I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
One of the comments that I hear quite often in relationship to the riots, protests, end commentary regarding George Floyd's death is that we need to have a national conversation about police brutality and race relations in America. This is often followed by the opinion that having this conversation will prevent this from happening again. Well I think most of the people expressing these views are sincere in their belief that this is an opportunity to make change. However, I do not believe they really want to have a conversation nor do I believe they really want to effect change. Let me be clear, when I make this statement I am talking about the people who have a platform on which to speak out, including politicians, members of the mainstream media, celebrities, and not necessarily the people who are actually living in the real world.
This week has been something of a whirlwind of a week with lots of news and changing situations regarding our lockdowns. It is one of those weeks when it seemed like the right time to do another quick hits and random observations column it might make you aware of some things are going on and you can look into a little more deeply if you so desire.
I don't know how many of you have continued to follow this story about the college entrance cheating scandal that involved a number of celebrities and of course most of the others involved were rich people but Lori Loughlin and her husband reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors this week that will result in them spending two months and five months in jail, facing fines of $150,000 to $250,000 and having to perform hundreds of hours of community service along with two years of supervised release.
I have held what I think is a fairly common opinion regarding our school system especially colleges and universities. I do not think they fulfilled their purpose of truly educating our young people and are more often indoctrination centers telling those that will be our future leaders what to think rather than how to think. it used to be that colleges and universities were where ideas could be discussed openly and freely inviting those with different viewpoints or new ideas to come and discuss them to defend them to convince others or be convinced themselves on the merits of the argument. It has not been that way on our college campuses for quite some time.
The latest example of intolerance comes from Stanford University. The undergraduate student Senate assembly has voted to condemn Assistant Professor of Art History Rose Salseda and they ask that she be censored as well as requesting the University to come up with a detailed plan to prevent such transgressions as committed by Salseda from ever occurring again.
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