Look at what is happening to higher education in America. Nasty, empty-headed children are taking over the universities. Some of what these students are learning borders on insanity and will prove to be dangerous to America.
In November, the University of Missouri football team went on strike to protest racism on campus. One student went on a hunger strike. They condemned the university president for inaction over racist incidents and insisted that he resign.
A protest movement on campus, called Concerned Student 1950, issued a “List of Demands.” It said: “We demand that the University of Missouri system president, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1950 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1950 demands.”
These young people gave an ultimatum to the president of their university, ordering exactly what he must do, and how and when. They had eight specific demands, which we’ll look at later.
What were the great offenses that outraged these students? They were upset that 65 years ago, Mizzou was a white-only university. In a public protest, they brought out a list of grievances going back to 1839. But in terms of problems today, this movement was short on specifics. They described how “our white peers sit in silence in the face of our oppression” and how college administrators “perpetuate that oppression through their inaction.” What “oppression” are they talking about? It all boiled down to three incidents—a “poop swastika” and two supposed racial slurs.
It was a mystery who committed the first offense or why. Campus authorities couldn’t find anybody who knew about it. You could read practically anything into it. But to these students, a swastika shows a campus-wide problem with racism.
About these racial slurs, one was supposedly directed against the student body president off campus. Nobody can verify it happened; there is no evidence. This same student, Payton Head, later blatantly lied and said that the kkk had been sighted on campus, only to retract his words within the hour. Do you think he might have lied about the racial epithet someone hurled at him? When Head ran for office, he promised to “ignite Mizzou.” He has certainly accomplished that.
That incident, if it happened, was off campus anyway, so what does the university have to do with it? The other slur was uttered on campus by a drunk student—but how can the university president be held responsible for that?
Doesn’t the fact that the student body elected a black man as their campus president better indicate the racial inclusiveness of this school? For anyone to be so seriously up in arms over these “events” is simply madness!
The student on a hunger strike was also protesting the removal of graduate student health insurance subsidies. This student grew up in a mansion worth around $1 million; his father made almost $7 million last year. Yet these students continually complain about “white privilege.”
There was no evidence of any university officials failing to properly address any problems. No crimes were committed; noone was harmed. Yet the university president and chancellor lost their jobs, and the media treated the protesters like civil rights heroes!
Now, rebellious little children are ruling that campus. This problem will continue to spread. They are taking over.
Trouble With Colleges
People tend to view a college education as a wonderful thing. There is a strong push to get as many young people as possible into college. A hundred years ago, only 4 percent of 18-to-21-year-old men went to college. Now, over four in ten 18-to-24-year-olds in America are in college. Enrollment keeps going up. It rose 15 percent in the decade after 1992—24 percent in the decade after 2002.
That is a lot of education! Is it improving society? Is it really helping these students? Are they becoming better people? These are legitimate questions, especially when you see what is happening on these campuses!
These events make it clear: Higher education today is plagued by deeply alarming problems.
We see toxic, poisonous instruction that gets students thinking like victims and teaches them to be offended over nothing. We see indoctrination that makes students hypersensitive and even openly aggressive over fictional supposed aggressions.
We see students now out-radicalizing their radical teachers! They actually consider their own liberal university educators to be racist oppressors. These professors are getting what they deserve because they taught these students how to be lawless—and now they are their victims. Their radical students are oppressing them and getting them fired.
Isaiah 3 prophesies of a time when “the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable,” a time when “children are their oppressors,” and “they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Current events are fulfilling these prophecies!
Something is very wrong with what these students are learning at these institutions!
Higher education has tremendous amounts of knowledge, but much of it is misguided, wrong, even evil. Colleges fill students’ minds with knowledge, but they don’t build students’ character. These campuses are full of students who are bereft of upstanding character.
One student journalist tried to take pictures of the student who went on a hunger strike. An aggressive crowd prevented him from doing so. Students and faculty shouted him down and shoved him away. They don’t care about the First Amendment or freedom of the press. They are willing to use bully tactics and muscle to get rid of someone they don’t like. They do not value freedom!
In today’s university, there is a demand for diversity—but a sameness in thinking. There is diversity in skin pigmentation—but conformity in reasoning. There is groupthink and intellectual intimidation. And more and more, there is aggressionand hatred.
This is the state of higher education in America today!
The students insist that they want social justice—but that is not what they want. They want injustice. They want their own way, like spoiled children. For people to think they just want justice is terribly naive!
To understand their radical thinking, look at the “List of Demands” by Mizzou’s Concerned Student 1950 group. It includes points like these: “We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff and faculty of color.” Can you imagine what this mandatory “comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum” would be like? What would it teach people?
You can be absolutely sure it would not reduce racism! This is not about solving problems or improving race relations. It is about empowering minorities and punishing whites. It is about power—about who rules the universities.
