Just When I Think I’ve Seen Everything …
When it rains it pours. Political correctness has reached a level beyond belief these past few weeks.
You can’t swing a cat without hitting a victim. And, as it comes as no real surprise, the vast majority seem to be collectively holed up in our colleges and universities.
Apparently when a student walks onto a college campus all reality is suspended and they enter a world that would be unrecognizable on the other side of the street.
America seems to stand helpless in the hall as the classroom door closes and the “victimology” begins.
Psychological therapy is serious business for those who need it and I would be the last to belittle that science. However, I’m not the one belittling it.
If you are easily offended you might want to avoid Framingham State University in Massachusetts. It seems that a student there attached a confederate flag sticker to a laptop and a student was so upset seeing this horrific symbol of racism and cruelty that the student was offered therapy by the university.
Was this an isolated incident? Oh no.
Not one, but two “bias reports,” were presented to —(wait for it) — the university’s “chief diversity and inclusion officer” regarding the distressing incident.
This person must have a thankless job. The depression and despair he must see on innocent children’s faces each day must be untenable.
I wonder what the uniform looks like?
Sixty students at Ottawa University will no longer be able to attend free yoga classes in the future. Why you ask?
There is a fear, by a small number of students, that the teachings of yoga could be seen as a form of (wait for it) — “cultural appropriation.” Two words I doubt most of those complaining could even spell.
The complaint from the Centre for Students with Disabilities makes the case that while yoga is really great there are cultural issues at play.
What cultural issues? It all boils down to which cultures the yoga practices “are being taken from.”
It seems some cultures where yoga originated “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diaporas due to colonialism and western supremacy.” Oh well, now it makes perfect sense. By all means cancel those classes and chastise the students for their ignorance.
Infantilized students at many universities are demanding “safe spaces or zones” where any speech that could hurt anyone’s feelings would be strictly forbidden.
Moving on to Brown University where the student Sexual Assault Task Force was holding a debate where the term “rape culture” was going to be used by a Libertarian debate member.
Can’t have that, so the university was pressured to put on an opposing debate and provide “research and facts” about the role of culture in sexual assault.
So a safe space was created for the students who were upset by the debate. And what do you suppose was in the safe space?
The safe space included cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and (wait for it) a video of puppies.
One trillion dollars in student loans currently. Here’s where the money goes mom and dad. I’d invest in a company that makes puppy videos.
Racist Insensitive Food?
Oberlin College cafeteria tries to serve a diverse menu. But that’s not good enough. Foods like sushi and bánh mì are regarded by the students as culturally insensitive.
An article in the Oberlin Review clears things up. Columnist Tomoyo Joshi writes, "When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture ... So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is (wait for it) appropriative."
There’s that word again. “Appropriative” defined as, “Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.”
Trying to find a recipe for authentic “Hamburger Helper.”
Some Final Thoughts
I think that’s enough for today, my heads starting to hurt. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure there are no safe zones in the real world.
You are going to get your feelings hurt. Putting it off until you find yourself out there unable to face things that make you uncomfortable will undo all the classroom learning and puppy videos you will ever watch.
Here’s a tip — GROW UP. Expose yourself to the good, the bad and the ugly. Take a yoga class, go to debates on all topics, eat the stupid insensitive cafeteria food, and put a sticker on your laptop.
If it offends someone you might just be doing him or her a favor.