Fascinating Local Excercise in Wokeness

Updated on May 28, 2021 in General Stuff
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So for those unaware, I live in maybe the coolest place on earth in the northern tip of Virginia just 13 miles south of the sprawling metropolis of Winchester, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. What makes it so cool is I’m pretty much 2 hours drive from the entirety of American history. For instance, in Winchester among all the 300 year old houses with original bullet holes from the Civil War sits the headquarters of George Washington dating back to 1752 when he was an officer in the British army under Lord Fairfax on the brave new frontier of what was at that time the Wild, Wild West.

All of which has caused the local community college, Lord Fairfax Community College, to take up the woke cause of changing the name of the college to something less related to 18th century slave holders (Lord Fairfax, it turns out, had them as did George Washington). They’ve taken to putting the whole issue up for public comment at https://lfcc.edu/college-naming/?fbclid=IwAR3JSLsmnsgGZJrZOTMKs6D_gsz8U-M8m9B5XpMWYq7Q1GPWIjtKmwJLS5c .

So this has become a hotbed of local Facebook angst. Interestingly a local history buff name Mike Robinson has posted this:

“Lord Fairfax the 6th was a slave owner and the school is presently named after him. Lord Fairfax the 9th detested slavery and the stain it left on the family name…so he freed all the family slaves when he had the power to do so. Lord Fairfax the 9th also paid for any ex-slave to learn a trade and also paid for any ex-slave’s travel if they wanted to go to Liberia. Lord Fairfax the 9th, in this decision, freed the great great great grandfather of present Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. He is only the second African-American in Virginia history to be elected to statewide office.

We can keep the name Lord Fairfax Community College and rededicate the school from Lord Fairfax the 6th, to Lord Fairfax (9th Baron of Cameron), who, in a time when slavery was socially accepted…did what was right.

Remember, history is just a chronicle of how we are evolving as a country. Becoming a better, righteous, and compassionate country is a journey, not a destination. We want to be always moving forward…not to be defined by our past, but to be collectively excited about our future.”

It also turns out that Lord Fairfax the 9th lived in Fairfax, VA, over the Blue Ridge in Northern Virginia, a current hotbed of national media coverage for their ability to fuck up things like a functioning public school system.

So some locals have boiled down the argument against renaming the community college to:

– Keep the name Lord Fairfax Community College.

– Rededicate the school in honor of Lord Fairfax the 9th.

– Redirect money that would have been spent on changing the name to benefit future students.

Which seems eminently sensible. I’ve already submitted my comments and curiously noted that there’s no requirement to actually live anywhere close to here to do that. So if all y’all want to have some fun with wokeness, take a minute and cut and paste your comments into out little pissing contest.

 
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Done! Here’s my submission:

We can observe tremendous evolution from “Fairfax the 6th” to Fairfax the 9th”. Just imagine what “Fairfax the 14th” will bring us!

Or perhaps we can contemplate the abject mediocrity of anyone who’s academic career culminates in their being in a leadership position at Lord Fairfax Community College. That contemplation might then lead us to the realization that such medriocrities ought embrace the humility that their station implies. That humility might lead them to spend less time pursuing meaningless, symbolic genuflections toward their academic betters, and more time pursuing basic educational competence.

Which is to say, who are you trying to impress, other than yourselves? Do you think the student’s in “AUT 266 – Auto Alignment, Suspension and Steering” care about this? Your best chance at redemption is to demonstrate that you are something other than just another “self-licking ice cream cone” inside an academic culture gone mad.

Have an original thought! Have an original agenda! I promise you can do it if you put your minds to it.From John Smith

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That’s just awesome!

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I got a reply from no less a personage than the Provost himself:

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Nifty little bit of buck passing and waffling you got there. I haven’t received a response at all from my submission over the weekend.

But considering I suggested dropping the effort and spending the money on students, maybe that’s a little more vexing to waffle on.

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Fauquier, by the way, is a buffer county between us yokels here and Northern VA proper. That’s older than shit money and if you have to ask, you can’t afford it horse farms. And absolutely insane politics of remaining firmly planted in 1750. Back when we were playing we had some wineries out there that were always in a tussle with the locals about operating on a weekend past 6 pm because it disturbed neighbors 13.2 miles away.

Like I said, this is a great place.

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I love this sentence more than life itself:

“Their decision was predicated on a cost-analysis and brand study that showed the name, which reflects a title in current use, was particularly weak as a brand.”

Can I get some Thousand Island to go with that word salad?

The idea that the name of some local community college makes any difference at all is nonsense. People go to community colleges for all kinds of reasons, but the biggies are a) It’s local and b) it’s affordable and c) it offers flexibility such that you can attend without majorly disrupting your life.

No one cares about the name. Except, of course, for this pack of lemmings. They jumped into this because it seemed like the thing that those in the academic/cultural milieu they resent not being a part of would have done.

They are play acting a role. They don’t know why. It just seems like the thing to do.

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Exactly.

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This whole business brings to mind, with some fondness, the oddness that is my educational career. Starting with Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI named for a notorious racist in his hometown which had a mayor for decades that kept blacks out until he died at some point in the late 70’s. But retains the name of the founder of the town company that still bears his name.

To Eastern Michigan University that were known as the “Hurons” until the mid-90s sometime when they changed their name to the Eagles because it’s wrong to name a school after indigenous, proud warriors who once lived there.

To the University of Michigan which is currently a constant source of embarrassment on many levels.

Good times!

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Some pure gold from Virginia: “Education Equity is achieved when we eliminate the predictability of student outcomes based on …. ability”?

Some times I wonder if these people realize how idiotic they sound.

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Like I’ve said before, living here is fascinating. I think that fully 5 of the 10 richest counties in the country are in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and they are currently showing themselves to be clinically insane on a regular basis. Loudoun, Fairfax, Faquier, Great Falls, and Prince William in Maryland I think that are regular features on Fox News (wife always watches that and one of their very popular commentators lives in Fairfax I believe, where she’s raised a couple kids) with videos of parents in school board meetings reading porn that’s become officially ensconced in the ninth grade curriculum, etc. I guarantee that slide came from one of them.

Just hilarious. No freakin’ shame.

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