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Duke University to Require Anti-Bias Training for Everyone

Duke University to Require Anti-Bias Training for Everyone

“eliminating the systems of racism and inequality that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community”

This new initiative is part of an ‘anti-racism’ campaign which will apparently be spread throughout everything, even academics.

The College Fix reports:

Duke to incorporate ‘anti-racism’ throughout curriculum, require anti-bias training for everyone

Duke University has a new defining principle: “anti-racism.”

In a Wednesday evening email to the community, President Vincent Price (not to be confused with The Master of Horror) previewed the private university’s response to the upcoming Juneteenth holiday that commemorates the practical freeing of the slaves in Texas.

Price announced a staggering reorganization of the university’s academic and administrative programs around “eliminating the systems of racism and inequality that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community.”

Not only will it “significantly and measurably expand the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students, with particular focus on Black, Indigenous and people of color” (an ethnic triad Price used four times), but Duke will “incorporate anti-racism into our curricula and programs across the university.”

Every Duke student, at every level, will learn about “the nature of structural racism and inequity, with special focus on our own regional and institutional legacies.”

The university will “assess and remediate systemic biases in the design of our curricula” and “fully mobilize and expand Duke’s research capacity to address and help overturn racism and reduce racial disparities and inequities in policing, justice, health, housing, education, labor, and other domains of life,” Price declared.


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One wonders what role a review of the racially biased response to the Duke lacrosse scandal will play in this “training.”

And, look–another Juneteenth reference out of nowhere. Brace yourselves: another national holiday is in the works.

    guyjones in reply to hrhdhd. | June 19, 2020 at 11:13 am

    It appears that this “Juneteenth” is the new “Kwanzaa.” Five minutes ago, nobody heard about it, or, if they had heard of it, nobody gave a damn about it.

    Now, pandering, self-serving corporations and universities seeking to cover themselves in alleged “woke” virtue, are all waxing rhapsodic about the alleged importance of “Juneteenth.”

      hrhdhd in reply to guyjones. | June 19, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      I passed a closed store at the mall today with a sign that said, “We are closed in observance of Juneteenth.”

      Ay yi yi.

celsius1939 | June 19, 2020 at 9:23 am

Duke should teach about bias in general, not as a racist program. What about bias in Facebook, twitter, or google? Shouldn’t students be aware of this? Bias is something we in science were told be be wary of. Let’s be all-inclusive.

Where do the asian students fall in this mix, are they considered persons of color?

drednicolson | June 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

Bias against bias is still bias. 😐

I’ve been through several of these anti-bias training sessions. It’s a combination of left-wing indoctrination and teaching self-loathing for anyone who isn’t a member of whatever preferred group they are currently discussing. If you try to relate with the material in any kind of thoughtful way, they will label you as a nonbeliever, and you will feel the wrath of the Mob.

For faculty who are required to attend these racist political indoctrinations, the best course of action is simple. Sit down, shut up, and look like you’re taking notes while actually doing something that will keep you from wanting to point out how ridiculous their doctrine is. (Crossword puzzles and solitaire are good to occupy your mind.)

If anyone asks you to say anything, just repeat some of the platitudes that the “instructor” has said. Any kind of logic or original thought will get you in big trouble.

Here’s a thought. Are they giving into the demands, or, are these things that THEY want which they are adding into the system as the response to an outside force (who then gets the blame).

Reminds me of the old “Oberlin wants the parking spaces so we will use a student boycott to cause financial harm as a means to getting them.”

Follow the money here. Who gets more money and power out of this? Not the students asking for it, for certain.

systems of racism and inequality that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community

I’ve noticed that those pushing the “lived experiences” narrative never once consider whether a black person’s perception of racism might be mistaken. That is, they assumed something happened because they’re black, which of course they’re told incessantly, but in actual fact it had nothing to do with skin color.

Just wait until this Sunday is considered a racist holiday.

Albigensian | June 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

A good place to start this course would be with the Duke lacrosse case, and especially the role of the school’s “Group of 88” and the general hysteria that produced a willingness to condemn despite an apparent absence of evidence.

The course might start from that and then generalize to McCarthyism, and the historical horrors that have followed declarations “We know the Truth (and if you disagree you better shut up before we shut you up!” moral certainty.

With perhaps some practical lessons to help students know when they’ve sacrificed their critical faculties by casting their lot with a mob.

At least, that’s how an honest examination of bias at Duke might open. If Duke and its faculty were honestly interested in teaching where bias originates, and how everyday, normal people come to join rage mobs and subsequently commit moral horrors.

But they’re not honest scholars, are they? Nor do they seem much interested in reducing bias, but seem far more interested in creating an environment in which dissent from their own worldview is all but unthinkable.