“Performative Acts of Conformity”: Professor Sues University of Washington Over Land Acknowledgment Statement

We previously discussed the case of Professor Stuart Reges who was disciplined because he refused to post the school’s “land acknowledgment” and instead posted an alternative statement. Professor Reges is now suing and the case could bring great benefits for free speech at this and other universities. Professor Reges has declared “Land acknowledgments are performative acts of conformity that should be resisted, even if it lands you in court.”

The defendants include Nancy Allbritton, the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Magdalena Balazinska, Director of the Allen School, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, and the Allen School’s Vice Director Dan Grossman.

After the university encouraged faculty to add a prewritten “Indigenous land acknowledgement” statement to their syllabi, Reges decided to write his own statement. He has now been told that, while the university statement is optional, his statement is unacceptable because it questions the indigenous land claim of the Coast Salish people.

The school provided a recommended statement for all faculty to post and/or read to their students at the first of every course:

“The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.”

Professor Reges disagrees with that statement and expressed his doubts to the faculty while also noting that “Magda” did not want the faculty to discuss such reservations on the email system. That may be a reference to the Director of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Magdalena Balazinska.

Reges’ alternative statement read:

“I acknowledge that by the labor theory of property the Coast Salish people can claim historical ownership of almost none of the land currently occupied by the University of Washington.”

The labor theory (which I teach) is generally a reference to the theory of John Locke. In this Second Treatise, Locke laid the foundation for property as a divine gift of God that began in the state of nature where all was created in common by God. Reges declared that these tribes indigenous people “can claim historical ownership of almost none of the land and that the claim of the university land was not sufficiently used or developed to bestow a claim upon the Coast Salish people. That acknowledged group is a broad collection of different groups with ethnic or linguistic associations.

In his lawsuit, Professor Reges says that, after he stated his own views, the university moved against him.

“On January 4, 2022, the day after Professor Reges’s Computer Science and Engineering 143 class met for the first time, Defendant [Magdalena] Balazinska, Director of the Allen School, sent Professor Reges an email ordering him to remove the statement from his syllabus because it was ‘offensive’ and created a ‘toxic environment.’”

Reges noted that the university allowed other professors “to include modified statements in their syllabi that were more consistent with the University’s recommended statement.” The operative point is that “other faculty at the Allen School continue to include land acknowledgment statements in their syllabi that differ from the University’s own statement, so long as they express a viewpoint consistent with the University’s recommended version.”

According to the complaint, Balazinska then allegedly removed his dissenting statement and the university then emailed his students offering an apology for their professor’s “offensive” land acknowledgment opinion and advising them on “three ways students could file complaints against” him. The students were later allegedly told by Balazinska that, according to the complaint, “all students in Professor Reges’s Computer Science and Engineering 143 class section [can] switch into a new ‘shadow’ class section, which would meet at the same time as Professor Reges’s class section.”

Reges notes that the alternative class was a series of recorded lectures, but viewed as a reasonable alternative to being in a class with a professor with a dissenting view on land acknowledgements. Some 170 out of his 500 students took the alternative course.

One notable issue is the status of the proceedings. The complaint states that a disciplinary committee is still considering “whether to further punish or even terminate Professor Reges because of the views he expressed in his dissenting statement” based on alleged violations of various university policies.

The complaint also notes that, while Reges continues to teach, his current course schedule is “the lightest teaching load Professor Reges has ever been assigned.”

I recently wrote how universities can use course assignments and other collateral means to isolate dissenting professors in an effort to get them to resign. This is particularly the case with tenured faculty.

For many of us in teaching, these cancel campaigns have become a constant, looming threat. There have been drives to fire or discipline faculty who hold dissenting views on issues ranging from racial justice to police abuse to transgender identification to gender statements to pronoun usage to native-land acknowledgment. This includes a recent campaign at Georgetown that successfully secured a law professor’s resignation over a tweet.

Today, a palpable level of fear and intimidation exists among many faculty members that they could be the next target of one of these campaigns. Most professors are not protected by tenure, and universities can cite other reasons for not renewing their contracts.

The percentage of tenured professors has been declining for half a century. Roughly three of four faculty today are what are called “contingent faculty,” or faculty who work contract to contract.

The problem is that this contingency often seems to depend upon an adherence to a new orthodoxy on racial justice, police abuse, gender identification and other issues.

The Reges case could prove a major challenge to that orthodoxy.  The actions of the university should have been condemned by all members of faculty at the university as an attack on academic freedom and the freedom of speech regardless of how they feel about land acknowledgement. The silence, however, is a reflection of how much has changed in higher education. It is the subject of my recent publication in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. The article entitled “Harm and Hegemony: The Decline of Free Speech in the United States.

