University of Delaware Professor Insists Otto Warmbier Got What He Deserved

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.

Actually, we probably don’t have to wonder too hard. 

 

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5 Responses to University of Delaware Professor Insists Otto Warmbier Got What He Deserved

  1. Mechanar says:

    This reminds me of the time a new atheist said that the Governments of the worlds should be like China because it did not care when it offended religious people and that “social Harmony” is more important than any rights.

    Another time i was reading a blog post by someone saying that christians who bring bibles into north korea should be ashamed for bringing material into a country that has extreme consequences for people.

    And now this! This is not simpel ignorance or hatred for religious people that is clouding the Judgment of these movments, no this is outright and open Sympathy for tyrants and dictatorships people need to look past The smiley Faces and nice sounding words and realize what is actually being said!

  2. Travis says:

    The faux victimization in this La Sha woman’s screed is infuriating. Comparing her situation–ironic, considering she is able to comfortably launch racist tirades against white people from HuffPo’s pages with no fear of being held accountable for her disgusting and hate-fueled views–to experiencing a North Korean kangaroo court, receiving a veritable death sentence for something that was obviously cooked up against him, and then undergoing God knows what kind of horrors and tortures that resulted in his brain being all but destroyed… it’s beyond the pale.

    It sickens me to read such garbage. I can only imagine how she would be rethinking her “daily reality” of “fear” in this country if she experienced a single day of what Warmbier was forced to undergo.

  3. TFBW says:

    @Travis:

    I can only imagine how she would be rethinking her “daily reality” of “fear” in this country if she experienced a single day of what Warmbier was forced to undergo.

    Checkmate, I think. If her “daily reality” is anything like that, then the prospect of a trip to North Korean kangaroo court should be no worse than the prospect of a trip to the local mall — and anyone who agrees to that equivalence has just provided strong evidence that they have an anxiety disorder.

    I seriously wonder if the social sciences haven’t become dominated by people with actual, diagnosable psychological disorders, and who are in the business of inflicting those same disorders on others. If not, then what is going on to make it look that way?

  4. Glen says:

    The dear professor’s “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…” reminds me of a co-dependent wife continuing to live with a husband that beats her daily. One would think she’d opt for a change of venue by moving to a less white, male dominated country.

  5. Ilíon says:

    I suspect that at root her *real* gripe is that, by and large, white men are not romantically interested in her.

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