Fool­ish vows of vengeance

From schools to Hol­ly­wood, the los­ing side an­grily nurses its wounds

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary Securing The Navy - By Robert Knight

In the wake of Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion, the mood on the los­ing side has ranged from somber mourn­ing to hys­ter­ics, plus some fu­ri­ous vows to avenge Hil­lary Clin­ton’s loss. At Amer­i­can Univer­sity, pro­test­ers burned Amer­i­can flags near the stu­dent cen­ter. Cor­nell Univer­sity ac­tu­ally held a “cry-in.” “Ther­apy dogs” have been mak­ing the rounds in some New York pub­lic schools and in Demo­cratic of­fices on Capi­tol Hill. Some kids iden­ti­fied as Trump sup­port­ers have been punched out by mobs, and cars with Trump stick­ers have been van­dal­ized.

Ag­grieved high school and col­lege stu­dents con­tinue to stage walk­outs and protests all over the country, which is not all that sur­pris­ing, given what’s be­ing taught in their class­rooms.

A “Les­son Plan on the Novem­ber 2016 Elec­tion” was posted by the United Ed­u­ca­tors of San Fran­cisco and fea­tured on the web­site of the 3.2-mil­lion mem­ber Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NEA).

Writ­ten by Mis­sion High School Peer Re­sources Teacher Fakrah Shah dur­ing Elec­tion Night, the plan de­clares that “a racist and sex­ist man has be­come the pres­i­dent of our country by pan­der­ing to a huge racist and sex­ist base.”

To deal with this hor­rific devel­op­ment, Ms. Shah sug­gests “mag­ni­fied” lessons that are “Anti-Racist, Anti-Sex­ist/Anti-Is­lam­o­pho­bic/Anti-Ho­mo­pho­bic, etc.” in or­der that stu­dents “gain a work­ing knowl­edge of [the] con­text of Amer­i­can racial vi­o­lence, sex­ism, etc.”

Ms. Shah ac­knowl­edges that stu­dents air­ing their hurt feel­ings “might curse and swear, but you would too if you have suf­fered un­der the con­structs of white supremacy or ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ism, or any isms or lack of priv­i­lege.”

Rec­om­mended re­sources for the 57,000 district stu­dents in­clude a clip from the doc­u­men­tary “Michael Moore in Trum­p­land;” the book “White Rage: The Un­spo­ken Truth of Our Racial Di­vide,” by Carol An­der­son; Mal­colm X’s 1964 speech en­ti­tled “By Any Means Nec­es­sary,” and “The Color Line” by Marx­ist so­ci­ol­o­gist W.E.B. Dubois. That should pro­mote heal­ing and har­mony. I know what you’re think­ing. It’s San Fran­cisco. What do you ex­pect? But what starts in Cal­i­for­nia ends up in Peo­ria. And the rau­cous protests by high school­ers all over the country show that pro­gres­sive ed­u­ca­tors have suc­ceeded in turn­ing many kids into slo­ga­neer­ing ac­tivists.

In Hol­ly­wood, fab­u­lously wealthy stars are fling­ing them­selves onto ther­a­pists’ couches and drown­ing their sor­rows in bot­tles of Dom Perignon left over from what were sup­posed to be Hil­lary cel­e­bra­tion par­ties.

Five days af­ter the elec­tion, the glit­terati vied for what you might call the Most Dis­traught Per­for­mance Award dur­ing a Bill of Rights Awards Din­ner hosted by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU) of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The event lauded pro­ducer Nor­man Lear for his life­time achieve­ments in us­ing tele­vi­sion to push pro­gres­sive themes.

“I feel like I’ve been hit by a train,” said Jane Fonda, who pre­sented Mr. Lear with the award, ac­cord­ing to Dead­line Hol­ly­wood. “I’ve been bump­ing into things. But I’m do­ing bet­ter be­cause now I’m or­ga­niz­ing, plan­ning, strate­giz­ing.”

Mr. Lear, whose most fa­mous cre­ation is “All in the Fam­ily’s” big­oted pa­tri­arch Archie Bunker, de­scribed Pres­i­dent-elect Trump as “the mid­dle finger of the Amer­i­can right hand.”

To their credit, both Mr. Lear and Ms. Fonda urged pro­gres­sives not to in­dulge in hate. “Don’t de­mo­nize the peo­ple who voted for Trump,” Ms. Fonda said. “Both par­ties be­trayed them — I mean, even Bev­erly Hills went for Trump. I have a non­profit and some of my board mem­bers voted for Trump. What we need to do is lis­ten. Try to un­der­stand why they voted against their best in­ter­ests.”

The ACLU speaker, on the other hand, vowed to give no quar­ter.

“If the new pres­i­dent in­sists on car­ry­ing out his un-Amer­i­can cam­paign prom­ises, the ACLU will fight!” de­clared Hec­tor Vil­la­gra, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia chap­ter. “If he seeks to re­strict a woman’s right to abor­tion and jail her and her doc­tor, the ACLU will fight! …. If he seeks to reau­tho­rize tor­ture, re­strict free­dom of speech and free­dom of the press, and roll back the gains made by LGBT peo­ple, the ACLU will fight!” He stopped just short of ac­cus­ing Mr. Trump of plot­ting to steal the Cubs’ World Se­ries tro­phy and lock it up in Trump Tower.

Hip-hop mu­sic mogul Rus­sell Sim­mons de­nounced Mr. Trump’s tran­si­tion team as be­ing packed with cli­mate change de­niers who want to man­date that ev­ery Amer­i­can drive an ex­haust-belch­ing 18-wheeler, beat up baby seals and burn tires for fun.

“We are at a mo­ment now that’s darker and darker, scarier and scarier,” Mr. Sim­mons said. “The re­sis­tance has got to be re­ally strong. I have friends who wake up cry­ing.”

Aside from the para­noia, a sober­ing report sur­faced that bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros, who spent tens of mil­lions of dol­lars pro­mot­ing mass im­mi­gra­tion, weak elec­tion laws and Hil­lary’s can­di­dacy, met on Nov. 13 in Wash­ing­ton with other well-heeled pro­gres­sives to plot “full-on trench war­fare against Trump from Day One,” ac­cord­ing to

Given the Soros group’s col­lec­tive re­sources, the Trump team had bet­ter watch their backs — not that they don’t al­ready know that from deal­ing with the me­dia. Robert Knight is a se­nior fel­low for the Amer­i­can Civil Rights Union.


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