To their great credit, the lawsuit is being handled by the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE).

 

75 thoughts on ““Performative Acts of Conformity”: Professor Sues University of Washington Over Land Acknowledgment Statement”

  1. NOT NATIVE AMERICANS – NUTTY AMERICANS

    Psychotic and severely guilt-ridden liberals are deranged, and dangerous to themselves and those around them.

    According to the underlying logic herein, Indians are encumbered by no territorial limits, no property lines, and they own the whole world, just cuz we like them so much and we have an absurdly inordinate and exponentially overdeveloped capacity for charity and good will.

    Indians were nomadic with no surveyed land, deeds or titles to real property, or registrars or halls of records.

    Indians are not Native Americans.

    Indians are indigenous to Asia.

    Indians are natives of Asia.

    Indians are not Americans; Americans are European.

    Americans emerged in 1789; Indians were present before 1789.

    Americans were mortal enemies of Indians.

    Indians have their own names and they don’t call themselves Indians or natives, outside of politics.

    Indians don’t acknowledge or accept names given by Europeans.

    Indians are absolutely not Native or Americans.

  2. “If the Supreme Court had engaged in

    ‘JUDICIAL OVERREACH’,

    America would still be free under the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

    – Anonymous

  3. Poor Joe Biden. He wanted to be president all his life and now he’s not here to enjoy it.

  4. @mespo727272

    I welcome the further balkanization of the US. It means we are another day closer to the collapse of the empire.

    I know s@@tlibs have this caricature of their opponents as being uneducated morons but here goes…

    antonio

    A poem by William Butler Yeats written near the time of the Easter Revolt of 1916.

    The Second Coming

    By William Butler Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    1. antonio:
      “I welcome the further balkanization of the US. It means we are another day closer to the collapse of the empire.”
      ****************************
      Naw you don’t want that. People get hurt. Quiet revolutions like the one going on now in the body politic are better. See Sri Lanka and Dutch farmers as just the latest manifestations after the Yellow Vesters and the Brexiteers. The Green New Deal is dead and dying. The global world order is evolving into nation states again with an emphasis on tradition and culture. Ukraine will lose to the Russians. Turkey and Indian will develop parallel economies along with China and Russia providing a greater focus on local resourses and trading partners. The world just shrunk on the globalists and they don’t even know it.

      1. Mespo,
        I agree with you on the I dont want to see the Balkanization of the US. That would be a disaster on many levels and people who dont have a care for either side would be hurt.
        The world is definitely changing, and seems the US is just as oblivious as the globalists.

          1. And we’re all waiting to see how things shake out. You included. The one certainty is it will be different than you or I could conceive of.

  5. @anonymous

    “being someone who has family that died for this country over multiple wars”

    I also have relatives similarly situated and am an honorably discharged veteran.

    “I say don’t let the door hit you in the butt”

    Does this mean you support secession?? Is that what you are saying? I doubt that sincerely. You would only support secession when proposed by La Raza or some other leftist group. Don’t worry, they may well occur in another 30 years.

    I am all for secession. And when California or some other leftist hellhole wants out…don’t let the door…

    antonio

    1. I made my thoughts on the strategic efficacy of succession clear in my other post. But thanks for the curbside psychic reading. Can I get some fries with that?

      1. @anonymous

        Strategic efficacy of secession?

        No one foresaw the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Are you proposing to nuke Texas or some other ‘backwards’ Southern State if the s@@t hit the fan?

        antonio

        1. Made my thoughts on seccession clear in my other post, cap. You can toss out out inane tropes forever but, like, asked and answered.

  6. When did that Calish tribe get the land and did they drealit?
    Grandfathered in the the most recent stealers.

    1. WHERE THE HECK ARE WE?

      “We’re the Hekawe Tribe”

      – F Troop
      _______

      “Wild Eagle belonged to the Hekawe (pronounced “Heck-cow-wee”) tribe. One episode explains that the name came about by when two Indians fell off a cliff and one asked “Where the heck are we?” The original name of the tribe, the Fugawe (as in, “Where the Fugawe?”), was rejected by network censors.”

      – IMDb

  7. “The operative point is that “other faculty at the Allen School continue to include land acknowledgment statements in their syllabi that differ from the University’s own statement, so long as they express a viewpoint consistent with the University’s recommended version.”
    ******************************
    Orwellian doublespeak at its worst. Recommended? The Indians didn’t recognize individual or even group land ownership thus there is no such thing as “Indian lands.” They were, by and large, nomadic primitives by the standards of the day following migrating herds in the plains and living in small villages on the coasts surving by hunting and fishing. They were both barbaric and peace-loving depending on the tribal leader, were the largest group of slave-holders on the continent as well as a great help to some settler groups.

