The University of Arizona apparently hasn’t heard the term “snitches get stitches,” because they’re going full on Nazi by hiring a horde of “social justice advocates” that are encouraged to spy on other students and report intolerance. On top of that, they’re encouraged to hold on-campus events that only a snowflake would find enjoyable.
These students would get paid $10 and hour to do all this, and they only have to work a cushy 15 hours a week, which means they could be getting paid $600 a week to turn their fellow students in to the thought police.
This position, which they’ve since deleted off their page, calls for the advocate to “Report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff” as well as to “Create an environment that enables Residence Life student leaders to dialogue around topics related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.”
The point of this position, according to the description, is to “increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding and acceptance of differences. Finally, this position intends to increase a student staff member’s ability to openly lead conversations, discuss differences and confront diversely insensitive behavior.”
These students are also expected to host events that focus on SJW issues, like “the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. They will also create bulletin boards in the halls and maintain their upkeep as necessary.”
From Phoenix New Times:
Nick Sweeton, executive director of UA Residence Life and University Housing, said … that for the first time in his 24 years working for the college, he was hearing of students who “didn’t feel like their views were welcome. They didn’t feel like they had a right to speak their own views … We need to do something about this.”
It’s not just minority religions or ethnicities that are sometimes made uncomfortable, either, he said — it’s also Trump supporters, conservatives, and evangelicals.
“The university is supposed to be a place where all views are welcome,” he said.
Sweeton downplayed the idea that the advocates would “tattle” on others.
“It’s completely untrue that students are spying on one other” in the program, he said.
Yet tattling actually is part of the job, it seems.
While students won’t report other students for saying things like, “you guys,” (which ostensibly could be considered a microaggression against women by some people), other microaggressions could be reportable if they’re part of a “bias incident,” the officials said.
The accused student’s name won’t be recorded in connection with an incident, but the student will be contacted by school officials. The school may “recalibrate” the type of reporting by the advocates as necessary, they said.
How? How did they think this was a good use of their money? What’s worse, this is a public university, so our tax dollars are helping to fund this madness.
School is supposed to be a place where minds are broadened to new ideas, not a place that shuts down genuine discussion and favors tactics that sound like they’re straight out of the famous novel “1984.”
That book was meant to be a warning, not a damn instruction manual.
H/T: Phoenix New Times