Hungary is quickly becoming one of the more important countries in Europe. Having escaped the Soviet Union’s enslavement, it is now a bastion of freedom and stability in Eastern Europe. As a member of the VISEGRAD 4, it has resisted the Islamic incursions demanded by the EU and just recently forced George Soros’ Open Society to leave the country. It is remaking its society based on Christian family and nation focused policies.
One of Hungary’s more interesting decisions involves its treatment of gender studies. A recent Breitbart article states that the country is “discontinuing programs in gender studies at state-run universities after determining the programs serve no identifiable purpose and are based on “ideology rather than science.” —- “Further, there is no demand for gender studies graduates in the Hungarian job market.” — “These programs do nothing to lift up the nation. In fact, they are destroying the values-centered mode of thinking that is still present in the countries of Central Europe”.
Some countries other than Hungary consider gender studies, and for that matter all social justice studies, to be grounded in socialism or fascism – and used to advance multiculturalism, identity politics, open borders, and the elimination of nations. Those countries that oppose the EU dictates increasingly see social justice studies as a direct threat to national governance and the rights of native citizens. Not surprisingly, European nations swamped by immigration and its crime are beginning to become more “Hungarian”. How about closer to home here in America.
The College of William and Mary is working on a requirement to have “social justice” as part of it curriculum. To summarize a “Flat Hat” college newspaper article from May 2018, “All students would be required to take a course dealing with justice and equity and examine at least two key social categories including race, gender ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, religion and disability.” — However, “Social justice is a remarkably amorphous term that includes whatever the user wishes. — The requirement is not political or philosophical orthodoxy. — It is dog-whistle post-modernism, a grab-bag school of thought without a defining characteristic. It is not morally grounded, does not have broad agreement among scholars, and does not represent the beliefs of a plurality of Americans”.
The College of William and Mary also has a social justice fellowship. I quote “The Social Justice and Diversity Graduate Research Fellows program brings together graduate students from across the disciplines in a community to support and promote research in the areas of social justice and diversity. The fellowship will facilitate networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, provide a platform for feedback and mentoring, and create a space where new projects can be discussed and promoted.”
My question is similar to that of the Hungarian government. What purpose is served? What are the jobs available upon graduation? Do these programs lift up the nation? Are they destroying the fundamental values of America? If social justice programs do not prepare students for a productive future in American society, then why are we, the taxpayers, paying to support them? It appears that social justice programs promote grievances not solutions to grievances – and justify harassment and violence in their name. It is time to rethink what is going on in our Virginia Colleges and Universities.