    The fascination of the Left with their plight is yet another example of attacking both history and the whites. It should be resisted as yet another mechanism of balkanizing the population setting the Left up for a power grab.

    1. A small degree of truth to this, but it’s caught in sweeping generalization and false equivalency….

      But hey, you be you.

    2. Imputing ownership of land in the 21s century to a people who existed on it hundreds of years ago would imply that property deeds of today issued through evolving law are invalid: leading to a ridiculous conclusion. Only to be expected as part of the Left’s applying to current norms an out of context guilt association.

      1. From a distant part Dutch cousin:

        Have you noticed the nationwide Strike of the Dutch Farmers & across Western Europe before the UN/WHO/WEF/Globalist Backing Trash Steal the Farmers Land & their Sovereignty?

        People don’t need the US’s 2nd Amd to secede as much as they need pure determination. But American’s will go ahead & keep their 2nd & their Bill of Rights.

        ******

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  8. “And for what it’s worth, I fully see why UW wouldn’t want associate itself with the mindset that led to a genocide resulting in stolen land. Just saying.”

    Nations have conquered one another throughout history, it is the the norm for one nation to compete for land and resources of another and conquer them afterwards but only White nations constantly beat themselves over it. I don’t think the descendants of today’s Mongols or Chinese apologize the actions of their ancestors.

    I will take you more seriously when you get your hands dirty by doing any of the following:

    1. Moving to a predominately black neighborhood or absent that; sending your kids to a school in one.

    2. Giving up your high status job to a deserving ‘person of color’.

    3. Donating your property or a very large sum of money to the nearest Indian tribe.

    Of course, you won’t do any of the above, you’ll just call me the latest leftist slur. Being a ‘good white’ doesn’t require getting your hands dirty, does it? Btw – before you call me a ‘racist’, please remember I am Hispanic thus a member of a recognized ‘victim’ group and immune from such names.

    antonio

    1. Check, check and check. Years ago.

      Hispanic? In my landscape company awhile back ( we built really creative stone walls and high end landscape installations) my helpers would always be made up of a mix of hipsters and Dominicans. It totally worked. At least more than the urban high school I attended in the 70’s that experienced riots over forced busing. Interesting times. I played basketball on a team where I was one of the few white players.

      And even though I look white and Irish, my great grandmother ran a boarding house (ummm bordello) let’s just say my genealogy is a checklist just like the one you presented me.

    2. Are you the Antonio that keeps saying you want a divorce? If so, being someone who has family that died for this country over multiple wars, I say don’t let the door hit you in the butt…

      Aside from being strategically idiotic and a move that would immediately drain the power of whatever backward southern state you’re talking about but it would also flank itself militarily by doing so…

      But hey, you be you.

  9. This is excellent. It takes a great deal of courage to stand against groupthink. I wish the professor success in his lawsuit.

    If academic freedom is stifled then it is only a matter of time that institutions will cease to innovate. It will become a race to the bottom.

  10. Much of the history of the world involves the successive occupation of land by force or fraud. This is as true of the history of Native American tribes fighting amongst themselves as it is of European settlers and Americans fighting against them. That is the way of the world. So-called land acknowledgments are the essence of meaningless gesture politics and virtue signalling.

    1. @daniel

      “So-called land acknowledgments are the essence of meaningless gesture politics and virtue signalling.”

      You are correct. And only people of European descent engage in such silly antics. It is called pathological altruism.

      https://americanfreepress.net/pathological-altruism-white-mans-burden/

      Hate to break it to you s@@tlibs, but being a ‘good white’ with your BLM sign in the yard does no good when a 15 year dindu from the hood decides to play the knockout game.

      antonio

  11. “When the authorities are stupid, they will tend to side with the stupid children and acquiesce, at least tacitly, in rough treatment for those who show intelligence. In that case, a society will be produced in which all the important positions will be won by those whose stupidity enables them to please the herd” – Bertrand Russell

    Stupidity and blind subservience to the herd are essential requirements for university administrators and politicians today as they destroy confidence and respect for public institutions and the country itself. How did it come to this?

