‘Privilege Is a Sin’: Scholarship Gone Wrong | Social Sciences and Humanities



hi welcome to America uncovered I'm your host Chris Chappell hey have you ever thought about how unfair it is do we call this bodybuilding but not this I mean it takes work to build your body to look like that or have you wondered about the dangers of artificial intelligence specifically that they're being programmed with masculinist imperialistic and rationalist data straight white men know this and they're afraid they'll be oppressed in the same way they've oppressed women and minorities and don't you think we need to do something about privilege and universities perhaps students who are more privileged could get interrupted when they speak or invited to sit on the floor and wear light chains so they can confront their privilege fragility if you're wondering if I've gone insane don't worry I haven't but maybe academia has those three topics were the actual subjects of academic papers submitted to ranked peer-reviewed journals but there's a catch those papers were hoaxes since approximately June of 2017 I along with two other concerned academics Peter Berg ocean and Helen pluck rows have been writing intentionally broken academic papers and submitting them to highly respected journals and fields of study gender race sexuality and similar topics we did this to expose a political corruption has taken hold of the university that's right over the course of ten months these three academics wrote depending on how you count it 22:21 completely bogus academic papers it was a major troll of academic journals covering cultural identity and Gender Studies a culture has developed in which only certain conclusions are allowed like those that make whiteness and masculinity problematic the fields were concerned about put social grievances ahead of objective truth so as a simple summary we call the problem grievance studies now I know what you're thinking they must be far-right conservative types but get this the three academics call themselves left-leaning liberals wait compared to right-leaning liberals anyways the papers started with politically fashionable conclusions which they worked backward to support by aping the relevant fields methods and arguments and sometimes inventing data for example the fat body building paper was written to see if journals will accept arguments which are ludicrous and positively dangerous to health if they support cultural constructivist arguments around body positivity and fat phobia the paper involving the feminist AI as they called it was designed to see if journals will publish dense and incoherent psychoanalytic and postmodern theory that problematizes whiteness maleness science and reason as oppressive and the one that suggested white students sit on the floor in chains was written to see if journals will accept arguments which advocate rating students by their identity privileges the most marginalized and discriminating against the most privileged but it gets weirder another paper they wrote was called our struggle is my struggle solidarity feminism as an intersectional reply to neoliberal and choice feminism confused perhaps that's the point the second half of the paper was a rewrite of a chapter from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf while taking out the fascism part there's another paper about the feminist posthumanist politics of what squirrels eat there was also an analysis of why men like restaurants restaurants like Hooters I think we all know the answer it's definitely the chicken wings but they're hoaxes conclusion was it's because men are nostalgic for patriarchal dominance and enjoy being able to order attractive women around but possibly one of the most out-there ones was about dog parks first of all if you listen to welcome to night Vale you know that you should never go near the dog park but if you do maybe you two could study human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity in urban dog parks in Portland Oregon that's the title of the paper the hoax papers authors said they examined roughly 10,000 genitals and found humans intervened ninety-seven percent of the time when male dogs were raping slash humping other male dogs but when a male dog was mating with a female humans intervened only 32 percent of the time and actually laughed out loud 18 percent of the time however the author did have this word of caution because of my own situatedness as a human rather than as a dog I recognize my limitations and being able to determine when an incidence of dog humping qualifies as rape sound bonkers well guess what it was published in a feminist geography journal called gender place and culture it's now been retracted but not only was it accepted at first but the journal honored it as one of the twelve leading pieces in feminist geography as part of the journals 25th anniversary celebration dad made the authors pretty happy thank you for your contribution to gender place and culture and I hope to be seeing your manager imprint your PhD managing their true-blue trolls TruGreen trolls in fact overall these authors were very successful to give you an idea seven papers published over seven years is frequently claimed to be the number sufficient to earn tenure at most major universities they got for published in less than a year including the papers about fat bodybuilding dog rape culture and breast ron's aren't you happy to have added back word to your vocabulary three more papers were accepted but never made it to publication because their project was exposed before they could be in addition seven more papers were still in play before the experiment ended that is the journals were interested but one of the authors to make revisions first that's what happened to the paper about putting white students in Chains the journal wanted revisions but it wasn't the whole putting students