Entirely true

Rhodes funded a race-blind scholarship. I am more comfortable with that than with wondering whether I got my position because of diversity quotas. Equally, Victorian and Edwardian patriarchy was in many ways still better than the conditions girls and women currently endure in several African countries. On the virtue-signalling scale, some causes definitely score higher than others.

One of the problems with modern Britain is that this sounds odd coming from the pen of a British academic.

22 thoughts on “Entirely true”

  1. Heretic ! Burn her !

    Oh she is from Morocco, not sure that counts as Africa these days does it ?

  2. That thought crossed my mind. If Cleo was black because she was from Egypt – a common assertion – then yes, it does count as Africa. But I think that only counts when arguing good things. North African (Berbers, Arabs) hsa been, historically, more vile to sub-Saharans than Europeans, so maybe not.

  3. I suppose that at least she’s not a pied noir

    Funnily enough, I watched Algiers with Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr (sigh) last night where everybody else had a Brooklyn accent. A film that unfortunately plays simultaneously with the Pepe le Pew cartoon in my head.

  4. “ She called the fuss a ‘dazzling sign of Western privilege’.”

    That’s very good; using their own language against them.

  5. The Meissen Bison

    You want more? Here’s some more:

    […] anti-Rhodes virtue signalling [has] little to no effect aside from showing the students that they are expendable hostages and teaches them that even respectable academics from one of the most prestigious universities cannot see a statue without throwing a tantrum.

  6. “She said the politics department was in an “ideal position” to promote equality by “raising awareness about places in the world where there is still much more work to be done than under the dreaming spires”.”

    She’s telling them to shut up and actualy do the job properly.
    I like her.

  7. @ Ottokring:

    Hedy Lamarr (sigh)

    Not just a pretty face:

    At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology for Allied torpedoes, intended to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers.[11] She also helped improve aircraft aerodynamics for Howard Hughes, while they dated during the war.[12] Although the US Navy did not adopt Lamarr and Antheil’s invention until 1957,[4][13] various spread-spectrum techniques are incorporated into Bluetooth technology and are similar to methods used in legacy versions of Wi-Fi.[14][15][16] Recognition of the value of their work resulted in the pair being posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

  8. Hedley Lamarr is ok I suppose, but I’m still constructing a Rod Taylor style time machine so I can do the sex to Vivien Leigh circa 1939.

    (It’s not adultery if you violate the spacetime continuum to get your shag on, Nicholas Lyndhurst and that softcore porn show for women who like to imagine being ravished by hunky and surprisingly hygienic Highlandmen prove this)

  9. Ottokring

    “Heretic ! Burn her !”

    You are closer than you think.

    She became a Catholic, which will do her standing no good amongst the wokerati, to whom Catholicism is the ultimate enemy, and her erstwhile Muslim fellow Africans might want to punish her for apostasy.

    Good on her.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Although the US Navy did not adopt Lamarr and Antheil’s invention until 1957”

    Spread spectrum techniques require broadband amps, transmit and receive, which were quite tricky to build at the time and I imagine getting them miniaturised and working in torpedoes would have been very hard and expensive, if possible at all with valcle technology. Its no coincidence that the first transistors were developed in the late ’40’s and the technology gained traction in the ’50s.

  11. In WW2 the Yank brass had bigger things to worry about than making theoretically unjammable torpedoes. For egg sample, making torpedoes that didn’t miss the target, turn in a big circle and head back to the ship that fired it like something Wily E Coyote bought from the Acme Company.

  12. BiND beat me to it there. I believe that the US DoD were trawling through old patents for ideas whose time had come when Ms Lamarr’s saw light of day again.
    I accidentally saw a BBC Newsround show a few years ago, where they lied by saying that the idea was never taken up because Hedy was a woman. I guess that the truth of it being too difficult to implement with 1940s tech was too problematic for the Beeb.

  13. “making torpedoes that didn’t miss the target, turn in a big circle and head back to the ship that fired it like something Wily E Coyote bought from the Acme Company.”

    Or hit the target with a big clunk of metal on metal and then drop to the ocean floor…….there is an argument that the Pacific war would have been over a lot quicker if for the first 2 years of it US torpedoes had actually exploded when they hit Japanese vessels, rather than just leaving a slight dent.

  14. Silvia Sims over hedy and vivien for my goodnight sweetheart. 1940s leading ladies much like supermodels, tended to favour very statuesque beauties rather than naturally very very pretty women, probably something to do with black and white.

  15. “One of the problems with modern Britain is that this sounds odd coming from the pen of a British academic.”

    I’ve no idea about this woman’s background, but a lot of liberal arts academics are very much spoiled upper class, aren’t they?

    I suspect a lot of people who were colonised didn’t really care. Most people’s lives are about doing a job, getting a girl, having kids. Do I care if I work for Americans, Japanese or Spanish people? Not really, just make sure I get paid.

    Like there’s a whole “Tibet freedom” thing, but I don’t see many Tibetans complaining. Probably because the Lamas were utter cunts.

  16. The academics can just employ a few Poles with crowbars to earn some Brownie points.

    Doing what this lady suggests requires some guts and talent, attributes not found in academia.

  17. The academics can just employ a few Poles with crowbars to earn some Brownie points.

    Or in the Rhodes Must Fall case, Blackie points.

  18. If seen a fair few people of colour who are totally bemused by all the woke handwringing and say they are quite happy to stand up for themselves if need be.
    Did like the comment from a doctor in Florida about anti-racism training from the school board along the lines of ‘I have 2 medical degrees and a good life exactly who is supposed to be oppressing me and if you are claiming anyone is oppressing my kids then I’ll deal with it myself’

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