placement bruh.

    With better shot placement in any given caliber you get more victims or one less colonel, or both.

    And barely killed is the same as almost survived. I had that drilled into my head by my dad, mostly regarding .22’s and Super Cub crashes.

    Pinandpuller (40545b)

  56. sound suppression 5.7 ammo and a silencer.

    I think the belgians wanted to make a James Bond gun. Anyhow

    Not claiming expertise. My experience with pistols was brief and haphazard. But judging by the video that’s a pretty quiet gun.

    You could totally shoot up an office and get away without raising attention.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  57. FN wanted a personal defense weapon, for officers and for vehicle and heavy weapons crews, to replace the pistols, submachine guns and carbines in current use. A weapon which is mostly carried and used rarely because its owners do not normally engage in the exchange of small arms fire. The Army said “No, thanks” and adopted a Sig Sauer to replace the Beretta which had replaced the Colt.

    The silent James Bond gun is the OTs Stetchkin silent revolver. Invented by the Russians. Even the cartridge is silent.

    nk (dbc370)

  58. when I go on a shooting spree, I like the crowd to stand still. The panic and stampeding make for a lot of shot up drywall

    steveg (5508fb)

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