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Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools

Posted on 05 December 2013 By Bill Korach


Vassar is a liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, NY that was formerly an elite women’s college. Reports of bias and hate incidents surfaced when spray painted messages appeared on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “F*** Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny (transgender). Know Your Place.” Upon review of the messages, the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) swung into action. Problem is that BIRT was actually responsible for the messages and the entire hoax.

At first during the fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. On Nov. 14, the college sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences. “This is unacceptable and members of our community should be able to learn and work in environments that are free of hurtful expressions and behaviors,” wrote Edward Pittman, BIRT coordinator and dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity, in an email to students.

The email also outlined BIRT’s purpose and role in bias incident response. The task force receives the reports of bias incidents, meets with victims, and provides support for campus efforts to foster diversity and inclusion.

The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.

The entire hoax unraveled because five days after the email was sent, Vassar President Catharine Hill sent a follow-up email announcing that the bias incidents were hoaxes perpetrated by two students members of BIRT.  The students wrote the vile messages and then filed the reports themselves, claiming to be the victims of unknown haters. So once again, political correctness does not need facts, just any old work of fiction will do.

“It is our unfortunate duty to report that two Vassar students have admitted responsibility for creating a number of recent bias and hate-speech messages in public spaces on campus,” wrote Hill in an email. “They also falsely reported these as anonymous messages. Sadly, our community has been deeply hurt by these actions.”

The email noted that the two students had admitted responsibility and withdrawn from the college voluntarily. Their names were not reported.

Apparently BIRT did not have any race/bias/hate incidents, so they decided to liven things up by creating a few of their own for the purpose of investigation.

It has become a theme of the left that America is a thoroughly racist, homophobic nation. The National Association of Scholars has written a study demonstrating how colleges promote history to the lens of race, class and gender victimhood. The study entitled: “Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and gender dominating American History?” Sadly, it appears that even when no such bias exists, the left is all too glad to make it up as they have done at Vassar.

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