Courageous Students Demand Ban Of White Philosophers Such As Plato, Socrates And Kant

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In a non-racist world, university students would not be exposed to the irrelevant teachings of long-dead white male philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. When modern geniuses like Kanye West and Dr Dre are still very much alive, it is nothing short of perverse that our youth are forced to study philosophy from over two thousand years ago.

Given the overwhelming preponderance of dead white male philosophers in today’s courses, students in London, England, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)’s student union have launched a valiant battle. They are courageously insisting that, when studying philosophy, “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.

According to a spokesperson from the SOAS student union, their simple aim in fighting this historic injustice is to “decolonise” the university, and to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”. Xe added that if the work of “white philosophers” is to be studied at all, it should be done from a “critical standpoint”. It is vital to recognise the “colonial context in which so-called ‘Enlightenment’ philosophers wrote within”.

We salute the SOAS and join ourselves to their efforts. In researching this article, we spent several hours trying to find the very best work of notable African and Asian philosophers. Tragically, the racist commercial policies of leading book publishers means that almost all available philosophy texts are written by dead white males. It is as though there has been a blanket censorship on African and Asian philosophers. In a recent list of the supposed ten greatest-ever philosophers, not a single philosopher of colour was listed! A token Asian philosopher (Confucius) was listed at number 5, but hardly counts given this is a man.

Confucius – dead, male and suspiciously white. Best ignored

When comparing the works of Plato et al. with modern great such as Kanye West, it is clear that we are living in a far superior age. It is not so much that Kanye West built on the philosophy of Plato; it is rather that Plato anticipated Kanye West. This is how it should be.

On ego:
You should not honor men more than truth.” – Plato, The Republic
One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.” – Kanye West
On the true meaning of success:
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

“Because I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like to not get what I have. People say to me ‘You’re successful, what are you crying about?’. I’m crying about the people. I’m crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is it? What good is anything that everyone can’t have? Every ism. They think we’re done with racism. What about elitism, what about separatism, what about classism? That’s all.” – Kanye West

MillionDollarBonus

I completely agree with this movement. I’m sick and tired of every school and university textbook being packed with the so-called ‘achievements’ of white males. Eastern philosophy covers concepts like “chi” and “energy”, which are far more advanced than anything Western philosophy covers. And African philosophy covers how to heal people of diseases with concoctions made from human bones and body parts. Education needs to be decolonized immediately – ESPECIALLY in Western countries! These are the countries that need to check their privilege the most!

Pbier
Pbier

It is insiduous that the ideas of these long-dead white philosophers continue to influence all aspects of government, law, religion and culture in the West. The US Constitution itself is highly racist because it is largely based on Plato’s Republic. Frankly, we need something far more modern and relevant, such as Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

I never read Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, guess he didn’t have transport in the early days, couldn’t even rub two sticks together. It’s different now though, with his chauffeur!

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

That list is so racist it’s ridiculous. Where are Ta-Nehisi Coates and Malcolm X??? Unbelievable.

Black Flies Matter
Black Flies Matter

Exactly BLM, where is Che Guevara and Fidel Castro???

– “I am one of those people who believes that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain” – Che Guevara

Cazzoinmano
Cazzoinmano

China’s model of constitution is the best according to some people.Remember Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

Pbier
Pbier

We no longer refer to it as that but rather the ´Chinese Spring’

Pine
Pine

You cannot change history. I remember clearly what happened. Progressive doesn’t mean change history to fit an agenda.

As progressive we should learn our mistakes and learn from them not changing the history.

Cazzoinmano
Cazzoinmano

The western country should be just like Africa’s way of living, educational system, and economically adapt to Africa.. We would be a better world and more modern and civilized. Also, when non progressives don’t like our views we should do what China did to quell those unarmed students in Tiananmen Square in 1989 protest, kill them all.

NUKERUSSIANOW

MillionDollarBonus

Sorry I changed your image Pbier to fit the new format. You can change it back to a bigger version of the original one – I couldn’t find the exact one. Instead of adding the main image at the front of the article, we now have to do it by adding a “featured image” in the left sidebar.

Pbier
Pbier

Thanks. The new image is even better and more reflective of Kanye West’s intense gravitas and burning intellect.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

West has all the instincts of an alley cat, and the gravitas of a tree stump. Thankfully his meds are helping him realize the unfortunate error marrying that psycho wife of his. The bitch is all about her money; won’t even do what he commands. In his opus Decline of the West, Oswald Spengler said cultures have life cycles. Its clear ours is on the down-slope unless we curb the dogma of the leftists like Obama and run government with business principles and principals.

#speciesist
#sexist

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

By the way, thanks for all the emails.

Pat
Pat

I am so glad you flagged this deplorable speciest.

Should Animals Have Human Rights? (Pokémon + Speciesism) – 8-Bit Philosophy

I usually do not post on the internet, but feel safe in this special space.

Thank goodness we have progressed since those savage triggering times.

Today is my birthday, and my wish is for all news to be like the Accredited Times.

