Frances Widdowson is a tenured professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As it happens, I know the woman. And truth be told, I quite like her. Were I confined to a one word description of her it would be “no-nonsense”. But allow me description by ostension and I’d point to Lilith on Cheers. Charmless? Yes. But charmingly charmless.
Frances specializes in the Canadian government’s evolving aboriginal policies. And her take on these policies, both those of the past and of the present, is – how shall I put this? – a tad at odds with the current ‘woke’ view on these matters.
Frances has been under attack for her unwokeness for over a decade now. But more recently there’s a petition being circulated among MRU’s more woke students and faculty to have her removed. Or, failing that, to have her tarred and feathered.
I’d come to her defence were it not that she’s more than capable of defending herself. Not that there’s any need. As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, one cannot refute an accusation of racism, because, in this new Spanish Inquisition, to deny it is to confirm it. So the only defence is to refuse to give uptake to this reverse onus ploy. In my own case I’ve simply announced that, “I’m accountable for what I’ve said, not for what you’ve heard.” Nor, I could add, for what your retarded reasoning skills infer from what I’ve said. To protest those jejune inferences invites a “Me thinks thou doth protest too much.” So, ’tis better to remain silent and be thought a racist than open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Truth be told, I’m jealous. Three thousand people want me fired for what I’ve written? Great! And here I thought less than a dozen people had read my work. Surely no one would “consign to the flames” a book she’d never read. Or am I woefully behind the times on how the academic world now works? By rigorous research is now meant “I hear tell that …”
Well, I hear tell that six out of ten of the people who’ve signed the petition against Frances Widdowson are thrice-convicted pedophiles. Now try to prove me wrong.