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So a couple of WPI students forwarded us this email written by school president Laurie Leshin to the entire student body and faculty at the school. Leshin is relatively new to the job (less than two years) and is the first female president of the predominantly male school. Based on this insane, ridiculous, and inappropriate email that she sent out for evidently no reason, it is clear that she is also a social justice warrior extraordinaire. Basically the entire email craps all over police officers, generalizes them as racist murderers, makes up outright LIES, and fails to mention that police officers are being killed left and right in this country. Her email is italicized followed by our rational commentary in bold…..
(if you want to reach out to President Laurie Leshin, here’s her email: president@WPI.EDU)
Dear WPI Community,
Lately I’ve been reflecting on the tumultuous time in which we find ourselves. Certainly some of this is connected to the uncertainty and discourse surrounding the upcoming US election. But personally, I have been moved and deeply concerned by the recent shootings of unarmed young Black men in our cities. And I know I’m not alone — these senseless shootings have left many of us horrified and disturbed, and have contributed to increased racial tensions across the country. It’s a difficult time—but also an important time, because I know that from concern, frustration and even anger, can come opportunity for meaningful dialogue and change. And it is that opportunity that we must embrace.
So……where did this come from? This lady was just doing some “reflecting” and she said to herself, “Gee whiz, I think I’m gonna go write an email to EVERYONE who goes to WPI to let them know about the thinking I’ve been doing about “unarmed” angels like Michael Brown who bravely sacrificed their lives so that others could have an excuse to riot.”
Oh by the way, Laurie Leshin couldn’t possibly be whiter either:
That right there is the face of someone who has had little to no interactions with people of color her entire life. This is how people like her compensate for that. Everything she knows about minorities she has learned on social media and television. She feels guilty about growing up in such a homogenous environment. Those of us who actually grew up in diverse, urban environments don’t feel the need to prove to other white people that we’re one of the good ones. We’ve interacted with people who look different from us our entire lives, and we get along just fine. Only a white person who has never interacted with people of color would say something so ridiculous.
Last week, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted its second “Can We Talk?” session of the academic year, welcoming more than 60 members of the WPI community to a discussion on inclusive team dynamics. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff that participated. This is the type of conversation I believe we need to be in and I support this work wholeheartedly. And it is just one example of the programs WPI is committed to offering as we focus on diversity and inclusion. On November 16th from 12-2 in Alden Memorial, we will continue the community conversation on inclusion and race we started last fall and expand the discussion to include culture and stereotypes in their various forms. Stay tuned for additional details — I invite you to engage in this critical dialogue on our campus.
See, this is SJW’s trying way too hard. Stop trying to push “diversity and inclusion” on people. We’ll do it ourselves. Do you really think students really need to go to a seminar to figure out how to interact with a black or brown student? How insulting is that? WPI is a great school because they train brilliant minds to build great things for America. And it’s worked out great too. Robert Goddard graduated from WPI, and he brought the world rocketry. But apparently what he should’ve been bringing the world is “diversity and inclusion.” Because that’s way more important. That’s the real reason WPI exists.
In addition to these important discussions, we are taking other positive action as well. As you know, we recently hired Michelle Jones-Johnson into the new role of Vice President of Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer. In support of our efforts to expand our focus on diversity and inclusion, we are excited to announce that Bonnie Walker, currently Director of WPI’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), will become WPI’s new Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, reporting to VP Jones-Johnson. This new role will allow Bonnie to bring her considerable talents to bear to make a strategic contribution to our expanded institution-wide diversity efforts. Bonnie will continue to be engaged with the OMA and will work closely with her replacement as OMA Director once a formal search is completed. She will transition officially once a new OMA Director is named. Please join me in thanking Bonnie for taking on this expanded role at WPI.
Jesus H. Christ. How many new positions are they gonna create with PC buzzwords? This is what tuition goes to at WPI. This is why your fees are growing up. This is why you’re gonna be in debt for another couple years. Because WPI simply cannot survive without a “Vice President of Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer” AND a “Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.”
Here’s a quote from the new chief diversity officer:
“We have a great desire to increase diversity within the workforce, and particularly for faculty because we know for our underrepresented students, having a role model in front of them can make all the difference.”
Right. Because a student of color cannot possibly look at a professor who is white and view them as a role model. The only role models you can have are people who look like you. Yup, nothing RACIST about that ideology!! Here’s an idea – how bout Laurie Leshin practices what she preaches and resigns her job so a person of color can fill it. After all, what bigger role model is there on campus than the school president?
Oh that’s right, they’re not gonna do that. Because SJW’s are very big on forcing diversity on others. They’re just not willing sacrifice anything of their own for the sake of diversity.
