What We’ve Been Up To
DDU has launched the Parents Voices Project to allow parents alarmed by the new brand of radical racial activism in schools. We hope this collective voice will illuminate the real impact on children and families of the aggressive re-racialisation of society. Read more in our recent mailer.
We are asking concerned parents to write short scripts about their experiences which will be combined into animated videos that preserve individual anonymity. If you have had such an experience, please do email us in confidence with your scripts.
This week, Dr Jim Butcher of Christchurch University, Canterbury, has written a stinging rebuke to the march of the racial group-think now colonising British educational establishments. Critical thinking, it appears, has been abandoned. The effort of engaging academic brain cells and doing a bit of thinking for themselves is now outsourced to pressure groups with a resultant intolerance of anybody who dares to question this process.
Yet another worrying development in education is discussed by Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert who broaches the knotty problem of schools where the ‘adults in the room’ abandon their responsibility to lead and teach the children. “Between modern aversions to notions of ‘authority’ and the policing of public discourse, is it any surprise that teachers are finding it harder to be authoritative?” asks Dr Seghal Cuthbert.
The impact of abandoning the values of free thought and speech is described by Yeonmi Park, a refugee from North Korea, whose experience of education on an American campus, where the thought police are highly active, has lead her to say that oppression of speech and thought is just as bad in America as it is in one of the world’s worst dictatorships. No doubt the academics and students who are imposing this mindless censorship would benefit from a tour of duty in North Korea and we encourage them to sign up for the experience of food shortages, tyranny and persecution. We are sure that all subscribers to university censorship and no-platforming would enjoy the experience.
In a move that shows how empty are protestations about CRT being about ‘racial justice’, the American Federation of Teachers is boosting Ibraham X Kendi’s form of anti-racism through free distribution of his co-authored book Stamped. In ‘How To Be an Antiracist’, Kendi proclaims that “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Confused? You will be. As the author of this report points out, “Even though one would expect a book about anti-racism to condemn all types of racial discrimination, Kendi calls for racial discrimination in perpetuity”.
The suppression of free speech and adoption of fashionable, if questionable, attitudes to modern-day problems is leading to oppression and persecution of one particular group – women who dare to complain. Where rights compete, heaven forbid that biological women should expect that their rights to be free from sexual assault should stand in the way of anybody else’s right to self-identification. Here, a young woman who experienced sexual assault from a self-identified trans prisoner in jail, speaks out about the unwillingness of the authorities to protect her right to freedom from such an attack. The moral confusion and cowardice of officialdom are putting individual women at risk of being assaulted.
Other British institutions which have decided to buy into infantile and divisive thinking include several NHS Trusts which are demanding that their white employees ‘check their white privilege’. Taxpayers might feel that in the middle of a pandemic the NHS should have better uses for their resources and that discriminatory racial thinking of this kind is inappropriate in a publicly funded body. What next? Get to the back of the queue to avoid benefitting from ‘white privilege’?
While some, in what Professor Doug Stokes calls ‘the campus grievance industry’, insist that black people in Britain are doomed to suffer perpetual disadvantage through racism, Operation Black Vote finds that the number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds occupying prominent public positions has doubled since 2017. The gap between reality and the claims of some activist campaigns continues to widen.
Dummy of the week award goes to those LSE students who are calling for no entry to the LSE for students from private schools and “The dissolution of HayekSoc and all other societies that call for the oppression of working-class people from the LSESU. We believe in a No Platform policy for those who discuss ideas which promote ideologies that are harmful to marginalised students.”
Naturally, we expect the working-class credentials of all the students making this call to be rigorously examined so that those who don’t wear a cloth cap and drink their tea out of a saucer can be excluded as not sufficiently representative of the working-class.
It Takes Courage to Speak Out
We would like to give a shout-out to Dr Elizabeth Rata, who kindly participated in a seminar with DDU, and those other academics who have bravely spoken out in defence of rationality and empirical thinking in the sciences. The ideological conviction that these can be abandoned as oppressive ‘Western’ thought should be a cause for concern for everybody involved in scientific activity, for all of us who depend on science which is based on fact rather than fiction, and for those who prefer their history based on evidence rather than political ideology. We hope that colleagues in the world of science and academia will speak out in support of the authors of this letter and nip in the bud this particular act in the name of racial parity.
We shall not be meeting every week in August. There will be two Monday meetings, on August 9th and 23rd. The Parents’ Group will meet on Wednesday August 4th and the Education Group on Tuesday August 31st. Drop us a line if you would like to take part.