Cancel Culture is Nothing New…It Happened Back in the 80s!

I just got finished reading an article on “RealClearPolitics” (linked to here at IWB) from a law professor at Cornell U where he claims that students, faculty and others want him fired from his job because he criticized Black Lives Matter.

He claims, rightly, that most students are opposed to this cancel culture but are ‘silent’ about opposing it, and faculty that he’s known or are friends with are siding with BLM out of fear of losing their jobs themselves.

Kinda reminds me of the old Soviet Union, eh? I guess some have experienced communism…or one could call it fascism, isn’t that right Antifa?…before others will. But I suspect some never will because we won’t put up with it.

So why did Soviet and Chinese and North Korean and…and…you name it, people put up with Communism? Because they didn’t have the balls to oppose it!

I will not accept Communism or Socialism…for one thing, I witnessed it first hand. Back in the early 70s I hung out with a group called the American Communist Workers Movement (Marxist-Leninist) (ACWM-ML). Read about this group here. They disbanded after an infiltrated “Communist Conference” in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1973 that I attended for one day, learned it was infiltrated by the FBI using a phony Tampa communist group, and returned to my hospital EKG-technician job and left that group. Basically compared to BLM and Antifa, ACWM was pretty much a joke. But things have been ramped up quite a bit since. Out of ACWM and others the present day Antifa and other communist groups have grown.

And I have proof that individuals and regions and groups of people whom are potential victims of communism have resisted communism from the get-go. Ever hear of Albania?

In the late 1940s Albania’s Communist Party, soon to be called “The Party of Labor” headed by Enver Hoxha (pronounced “Ho-jah), took over the country after partisans kicked the Germans out of the country. If one knows anything about Albania one knows this. But if one studies Albanian’s history and culture, one can realize many Albanians not only didn’t buy into Communism, but actively resisted it throughout Hoxha’s rule and after.

In my days as a so-called “communist” (I really wasn’t…I was just wanting find out what communism was about, so I hung out with this group) I read a book about Albania’s history going back to the Ottoman days called “The History of the Party of Labor of Albania” (a compilation with no actual author). According to the book, the northern mountain regions inhabited by what are called “Ghegs” (northerners) never fully accepted Hoxha and his ilk, were never completely collectivized and communized. Try as Hoxha might, the Party of Labor never completely took over the mountain areas, meaning they never took over all of Albania! (One could say the same thing happened with the Soviet Union….the most eastern regions around the city of Vladavastok were never fully communized and had a lot more freedom, but I cannot verify that.)

Another book, a novel written by Albania’s foremost author, Ishmael Kadare, called “The Wedding,” verifies that communism never fully took over Albania. How and why did this happen? The Code of Lek, which is the marker of Albanian culture. “Lek” was supposedly the hero in the so-called 1300’s Battle of Kosovo against Serbia, and Lek wrote this Code for Albanians to live by so that Serbia would never want to attack it again. I am not expert in this Code, but one very important part of it is this: blood feud. If a neighbor steals or attacks one’s family or property, that family can get revenge on the neighbor, and the neighbor must respond, or else–the neighbor is shunned, and the like…by residents of that area. In “The Wedding,” the main female character who works at a bauxite mine (bauxite is one of Albania’s main exports) about to marry a low-lander (the term they use I think is “Tosk”) has a father who would not exact revenge on a robbing neighbor as ordered by the Code of Lek. So the father is shunned in a very insulting way–when he goes to a coffee shop he is served his cup of coffee under the knee of the waiter–that is, it looks as if the waiter is ‘pissing’ on the coffee! And this nonsense will continue to happen until the father gets his revenge.

So, imagine what would happen if some Party of Labor officials went to some Gheg town were the Code was enforced, forced someone to ‘communize’, and then vengeance was exacted against these officials? Hoxha must have known that he could never completely communize the mountainous regions of Albania, so he didn’t. Nor did his successors, and, in 1992, Albania liberated itself from Communism.

So that is one example of how and why Communism does not have to be accepted and enforced–unless one lives in fear that one thinks it must be accepted just because Soros and Co. are funding it and certain leftist politicians are trying to implement it because they benefit from it (think Minnesota former Congressman now Attorney General Keith Ellison here…and, oh yeah, he’s Muslim like Ilhan Omar is. And that shame to all Palestinians, Rashida Tlaib, who back-tracked on AIPAC…I guess she wants to continue to be in Congress from Michigan….)

Thus, communities and groups must resist Antifa/BLM/communists for real and not live in fear over it.

Back to cancel culture, which I actually witnessed back in 1980 at what was then THE politically correct university, “minority majority” and maybe the first (non-all-black) university to be minority-majority–SUNY Old Westbury.

It started out as an “experimental” college in the late 60s and became accredited in the early 70s. I went to the college (open admissions) and majored in psychology in 1979 after graduating from community college with an AS degree. (I tried to get into Physical Therapy school, but couldn’t). In the fall semester of 1980, two cancel culture events happened.

One of my psychology profs, a woman named Gerri Schwartz who tended to be more politically conservative and taught classes mostly in the genre of Behaviorism and Skinnerian-type psychology–but was a good prof nevertheless and taught statistics as well…and of course was Jewish–was fired because one student I knew in particular hated Schwartz because supposedly Schwartz would criticize some of this student’s comments or answers (this student was a Sociology major and was a black female…I know her name but no point in mentioning it here, but if she’s still alive I guarantee it she’s an SJW…one of the first ever, likely). I and several other students went to the head of the Psych Dept. to beg him not to have her fired, to no effect. She was replaced by a black male prof…a good one, but I never had any of his classes.

Then later an administrator, an assistant Dean, was threatened with being fired after ‘pissing off’ a whole lot of minority students (the man was white and had an Irish surname that I will not mention). In fact it got so crazy many students protested to get him fired and shouted this slogan: “(Name), you liar! We’ll set your pants on fire!” The protests happened in front of the administrative offices above the college dorm cafeteria. Some students I knew took part in the demonstrations but I did not…I saw no point and really didn’t understand what the man had done that caused that event to happen.

So, in 1980 (I graduated in 1981), a college prof and a college administrator got ‘cancel cultured’ likely just because they weren’t ‘politically correct’ enough.

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One Response to “Cancel Culture is Nothing New…It Happened Back in the 80s!”

  1. Fear Really Is the Mind Killer. Plus: Turn the Other Cheek? | Somethinghappeninghere's Blog Says:

    […] under the knee, as if being pissed one) as well…when does it end? Read more about this here.) But not just that context. What Christ really means is either turn the other cheek to the point […]

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