in chains thing that the journal wanted them to revise they were okay with that in fact one of the reviewers wrote I like this project very much but wondered how to make privileged students feel genuinely uncomfortable in ways that are humbling and productive but not so uncomfortable that they resist with renewed vigor and just so you know I didn't even go into some of the really out there papers because I was afraid YouTube would age restrict this video I did provide the link to their study but whoa oh and that paper about squirrel eating habits and feminist posthumanist politics well that one was my own little troll that wasn't one of the hoax papers it was a real and totally serious paper that got published in gender place and culture but while the idea that these hoax papers got published seems silly does it actually matter according to the authors of this study yes they say they did this experiment because scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established if not fully dominant within these fields this is deeply concerning because the work of grievance scholars goes on to be taught in classes to design educational curricula to be taken up by activists to influence how media is produced and to misinformed journalists and politicians about the true nature of our cultural realities for instance the white students being put in Chains paper was based on a real concept called progressive stack it's where professors call on students who maybe for a variety of reasons less likely to have their say these reasons may be based on race gender religion sexual orientation or disability status so in a classroom setting that would mean calling on a black lesbian before a straight white man if you're white and that makes you uncomfortable well according to this paper published in the International Journal of critical pedagogy you have white fragility it was written by Robin Dee and gel oh no I'm not citing her because she's white I actually don't see race so you'll have to tell me what ethnicity she is according to these guys white fragility is the idea that white people have become fragile because of their privilege and will act out like spoiled children if it is challenged and D'Angelo's paper had a big impact the term has become part of the standard cultural zeitgeist it landed her a book deal and the phrase even appeared in billboards that criticized white supremacy those were in Portland Oregon of course they were I mean they could practically be billboards for Portlandia so this is why these academics felt this troll was necessary that privilege is a sin in certain branches of a cadet the best I can tap into is that this is kind of like religious architecture in their mind where privilege is sin privilege is evil and then they've identified education as the place where it has to be fixed so you can come up with these really nasty arguments like what to put white kids in chains in the floor at school as an educational opportunity and if you frame it in terms of overcoming privilege and then you you framed their their resistance that they won't want this to happen to them but they would complain about this if you framed that in terms of oh they only complain about that because they're privileged and they can't handle it because they're privileged made them weak then it's right in which when you think about it doesn't sound too far off from the philosophy of Karl Marx that society is made of the oppressed and oppressor and the oppressed need to rise up and conquer their oppressors but Marxist philosophy and I know this will shock you did not lead to utopia on earth now as you can imagine reactions to this hoax have been mixed some like this Harvard professor felt it shed light on outlandish studies published in these types of journals another Harvard professor told the New York Times what they have shown is that certain journals and perhaps to an extent certain fields can't distinguish between serious scholarship and a ridiculous intellectual hoax but this Caltech physicist criticized it as pointless trolling while others said it was potentially unethical and doesn't show what it seems to show but whether was pointless trolling or sophisticated satire the grievance study's authors believed it was worth it even if it destroys their careers according the Wall Street Journal mr. Petrosian doesn't have tenure and expects the university will fire or otherwise punish him ms pluck rose predicts she'll have a hard time getting accepted to a doctoral program mr. Lindsay said he expects to become an academic pariah barred from professorships or publications but in the end the authors don't want you to walk away from this with the idea that social justice and equality are not important actually the opposite remember they described themselves as left-leaning liberals they said they did this because these fields of study do not continue the important and noble liberal work of the civil rights movements they corrupted trading upon their good names to keep pushing a kind of social snake oil on to a public that keeps getting sicker for us to know anything about injustice in society and be able to show it to those who are unaware or in denial of it scholarship into it must be rigorous currently it is not and this enables it and social justice issues with it to be dismissed so I want to hear what do you think about Creon studies leave your comments below and if you liked this episode remember America uncovered only exists because of support from you YouTube to monetizes videos that are too controversial so we rely on contributions from fans like you through the crowdfunding website patreon head over to patreon.com slash America uncovered to learn more the link is in the description below and also if you haven't already subscribe for more episodes once again I'm your host Chris Chappell thanks for watching America uncovered

