WHAT? Brown University to Allow Students to ‘Self-Identify’ as Persons of Color
“Self-identity” is the new thing these days. Whatever you believe you are, you are, whether it be gender, race, or even if you identify as a hippo!
Yes, there are really people who self-identify as hippos. We will get to that later. First, Brown University.
Now, this major university is allowing entering students to pick their race. What happened to Cultural Appropriation? That must be passé!
Andrew Johnson explains so well at The College Fix that I will just let him tell the Brown University story:
Brown University is implementing a change to its graduate school application that will allow applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color. Multiple efforts by The College Fix to clarify the details of this change were ignored by campus officials.
The policy comes as a result of complaints made by graduate students on the Graduate School Advisory Board that international and Asian American students are not treated as members of historically underrepresented groups by the university, according to The Brown Daily Herald.
One graduate student, Lydia Kelow-Bennett, told The Herald that this decision has led to “institutional invisibility” for these students.
Brown defines historically underrepresented groups as “American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander.” The school’s diversity initiatives are intended to benefit members of these groups.
Brown’s criteria for historical underrepresentation “caused some students to not receive invitations to certain events, such as a multicultural student dinner,” The Herald reported.
How allowing applicants to self-identify as persons of color will affect policy relating to the diversity initiatives, and whether the university will take any steps to verify applicants’ self-identification, remain unclear. The Fix reached out multiple times to Brown’s Graduate Admissions Office to inquire into how Brown would ensure that applicants were telling the truth about their self-identified ethnicity. The office did not respond.
The Fix also reached out to Marlina Duncan, the Dean of Diversity Initiatives, to learn whether or not self-identifying as a person of color has any impact on an applicant’s prospects for admission. Duncan did not respond.
Reached by email, campus spokesman Brian Clark provided The Fix with a link to an article from Brown’s online news department celebrating the graduate school’s “most diverse class to date.” The article did not actually address the matter of minority self-identification.
When pressed about the change to the graduate school application–specifically how the option to “self-identify” as a minority differs from the standard ethnicity queries on other college applications – Clark gave no response.
Other universities allow students to “identify” a certain way in order to qualify for admissions or receive various benefits. The University of California, Davis, awards financial grants to students who identify as LGBT or as an illegal immigrant.
And in recent years, several all-women’s colleges have permitted men who identify as women to apply. Some sororities have followed suit.
Now back to the Hippo…
I wrote some months back about a PhD student who explained his “TRANIMAL hippopotamus identity and why he prefers being transpecies to transgender in a peer-reviewed paper published in May.
Yes, you heard that correct. Florentin Félix Morin feels like he is a Hippo, so he IS a Hippo!
I am guessing that means he gets full rights to the Hippopotamus pen at the local zoo and may take his baths and do his business there.
This upcoming generation is a mess!!!!!!!!!!
Writing in the Journal of Theoretical Humanities, University of Arizona visiting scholar Florentin Félix Morin argued that his hippo alter-ego has allowed him to navigate the world free from the constraints that “govern human bodies.”
His paper is entitled “EGO HIPPO: The subject as metaphor,” in which he explained “how his metaphorical hippo-self is collectively produced and performed.”:
“This article explores the formation of a tranimal, hippopotamus alter-ego. Confronting transgender with transpecies, the author claims that his hippopotamus “identity” allowed him to (verbally) escape, all at once, several sets of categorization that govern human bodies (“gender,” “sexuality,” age). He starts with an account of how his metaphorical hippo-self is collectively produced and performed, distinguishing the subjective, the intersubjective and the social. The article then investigates the politics of equating transgender and transpecies, critically examining the question of the inclusion of “xenogenders” in the trans political movement.”
Keep in mind that some call this kid a scholar…
“For a while, if someone was asking me how I ‘identified,’ I would joke about being a hippopotamus trapped in a human’s body,” says Morin, a transgender man, “later, a human trapped in a hippopotamus’ body, until my humorous ‘truth’ solidified and I began announcing myself as an old butch hippo dyke trapped in a young human faggy transboy’s body.”
They may call him a transpecies scholar, I call him nuts!
Actually, I call them all nuts! Insanity!