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Godwin’s Law Goes Woke: UT-Austin Prof Says Objecting To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Is “Modern Day Lynching”

Godwin’s Law Goes Woke: UT-Austin Prof Says Objecting To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Is “Modern Day Lynching”

Boston Globe column: “modern day attacks on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies in higher education institutions are the equivalent of the tightened rope, and just as suffocating,” says film Prof. who self-identifies “as someone who oversaw a DEI office for several years”

We need a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion equivalent of Godwin’s law:

“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one”

How about this:

“As an online discussion about DEI grows longer, the probability of a comparison to racism, slavery, and lynching approaches one.”

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

We may have found the standard bearer, UT-Austin Professor Ya’Ke Smith “an associate professor of film at the University of Texas at Austin, an award-winning TV and film director, and a public voices fellow with The OpEd Project” who may deserve to have a “law” named after him with this column in The Boston Globe, DEI Denial is the modern day lynching (emphasis added):

In the 19th and 20th centuries, lynching was a White public spectacle meant to warn and intimidate Black people who “disrupted” the status quo, or violated the “law.” These supposed infractions by Black “trouble makers” were arbitrary. A Black person could be killed for not moving off the sidewalk when passing by a White person….

In these times, a traditional lynching is almost universally unacceptable. Most people can’t even fathom the barbaric act happening now; and they can’t believe that their ancestors may have participated in the carnage back then. However, modern day attacks on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies in higher education institutions are the equivalent of the tightened rope, and just as suffocating.

There is a perception among DEI opponents that the initiatives are about exclusion and indoctrination, but as someone who oversaw a DEI office for several years, I know it is neither. The primary functions of DEI are to make people think more deeply about how discrimination is baked into the structures of organizations, and to collectively find solutions to disrupt these inequalities and inequities. These initiatives are meant to provide tools for dismantling historically oppressive and violent systems — systems that impact everyone.

Some professors whose teachings are centered on race are altering their instructions for fear of reprimands from state and local government officials and college administrators, while administrators fear that their support for DEI could cost them their livelihoods.

Yup, disagreeing on the value (or lack of value) of DEI is just like stringing somebody up because of their race, under the 2023 version of Godwin’s Law. That ridiculous comparison is not meant to win hearts and minds, it’s meant to shut people up and advance a political agenda:

Those against DEI want people to become distracted by false notions of difference. This is a distraction that stops the fight against a larger power structure that keeps many Americans from understanding the truth of history. If we see each other as enemies, the real enemy can go unchecked. Implicit bias and hatred surrounds, consumes, and confines us. It is present in textbooks, churches, institutions of higher education, news media, art galleries, and films.

DEI initiatives open the door to face these realities. They break down barriers and offer tools to destroy the walls of racism and hatred that have shaped this country. James Baldwin famously said: “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

Not only do I love America, I am America.

The first recorded lynching in the U.S. happened in 1835 and it wasn’t until 2022— nearly 200 years later—that the Emmett Till Antilynching Act was signed into law in the United States. May it not take another 200 years to put policies and solutions into law that all Americans need to truly be free.

Do we need an Exhibit D?


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nordic prince | March 28, 2023 at 6:46 pm

And I reserve the right to criticize DEI/CRT perpetually.

These people are tedious arses.

Austin is a sh!t hole
I lived right next door and worked in it for 40 years

It once was so much fun you wouldn’t believe it…

OwenKellogg-Engineer | March 28, 2023 at 7:19 pm

I deem the post above: Jacobson’s Corollary

Ya’Ke T. Ya’K
(don’t talk back)

Obliged to return to these 100% accurate words from Booker T. Washington back in 1911:

There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Booker T. Washington (1911). “My Larger Education: Being Chapters from My Experience”

He saw Kendi, this UT racist professor, and many others spouting this hateful crap, that puts down blacks, a mile away.

As long as you deny it with due process it’s legit.

Ibram X. Kendi, the latest Bolshevik iteration in a long history of Marxist culture dictator-tyrant wannabees.

That’s a hell of a racket. ‘You can’t speak in opposition to my graft b/c doing so is racist thus proving my argument’. How about…NO.

I guess a modern day lynching is rather sissy material compared with that of 1870-1920 by the Democrats, eh? Isn’t that progress?….you know…sticks and stones versus words?

    Linda P. in reply to puhiawa. | March 29, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Oh sure, but now it’s the Republicans who are doing the “lynching equivalents.” That’s a BIG difference, hurtfulness-wise.

