Multicultural identity police charge whites with exploiting identity

If you’re worried that White Nationalist groups are forming on your college campuses, good. Because ultra right-wing white nationalist groups are not a force for good; neither in America, nor in Europe where they are vying for power at the national level.

But if you’re not worried about the Black Communist Internationalist groups that have already begun taking over higher education in America, then you either do not care or do not understand that Maoists are vying for control of your campuses.

The Black Liberation Collective that organizes campus protests and compiles The Demands is “dedicated to transforming institutions of higher education through unity, coalition building, direct action and political education. … As an organization, we stand against capitalist notions of infinite profit, homogenized markets, and a privatized means of production. … An international movement is needed to defeat this rotten system.”

If that’s not clear enough for you, then a cursory comparison of The Demands made by Black Lives Matter groups and the 16 Points made by Mao Tse Tung might be helpful. You know that physical intimidation of “reactionary bourgeois academic authorities” has already started, and unless the “revolutionary student” forces are stopped it’s only a matter of time until real violence breaks out. The presence of White Nationalists will make matters worse, but the absence of White Nationalists will do nothing to prevent the revolution from continuing.

The article at Inside Higher Ed – White Nationalist on Campus – focuses on two California State University campuses, so let’s take some examples from their sister campus at CSU East Bay.

CSU East Bay Demand 3. “WE DEMAND an increase in funding for CSUEB’s Ethnic Studies Department … to offer year-round courses to students such as ‘Hip Hop Nation’ taught by Shaida Akbarian.”

CSUEB Demand 4. “WE DEMAND a vote in determining the professors that are tenured at CSUEB’s campus.”

CSUEB Demand 7. “WE DEMAND a mandatory cultural awareness/racial sensitivity training take place for all incoming employees, staff, faculty, and the University Police Department…”

Mao’s Point 4. “Let the Masses Educate Themselves in the Movement: Trust the masses, rely on them and respect their initiative. … Let the masses educate themselves in this great revolutionary movement and learn to distinguish between right and wrong and between correct and incorrect ways of doing things.”

Mao’s Point 10. “Educational Reform: In the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution a most important task is to transform the old educational system and the old principles and methods of teaching. … In every kind of school we must apply thoroughly the policy of education serving proletarian politics … so as to enable those receiving an education to develop morally, intellectually and physically and to become laborers with socialist consciousness and culture.”

CSUEB Demand 1. “WE DEMAND support and funding for a Black Student Government that will … serve as the ultimate support for our black clubs and organizations.”

Mao’s Point 9. “Cultural Revolution Groups, Committees and Congresses: The struggle of the proletariat against the old ideas, culture, customs and habits left over by all the exploiting classes over thousands of years will necessarily take a very, very long time. Therefore, the Cultural Revolutionary groups, committees and congresses should not be temporary organizations but permanent, standing mass organizations [and] should consist mainly of representatives of the revolutionary students.”

CSUEB Demand 10. “WE DEMAND that we receive a response and plan of action from President Leroy M. Morishita by January 6th, 2016 by 12 pm (noon).”

Mao’s Point 11. “The Question of Criticizing by Name in the Press: In the course of the mass movement of the Cultural Revolution … criticism should be organized of typical reactionary bourgeois academic ‘authorities’…”

Since Inside Higher Ed appears unwilling to give equal time to criticizing Black Liberation Collective and other Maoist front groups attacking higher ed, might I make a modest proposal? Change the headline of that article to “Multicultural identity police charge whites with exploiting identity.”

Mapping the History of Istanbul

My forthcoming novel begins in the Istanbul of the 1630’s. Murad IV is Sultan. Coffee and alcohol are evil, and their consumption is punishable by death or worse. Mina, a slave girl captured by Ottoman troops in Hungary, tries to escape after years of captivity.

She kept her head down, but her mind was alert to the people and sounds around her, especially for the distinctive sounds of soldiers and their swords. The city was shutting down for the night. Stopping at the intersection where the Grand Bazaar ended and the Beyazit Mosque formed a barrier to the park beyond, Mina looked backward down the boulevard and gasped at the beauty of the Aya Sofya. Minarets jutted like spears of light into the dark sky, the circular dome was lit by a thousand lamps, the square perimeter dotted with more, and she knew that even this impressive display would be nothing when compared to the Night of Power as three thousand slaves would set afire twenty thousand oil lamps and all of Istanbul would witness the power and might – and the humility, she thought, remembering how she and her fellow captives were incessantly reminded of the humility – of Allah’s greatest servant, Sultan Murad IV.

Old maps of Istanbul, Anatolia, Cappadocia, Armenia — and beyond — have been critical to my novel. Here are a few maps of the city known by many names through the ages: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul, Stamboul, and the Sublime Porte. For more maps, a good starting point is the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, but three years of research have yielded many other troves of digital mapping deliciousness. Leave me a comment if you’d like me to post them for you…

Update: Scroll down for the maps. But first, a few links in response to a comment asking about the historic architecture of Istanbul.

Update: Cartography web sites. Not all of these sites contain maps of Istanbul, but I’ve found that one resource often leads to another. In my research phase, I had some very specific goals; and although I bookmarked most of the places I found, I didn’t (couldn’t) review every site thoroughly.

Update: Documents. A collection of old and new documents describing Istanbul.