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Student Op-Ed Asks: “Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?”

Student Op-Ed Asks: “Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?”

“American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable”

This is from the student paper at Dickinson College, and it’s pretty stunning.

From The Dicksonian:

Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?

When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase “do you agree?” If so, your name is something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room. Somewhere along your academic journey, you decided your search for intellectual validation was more important than the actual exchange of information. Now how do you expect to actually learn anything?

American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced. In my time at Dickinson I have listened to probably hundreds of white boys talk. It feels incessant. From classes and lectures, to the news and politics, there is an endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc. The list of what white boys think they are qualified to talk about is endless. Something very few of them seem to understand is that their (ill-informed, uncritical) opinions do not constitute truth. In fact, most often their opinions aren’t even original. White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.

I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys.

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Well-prepared for a career as a barista

So despite being stupid and ill-informed, we white boys still managed to discover just about everything.

Isn’t this the same college featured in Animal House. Fifty years later it still holds true. “Euwwwwwww!”

This OpEd is an accurate projection.

Racist SJW aren’t qualified to pass judgement on the value of anyone.

Replace the word “white” in this Op-Ed with any other minority designation and see how it would go over. Why do SJWs believe that it is ok to malign one race or group over another?

    nordic_prince in reply to star1701gazer. | February 13, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Like this?

    “Should Black Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?

    “When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase ‘do you agree?’ If so, your name is something like Jamal, or Cassius, or Andre, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room. Somewhere along your academic journey, you decided your search for intellectual validation was more important than the actual exchange of information. Now how do you expect to actually learn anything?

    “American society tells men, but especially black men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to black boys in college, I am not so convinced…I am so g****mned tired of listening to black boys.”

Hieronymous Machine | February 11, 2019 at 10:42 am

I often feel as if college Op Ed folk get their topics from something akin to JournoList:

compare: https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/02/07/davis-marks-evil-is-banal/

Hieronymous Machine | February 11, 2019 at 10:44 am

“Everyone knows a white boy with shiny brown hair and a saccharine smile that conceals his great ambitions. He could be in Grand Strategy or the Yale Political Union. Maybe he’s the editor-in-chief of the News. He takes his classes. He networks. And, when it comes time for graduation, he wins all the awards.

“One day, I’ll turn on the television — or, who knows, maybe televisions will be obsolete by this point — and I’ll see him sitting down for his Senate confirmation hearing. Yes, he’ll be a bit older, with tiny wrinkles sprouting at the corners of his eyes and a couple of gray hairs jutting out of the top of his widow’s peak. But that smile, that characteristic saccharine smile, will remain the same.”

Hieronymous Machine | February 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

Whoops: Missed a critical para:

“When I’m watching the white boy — who is now a white man by this point — on CNN, I’ll remember a racist remark that he said, an unintentional utterance that he made when he had one drink too many at a frat party during sophomore year. I’ll recall a message that he accidentally left open on a computer when he forgot to log out of iMessage, where he likened a woman’s body to a particularly large animal. I’ll kick myself for forgetting to screenshot the evidence.”

Voice_of_Reason | February 16, 2019 at 1:53 pm

“White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.

I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys.”

how ironic, since the author is spouting the current “dominant ideologies..shoved down our throats by American institutions”.

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