Another demand: “We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding, resources and personnel for the social justice centers on campus for the purpose of hiring additional professionals, particularly those of color, boosting outreach and programming across campus, and increasing campus-wide awareness and visibility.” What good would come from “social justice professionals” boosting “programming across campus”?
This list also insisted that the university fulfill the demands of the Legion of Black Collegians back in 1969.
The man Mizzou brought in to replace its ousted president was Michael Middleton. He is a civil rights attorney and a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court. He helped to found the Legion of Black Collegians, and personally delivered that list of race-related demands to the University of Missouri in 1969. That document labeled Missouri University “a haven for comprehensive institutionalized racist and political repression.”
After Middleton took the job of interim president, he said this: “We have to understand our ugly history permeates everything we do at this institution and in this country.” He also expressed his intent to satisfy “each and every one of [Concerned Student 1950’s] demands that can be satisfied.”
How do you appease someone who thinks this way? There is no evidence of systemic racism at the university. None. There is no truth to this man’s racist statement. It is a satanic lie!
What kind of university is Mizzou becoming? Is there nobody who will stand up to this outrageous situation?
Yet the media love it. They are dangerously and willfully ignorant.
What happened at Mizzou is part of a plague of incidents involving false accusations on college campuses. Yet if you question the validity of these supposed hate crimes, then you are considered racist.
In September, students at the University of Delaware cried out in indignation when they found “nooses” hanging from a tree on campus. Security staff investigated and found that they were actually the remains of paper lanterns left over from a previous event. But after the truth came out, students continued to insist they were nooses. One sophomore said she “had a hard time accepting as credible sources” the college public safety staff.
The truth does not matter to these people. That fact resurfaces again and again in these stories. They don’t care about the truth—they want to destroy truth! That is very telling as to the real nature of this movement, and the evil spirit behind it.
Isn’t higher education supposed to be about truth? Isn’t it meant to help people prove what is true? The opposite is happening here. These radicals have bigger goals—and if they have to lie, exaggerate, make false accusations and invent grievances, then so be it! That is what these students are learning in our colleges today. It’s all demoniacal intimidation and evil.
These young people are radical. They cherish extremely divisive and dangerous ideas of what justice looks like, what society owes them, and how they should be able to shut down anyone who disagrees with them. They are gaining more and more power, abetted by authorities who came out of the same educational system.
‘Fight for Our Freedom’
The student activists who brought down Tim Wolfe chanted words from a fugitive cop killer and one of the fbi’s most-wanted terrorists, Assata Shakur, to inspire the crowd: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
What chains are they talking about? I am not saying there is no racism against blacks in this country. Yet these students are being given every chance to make spectacular successes of their lives! They can do that if they will take responsibility for themselves rather than behaving as though they’re enslaved. This victim mind-set they have been taught is what has them in chains!
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom,” they say. In reality, they are far less interested in freedom than they are in a fight.
What is the real goal of this movement? The woman who started that chant, Ayanna Poole, said this: “We’re trying to break the system down. It just so happens we’re starting with him [Tim Wolfe].” Yes, they have a much bigger goal.
Another participant in the campus protests, Reuben Faloughi, told the Associated Press that he felt “liberated” by Wolfe resigning. He also participated in a “die-in” protest in memory of Michael Brown. “That was the first time I got involved in activism,” he said. “I never felt that unity before, that kind of energy. It was very empowering, and it planted the seeds that students can challenge things.”
Michael Brown was a thug who tried to kill a policeman. People still use the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative from Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri—even though it has been proven to be a complete lie. The St. Louis County grand jury and the Justice Department exonerated the officer who killed Brown. Investigations proved that he was justified in everything he did; he shot a man who was going to kill him! Even the attorney general admitted that. If you want to save your nation, you’d better have somebody stop the criminals, one way or the other! But people keep believing whatever they want to believe.
Why aren’t more people standing up and speaking out, when they know it is all a hoax? Instead, it seems everybody wants to surrender. America is going down fast.
Breitbart News wrote on November 9, “Given the hydra of hysterical campus activism that … is springing up across the nation, it’s hard to know where it will end.”
But you can know where it will end. The Bible tells us where it will end.
An Orchestrated Movement
“One of the things impeding our ability to get beyond these issues is our inability to talk about it,” Michael Middleton said. “We have to understand our ugly history permeates everything we do at this institution and in this country. Once we get this truth on the table, we’re poised to reconcile those differences.”
Think about that statement: Our racist history permeates everything we do in this country. That is almost exactly what President Obama has said. “[T]he legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives—you know, that casts a long shadow,” he said in an interview last summer. “And that’s still part of our dna that’s passed on. We’re not cured of it.”