Back to the email. The last paragraph was the most asinine of them all, and should without a doubt justify the termination of Laurie Leshin as President of WPI:
In closing, the social justice short video Against the Wall came across my twitter feed the other day. It’s moving, and I wanted to share it with you. You may be feeling marginalized as a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA community. You may be an international student far from home where global atrocities are occurring.
First of all, the fact that an anti-cop propaganda video came across her Twitter feed tells you everything you need to know about the type of people that Laurie Leshin is following, and how she consumes the news.
Secondly, what the hell is LGBTQIA? How many letters are we gonna add to this thing before it loses its meaning?
Thirdly, stop trying to make people feel sorry for themselves. This is not what America is all about. “You may be feeling marginalized as a person of color or a member of LGBTQIA? So….get over it. Your feelings are irrelevant, and it’s not the job of WPI to make sure you’re feeling good about yourself.
Or maybe you feel helpless, or unsure how to handle your majority privilege. You may feel sad, confused or angry about recent events. I understand these emotions, and yet knowing our community, I am optimistic about the future. Although we may not always clearly see the future, I know that as a community we can come together, support one another, and make positive change.
I look forward to continuing this important quest with you.
Wait…..what?? Did she really write in an email to the entire faculty and student body telling them how to handle their “majority privilege.” Newsflash – “Majority privilege” isn’t real. Women make up a majority of this country. Does that mean that men are oppressed? Of course not. And even if this woman thinks it is real, that just makes it her opinion. But she’s phrasing this email like it’s a fact. What about the thousands of people who read this email and don’t agree with her? Why are they being forced to subscribe to her twisted SJW ideology?
The most absurd part about this email was the “Against the Wall” video that she linked in it. Please, take four minutes out of your day and watch this. The lies will make your blood boil, but the fact that it was endorsed by the president of WPI makes it beyond inappropriate:
Here’s some quotes from that video:
“If you have as large a population of murdered young men in America, and they’re all black and of African-American descent, I think there’s someone sending us a message and we should respond to that message.”
Murdered? No one is being “murdered.” People throw that word around a lot like they know what it means. Even if Darren Wilson was at fault (which he was not), it’s still not a murder. This is just a LIE that the president of WPI is forcing down her student’s throats.
Then there’s the lie in regards to people being killed by police that “they’re all black.” I mean, that’s just patently untrue. And the president of a prestigious college is endorsing this video, so she’s spreading this lie. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people killed by cops every year in this country are white. But you don’t see white folks protesting for them because white folks like myself don’t care if cops kill dangerous criminals, regardless of their skin color.
In the video they keep playing the clip from the Terrence Crutcher shooting in Tulsa. But the cop who shot and killed Terrence Crutcher has been arrested and is facing charges. That’s the very definition of justice. A person who committed a crime is being held responsible for that crime. So what problem are they trying to fix?
“We’re being hunted every day. It’s a silent war against African-American people as a whole.”
WHAT??? Hunted? What is this, Jumanji? Human beings are being HUNTED??? This isn’t just some wacky theory tossed out there by nutjobs. This is a message that is EXPLICITLY endorsed by the president of WPI. And not only that, it’s being pushed on easily manipulated college aged students and faculty. Lauire Leshin called it “moving,” to watch a video that accuses police officers of literally “hunting” black people for sport. Unacceptable.
“If you are white, and you work in a black community and you are racist, then you need to be ashamed of yourself.”
Agreed. So please off the top of your head name one cop in America that you know for a fact is racist, and show us something to prove it. I’ll wait.
“Police brutality right here. Police brutality right here!!”
Why?? Why would you feel the need to send along this message that the police are this awful organization that commits brutality? Do some step over the line? Yes. And they need to be dealt with. But the vast majority of cops are good people who do their job well. How irresponsible is it for a college president to pass along this one-sided message to an entire student body?
No mention in the entire email or video about the five Dallas cops who were killed by a black lives matter supporter. Or the three dead cops in Baton Rouge. Or the dead cop in Houston. Or Kentucky. Or Officer Ron Tarentino, killed in the neighboring town of Auburn. Those things never happened. Racist white cops shoot innocent black kids. That’s it. No one else ever gets killed.
The bottom line is, Laurie Leshin owes the entire student body an apology, and if she can’t do that then she should resign and let a black person take her place. How would you feel as a WPI student if your mother or father was a cop? How bout their feelings? Do they not matter? Because videos that spread lies like the video Laurie Leshin just shared have turned millions in this country against the police. They’ve inspired murders of police officers, because they made people believe there is a “war” going on with cops. And in wars you go on the offensive.
P.S. Here’s a video of WPI “black lives matter” students refusing to let a basketball game be played because according to their leader, “fuck this game, shut this shit down.”
This is the type of behavior that WPI is condoning.
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