    1. Mike: “How did it come to this?”
      In my opinion, the chipping away at our public school system, starting with the creation of the Department of Education during the Carter Administration.
      As a public school (music) teacher, I saw this coming in the 1970’s, when i quit teaching. In early 1970’s California, elementary school children were allowed to “protest” whatever they didn’t like.
      Across America, gradually, corporal punishment was ended, walls were knocked out of classrooms which added lack of focus in children’s learning, teachers could teach in very casual clothing if they wanted, and were being less and less respected and feared, (as teachers’ unions became more powerful), more and more school principals became pushovers when it came to discipline, the fine arts programs/teachers in public schools received less and less prority and funding, divorce became more acceptable, breaking apart familes, and instead of parents, day care centers were raising kids during the most important formative years of a child’s life.
      All of the above became worse through the years, because more was never enough…..and so here we are.

      1. Though very abbreviated, all true, and so much more is to account for how we got here.

    2. To Mike: For a convincing explanation of how we came to this, see the YouTube presentation by Edward Dutton titled “The Psychology and Rise of the Mid-Wit”. (Note that Dutton’s videos begin with a sort of attempt at humor, in this case lasting 2’30”.) A fascinating discussion, full of insight, well worth watching to the end (while tolerating Prof. Dutton’s rather haranguing style of speech).

    3. Turnout was 11.6% in 1788.

      Vote criteria were generally male, European, 21, 50 lbs. Sterling/50 acres, and determined by States.
      _______________________________________________________________________________

      “the people are nothing but a great beast…

      I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

      – Alexander Hamilton
      _________________

      “[We gave you] a [restricted-vote] republic, if you can keep it.”

      – Ben Franklin, 1787
      ________________

      “The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”
      “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

      – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775
      _______________________________________

      “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”

      – Alexander Fraser Tytler (Henning W. Prentis)

      1. ( “the people are nothing but a great beast…

        I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

        – Alexander Hamilton )

        Hamilton long suffered a hearing problem.

        Thankfully for the young Nation of America Arron Burr cured that that Hamilton Globalist Banker Trash’s hearing problem.

        I heard a week or so back that God seems to think another cleansing is needed at this time. We’ll see.

        1. ********“The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”
          “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

          – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775 **************

          George,

          What did Thomas Jefferson say back in the day?

          Paraphrasing: If we let the piece of Globalist Banking Trash Hamilton have his Banking Trash Friends Central Banking Ponzi Scam & the issuing the value of Currency, 1st by Inflation & then by Deflation the Globalist Corporations & the Tax Free 501c Foundations will eventually Own Everything.

          Ms South Carolina should probable pull up a Map! Where are we today?

          Has anyone seen the decades of Failures of the Federal Reserve & the US Treasury & their Insider Trading????

          Paging John Birch Society.

          1. IF YOU CAN, READ AND COMPREHEND

            Americans, free enterprise and free markets are free per the Founders, Framers and the Constitution.

            Free means absolutely no intercession and no interference in American freedom, private property, free enterprise, and free markets, other than that which is enumerated in Article 1, Section 8.

            The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) HATE freedom in all its glorious forms under the U.S. Constitution.

            The 1913 Federal Reserve Act was and remains unconstitutional.

            Congress has no power to regulate banks or interest rates, and no power of Congress to regulate banks, loans, or interest rates is enumerated in Article 1, Section 8.

            Banks, accounts, mortgages, loans, credit cards, and all related rates are not dissimilar to heads of lettuce in the grocery store; they are subject, not to dictatorship, but merely market forces, primarily competition.

            The entire communistic American welfare state is unconstitutional including, but not limited to, matriculation affirmative action, grade-inflation affirmative action, employment affirmative action, quotas, welfare, food stamps, minimum wage, rent control, social services, forced busing, public housing, utility subsidies, WIC, SNAP, TANF, HAMP, HARP, TARP, HHS, HUD, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Labor, Energy, Environment, Obamacare, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Social Security Supplemental Income, Medicare, Medicaid, “Fair Housing” laws, “Non-Discrimination” laws, etc.

            Article 1, Section 8, provides Congress the power to tax ONLY for “…general Welfare…,” omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual welfare, specific welfare, particular welfare, favor or charity. The same article provides Congress the power to regulate ONLY money, the “flow” of commerce by one state over another to preclude bias, and land and naval Forces. Additionally, the 5th Amendment right to private property is not qualified by the Constitution and is, therefore, absolute, allowing Congress no power to claim or exercise dominion over private property, the sole exception being the power to “take” private property for public use.

            Government exists, under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to provide maximal freedom to individuals while it is severely limited and restricted to merely facilitating that maximal freedom of individuals through the provision of security and infrastructure only.

            The singular American failure is the Supreme Court, which implies decisions on the aforementioned situations have not been provided, since inception, because cases were not brought, after the Supreme Court itself refused to hear those very cases.