That is the kind of thinking that causes Mizzou students to wail about injustices going back to 1839—injustices that supposedly still have them in “chains” today. That thinking has been encouraged by the current U.S. president. The climate of racial grievance and hatred in America has been stirred up and stimulated from the very top.
Mr. Middleton, President Obama and many others insist that we just need to talk about our racist past so we can reconcile and heal. But as they keep raising these accusations, do you see reconciliation and healing? Or do you see deeper and deeper division, greater and greater hostility and anger?
Can you recognize that this is leading to war?
These radicals do not want to “get beyond these issues.” They do not want to “reconcile those differences.” They do not! Their fruits prove it! They want to use this as a weapon to inflame bitterness, provoke strife—and amass power!
This movement is flowing from the top.It is orchestrated! You can understand why this is happening by requesting a free copy of America Under Attack. It reveals the spiritual dimension behind the actions of the current administration. This is critical to understand.
Stirred by our highest leaders, the discontent and protests are spreading quickly to other campuses. Across the nation, acts of racist violence are becoming more common and widespread. Riots are increasing. Where will this end? What happens in America as major groups of angry, violent people are mobilized?
The Bible tells us!
Do you realize that the Bible contains many end-time prophecies about the U.S.? If you have never proved this truth, you need to do so. We will gladly send you a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy to help you recognize America’s identity in biblical prophecy.
Prophecies about America show that it is about to explode in violence.
This is an end-time prophecy referring to America: “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers” (Isaiah 1:7).
What is happening on these campuses is leading into this prophesied scenario. Higher education—or I should say mis-education of these pathetic people who think they know so much—is going to have a lot to do with the fulfillment of this prophecy!
There is an evil spiritual force that seeks to destroy America. That spirit is working in these young people to fulfill that goal. This is all about destroying America’s Constitution—the supreme law of this land! Satan is leading these young people to destruction and leading them to cause this nation to die! People are surrendering to this hateful, evil thinking. It is terribly racist—but it is even worse. It is aligned with satanic will. That is what is truly happening here!
America has rejected God and embraced sin and evil. You can see why God is so enraged with America that He would allow this to happen.
Prophecy shows that burning in the cities is only the first phase in America’s demise. Once our population is weakened by internal violence and warfare, the nation will be attacked by a foreign power. And then, those who manage to survive that intense tribulation will be taken captive from their own nation and sold into slavery! This is the nightmare that is coming upon America.
These students are about to find out what it is really like to be in chains—if they remain alive!
Education With Vision
There is a paradox here. Our educational system is supposed to solve society’s problems. But instead, the more education people receive, the greater these problems grow!
Supposedly, higher education is to produce leaders who can lead us out of these problems. But it does not! Our leaders make matters worse. When you look at the way these students are handling the issue of racism, you can clearly see why. They are not interested in stopping racism! Their methods for supposedly solving the race problem are making it far, far worse—and will lead to a racist explosion! That is a perfect illustration of this terrible paradox.
There is something dreadfully wrong with the knowledge taught in these schools. Look at the fruits! We have so much of it, and it isn’t helping us! The problems in America’s universities today are powerful proof that this educational system was built on the wrong foundation. The knowledge it teaches is based on the wrong premise.
Modern education has rejected God and His revealed knowledge. It has demolished moral absolutes and biblical instruction. It has exalted human reasoning as the highest source of truth.
If you will open your eyes, you will see that the problems with higher education today show what an abominable failure that approach is!
Where can you find high-quality education that truly can and will solve the problems of this world? It does exist!
I’d like to offer you a free booklet: Education With Vision. It is especially relevant in light of what is happening. It describes the origins of the modern educational system. This will help you understand the crises on our campuses today.
This booklet also has a chapter explaining what true education really is and how to become truly educated. It shows what a blessing education can be when it is built on the revealed knowledge of God.
Herbert W. Armstrong was a terrific educator. He explained the cause of youth violence in his day this way: “The true answer is this: Something has been taken away from this Earth that sorely needs to be restored! That ‘something’ is knowledge of, respect for and obedience to the government and the law of God!” (The Missing Dimension in Sex; request your free copy).
Mr. Armstrong knew whereof he spoke. He wrote in 1970: “I happen to be president of a college with three campuses. On these campuses there are no campus protests, no opposition marches, no student rioting and violence, and no hippies. There is peace, happy cooperation between students and faculty and administration. Student faces are wreathed in smiles which are real and genuine—the outward expression of an inner joy. Visitors are amazed.
“This is the result!
“The cause? We are not a factory of knowledge production, but of human character production” (Plain Truth, August-September 1970).
The work behind this newsmagazine is all about education. We sponsor a K-12 academy and two colleges that provide a model of true education. Contained in these schools is a vision of how right education is about to spread all over this Earth!
As Isaiah 11:9 prophesies, there is coming a time when “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”