The Wit and Wisdom of Cornellians

The right of Big Red Bears to babble shall not be infringed

The Wit and Wisdom of Cornellians

The right of Big Red Bears to babble shall not be infringed

The Crisis of the Intellectuals

On the 400th year anniversary of the founding of the slavocracy known as the United States of America, Ibram X. Kendi redefined the word racist in his best selling book, How To Be An Antiracist. More recently, Ibram X. Kendi realized that the traditional construct of the intellectual has produced and reinforced bigoted ideas of group hierarchy, and that the traditional conceptions of the intellectual serve the status quo of injustice. To rectify these errors, Ibram X. Kendi, our lexicographer and savior, has redefined the word intellectual in his article The Crisis of the Intellectuals.

In The Crisis of the Intellectuals, Kendi has abolished the old definition of an intellectual that has promoted racism in Western civilization from the time of Socrates through the Age of Enlightenment, and to the present when white cisheterosexual males such as Richard Dreyfuss still proclaim that an intellectual is characterized by the following concepts:

  1. Reason, 2. Logic, 3. Clarity of Thought, 4. Clarity of Expression, 5. Critical Analysis, 6. Values of Debate, Dissent and Civility, 7. Historical Context, 8. Rumination & Contemplation, 9. Agility of Mind, and 10. Ethics.

Dreyfuss, the founder of a white supremacist organization known as the Dreyfuss Civics Initiative, defines these concepts like so:

Reason: To think with a premise and in a formative way that leads to a honed and rational thought.

Logic: The act of using reason in a step by step means that has valid and reliable principles, and facts, as a foundation.

Clarity of Thought: The act of using logic to create ideas and beliefs about a specific occurrence that is not biased.

Clarity of Expression: The act of using precise and accurate ideas to present clarity of thought.

Critical Analysis: Judicious and significant evaluation of a specific situation that leads to valid and reliable outcomes, with thought for, and by, all sides.

Values of Debate, Dissent and Civility: The freedom to present and consider different means of mediation and dialogue, with outcomes that range from disagreement to agreement, all in a professional manner.

Historical Context: Chronological perspective of the most unique developments in human existence relating to Enlightenment ideas and freedom from class structure.

Rumination & Contemplation: Within historical contextualization, reflection and deliberate consideration of significant differences in thought and positions to achieve reason.

Agility of Mind: Skillful contemplation of thought and actions of others is using debate/dissent/context to achieve the highest level of precise propositions in all arts and sciences.

Ethics: An aggregate of morals and civil interactions within a specific group that uses logic to solve conflicts and in a manner that reflects an agility of mind.

Clearly these concepts lead to social injustice and bigotry.

While the socially unjust definition is comprised of ten concepts, Ibram X. Kendi, with his great alacrity and perspicuity, has now defined the essence of an intellectual by only two fundamental concepts: 1) someone who looks like him and 2) someone who has a background like his.

This is the best thing to happen to academia since the announcement that Greta Thunberg will finally be back in school when she receives an honorary doctorate of theology from the University of Helsinki.


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