There are new calls for fundamental changes in academic disciplines this month to address systemic racism. At Oxford, music department staff is calling for the removal of sheet music from the school’s curriculum as a relic of the “colonial past.” In a leading anthropology journal, two professors have criticized forensic anthropology and the traditional study of skulls to determine ancestry as inherently racist. The calls are indicative of fundamental changes demanded in many of our academic disciplines. Such debates are good for academic institutions, but only if faculty and students feel comfortable in challenging such claims. On many of our campuses, there is a palpable fear about speaking out at the risk of being labelled racist or insensitive on such issues.
According to The Telegraph, the proposal at Oxford would remove sheet music from the curriculum because such music notation has not “shaken off its connection to its colonial past” and shows complicity in “white supremacy.” The staff further argue that such training to read music is a “slap in the face” for students of color. They also argue that any requirements on learning how to conduct orchestras or playing piano serve to “structurally center white European music” and cause “students of color great distress.”
In an article published by the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, professors Elizabeth DiGangi of Binghamton University and Jonathan Bethard of the University of South Florida applied critical race theory to challenge the very premise of forensic anthropology that skull size and shape can help trace ancestry due to the shared traits:
“Conceptualized in response to entrenched racism in the American legal system, CRT attempts to address and redress systemic wrongs by interrogating how racism has become normalized in our legal and social structures and its resultant practical consequences . Reticence by local and state governments and citizens to abolish persistent Confederate symbols in our public spaces is one example of a problem that CRT is uniquely suited to address, because this disinclination is a symptom of structural racism. The body of theory is therefore used as a mechanism to elucidate and dismantle the structures that uphold white supremacy and privilege, and as systemic, pervasive, and embedded in global institutions to include science, anthropology, and the academy.”
In applying CRT, the professors conclude that “the practice of ancestry estimation contributes to white supremacy.” They argue:
“in addition to the discussed scientific problems, the main point is not whether or not we are consciously or purposefully perpetuating the biological race concept, or whether ancestry estimation “works,” or whether researchers have created more sophisticated ways to demonstrate that it works—the point here is that by providing an ancestry estimate grounded in traits of the skull, we are reinforcing law enforcement and the public’s belief in the concept of biological race. “
I do not agree with the challenges to sheet music and forensic anthropology, but I would be interested in listening to such a debate. The problem is that there is little faith anymore about the ability to debate such issues. While many insist that “we need to talk about race,” academics are routinely fired and investigated after engaging in such discussions. Indeed, intent often does not matter in the use of terms challenged as offensive in classes or writings.
In their column on forensic anthropology, Professors DiGangi and Jonathan Bethard note that their challenge is likely to make many uncomfortable but insists that such feelings are just the residue of racism coming forward:
“We anticipate that this discussion may displease some readers and/or make them uncomfortable. The irony is that this reluctance and discomfort are part and parcel of the insidious nature of structural racism, as discussed earlier. Our white privilege allows us to not see it unless it affects us directly and therefore we deny or downplay its existence and/or significance, even though it is hiding in plain sight.”
However, there is also the discomfort of any faculty that they cannot challenge such racism claims without putting their careers and future academic opportunities at risk. The result is a silence that is reinforced by canceling campaigns. Many professors actively target dissenting voices on campuses and, in so doing, intimidate others from speaking out. This statement is an excellent example. While saying that they want to have a debate, DiGangi and Bethard dismiss any expressions of discomfort “as part and parcel of the insidious nature of structural racism.” In other words, feel free to disagree but your objections will be treated as evidence of the hold of structural racism on you and your institution.
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The current topic today. After all, now everyone is more skeptical about all kinds of research and study of human origins and their physiology. I recently read a Paperell review on a review site https://essayservicescanner.com/paperell-review/ and decided it was worth writing my opinion and contributing to the development of this topic. After all, many people just bend the stick with this topic. We are all human beings and we must study everything at the same level because we are equal! I hope new research on this topic will be taken into account.
“the practice of ancestry estimation contributes to white supremacy.”
I want this statement cited every time someone seeks “reparations”. Tracing your ancestry back to slaves contributes to white suprenacy.
Sounds racist to me.
“Today we made an important step toward” molding children into mindless, passive puppets — whose strings will be pulled by their woke overlords.
There’s a wise saying from the Jesuits: “Give me a child until the age of seven and I will give you the man.” What type of “man” does such a grotesque curriculum give us? One who marches to the chant: “Onward social justice warriors.” In other words: Antifa barbarians on steroids.
Well, that’s frustrating. My comment was supposed to be a reply to a comment by Olly, which seems to have disappeared. The context is California’s insane K-12 curriculum changes.