31 thoughts on “‘Privilege Is a Sin’: Scholarship Gone Wrong | Social Sciences and Humanities

  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    their is no Dog Park

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    “No, I’m not calling on her because she’s white. I actually don’t see race, so you’ll have to tell me what her ethnicity is.” – Chris Awesome Chappell

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Karl Marx was not like modern SJWs, he even kicked people out of his organization, for focusing on social issues instead of economics

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    this is idiocracy in action)))

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I enjoyed watching all the videos and interviews when this happened, but this is the best round up I have seen, well done…… I am pretty sure the re-write of Mein Kampf didn't take out the fascism, that's the scary part! It made for plausible feminist theory.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    👍

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    How any feminists could think these were real and should be taken seriously is disgusting. Feminists are cancer on this world. They do all they can to spit in Gods face and laws and reject his love in every single way. Shameful. They're doing there very best to destroy every step woman have taken historically.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    For one thing, in regards to so-called RACE: There is the Human race, then there is all others!!! Two sexes, end of story!!!!!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Okayyyyyyyyyy! Once the class is over and the students remove the chains, then what? I am not following this line of thinking!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I feel so bad for white people. I’m sorry you guys are so oppressed. Especially the men. I’m so sorry 😢
    Is there anything I can do?

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    right liberalism is a thing.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Is everyone taking crazy pills!
    -Magatu

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I wouldnt call em trolls, more like conducting a placebo study.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I am finishing a BA in human development and social change, I have not taken any women's studies classes, we are preschool teachers and therapist…but yes, there is talk of victims.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    This is God level trolling!!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Why isn't stuff like this being called out as racist more often? They're stereotyping people based on one aspect of thier character; race, sexuality, gender ect.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Universities are almost certainly not going to get rid of grievance studies for a variety of reasons. But public awareness of these pseudo-scholarship curricula might make people a) less likely to enroll in them, and b) less likely for their degrees to be taken at all seriously by the majority of the population (who are non-radicalized). It's unfortunate that some university professors are teaching students how to not think. But shining a light on this problem is a valuable public service.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Am I the only one…

    Who is concocting a plan to steal a university scholarship just by coming up with enough Cultural Marxist mumbo jumbo on a fake paper?

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Now that's the kind of troll I like, good ** mate.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    We can all learn some lessons from these three heroes on how to properly troll dipshits. Well played three scholarly people whose names I've forgotten already.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    It’s a reality now, Academia is now the “education” arm of the Democratic Party

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Scholarship Gone Wrong…leads to Hoaxers like JUSSIE SMOLLETT!!!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I don't think white people have become fragile. I think we've been very patient and tolerant, especially white males. On the contrary, it's the marginalized groups that have become fragile because they are the ones who are privileged and spoiled by this corrupt system. If you want to treat people as equals, then create equal laws and equal opportunitues for all and encourage open dialogue. These issues have little to do with the government and Academia, whose job is to protect and educate us, something they have failed to do and instead aim to oppress us all, starting with white men. The fact that some people actually criticized the publishers for exposing these fraudalent jornals and field studies is incredible. You'd expect them to be embarassed.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Im straght masculine white male! Im the best planet earth has to offer, deal with it plebs!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Don't like Patreon capricious and politically motivated de-platforming, but I'll support you via Patreon until you or I can't stand them anymore. Subscribestar?
    By the way, "ethnicity" is not the same as "race".

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Payton has become corrupted also, I would offer other methods for us to support of I were you. Check Jordan Petersons channel for now ideas.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I think this proves that grievance studies is mostly liberal BS. IE Democrap.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    RIP Murica. It was good while it lasted.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    It is obnoxious that they trolled reputable peer-reviewed journals, but it's unquestionably important that compromised scientific, or peer-reviewed Enterprises be held to the highest standards of rigorous scholarship… With an attempt to do proofs, to verify information which is passed upon they're well-respected Enterprises it truly is up to the responsibility of the academics and Scholars at these Publications to verify, and qualify the amalgam of information which rings to their door. The only problem is, the process of verification takes time… And that could lead to slower Publications a very important research studies.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    This video is at the top of that pyramid of oppression slide

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