Harvard University's Faculty of Arts & Sciences invited left-wing activist and writer Tim Wise to deliver the keynote address at its Decade of Dialogue "diversity conference" last week.
"Join us for a retrospective look at diversity and inclusion, a discussion of current issues, and practical guidance on how we can move toward greater inclusion and belonging at Harvard," the event description reads.
Speaking of 'diversity and inclusion'
Wise noted a few years back that Bible believers "deserve to be locked up."
And while he kinda, sorta, maybe relented later on in the same 2015 Facebook post, his message seemed clear: "I don't believe lunatics like this should be locked up, but I do think they have to be politically destroyed, utterly rendered helpless to the cause of pluralism and democracy ...the world is not theirs. They have no right to impose their bulls**t on others. They can either change, or shut the hell up, or practice their special brand of crazy in their homes...or go away."
Wise also called Christians "fundamentalist extremist Jeezoids" earlier in 2015 and also said back in 2008 that "fascism ... will be welcomed, lock stock and barrel by persons who pray at every meal to a God they visualize as white, whose son they also think was white, and who they believe is going to rapture them all into the sky upon the blowing of some heavenly trumpet, after which point all those who don't think as they think will be burned in an eternal lake of fire."
He also tweeted in 2012 that "people who believe in a God of hell/damnation deserve to be mocked viciously and run out of public square."
And after sweeping Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections, Wise posted "An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum" for his blog.
A different tune for his speech
Wise — author of "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son" and "Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority" — didn't use anti-religious language at the Harvard conference but rather "emphasized his own wokeness," the College Fix said.
During his address, he spoke favorably of black reparations, saying it's "fabulous" that the conversation is taking place, that it's a "victory" that prominent Democratic presidential candidates are formulating stances on reparations, and that it's a "win" that colleges are considering reparations, the outlet reported.
Wise also said President Donald Trump is and "always was" racist, the College Fix noted, and that his election shows that America "is more sexist and more racist than I realized."
More from his address, according to the outlet:
Academic institutions have an obligation to embrace the struggle for social justice and solidarity, "not just at the level of rhetoric but policy" as well, Wise said.
"Schools must make mission statements up to date," and be "willing to say what it means to operationalize" the implementation of inclusive ideals.
He set out vague admission and graduation requirements in order to achieve this mission. Admissions offices must consider applicants under the mind-set that "if you're not down with this mission, then you don't actually fit in with us as an institution."
Current students should pay their dues by proving that they're committed to "this mission" by way of "community service requirements … relevant to solidarity." If they don't meet this standard, "then you don't graduate," he advocated.
Here's video of the Harvard conference. Wise's keynote begins just after the 2-hour mark:
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