In another great video (below) from Campus Reform, Cabot Phillips traveled to Georgia, specifically to Savannah College of Art and Design, where there exists a building named after conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
At this college, a number of students have signed a petition to rename the building and remove Clarence Thomas from any association with the building and/or the school.
Cabot Phillips wanted to understand just why the students were signing the petition and just why they felt compelled to rename the building to something that is not associated with Justice Clarence Thomas. And if you think any one of them came up with even a remotely decent explanation, you’d be horribly wrong.
You see, none of them could really come up with a solid answer. Many simply shrugged their shoulders, saying “I don’t know” or “I haven’t done enough research.” So they can’t even clumsily point to Thomas’ sexual assault allegations that came up very similarly to Kavanaugh’s allegations back when Thomas was a nominee to the Supreme Court.
Of course, even pointing that out brings with it a share of problems, but not even one of them even thought of it. They literally would say or signify that they simply don’t know why they are against him, they just are.
Cabot went further, asking them if there was anything the students could point to as the biggest reason for wanting to remove Thomas’ name from the building. Once again, they could not come up with anything… except for one particular student who gave perhaps the single stupidest answer I’ve heard in a long time.
A student wearing a New Orleans Saints beanie said the following: “[Thomas] is a historical figure… so is Hitler.”
No, there was nothing in between the things I quoted. There was nothing else that he said. That ellipsis was not to cut out unimportant bits and focus on the important ones, that ellipsis was to signify the time spent from one part of the quote to the other, similar to dialogue.
The kid’s literal argument was that Clarence Thomas is a historical figure, and because Hitler was also a historical figure, Thomas should have his name removed.
Now, I will cut the kid some slack. He does appear to be smiling when he said that, as if to know he just said some seriously dumb crap, but still. That is hardly an argument.
I’ve heard some ludicrous comparisons to Hitler before. Comparisons between, say, Trump and Hitler. And the reasons given are wrong and ignorant. People will say “they are both white supremacists” or other ridiculous things. But those kinds of comparisons, though erroneous, are pretty subjectively understandable. People consider the concept of a wall to be racist, even though it’s only meant to protect the border and the rule of law, without interjecting race. However, this comparison, though not directed at Trump, has to be the dumbest one I’ve ever heard.
People can say Trump is a Nazi all they want; they’d be wrong. But that gives them some subjective reason to not like him. This answer does not even touch on similarities of ideology (of which there are none because Hitler was a socialist and Thomas is a conservative). It does not even touch on similarities of policy (again, of which there are none). The argument is: Thomas is a historical figure. So is Hitler. Therefore, Thomas bad man.
There is literally no logical steps taken to go from not liking Thomas to comparing him to Hitler in this instance.
There is this little analogy I use sometimes: A farmer has to wake up very early every day, and he’s tired of it. He notices that whenever his rooster starts clucking in the morning, the sun would rise. As a result, he kills the rooster so that the sun will stop rising. Of course, the sun still rises anyway.
You see, there was no direct relationship between the rooster clucking and the sun rising. It’s just that the rooster clucks to signify the sun is about to rise, but the rooster does not make the sun rise.
But the farmer in that analogy at least noticed some sort of pattern, even if he was ultimately wrong. No cause-effect relationship. The student here draws no pattern. His line of thinking is: Thomas is a historical figure, as was Hitler, so that CLEARLY means Thomas must be like Hitler.
Never mind the fact that OBAMA is also a historical figure. Never mind that Bill and Hillary Clinton are historical figures (Bill more than Hillary, I’d say). Don’t pay attention to any of that.
Now, again, the kid was smiling, almost laughing, when he said that. I take that as he knows what he just said is super dumb, so I will try to cut him some slack, but I hope he at least learns the meaning of constructing an argument.
Of course, we could also argue about Thomas being a historical figure, but that’s not the point of my rebuking of the Saints fan.
That argument can hardly be called an argument. And that is where I will leave that since that is mostly a tangent for the main purpose of this article.
Returning to the overall video, there wasn’t a single person who could come up with a reason at all to remove Thomas’ name. One of the students tried to make it about politics, saying that the campus is liberal and that Thomas “degrades” that, which can also hardly be considered an argument. Cabot makes sure to point out the hypocrisy of liberalism, saying that liberals are supposed to be “open-minded and tolerant”. The student replies: “I guess, but I think that’s just a way to twist the concept of liberalism.”
Sweetheart (the student is a girl), what does the Left tend to do to appeal to people? Aside from trying to be hipster and cool to appeal to millennials, they point to the “racism” of the Republicans and the “inclusive” nature of the Left. The Left is the ones who say they are “open-minded and tolerant”. Cabot isn’t twisting it, the Left is.
We know very well that the Left is not tolerant and open-minded (as evidenced by the fact that this student herself essentially argues against Thomas’ name for the building because the college is liberal and he is conservative), so if anyone is twisting the concept of liberalism, it’s the Left.
Now, thankfully, not every single student interviewed by Cabot said they should rename it. One of the students brought up that just because you disagree with someone, that doesn’t necessarily disqualify their accomplishments. So not every student there is being completely indoctrinated, but there are a good number of them who are.
And make no mistake, this is prototypical indoctrination. Those students believe the things they believe not because they arrived at those conclusions by themselves, but because other people have taught them to believe those things.
This much is clear when they sign a petition to remove Clarence Thomas’ name from a school building but cannot come up with any particular reason as to why, apart from that’s just the way they feel.
This is what comes out of indoctrination. Mindless pawns useful to the Left. Clarence Thomas, to these kids, is bad. Not because they know anything about him, but because other people told them he’s bad and they have no sense for wishing to learn more about him to verify the claims made against him.
Then, these kids grow up to “believe all women” whenever a Leftist woman accuses a conservative man of something, whether or not it’s proven he did it.
But in this case, I arrive at a dilemma. What is better? Being uninformed or being misinformed? I, for one, believe it’s better to be uninformed. These kids, given their answers, are largely uninformed about Clarence Thomas. Again, they didn’t point to the sexual assault allegations, and the one kid that compared him to Hitler made a very stupid comparison that is not even up for debate as to why it’s wrong.
So I think these kids are in a better situation than someone who would bring up the aforementioned things or would make a more common comparison to Hitler (which is largely becoming stale, regardless of who you direct the comparison to), because such a person would be largely misinformed and remain grounded in their beliefs, whereas someone who is uninformed can be properly informed and could perhaps be persuaded to our side.
However much this may be the case here, I don’t know. But there is at least some level of hope for these kids to be properly informed and help them understand why it makes no sense to wish to rename the building currently named after Justice Thomas.
Here’s hoping that is the case, because it could just as easily go the other way, unfortunately. This is academia, after all. It’s long ceased to be a place of higher education. It’s now a place for higher indoctrination.
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