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Biden’s Dept. Of Education Investigating Chris Rufo For “Misgendering” Former New College DEI Director

Biden’s Dept. Of Education Investigating Chris Rufo For “Misgendering” Former New College DEI Director

The former DEI head at New College in Florida goes by ‘ze/zir.’ Is ‘mispronouning’ a crime now?

Chris Rufo has been front and center in pushing back against the woke insanity that has swept our nation in recent years. So much so that Florida governor Ron DeSantis appointed him, along with other conservatives, to root out woke in all its racist ‘antiracist’ and divisive, destructive CRT forms at New College in Florida.

In this capacity, Rufo apparently engaged in wrong think in the form of malicious pronouning. Or something.

The New York Post reports:

The Biden administration’s Department of Education opened an investigation into the New College of Florida after it received a complaint last month alleging that the school’s board has created a “hostile” environment for transgender and disabled students and staff.

The complaint, received by the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights on Aug. 24, names Board of Trustees member Christopher Rufo, who was appointed to the New College’s board by DeSantis in January.

It alleges that Rufo, who is also a Manhattan Institute fellow, targeted specific students, parents, and staff with “sexist and transphobic ridicule.”

In one incident, the right-wing activist allegedly “mocked and misgendered” the director of New College’s Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE), Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez, after “ze was summarily fired,” according to a copy of the complaint shared by Rufo on his Substack.

. . . . In a March post to X, formerly known as Twitter, Rufo shared that his colleague had a preferred pronoun before referring to zir “her” and “she” in the next sentence.

“New College of Florida has fired its former DEI director, Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez (“ze/zir”), after abolishing her department,” Rufo wrote.

Here’s the supposedly offensive (criminal?!) tweet:

Rufo refuses to bend to the Biden thought police, however.

Needless to say, people have thoughts.


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Oh for fucks sakes 🙄 These people need to grow up.

They also need a good bitch slap 👋

The Gentle Grizzly | September 12, 2023 at 7:48 am

I had no idea that Jimmuh Cawtuh’s gift to the teacher unions had investigative powers.

If the use of the improper pronoun usage occurred after the person’s termination, how did that create a hostile work environment?

It looks like an opportunity to have fun, to me.

    artichoke in reply to rhhardin. | September 12, 2023 at 8:30 am

    We need to extract something from this. A consent decree from the Dept. of Ed. disbanding the OCR would be about the only useful thing I can see. There’s already a DOJ to enforce civil rights so there is no need for an extra body within Dept. of Ed. (which should not exist anyway) to do it.

Ok so the feds will wage lawfare via investigations etc etc ad infinitum.

Instead of wasting time and resources on their mudwrestling that gets you nowhere, why not relocate to a locale that would welcome you — e.g., there’s got to be a place that would welcome NEW COLLEGE in nearby Bahamas or Puerto Rico or ???

    artichoke in reply to Harold. | September 12, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Bahamas is UK. PR is US and therefore presumably the Dept. of Ed. can extend its communist tentacles there. Stand and fight in Florida, which is a less woke place now anyway.

    If anything can convince the next Rep. president to disband the OCR or maybe the whole Dept. of Ed., it would be something like this.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to artichoke. | September 12, 2023 at 8:46 am

      Disbanding the D of Ed will happen at the same time we disband NPR, CPB, PBS, Amtrak, and the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s been promised since the Reagan Administration.

      henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | September 12, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      More to the point, moving to a Commonwealth venue may get a based administrator in hot water even faster, as they are even further along the decline than we are.

      “Canada’s “conversion therapy” ban requires parents, pastors, counselors, friends, and others to affirm a person’s gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, or face jail or prison time.”

      This is exactly the issue that catapulted Jordan Peterson to global fame.

    CommoChief in reply to Harold. | September 12, 2023 at 11:51 am

    No. We should not abandon our Red State institutions. Instead we should do exactly what is going on at New College of Florida; push back and refuse to budge.

Somewhere in A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Quirk Greenbaum Leech and Svartvik) is the statement that pronouns, like prepositions, are a closed class. You don’t keep finding new ones.

This is all nothing more than enabling people to live in a destructive fantasy world by criminalizing those who dare to tell them that their world is a fantasy. In essence, they are making sanity illegal.

Whitewall | September 12, 2023 at 9:04 am

The Federal Leviathan means to exert its power anywhere and everywhere no matter how large or trivial the challenge to it. This means lawfare and legal challenge, but ultimately it is going to mean physical force and eventual violence from many quarters met by the same from other corners.

There they go again, inventing words out of thin air.

E Howard Hunt | September 12, 2023 at 9:21 am

These clumsy, newfangled noun stand-ins seem more like amateur-nouns.

2smartforlibs | September 12, 2023 at 9:40 am

These claims are so ridiculous.

Freedom of speech, I’ll call you a turnip if I choose to.

Rufo should expect a 5:00 a.m. armed FBI-IRS raid at his residence soon.

catscradle | September 12, 2023 at 10:56 am

“The First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech protects us from censorship of what we want to say, but we don’t often think about how the First Amendment also protects us from being compelled to say something we don’t want to say”
“One recent manifestation of compelled speech has been the mandatory use of pronouns contrary to someone’s biological sex, especially in education. Public school boards and universities are increasingly adopting policies that force teachers, professors, other education officials, and even students to use pronouns that are inconsistent with the student’s sex if the student requests this—even if this violates the speaker’s deeply held religious or personal convictions about the nature of gender and sexuality”

“…Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez (“ze/zir”), after abolishing her department,”

Why in the world did he bother to include the faux “pronouns” at all? Seems sort of stupid to include “words” which do not exist in the English language while writing the statement.

The solution is to sue the bastards for violating Rufo’s first amendment rights, and to specify that this is so clearly violative that there is no qualified immunity and the officials are personally liable. Then put a lien on their houses if you can. Pour encourager les autres, so to speak.

“Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE)”

OOIE? Really? OOIE?!?

In other words, he used the correct pronoun to describe a confused lunatic…

My only concern is, does the department of education have attack helicoptors and grenade launchers?

So it’s evidently not enough that these nut cases invent their own vocabulary to help them act out their delusions. We have to buy into the nonsense, too, so they don’t feel hurt or feel obliged to kill themsleves. Maniacs inhabiting Federal and academic bureaucracies are still maniacs.

Congress should investigate the Department of Education for misappropriation of funds for investigating non-crimes.

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