Please support gender neutral and species rights in 2017! Thank you!

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Nobody told me those dead old winbags Plato and Socates were white, which is possibly #rassist. I used to think they were Greek, which could also be interpreted as #homophobic. My point is we need an accredited arbitration procedure to manage all the competing flagging claims.

trav777

This stuff from Kanye is so DEEEEEEEEP.

It’s amazing.

African philosophy is somewhat limited because the white man stole the written word from them millions of years ago. So they didn’t write anything down until around the time the Portuguese returned it.

Pbier
Pbier

If African philosophy appears limited to us it is because so little is in the written form: they instead live their lives based on their deepest philosophy and deem it unintelligent and a waste of time to commit it to books in the way fools like Aquinas, Kant and Socrates have done.

Martin Bernal’s outstanding work ‘Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization’ does indeed show the lies we have been told about the foundations of the modern world.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

Egypt was Black. The Nation of Israel was Black. The Cradle of Civilization was founded by People of Color.

Pine
Pine

You are correct. The white males privileged racist Christians were the minority. 95% of the world were people of color. I am not sure how they became the majority. I bet Russia had something to do with it. NUKE RUSSIA NOW

drb6
drb6

Did Kanye West support Trump? If so, then he should not be given as a positive example even though he is an oppressed minority. Most correctly, Mr. West should be described as an “uncle Tom” and banished from schools and airwaves.

Pbier
Pbier

It’s a very difficult issue and your criticism of Kanye West has much foundation to it.

I have given many hours thought as to what Kanye West was (or was not) thinking when he appeared to endorse Trump. Ultimately, I have come to the conclusion that Trump exploited West and took full advantage of his fame, brains and general star appeal. It is not as though white people have never oppressed and ‘used’ successful people of colour in the past, is it? This theory is the only one capable of explaining Kanye West’s mental breakdown. If we can forgive anyone their transgression, we should forgive a notable philosopher like Kanye West.

jfb
jfb

I don’t know who is this Kanye West. I have searched for information on him at the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth and he doesn’t seem to exist anywhere.

Pbier
Pbier

He’s married to a woman called Kim Kardashian. I understand that she’s fairly shy and retiring as an individual so you may come to another dead end. Still, could be worth checking whether there is anything out there on the internet (or possibly?) social media.

jfb
jfb

I rely only on the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth. It’s quite possible that some people had the impression that he was a real existing person before to back Trump but the error was rectified.

Pbier
Pbier

If you didn’t find anything then clearly he does not exist and never did. This would require me to amend my article so that it made sense, if that were possible.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Pbier did you know? TRENDING NOW button is back! If you feel triggered all you do is hit the Home button to enter a calm space with the ticker!

Pbier
Pbier

I’m always triggered: a true progressive wakes up triggered by the injustice in the world and retires for bed in the same state. My only solace is reading ‘everyday feminism’ and realising there are people even more triggered than me. But then I think, I am not triggered enough! Check your privilege Pbier! Life is never easy.

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

That must be so exhausting Pbier, reading feminism everyday. I feel for you. No wonder Life is never easy. Or as Kant said so succinctly, Life sucks then you die. Its at times like these I find consolation by selecting Home and contemplating the Ticker.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

I’m so tired of conservatives pushing their social agenda through their control of the education system. What have these white philosophers brought us? Racism. Sexism. Xenophobia. Islamophobia. You know a tree by its fruit, and the fruit of the white man is oppression. It’s time to burn those books and pick up real books, like Obama’s “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”

Do we want to be like Plato, or do we want to be like the Obamas? I know what I want. I wanna be like Mike.

trav777

Yes, oppression! Electricity, internal combustion, indoor plumbing…these things don’t help our lives! Modern Medicine is a sham, obliterating the natural and earth-based ways of healing that existed for millions of years. Tiger penises helped Chinese men achieve erections, until we destroyed this industry with Viagra. It’s a real shame how much cultures are being annihilated by the onslaught of whiteness.

Before, we used to walk and our food used to rot…then the white man brought his evil roads and refrigeration. We used to have deep, rich, oral traditions of knowledge, now we have the gd computer and internet. Africans used to fly and have mind controlled pyramids for this purpose, now we have airplanes. The Africans perfected the art of striking each other with lightning via black magic only to see the evil white man replace that with firearms.

The evils of whiteness are why South Africa had a persistent illegal immigration problem under apartheid and why Africans throughout Europe are fleeing to go back to Africa. You see them dying in boats every day, or worse, being picked up by the Italians to be taken back to Europe!

All yearn for the days before blue jeans and electric lights. The times when we could all be in tune with nature and in peace with everyone around us like the Cheyenne, Sioux, and Pawnee were with each other, sharing the land and swapping brain surgery techniques around the fire before retreating to sleep on the ground in a leather abode. The white man replaced all that with “the law,” insulated houses and spring mattresses! So what if the life expectancy of all people under the white man is like double what it was before, what kind of life is this!?!?!? I am going to turn off my lights, shit on the ground, and sleep in the dirt with my meal of insects in honor of my fallen native brethren.

