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Scholars claim Asian Americans used to perpetuate racism in STEM

In a recent academic journal article, two PhD candidates argue that Asian Americans indirectly help promote “meritocracy” in STEM, thus “perpetuating racism.”

In the Journal of Race and Ethnic Education, PhD candidates Jason Y. Buell and Grace A. Chen discuss the “historical and contemporary ‘racializations’ of Asian (Americans)” in the field of STEM within an article titled, “Of models and myths: Asian (Americans) in STEM and the neoliberal racial project.”

Buell and Chen argue that the “prevailing perception of Asian (Americans) as model minorities masks how their multiple and contradictory positionings in the STEM system perpetuate the neoliberal racial project and reproduce systems of racism and oppression.” 

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According to the authors, “the neoliberal racial project is currently the predominant racial project in the United States,” and is characterized by “a focus on individualism and individual rights, rather than the collective, and the achievement of its aims through persuasion and rationalization rather than violence or coercion,” as well as an emphasis on “freedom and competition,” which they assert “concentrates resources for those who are already politically and economically powerful.”

This approach is buttressed by the “model minority myth (MMM),” they contend, asserting that “Asian (Americans) have long been used to promote meritocratic ideals” under that framework.

At the same time, they say, “the neoliberal racial project employs a producerist ideology that determines whether people...deserve resources based on their potential for contribution to national interests,” a perspective that they see as being especially prevalent in STEM fields.

[RELATED: Prof claims Hispanic students perpetuate ‘colorblind racism’]

The practice of Asian Americans as “an idealized labor force” began shortly after World War II, the authors claim, saying that in the face of a shortage of STEM-trained labor, the STEM education system chose to embrace Asian American migrant workers rather than trying to solve the problem through “improved education for Black students in post-Brown vs. Board of Education schools.”

They assert that this was a

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Researchers identify 31 types of anti-atheist microaggressions

Three researchers recently created a psychological survey to help therapists gauge how often atheist clients may suffer from microaggressions.

The Microaggressions Against Non-Religious Individuals Scale (MANIRS) was created by researchers Louis Pagano, Azim Shariff, and Zhen Cheng, and published for the first time last week in a journal run by the American Psychological Association. 

According to the MANIRS scale, there are 31 microaggressions that are unique to atheists, many of which involve incidents during which an atheist is accidently assumed to be religious, or when an atheist overhears stereotypes. 

[RELATED: Librarians warn ‘Christian fragility’ causes microaggressions]

Examples of microaggressions the MANIRS assesses include: “Others have assumed that I am religious,” “Others have acted surprised that I do not believe in God,” and “Others have included a blessing or prayer in a public social gathering.” 

Microaggressions are also said to occur if “Others have teased me because of my non-religious identity,” “Others have assumed I have no morals,” or “Others have suggested I am too sensitive about discrimination to against non-religious people.” 

“Having this microaggression scale can empower non-religious individuals to talk about their experience with prejudice,” the researchers assert, suggesting that it could help clinicians to “better understand the types of prejudices that their non-religious client experience in their everyday lives” while also making clients feel more comfortable “discussing these subtle experiences of bias with their therapists.”

For therapists, the benefit is twofold. Not only can the microaggression scale help them learn more about the bias that atheists confront, but it may also improve their ability to counsel atheist patients, the researchers explain.

The article adds that “despite its limitations, one of the important benefits of microaggressions theory is that it raises people’s awareness of their often unknowingly hurtful or othering behaviors,” and can therefore “offer people the opportunity to avoid unintentional harm.”

[RELATED: Board tells students to check ‘cis,’ ‘Christian’ privilege]

The study was led by Zhen Cheng, who recently received her Ph.D from th

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University hires radical leftist Noam Chomsky to teach politics

Anarcho-syndicalist Noam Chomsky will earn a $62,500 salary to teach a general education course for undergraduates titled “What is Politics?” next spring at the University of Arizona.

According to an announcement from UA, Chomsky—a famous leftist linguist, self-described anarcho-syndicalist, and open supporter of the terrorist organization Hezbollah—is regarded as a “world-renowned linguist” and one of the most “cited scholars in modern history.”

The “What is Politics?” course will explore “issues in contemporary political analysis, human values and political goals, how governments differ and why they change, [and] how nations differ from one another,” according to the course description.

[RELATED: Chomsky claims GOP, Christianity trying to 'destroy the world']

According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, Chomsky was originally a guest lecturer at UA for several years before being hired as a consultant for a politics class where he lectured six times and received an average payment of $10,000 per lecture.

UA has now hired Chomsky to teach from 2017 to 2020 at an annualized salary of $250,000, albeit at a rate of only 25 percent of full-time equivalent (FTE), meaning Chomsky will actually earn $62,500 per year.

Chomsky’s annualized salary dwarfs those of other UA faculty members, Judicial Watch notes, pointing out that a full-time engineering professor at UA receives an average salary of $80,000. 

[RELATED: Rutgers hires war crime ‘apologist’ to teach international law]

Bevan Olyphant, a former Green Beret who taught a leadership class in the honors program at UA, was reportedly only paid $1,500 a semester. Olyphant told Judicial Watch that his request to bring in conservative speakers was denied after the UA president told him “We can’t do that! We would have a riot.” 

Judicial Watch has also requested the records of UA’s contracts with other lecturers, none of whom appear to be conservative.

UPDATE: UA Vice President of Communications Chris Sigurdson provided Campus Reform with a statement clarifying that the original salary figures reported by Judicial Watch did not account for Chomsky's 25 percent of FTE pay rate, thereby inflating the figures fourfold. He also noted that the entirety of Chomsky's salary is funded through private donations. Thi

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Quinnipiac removes Punch Nazis professor from website

Quinnipiac University has scrubbed all references to Matthew Fantastic Loter from its website after the professor allegedly put a popular YouTuber in a headlock and repeatedly punched him. 

According to multiple witness statements, Loter approached YouTuber Jeremy Hambly from behind at the Indianapolis bar Tin Roof on August 2, put Hambly in a headlock, and screamed “I’m going to f*****g kill you” while repeatedly punching Hambly.

[RELATED: Prof allegedly sucker-punches critic of social justice gaming]

“Someone came up behind me and put their arm around my neck, and said: ‘Hey, are you Jeremy Hambly?’” he told Campus Reform by phone last Wednesday. “At that moment, I sincerely thought it was a fan from Youtube.” 

“Then I turned my head and Loter started screaming and punching me, yelling “I’m going to f*****g kill you,” said Hambly. Four bystanders helped pry Loter off Hambly, then Loter fled the scene, punching out a window of the Tin Roof bar as he left. 

Loter was initially slated to teach “Introduction to Game Design” in Fall 2018, according to a review of the Quinnipiac University website last week. He was also listed as a part-time faculty member on the school roster, and on the school’s course directory. 

However, since Campus Reform broke the story, all mentions of Loter have been scrubbed from the school website, and two sections of “Introduction to Game Design” are currently listed on the directory without an instructor. 

Notably, Quinnipiac University would not confirm whether Loter will still be teaching at the school in the fall, and when phoned, an officer at the school’s Public Safety department claimed he had zero knowledge of the alleged assault. 

Hambly says that getting the police to take him seriously has been difficult, but that an Indianapolis detective was eventually assigned to his case on August 8. 

Hambly suspects the attack was premeditated. 

[RELATED: ‘Leftist Fight Club’ trains UCF students to fight Republicans]

The assault happened after GenCon, an annual gaming conference in Indianapolis. Prior to the event, on May 31, Hambly had posted a YouTube video objecting to feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian being appoint

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