The facts of the story of the Colorado professor, Shannon Gibney, appear to be that THE WHOLE CLASS was one long anti-white guiltfest, with not much academic formal study going on. I suspect there’s a lot of Perfessors like Ms. Gibney out there, and that the administrators are ready to take action as soon as students complain.
Chauncey claims to be warning us, that “neoliberalism is going to get you, black professors of white guilt are the canary in the coal mine.” No, black professors of white guilt are NOT the canary in the coal mine. That’s a cushy, well paid job. Working class whites (and some others) must perform or get fired in the real world of real jobs.
Shannon Gibney may very well be the canary in the coal mine for these guys though:
Kids are giving bad evaluations to these creeps, and the market is responding!
So much of our problem really is these Marxist professors getting kids at an impressionalbe age that they grow up with a “default liberalism,” that goes off like a bomb later in their lives, like the hapless father of Laura Marie Marciano.
They don’t think through their political views until it’s too late. But that problem can be solved by getting rid of Marxist professors poisoning the kids, and the internet crowdsourcing pro-White memes. Pro-white is just pro-you, because if you are attacked for being a white person, you have to defend yourself as a white person. That’s why the internet comments are working for us — thethe wisdom of crowds.
In short, Galton found that a large crowd could, on average, guess the weight of an ox within 1% accuracy, even though many guesses were wildly off the mark. So what happened with us on the internet is that our collective said, “look, this is the simple truth. Anti-white is anti-you. Pro-white is pro-you.”
Imagine how awesome it’s going to be when people aren’t “default liberal” brainwashed by their college experience? Many “default liberal” types have very strong opposite experiences, but that brain bug is still there, and prevents them from completely going to our camp, until the crowd goes en masse at least.
But the end of the Marxist professors is the end of that comfortable default liberal. So much damage is done, so much progress is not made, because of the default liberal.
Students in required classes will often reveal their frustration and sense of being imposed upon through their course evaluations. Because people of color and women may tend towards fields in the social sciences and humanities that explore questions of identity, culture, and power, they in turn face the double burden of teaching courses and material that many white students are resistant to, and then being evaluated as less competent, precisely because they are not white and male.
Ultimately, Gibney’s experience is one more data point which reveals the overwhelming power of neoliberalism and the surveillance society to impact every aspect of American life.
Neoliberalism is a political and economic philosophy which argues that models of extreme capitalism and the marketplace should be used to organize society. Capitalism and democracy are made synonymous with one another. The type of biopolitics which has been ushered in by the neoliberal order is one of a culture of cruelty, mass incarceration, the destruction of the middle class, where the poor are treated as “useless eaters”, and the State monitors and spies upon its citizens through omnipresent means.
Higher education in America shares all of those traits. Evaluations are used to monitor, assess, intimidate, and control faculty members. Rate My Professor is part of this apparatus, as are websites by Right-wing “watchdog” groups that seek to bully and fire professors who are “hostile” to the conservative agenda.
Because higher education is profit driven–as opposed to being focused on creating active and critical citizens–the classroom is being transformed into a version of McDonald’s or Burger King where the customer is always right.
In many states, faculty are being required to submit their syllabi for public inspection and approval. If higher education is the last redoubt of critical thinking and a bulwark against neoliberalism, rising Christian Dominionism, and the anti-intellectual thuggery of contemporary populist conservatism, faculty members must then conform to the expectations of a lay public who have neither the expertise or qualifications to judge a given professor’s ability or competence.
Shannon Gibney’s experience resonates here: the White Right is pursuing a nativist and racist political agenda. Consequently, attacking faculty members who dare to engage in truth-telling and truth-seeking on those matters is a necessity.
Neoliberalism is predicated on creating a sense of insecurity and fear on the part of the American worker. If wages are stagnant, being undercut by globalization, and unions are destroyed, then CEO’s and the 1 percent can further extract wealth from the masses. The destruction of the middle class is the foundation for a neoliberal order. Tenure for college faculty, which grants the intellectual freedom to engage in truth-seeking and truth-telling, is being destroyed in America. Tenured and long-term faculty members are being replaced by adjuncts who are underpaid, without health benefits or retirement funds, and possess no job security. Tuition rates continue to rise. Executive compensation for senior administrators remains extravagant.
The result of neoliberalism’s influence in higher education is that the quality of student instruction will be made lower, universities and colleges will be preoccupied with expanding corporate support and donations (as well as giving them even more control over departments, hiring, and research), and faculty will be made made expendable and disposable. Those who remain will either have been lucky enough to be grandfathered through to tenure or will have adapted to the new reality of simply giving students the grades they want, i.e. “A’s” (as opposed to what they have earned) and abandoning any commitment to the life of the mind and the role of the intellectual as truth-teller.
Shannon Gibney’s experience is an example of racism and sexism in action. White privilege empowered the white male students to harass her. It was not white racism and white supremacy operating either together or alone that then led to Shannon Gibney being disciplined for daring to talk about structural racism in her class.
Neoliberalism is the main villain in Gibney’s story. Black and brown folks are once more “the miner’s canary”.
The forces of corporatization, hyper conservatism, and extreme capitalism came after Shannon Gibney because she is a black woman who dared to engage in truth-telling about white supremacy in the United States. As such, Shannon was the most vulnerable and opportune target of the moment.
The neoliberal order operates on the same calculus as organized crime or a hitman. It ain’t personal. It’s only business. Neoliberalism is coming for everyone. White supremacy and white racism are just a means to an end.