Profiles of Cathedral Clerics 3
Lurking behind many progressive causes is the hand of a wealthy white person holding a sweaty wad of cash redolent of that malodorous mixture of sanctimony and guilt. Despite the rhetoric of many local progressive programs, the sweaty wad of cash does not go directly to the wretched of the earth for whom the money is ostensibly intended. In transit, the money falls into the hands of college students and upper-middle class Neopuritans who have discovered it’s easy to cash in, financially and socially, if they likewise roll themselves in the steaming pile of guilt and sanctimony like so many mongrel bitches. The rolling commences every time someone files a 501(c)3 or a 990pf, sallying forth into the world beneath the banner of phrases like “urban renewal” or “solidarity alliance” or “gender-queer empowerment.” Thus the sickness of entitlement democracy spreads, normalizes, and further entrenches itself in the West.
Today’s sweaty wad of cash comes from Adelaide Gomer, president of the Park Foundation and daughter of late media mogul, Roy H Park. To her credit, Adelaide lives in downtown Detroit and commutes . . . oh, wait. My apologies, I misread something. Let me start over. Adelaide lives in Ithaca, New York, home of Cornell University and a lot of SWPLs. According to this campaign contribution form, she resides at 422 Cayuga Heights Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Her neighbor’s house, at 502 Cayuga Heights Rd., recently sold for $506,000, which, in Central New York, is at the upper limit of housing prices. (I can smell the white guilt from here.)
But that’s all pittance compared to the Park Foundation itself, which boasts over $300 million in assets and dispenses around $20 million a year to Adelaide-approved causes.
You can look over the causes yourself. They’re not all bad, on the surface. I mean, at least ten percent of them aren’t. (Most speak for themselves, e.g. the $15k “Park Award for Photo Activism.”) But take this one: Project Look Sharp, housed at Ithaca College. (Oh, did I mention that Adelaide sits on the board of trustees at Ithaca College? No? Well, in fact, Adelaide sits on the board of trustees at Ithaca College. You’ll notice that Ithaca College gets a lot of money from the Park Foundation.) But that’s neither here nor there. Project Look Sharp received $163,000 from the Park Foundation last year. According to its webpage, “Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.”
Well, I’m all for teaching media literacy in the schools. It’s a high-tech world, and things like building webpages with CSS are just basic for success. I’m glad to see the Park Foundation giving money to programs that bring technological know-how into classrooms and . . . oh, wait. My apologies, I misread something. Let’s look at the lesson plans that Project Look Sharp has actually put together:
By “media literacy,” Project Look Sharp means teaching kids how to deconstruct things in order to find patriarchy and racism at work. For example, in addition to lessons entitled “The Magic of Stereotypes” and “War Crimes at Abu Ghraib,” the Media Construction of the Middle East curriculum delivers the following:
This kit covers stereotyping of Arab people, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq and militant Muslim movements. Students will learn core information and vocabulary about the historical and contemporary Middle East issues that challenge stereotypical, simplistic and uninformed thinking, and political and ethical issues involving the role of media in constructing knowledge, evaluating historical truths, and objectivity and subjectivity in journalism.
And the Media Construction of Social Justice curriculum delivers even more goodies:
This kit explores how people in the United States have perceived social justice movements over the past 180 years and how the U.S. media have constructed that public perception. The subject areas covered include U.S. history, African-American studies, criminal justice studies, immigrant studies, labor studies, Latino studies, LGBT studies, media studies, peace studies, sociology, and women’s studies, among many others.
We can thank Adelaide Gomer for contributing enough money to keep the Project Look Sharp curricula free and online for at least another year or two.
The Park Foundation has given well over $10 million in scholarships for Ithaca College students majoring in film, journalism, or related disciplines—oh, wait. I meant, related “disciplines.” Some of the future progressives whose indoctrinations have been funded by Adelaide include the following:
Keith Bress, who is really into “changing the conversation about mental health issues and de-stigmatizing [drooling from one’s mouth].”
Maya Cueva, a white girl who probably marks “Hispanic” on her applications and who enjoys “working with Created Equal, an LGBTQA activist organization on campus that emphasizes coalition building and collaboration with students from a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and identities to try to critically and productively understand multiple perspectives.” Bet you can’t say that ten times fast.
So on and so forth.
Since 2000, Adelaide has gifted $500,000—that’s half a million dollars—to various left-wing politicians and organizations.
She gave $10k to Priorities USA, a non-profit whose goal is to “draw clear contrasts between progressive policies and those of the far right. We are committed to the reelection of President Obama and setting the record straight when there are misleading attacks against him and other progressive leaders.”
She gave $3k to the campaign of lefty representative Elizabeth Esty from Connecticut, which is, according to my map, not in New York, where Adelaide resides. Like someone else I know, Adelaide enjoys giving money to candidates all over America. Something about New Englanders and their inability to keep noses out of other people’s business . . .
In 2011, she gave ~$10k to ActBlue, a political action committee dedicated to making it easy for progressives to send money online to their favorite progressive candidates.
She gave $5k to the Working Families Party, which, as far as I can tell, is a pseudo-Commie political party with ties to ACORN.
So on and so forth.
Lately, Adelaide has been deconstructing that patriarchal, heteronormative, ethno-centric idea of “private property” by funding a lot of anti-fracking agitprop. (For my non-American readers, the fracking debate is similar to the oil drilling debate. Yeah, oil drilling may be environmentally risky, but the only way you can stop it is if the government tells private property owners what they can and cannot do on their property. Same thing with fracking.) Over the last several years, the Park Foundation has doled out $3 million to various anti-fracking filmmakers and researchers, all Adelaide-approved of course.
Adelaide Gomer: the face of Neopuritan guilt washed clean by the blood of giving millions of dollars to progressive causes.