Duke University hopes to eliminate “bias and hate”

A report says Duke University will be “successful eliminating all bias and hate if it does the following”:

  (Author’s comments in italics; reference website below.)

  • Names are pronounced correctly.

Many foreign names, now commonly found in America, are difficult to pronounce. Therefore how should people with non-English names be addressed? Will the university issue dictionaries of these names to all students and faculty?

  • People do not laugh at insensitive jokes.

All jokes are “insensitive” to someone. Therefore will all jokes be banned on campus?

  • People choose to use respectful language when speaking about identity.

Respectable individuals, not identities, get respect if they earn it. A chosen “identity” has nothing to do with esteem.

  • No one feels the need to justify when they were chosen or hired.

Unless they were hired in preference to someone more qualified.

  • People can hold hands with whomever they wish.

O.K. but they should expect ridicule if one, or both, display weird looks and bizarre behavior in public.

  • People can wear whatever they wish and feel comfortable walking across campus.

Ditto as with holding hands. Inappropriate, vulgar and tasteless apparel will be noticed and recognized for what it is by discerning people regardless of university policy.

  • People can join organizations, attend events, or enroll in classes without concern about being judged based on identity.

People are judged on how they comport themselves in public. They receive respect according to proper and appropriate behavior, language and dress; individuals are accepted by groups if they have similar cultural values—not because of agenda-driven university policies.



About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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