            The American communist (liberal, progressive, socialist, democrat, RINO) Deep Deep State Swamp always has a “fix” readily available.
            ___________________________________________________

            “[Private property is] that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”

            – James Madison

          2. “PERSONS OF INDIGENT FORTUNES…IN SO MEAN A SITUATION…HAVE NO WILL OF THEIR OWN”
            _______________________________________________________________________________

            NEVER in history has there been a one man, one vote democracy, since inception in Greece, and perpetuation in Rome and the United States of 1789.

            Democracies have always been of the restricted-vote republican form.

            American democratic governance began as a restricted-vote republic, and has evolved into a thoroughly corrupted, one man, one vote democracy, and deleterious “dictatorship of the proletariat.”
            __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

            “the people are nothing but a great beast…

            I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

            – Alexander Hamilton
            _________________

            “The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”

            “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

            – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775
            __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

            “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”

            – Alexander Fraser Tytler / Alexis de Tocqueville/Henning W. Prentis

  12. Isn’t it amazing that these virtue signaling s@@tlibs with their BLM signs, Ukrainian flags, designated pronouns and other debasements seldom get their hands dirty by enrolling their kids in a predominately black school, moving to a minority neighborhood, giving their job to a deserving ‘person of color’ or donating their land to the closest Indian tribe?

    They condemn working class whites for not be sufficiently ‘woke’ about transgenders, St. George of Minneapolis or for committing the unpardonable sin of white flight but in their mating and migratory habits are no different than deplorables such as me.

    If only middle/upper middle class s@@tlibs had to endure the same conditions they condemn the working class and poor to.

    What hypocrites…

    I DON’T WANT TO UNDERSTAND, DIALOGUE OR RECONCILE WITH THESE PEOPLE, I WANT A DIVORCE.

    antonio

    1. Get Help. You have Trump on the brain, when this post has nothing to do with him. Why do you miss him so much??

  13. When you read the column you have to ask what motivates these administrators? They seem to be putting more effort into hiring social justice warriors rather then hiring and retaining the best educators. I keep seeing that wingnut professor who believes men can give birth and thinking what the hades is she like in the classroom? Parents and students are in a hole for thousands and this is what you get for your dollar.

    1. See Prof. Edward Dutton’s YouTube presentation “The Psychology and Rise of the Mid-Wit” for an insightful discussion of how this phenomenon has arisen and is continued.

      1. Olde Edo, Prof Duttons hypothesis is probably on the money. Many of the Mid Wit’s have gained there positions not by intelligence but by being part of a certain group or class. In an attempt to even the field they’ve replaced merit with self guilt for those they feel are the down trodden. Many of the down trodden in turn harbor hate for the very people that feel guilt.

  14. I notice that there has never been a time or place where one of these proponents of the Land Acknowledgement Statements has ever given the land back to a tribe. There has never been a time where a university or Microsoft, where it is I believe I saw a seminar where each person speaking gave one of there pretentious, virtue signaling, mindless and useless statements, has given millions or billions back to the tribe they are acknowledging. I believe that the University of Washington currently has a FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLAR ENDOWMENT and yet they are quite content forcing faculty to recite a rote statement in lieu of cash payments. Better yet, move the damn school to property that you cannot (wrongly) claim belongs to the cause of the day.

  15. I recommend becoming an electrician or millwright: you know, REAL jobs to make REAL money. College is but a woke-factory of ridiculous emotional dwarfs pushing the Marxist agenda.

  16. Lefty censors never stop.

    Unfortunately they empower rightist censors (who don’t need much encouragement).

    Only problem is that Americans are the losers in these battles.

    1. that is because they are liars and prefer to cover for their deficiencies rather than be truthful.

      Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump White House physician Dr Ronny Jackson, stated before Biden became President, that Biden had cognitive decline. Obama acted like a moralist in chastising him. They lie because they are morally bankrupt

      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/07/13/obama-had-some-words-for-his-former-doctor-who-questioned-bidens-cognitive-health-n1612596

      “In 2020, when Jackson retweeted a video of Biden’s “latest cognitive misadventure” and suggested that Biden undergo a cognitive test. According to Jackson, within 20 minutes, he received an email from Barack Obama.

      “I have made a point of not commenting on your service in my successor’s administration and have always spoken highly of you both in public and in private. You always served me and my family well, and I have considered you not only a fine doctor and service member but also a friend,” Obama wrote.

      “That’s why I have to express my disappointment at the cheap shot you took at Joe Biden via Twitter. It was unprofessional and beneath the office that you once held,” the email continued. “It was also disrespectful to me and the many friends you had in our administration. You were the personal physician to the President of the United States as well as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. I expect better, and I hope upon reflection that you will expect more of yourself in the future.”

      Jackson chose not to respond to Obama but now expresses vindication.

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