Thank you. I thought I was imagining things.
I had also posted a comment in the WaPo Pinocchio article to Silberman that was also deleted.
Maybe your comment will reappear, if you chant to the Aztec gods and surrender your first born.
How did I miss that. 😉
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Turley said, “On many of our campuses, there is a palpable fear about speaking out at the risk of being labelled racist or insensitive on such issues.” The overwhelming majority of professors are Democrats. This statement reinforces the theory that Democrats have become afraid to disagree with the far Left of their party.
Moderates had better gain control of the tiller before it’s too late.
Banning sheet music. Seriously.
Hmm. My comment that posted in response to you has been deleted. It was about the new approved guidance on ethnic studies high school curriculum in CA. This will be required for graduation.
This is a classic example of the inmates running the asylum. Academia has been deteriorating since the 1930s when leftists starting taking over. The world is about to implode.
So the science that says there are anthropological differences between peoples from different regions of the earth, though there is no statement attributing superiority to one or the other, must suffer the cancellation of the high priests of the woke. The science of the green environmentalists must be unquestionably accepted but the truths of anthropological science must be expunged from our knowledge of our species. Follow the science when it’s convenient but burn the books when it’s not. These are the academics who are teaching our children. It’s a sad day in Hooverville.
Is Asian music written down? Is Hip Hop or Rap music first written before it is performed and is there a method for its preservation?
What about a white person who writes and performs Rap? Should his art be cancelled because of the color of his skin? This is just racism in a woke mask. Racism by whites against whites so that they can look at their dark skinned friends and say look how fair I am. If somehow you are black and a conservative the backlash will be swift and you will be chastised and sent to the woke plantation. To get your daily meal at the woke plantation you must properly mark and sign your ballot. Or else.
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I hope this helps.
Naturalization Acts of 1790, 1795, 1798 and 1802
United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” March 26, 1790
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction
“Suppose 20 millions of republican Americans thrown all of a sudden into France, what would be the condition of that kingdom?”
“If it would be more turbulent, less happy, less strong, we may believe that the addition of half a million of foreigners to our present numbers would produce a similar effect here.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”
– Alexander Hamilton
I have modified the word for one of the races do to the moderators’ standards, for those who wish to see the correct word see “Human Races” on the internet. What is Race, at its truest form it would be the Human Race, excluding any sub groups? We are all Homo sapiens (plus 99% of all races share the same genetic material). It’s divided into four groups, Caucasoid, Mongoloid, BLACK and Australoid. These distinctions have been proven out by genetics and anthropology. These four main Races have been divided into many sub groups through interracial marriages and reproduction, former President Obama is an example (Caucasoid and BLACK). In America’s census, race has been replaced with language, cultural, location and other divisions; Non White Hispanic is a great example. The largest racial group on Earth is Mongoloid. With this knowledge, I’ll ask one question, are you a Racist? When you encounter a Caucasoid, Mongoloid or BLACK do you see a human? If you see anything other than a human you are a racist. There is no value in seeing others as different it’s just an acknowledgment they are of a different race. When values (intelligence, crime, superiority, mores, custom(s), etc.) are placed on different races I would call that racism, and this is an example I’ve read from the subject of total post. Those who would state knowing the meaning of “recitative”, reading music, conducting an orchestra, playing a piano or any other instrument are beyond a certain race, are the true Racists. Further those who say race theory is relevant to forensic anthropology are intellectually dishonest. Those that continue to cast doubt on certain races and their inability to fend for themselves, to put their pants on one leg at a time are the true racist of these times. They are supercilious and redundant in their quest to cast dispersions on others, all the while afraid to look within the mirror.
George W at 2:15. There is just too much science in your post. The woke will just say that your using white science to make your point and you are a racist for calling out their racism. Your exposure of their hypocrisy is much appreciated.
It’s a self-inflicted death by a thousand cuts. Psychologically, it’s no different than the teenager that engages in cutting and self-harm. CRT seems to be a worldwide movement to encourage this destructive behavior. The question is; to what end? End Systemic Racism…Force Whitey To Kill Himself! Yuri Bezmenov told us how western civilization will collapse:
The first goal of revolutionary propaganda, particularly the Marxist variety, is to demoralize. It’s to depress you and make you believe your civilization is lost. Once you succumb to that, you are, in the words of Ming the Merciless, “satisfied with less.” Why do you think ordinary white people are so willing to apologize for the sins of their ancestors and to confess to being racist without even knowing it? Why do you think corporate America is blindly endorsing a Marxist revolutionary organization that openly declares war on the nuclear family?
That’s demoralization, and according to Bezmenov it’s the first step in engineered societal collapse.
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