As further evidence of the absolutely wretched, hyperpoliticized state of higher education in America today, UCLA is inaugurating a "Social Justice Advocates initiative" which aims to develop 8-10 students as leaders "to create change within their spheres of influence."
The application page announces enthusiastically that the initiative will equip the advocates "with cultural and political capital as they navigate a world that operates on whiteness, patriarchy, and heteronormativity as the primary ideologies." The obvious suggestion, of course, is that whiteness, (the nonexistent) patriarchy, and (the abominable neologism) "heteronormativity" are unjust and must be confronted.
"Social Justice Advocates will learn about systems oppression," the application continues, "and how they intersect and build upon one another maintain the status quo." Translation: the whole existing order is oppressive and must be torn down, to be replaced with the cultural Marxist utopia that will liberate all human beings (except white male heterosexuals, and conservatives of all colors and genders, of course).
"Social Justice Advocates will educate their peers on how they can make UCLA a more equitable space for all students and communities" (except white male heterosexuals, and conservatives of all colors and genders, of course).
Sounds very fulfilling and totalitarian. In addition, a stipend is promised!
As part of the application process, applicants are asked to note their "Gender Pronouns (ex: she, her, hers; zi, hir; they, them, theirs; he, him, his)" and to answer questions about their commitment to social justice.
The initiative is supported by Jerry Kang, UCLA's Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Last year Kang smeared Freedom Center founder David Horowitz in a letter sent to all members of the UCLA community – nearly 50,000 people – which attacked Horowitz as a racist “provocateur.” Horowitz demolished Kang's lies in this reply.
Sorry to disappoint those readers who might be interested in becoming a UCLA Social Justice Advocate, but the application deadline passed last month.