Another day, another shellacking of an ultra-woke liberal.
Too bad the ultra-woke liberal in question today, DEI Dean Tirien Steinbach, happens to work at … Stanford.
DEI, by the way, means “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” otherwise known as the alleged principles of Biden’s campaign.
In practice, however, “the Big Guy” has a different modus operandi.
Nonetheless, Steinbach has clearly taken her role way too much to heart, or feelings, given the hysterical performance she embarrassingly delivered in front of an invited guest speaker.
The Stanford Federalist Society had invited Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to speak at the university.
Apparently, as Duncan is a Trump appointee, woke Stanford students just couldn’t handle themselves and decided to “deplatform” Duncan by screaming at him.
Didn’t help that Ms. Steinbach, a so-called school leader, jumped in and amplified the abuse, leading to a ridiculous letter from yet another administrator, Dean Jenny Martinez, to absurdly entitled and shockingly ignorant Stanford students.
So much for Stanford admitting the bright ones.
“In the past few years, we have had a number of events with controversial speakers proceed without incident. Other than someone who hoped to create a meltdown for the cameras to capture, no one can be happy about what happened yesterday,” Martinez groveled.
Thanks for admitting Stanford law students apparently want to launch viral videos and become social media stars. Real aspiring professionals, right there.
“In such situations, an optimal outcome involves de-escalation that allows the speaker to proceed and for counter-speech to occur in an alternative location or in ways that are non-disruptive,” Martinez continued, “however, well-intentioned, attempts at managing the room in this instance went awry.”
You don’t say! “Went awry” is one of the nicest ways to describe the situation … and “well-intentioned” is a bald-faced lie.
Which is precisely why constitutional scholar Ed Whelan, who served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antony Scalia, skewered the woke dean, or a dean too afraid of students to do what’s right.
“No, Dean Martinez, ‘attempts at managing the room’ did not go ‘awry.’ There were no such attempts, much less ‘well-intentioned’ ones. Rather, your DEI dean was intent on chastising Judge Duncan. Have you actually watched the video?” Whelan exclaimed in disbelief.
And what a tale that video told.
Steinbach delivered a performance more fitting for a high school drama queen than a Stanford Law Dean.
“I had to write something down because I am so uncomfortable up here. And I don’t say that for sympathy, I just say that I am deeply, deeply uncomfortable … it’s uncomfortable to say that for many people here, your work has caused harm,” Steinbach brayed.
Ah! Prepared remarks, apparently six minutes’ worth of raging.
Sure, “well-intentioned” indeed.
“[Duncan] repeatedly and proudly threatened healthcare and basic rights for marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ people, Native Americans, immigrants, prisoners, Black voters, and women,” Steinbach ranted.
Of course. Notice how Steinbach stated LGBTQ+ ahead of all other groups, conveniently naming “women” last.
And her remarks droned on and on.
“Again I still ask, is the juice worth the squeeze?” Steinbach raged, “is it worth the pain that this causes, the division that this causes? Do you have something so incredibly important to say about Twitter and guns and Covid that that is worth this impact on the division of these people.”
Again, when will universities get the hint that fostering deliberate, violent division is precisely what authoritarian states such as Russia and China want?
Unless, of course, ultra-woke administrators and other preferred Democrat dependents wish for a communist takeover, provided they remain elites.
Author: Ofelia Thornton