“The Vanderbilt Philosophy Department has a long and distinguished history of excellence and innovation in Philosophy” Well, here goes that history down the tubes. As of Jan 2015, the Philosophy Dept. is offering a course titled “Police Violence and Mass Incarceration”, surely to be a hit with those that believe police are evil and un-necessary. While I understand the concept, and certainly the freedom of expression, the extreme disdain for those charged with keeping order within our society is unacceptable. Law enforcements role is not to fix what ails humanity, but rather to protect it. If law enforcement fails and ceases to exist, so will order.
The irresponsibility of offering a course at a time when the climate towards police is at an all time low with assassinations and multiple attempts, is contemptible. There won’t be a fair, balanced conversation. There wont be police officers present to defend themselves or the laws they enforce. As the syllabus shows, it clearly is a one sided, sick agenda. ( http://phil213vandy.blogspot.com/p/the-killing-of-unarmed-black-men.html)
Below Lisa Guenther
The instructor behind this disgusting propaganda is liberal Lisa Guenther, whose writings reveal a disturbing ideology. Ms.Guenther even was part of the ” why we shut it down and what we want” rally which she signed a statement in “solidarity” with those pressing for change. On the “Liberate Nashville” website it states:
Our demands are threefold: 1) end police discrimination in Nashville; 2) decrease funding for the “prison industrial complex” and the militarization of the police force and reinvest that funding back into the community—into affordable housing, quality education, physical and mental health care, substance abuse programs, and food security; and 3) prioritize economic equity and empowerment for people of color.
See full statement at http://liberatenashville.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/why-we-shut-it-down-and-what-we-want/
This “movement” really isn’t about the police. It’s about the notion of those that don’t have, wanting what others do, and in this country if you forcibly take it, its called robbery. The police arrest robbers, hence the anger towards them. Look at their demands.. it sadly comes down to “empowering people of color”. What’s pathetic is the lack of anger within the “people of color” community, where the answer truly is.
Under the heading “scheduled readings”, a plethora of abhorrent articles are suggested including Salar Mohandesi – “Who Killed Eric Garner?” https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/12/who-killed-eric-garner/ where Officer Daniel Pantaleo is called a murderer, and Mariame Kaba – “Whether Darren Wilson Is Indicted or Not, the Entire System Is Guilty ”http://inthesetimes.com/article/17370/darren_wilson_indicted_guilty where the writer declares “We should use the occasion of the indictment announcement to gather and to continue to build power together. This is how we will win.
These are a small sample of what this course offers. While everyone has their right to express their displeasure with the system, they do not have the right to incite or further the ideology of hate.
Is this what is becoming the norm? Vanderbilt states “The university is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 universities by publications such as U.S. News & World Report“. Is the vitriol spewed by its liberal Philosophy Dept. included in that ranking? It truly is a sad time for America.
We at Dailyrollcall.com urge each of you to contact your local law enforcement union representative to let them know about this course as well as contacting the Chancellor of the University, and any alumni you may know. This is not freedom of expression, it is an expression of pure hate.
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