Wish-fact faux pas at U.C. Berkeley


The University of California has placed a series of banners all over the Berkeley campus, each depicting a different student above a purported quote. Included among them was this peculiar one, with a quote that could be considered somewhat insulting. I’m working on the assumption that the quote is either made up by the ad campaign designer, or at best the result of coaching. But why would this particular student be identified as someone who needs to learn how to “become an open-minded thinker”? Is the implication that she wasn’t open-minded to begin with? Judging from the other banners, it seems the quotes are “wish-facts” that the U.C. administration wants to be true. In this case I feel that U.C. may have committed an unintentional faux pas.

12 Responses to “Wish-fact faux pas at U.C. Berkeley”

  1. 1Ringo the Gringo on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:41 am:

    Judging from the other banners, it seems the quotes are “wish-facts” that the U.C. administration wants to be true…
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    Do you have pictures of some of the other banners.

  2. 2DangerousNate on Sep 9, 2008 at 3:56 pm:

    Atheists/liberals tend to regard people who follow religions as closed minded people, so I think that’s what that picture is about.

  3. 3Cullen on Sep 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm:

    Nate,it’s not that the liberals see all religious people as close minded.They only see Jews/Christians as close minded.

  4. 4citruscanker on Sep 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm:

    As a guy who works at a student newspaper, I get people who say meaningless, wishy washy stuff like that a lot.
    In my experience, it comes from me giving them kinda ludicrous prompts to start with.
    “What do you feel you learned today at this beauty pageant/protest/conference?”
    “Uh…it allows me to learn about other peoples cultures, and become an open minded thinker? I guess? I don’t know.”

    If the ad men/the girl just said something like “become MORE open minded thinker” it would had worked a lot better.

  5. 5ProtestShooter on Sep 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm:

    Yeah, that’s kind of unfortunate.

    PS the last of the trees are down along with the tree sitter – check out my site or Malkin.

  6. 6Stone K on Sep 9, 2008 at 8:19 pm:

    Ok 3 things…

    1) Welcome home, I was hopping beyond hope you went to the RNC but it does not seem to have come to pass.

    2) I hope this picture is a sign that you were at Berkley taking pics of the tree sitters getting to boot.

    3) If that sign was in a “conservative school” or put up by a right leaning group it would be flashed all over the world as proof the right is full of bigots and fear mongers, no matter how benign the message is.

  7. 7Jack on Sep 10, 2008 at 1:10 am:

    Well, of course. The self-hating liberal “leadership” can’t just come right out and say exactly what they believe, which is “We despise you horrible privileged white people, and wish you’d go away or die because we need brown people around us to relieve our guilt. But to accomplish this we have to lower our standards for admittance, grading, behaviour, etc. because everyone knows they’re not as smart and tend to behave like animals!”

    Because, ultimately, that’s what lies beneath the thin veneer of multiculturalism, racism.

  8. 8zombie on Sep 10, 2008 at 1:41 am:

    Re #1 Ringo: No, I don’t have pictures of the other banners. They’re all supposed to be hypnotized sentiments about U.C. Berkeley’s indoctrination power, but only this one really struck me as “off” somehow.

  9. 9Fenris on Sep 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm:

    I would’ve half-expected that Muslims get more offended by this. Doesn’t this imply that Islamic culture is myopic and unaware of other cultures?

  10. 10Bigwig Rabbit on Sep 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm:

    It’s projection. She’s “saying” what they want the reader to think.

  11. 11Celerant on Oct 18, 2008 at 9:48 pm:

    I took a summer workshop at UC Berkeley and always rolled my eyes when I saw these. Thanks so much for your work Zombie!

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