Brett Weinstein, Equity Council, Jordan Peterson discussed on Awakening with Jay Nelson Forrest
Welcome prince. I'm Jay Nelson forest. Thank you for tuning into the podcast today. I'm going to be talking about identity politics. So let's begin dealing with identity politics with the definition. Identity. Politics is the tendency for people of a particular race religion gender ethnicity to organize politically around that special interest for the sole purpose of advancing that interest without concern or regard for any larger group or collective. Now, the difficulty is whenever you deal with something like this. People tend to misunderstand. So let me speak as carefully as I can. So understand that. We are living in a nation. That's now divided. It's divided even more. So than when I was growing up and reached adult dot delta. It's now so polarized that you have barbs flying back and forth between the the right and the left that it's hard for anybody to have a decent conversation or to come to any kind of mutual understanding. It's so polarized now that it's hard for any conversation. To take place any civil discourse to take place. It is come to the point of just name. Call in across the aisles. A good example of that is what took place with Jordan Peterson. If you're not familiar with Jordan Peterson. He's. He's canadian. Psychologists who basically got. Thrown into the midst of the the culture wars. So. He had issue with people or the government. Man Tate mandating the language that he was to us referring to transgenders transgender people. His issue wasn't that he wouldn't respect the person. What was the issue is? Once you start that slippery slope of legislating. Conversation when you legislate language when you began to take away freedom, you add up a slippery slope where it becomes. Real issue because then whoever's in power gets the decide what can be said what cannot and for those of us that are interested in free speech. That's an issue because I think that everybody has the right to be wrong. And they have the right to share their opinion. Even if you disagree. The problem that I'm having with the whole identity. Politics thing is the the he madness of it and the strategy the TAC TAC, the tactical strategy that's used in this identity politics realm. Here's the thing. Okay. I believe in social Justice. But I don't believe in social Justice as it is sometimes extreme or radicalized on the left where it's oh. Well, for an example, let's let's use an example to try to get a little more complex or a little more nuance and a little more specific. So. It is understood by some within the social Justice arena that only white people can be racist. Okay. That's an extreme left viewpoint. Only white people can be racist. This is an issue that I have because first of all that isn't true. And see the thing is it doesn't matter. Whether it's true or not they believe it and the minute that you question it than they especially if you happen to be. Of white skin. You are now on the alt-right just by just simply questioning. And this is the this is the way that it operates. They operate on the basis of. And remember who I'm talking about? I'm not talking about all those that are are for social Justice. I'm one of those as a supporter of Bernie Sanders. So please understand that my political view is metal to left in in the sense that I believe in in rights, or you might even say it's libertarian in the fact that I believe that government should stay out of our lives as much as possible because anytime government starts telling you what to do. Somebody's ideology is now controlling your freedom of speech and your civil rights. It shouldn't be okay. Keep government out of the private sphere. Let them take care of what needs to be taken care of by government. So, but that's that goes beside the point. So here's the issue is once you limit freedom of speech. You can do that in a number of ways the way that the particular tactic that they use is to immediately do character assassination. Now, you might ask like what what are you talking about? Well, let me use the case of the evergreen state college incident with Brett Weinstein. So Brett Weinstein is a biologist and he was a teacher at. Evergreen state college up in Washington. So understand he is a liberal or progressive. And they were in the process of trying to make the the college a social Justice college. They had a new president come in. And there's some indication that his particular plan was to restructure the the college. And what he did is he created a equity council and the equity council came up with this huge document that very people bothered to read where they're actually restructuring the the college now to to try to make a really long story really short is the structure of the the original founding of the the college was to give it maximum freedom to the professors to be able to do something that, you know? Was not possible in a regular college. And so they left the faculty in charge of pretty much the direction of the college, which is unusual and this president came in and was try to restructure it. And he was doing it through means of the equity council and the equity council had a lot of things in the document and Brett Weinstein win against the the document the the way that they were implementing it because of the the hidden. Restructuring that was in it. And because he did that. People began to question his commitment to equity to a quality. And of course, if you have you know, any kind of knowledge about Brett he is definitely one that believes in equality of opportunity. So it was one of those things that he he did that. And then because he raised issues day began to have questions concerning him, and then because there are moving in the direction they had a day of absence and once a year the. The faculty. The the people of color faculty would leave campus for one day to to let people know the importance of people of color, and they're they're import to the college. And Brett never had any issue with this the entire time. What took place though in? I believe it was two thousand seventeen is they decided that. Oh, no. We are not going to be absent. We're going to ask the white people to be absent.