Face of the day

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Dr. Shu-Ju Ada Cheng, an Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University

Today’s face of the day is Dr. Shu-Ju Ada Cheng, an Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. She has announced her intention to resign from her post and has accused the University President of “reinforcing existing inequalities” due to his support for a free and equal exchange of ideas.

I find her belief amusing as the President actually did everything in his power to prevent the free and equal exchange of ideas. The presentation was unable to go ahead as the security paid for by the event organisers (but controlled by University management), refused to remove the protesters

In a message posted on Facebook, Dr. Cheng claimed free speech is a “delusional” idea rooted in “market ideology.” She said “incidents over the past two days” — a reference to Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ chaos-stricken visit to campus earlier this week — were a “symptom of historical institutional racism.”

Following the disruption of Milo’s event, University President issued a lukewarm statement, slamming Yiannopoulos’ political views but apologizing to the College Republicans, who hosted the speaker, for the disruption to their event caused by threats of violence and protests. It appears this apology is what has upset Dr. Cheng.

Cheng has since removed the post from Facebook, but the full text can be read below:

Dear President,

This is my last quarter at DePaul University. After 15 years of teaching, I have decided to leave the university. This is the first time I have ever emailed you and let you know my thoughts. Please read this note from a woman of color faculty without dismissing it easily.

Universities, like all institutions, are not neutral platforms. Universities are embodied institutions predicated upon social inequalities and dominant ideologies, privileging the participation and access of certain groups. In time of political crisis, universities have the responsibility to take a moral stand. To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for “equal” exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional and that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built. It is a hypocrisy to believe that one can promote diversity without tackling the racism that underlines all educational institutions. The incidents that took place during these past two days are just symptoms of the historical institutional racism embedded in this institution. The long history of exiting faculty of color is a longstanding indication.

Your handling of this case is shameful and embarassing. It is a lack of moral courage in the disguise of intellectual objectivity and positional neutrality. The lack of position is a position, and your chosen position is to reinforce the existing inequalities. Shame on you. I am glad I will no longer be part of this institution and be complicit in the institutional practices that support our racist society.

Ada

 


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  • D.Dave

    Good old lefties, believe in free speech as long as it doesn’t conflict with their personal ideals. The consummate hypocrites.

    • Nope. She makes it clear she doesn’t believe in free speech at all. The only speech that is acceptable is speech that she sanctions.

      She is wasted at a university. The Ministry of Truth is looking for people exactly like her.

  • waldopepper

    yes, they love free speech until its an opposing viewpoint. sounds to me like they are better off without her frankly. milo yiannopoulos speaks a lot of good common sense stuff that feminazis hate.

  • localnews

    Now she will be able to work for one of those private sociology companies and get paid her true market value!

  • Vutekno

    Dear Ada I am delighted that you have been so honest and forthright with your opinions on how I manage this University. Even more delighted that you also have the courage of your convictions to decide to resign your position here. Goodbye!

  • Gazza

    Would love to read her Reference after that rant. Based on what she has written it looks like the Uni would be better off without her; poorly written and typical of an academic attempting to use big words to look intelligent….fail

    • Edward M Blake

      Her student ratings work out to be average because the SJW students give her five stars and the rest give her zero with comments like”b.s crazy”.

      • spanishbride

        For those of you who would like to view her ratings go here.

        http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=138808

        • jaundiced

          Says it all…
          ‘Her resignation letter speaks for itself. To value ones own ideological self-righteousness over the basic principles of dialectical inquiry is just embarrassing. It’s a shame she poses as an academic’

  • JEL51

    This is hypocrisy of the highest order from one whose choice of hair colour sort of denounces her origins. Why is the hypocrisy at such high strength?
    The actual tone on which she has framed her email, the lack of reasoning, the forthright manner and not to mention the misperception of ‘Free Speech’ itself.
    This to me demonstrates that the assoc. professor hasn’t left much of the paternalistic nature of her up-bringing behind. No, that is not necessarily a bad thing but from my observation from living with that same culture, it doesn’t even allow room for ‘original’ thought-processes to evolve, let alone enhance the ability of one to express any such thoughts.
    Of course this is from my observations, not intended to upset anyone.
    (for anyone who hasn’t as yet, take time out to listen to Milo)

  • rexabus

    They really should go and experience life in academia in a “peopleof color” run university in Iran, Pakistan, China etc. Seems like more white male bashing. The academic left’s public enemy number 1

  • Brian Dingwall

    She clearly cnsiders herself one of those few people of “higher intellect” who can determine without prejudice what all the rest of us plebs may be permitted to say, and to hear.

    I say her students will gain from her decision, poor sods they have been to be exposed to this attitude….this chip-on-the-shoulder-itis. If she wants to recognize delusional, she should consult her mirror

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