Pbier
Pbier

I hear you, comrade!

The internet is full of lies. My current bugbear: Nikola Tesla was a scientist of colour and yet every photo, every single f***ing photo out there portrays him as white.

I know exactly what the native Indian tribes were like because I have watched Dancing With Wolves. All the tribes you mentioned loved other people, animals, and romantic sunsets and gave each other amusing but wise names to show their fondness towards others. When the Kevin Costner character made friends with the wolf, tears were coming down my cheeks. When the evil white men then came and attacked the wolf, I was so triggered, more than ever in my whole life so help me mohammed.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

Interestingly enough, the same year Dances with Wolves won the Oscar for “Best Picture,” DONALD TRUMP won a Golden Raspberry for “Worst Supporting Actor”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Golden_Raspberry_Awards

Hollywood has been onto Trump a long time. If only America had listened to Rosie O’Donnell . . . .

TrueDat
TrueDat

Nikola Tesla was a serbian american.

He was white.

Where dis u get the idea he was something else and what race was he.

I realize you dont really like facts but……

drb6
drb6

Interestingly, on my visit to Apache tribe in NM I was told by one of their members that “we used to raid Mexico and carry away useful THINGS such as cattle, firearms, and women”. I nearly broke down and cried, and had to pray to Goddess Mother Earth in my safe space. This is an oppressed minority, but he is being so politically incorrect! A sentence he told me is filled with most deplorable sexism, speciesism (cattle for EATING – this is horrible), and acceptance of guns!!!

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

Whites are the problem. It’s like Lord of the Rings when Smeagol first saw the ring; it turned him into an evil creature, Gollum. This won’t end until White Privilege, including capitalism, is destroyed.

drb6
drb6

It is clear that all bad things are caused by white privilege and sexism, but WHY, WHY do not all oppressed minorities think and act in approved, accredited, and politically correct lockstep? As a progressive, my life is the most difficult if oppressed minorities diverge from party line. If whites think and talk like that, I am much less triggered.

Pbier
Pbier

The person who triggered you was a lone wolf and/ or his actions had nothing to do with the Apache, which is a tribe of peace.

drb6
drb6

A minor edit to the article: there is a part of ancient Greek philosophy and history that is overlooked at schools and universities due to conservatism prevalent in places of higher learning. I can refer everyone to Plato’s Symposium, specifically character named Pausanias, who was a lover of poet Agathon. He said that “pederastic love is favorable to democracy and feared by tyrants, because the bond between the erastes and eromenos was stronger than that of obedience to a despotic ruler”.

Where are lines like that in contemporary teachings of philosophy? Homophobia anyone?

Edit: homophobia was strong even in Ancient Greece, which is another reason why what is taught at schools should be carefully vetted by an accredited committee. The Athenian stranger in Plato’s Laws blames pederasty for promoting civil strife and driving many to their wits’ end, and recommends its prohibition.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Im really for this for blacks and other people of color. Teach them only things accomished by or discoverd by people of their race.

Some races might be done with school in first grade or kindergarten.

Thing how much more progressive everyone could be!

drb6
drb6

I really enjoy the wide choice of flagging options available on Accredited Times, but is there a flag for grammar-challenged alt-right individuals such as TrueDat who apparently have been home-schooled and thus can not spell?

Cazzoinmano
Cazzoinmano

History should be erased if it doesn’t conform with progressive ideologies.

Pbier
Pbier

Not erased but rather abrogated and updated – please see the article on this topic that appeared before kwanzaa

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Check your privilege, Pbier. My retweets of your articles don’t show on your Twitter counter. Your not getting the recognition you deserve!

TrueDat
TrueDat

Its great that they ate keeping the minorities diwn with this garbage!

Fanch
Fanch

Despite its many flaws, the list of the 10 white phallocrats philosophers mentioned in the article is still a great step forward for progressives. It ranks Ibn Sina, or Avicennus, as he is wrongly named by ignorant Christian bigots, among the best philosophers of all times.

This is the least you can say about him, since it is an established fact that 99% of the so-called western “philosophy” actually comes from Muslim thinkers, together with mathematics, astronomy, medical science and every other field of human knowledge.

It is essential that all of us who do know actual history insist on this, the debt the west so-called science owes to Islam is overwhelming. The mockery that is European philosophy would never have been possible if those ethnocentric white males hadn’t shamelessly plundered the Muslim authors, and dare to pretend that they themselves wrote it when most of the time they can’t even understand a word of it.

This is also why European countries (and of course the US) should be so grateful to welcome an unlimited number of migrants coming from the Muslim world, since those people bring with them their culture of progress, knowledge and enlightenment compared to which the parody that is western “science” looks like a lame joke.

Too bad though that Ibn Sina can appear as a dead white male. I’m sure a better list of philosophers can be established with people coming from this haven of progress and feminism that the Muslim world is today, as ever.

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