I’m sure most of you have heard of the terrible tragedy concerning Otto Warmbier. He was a college student from the University of Virginia who visited North Korea in January 2016. He was arrested and sentenced to 15 years hard labor after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. Then, two months after his sentence, he suffered a neurological injury and went into a coma. He was returned to his family last week and died shortly thereafter.
It turns out there is an social science professor from the University of Delaware who celebrated his death as getting “exactly what he deserved” because he represented an example of “white privilege”:
A University of Delaware professor claimed Wednesday that Otto Warmbier was typical of “rich, white, clueless males” and “got exactly what he deserved” at the hands of the North Koreans.
Katherine Dettwyler, an anthropology professor at UDel, expressed her feelings on the death of Warmbier in the comments section of an article published by National Review, as well as on her personal Facebook page.
Given the toxic nature of social justice ideology, I would not be surprised if this professor’s disgusting views are not unique to her.
For example, social justice extremist La Sha celebrated his arrest:
What a mind-blowing moment it must be to realize after 21 years of being pedestaled by the world simply because your DNA coding produced the favorable phenotype that such favor is not absolute. What a bummer to realize that even the State Department with all its influence and power cannot assure your pardon. What a wake-up call it is to realize that your tears are met with indifference. As I’ve said, living 15 years performing manual labor in North Korea is unimaginable, but so is going to a place I know I’m unwelcome and violating their laws. I’m a black woman though. The hopeless fear Warmbier is now experiencing is my daily reality living in a country where white men like him are willfully oblivious to my suffering even as they are complicit in maintaining the power structures which ensure their supremacy at my expense. He is now an outsider at the mercy of a government unfazed by his cries for help. I get it.
The National Review’s David French accurately described this as “mindless moral relativism.”
In the end, I supposed we should not be surprised by Professor Katherine Dettwyler’s level of hate and insensitivity. Nor should we be surprised by yet another member of academia expressing such hateful views that rationalize and justify violence. As we know, the West’s social justice ideology and North Korea’s official state ideology are both expressions of Marxism. They are closely related. Which makes you wonder what it would be like if people like Katherine Dettwyler had all the power.