USC College Republicans President Jacob Ellenhorn, whom TruthRevolt previously has written about here, is fighting back against slurs of white privilege, oppression, discrimination and appropriation that appeared in the campus newspaper, reports The College Fix.
In an Aug. 19 op-ed in the Daily Trojan, Lida Dianti wrote that Ellenhorn and other USC College Republicans who dared question the need for the “I Too Am USC” initiative on their closed Facebook group were guilty of discrimination.
“I Too Am USC” is a recent university initiative to “create a safe space for all marginalized communities on campus.” Those marginalized communities apparently don't include conservatives, and when the USC College Republicans raised that point on their Facebook page back in June, they were criticized as bigoted and white-privileged. One commenter said of Ellenhorn: “Sounds like little man needs a couple weedgies and a few slaps upside the head.”
Ellenhorn subsequently defended himself and his campus organization in an interview with The College Fix, reigniting the issue in the opinion pages of the Daily Trojan.
Dianti said the notion that white conservatives could be discriminated against is akin to “appropriating experiences of systemic racism, sexism and classism onto that of their own false struggle”:
“Amid the racist, elitist overtones of the discussion present in both Ellenhorn’s interview and the original comments is a conscious disregard for the prevalence of white privilege and entitlement on campus.
“One of the College Republicans members posted a meme stating: ‘I fight on because I am tired of getting weird looks for saying that I am a Republican and that I love my country.’ By drawing a comparison to their own ‘victimization’ as Republicans, many of whom are male and white, these specific members of the College Republicans discount the experiences of minority students."
The op-ed blathered on:
"[B]y denying the marginalization of minorities, they are choosing to contribute to discrimination on campus. This type of ignorance does nothing but reinforce oppressive boundaries and further isolate USC students from one another.
"By labeling themselves as a 'minority' for the case of argument, the USC College Republicans are appropriating experiences of systemic racism, sexism and classism onto that of their own false struggle. They do so with the use of tongue-in-cheek diction and memes to belittle such appropriation. Instead of apologizing for their racist and uncalled-for statements, these students continue to fight on for discrimination and still have the audacity to cry out for inclusion."
Ellenhorn responded to the accusations with a letter to the Daily Trojan editor that has yet to be printed in the paper or posted on their website. Here it is:
In an article posted on Aug 19, 2015 by the Daily Trojan, opinion writer Lida Dianti offers a personal, defamatory and thinly veiled anti-semitic attack directed at me.
I am viciously slandered as racist, elitist, entitled, and privileged. Ms. Dianti freely hurls out the age old anti-Semitic canard, of the Jew controlling money. Ms. Dianti, spins my concern for how tuition dollars are spent as a primitive fixation on money. This language contributes to the article’s use of anti-Semitic tropes that portrays the Jew as a scheming usurer.
I will not allow Ms. Dianti to disregard valid points about intellectual diversity on our campus. The fact is that Left Wing Privilege turns up the volume on marginalized voices. Those like me, who offer diversity of thought, are not only mocked but are threatened with calls to “slap me upside my head” simply because I too am part of USC, like it or not.
The online vitriol directed at me, with anti-Semitic overtones, will not silence me. In fact, I have decided to do exactly the same thing members who revel in Left Wing Privilege have done. I demand that Ms. Dianti issue an apology for using language steeped in micro aggressions. I also demand that the university take formal action against those who have threatened me with violence on Facebook. And finally I demand that conservative voices like mine be a part of the I Too Am USC Campaign.
Dianti disregards my valid points about intellectual diversity on our campus, and campuses across our country, and instead chooses to focus on what she calls my “privileged background” while ignoring the fact that she enjoys Left Wing Privilege. Instead of focusing on the valid points I made, Ms. Dianti chose to engage in rhetoric that is intellectually dishonest, defamatory, and anti-Semitic. Those who enjoy Left Wing Privilege simply ignore the fact that conservatives are very sensitive to the difficulties marginalized groups have endured and continue to endure. Conservatives believe that there is a remedy for this marginalization but that remedy should not include perpetual self victimization, self segregation, and demonization of “others” that are perceived as non marginalized groups.
Something needs to change. I will not stand down.
Thank you, Jacob Ellenhorn
As Ellenhorn declared in an email to TruthRevolt, "It seems as though the Daily Trojan and the writer of this piece will not recognize the left wing privilege they enjoy on my campus. We cannot let the left continue to silence intellectual diversity."