    As I recall, all those racist Democrats joined the Republican party after the Civil War. No examples, of course, but just know that they did.

“Objecting To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Is “Modern Day Lynching””

No, it’s not snowflake. In words you might understand, you are misappropriating an experience you don’t have and insulting those who have in the process.

In any case, you have picked a hell of a time to be seeking any sympathy for your cause and dropping emotive words like ‘lynching’. Your side just murdered 3 innocent children and 2 innocent adults in a school to make statement points. You can save your attempts at implying violence was done to you as the truth is self-evidently completely the opposite,

Some free advice though – If you want to see real lynchings keep giving the public reasons to consider them. You will eventually get your wish.

It’s getting funny now. Racist everything until nothing is racist. Who cares what these grifters say. They beat that horse to death now shut up, spend your money and go away.

The Gentle Grizzly | March 29, 2023 at 7:26 am

A “film professor”. So, styrofoam. Full disclosure: I was a Tekecom/Film major.

This whole “woke equals black” is entirely an invention of the left in order to shut people up about wokeness. Woke has no race. Woke is a broken state of mind.

    henrybowman in reply to NotCoach. | March 29, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Plus, it’s a stupid claim on its face. Woke has an overwhelming contingent of crazy white chicks and trans posers.

3,500 African Americans were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968 or about 40 per year.

700 black men are murdered in Chi. annually.

White liberals do not give a hoot.

This idiot is enjoying complaining about a first world problems while ATF sits on it’s hands where it might do some good. And out “journalists” do nothing.

Dave Chappell once stated out in front of God and everybody:
“To what degree am I required to participate in another person’s self-image?”

    CaptTee in reply to Philip. | March 29, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    I say “The only obligation your delusions create in me is to call “911” (emergency services), if I believe you are a danger to yourself or others!”

Most importantly, people like Soedad O’Brien, Ibram X. Kendi, Nic Stone, Ya’Ke Smith (the list is very long and probably growing) encourage a something-for-nothing mindset. Maybe hard work is one of those dead white male European traits (I personally don’t think it’s limited to that demographic at all) but history has proven its value in creating a more just and more wealthy society for everyone. When hard work as a strategy for getting ahead is replaced with strategies for getting something for nothing, society declines, and so does its wealth.
The wealth disparity complaint is not about starvation or freezing to death because heating costs are too high. It often revolves around the complaint that some people have far more luxuries than others. Some of these people have more luxuries than they “need”. But in America, so do the poor people, just not as many as they want. What the complaint really boils down to is simple envy.

    henrybowman in reply to Philip. | March 29, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    “encourage a something-for-nothing mindset. Maybe hard work is one of those dead white male European traits”
    But you’ve just described the essence of socialism.
    Socialism is the preferred politics of parasites.
    No other political framework ensures their survival.

Professor, are they now using the word “lynching” to include a criminal death sentence adjudicated by the legitimate authorities?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a conspiracy to commit Civil Rights Violations by stifling Fee Speech!

Objecting To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Is “Self-Defense”!

Deadly force to stop a real lynching would be justified.
Equating disagreement with lynching is an incitement to use violence against dissenters.

MnemonicMike | March 29, 2023 at 6:35 pm

In the wholesale rush to “make black people equal” a lot of college degrees were handed to people who weren’t really all that bright. Seeing so many emotional and poorly-reasoned anti-white screeds coming from blacks now in academia, I worry about our secondary education systems. Reading this piece about Ya’ke Smith is just another in a long list of “college professors” that seem to be wrongly in positions of authority and education.

    pst314 in reply to MnemonicMike. | March 29, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    “Film studies” is one of those areas where opinion dominates and “there are no wrong answers”. BS artists like Ya’ke gravitate to fields where they can be paid to BS.

A Black person could be killed for not moving off the sidewalk when passing by a White person

I supposed “could be” makes this technically true, but did a lynching for this reason actually happen?

    pst314 in reply to randian. | March 30, 2023 at 7:48 am

    To re-phrase Ya’ke: It is a modern lynching for a white person to refuse to move off the sidewalk when passing a black person.

Steven Brizel | March 30, 2023 at 8:50 am

DEI is Marxist brainwashing predicated on a lack of gratitute for the amazing progress that America has made in the area of race since its founding-no other nation fought a bloody civil war, aboilished slavery , passed constititional amendments and other historic legislation and elected the descendants of former slaves to the highest offices in the country in such a short time. Look at the dysfunctional family, emphasis that breeds gangs and crime. a culture predicated on misognyistic videos and disdain for education before complaining to anyone that disparate outcomes are racist