The Latest Example Of Progressives Being Hypersensitive, Perpetually Offended Hosebeasts And Shutting Down A Charitable Event.
From “Chicks on the Right”
Written by Mockarena
I swear, some people need to be throat-punched.
According to this, a philanthropic event being jointly sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Zeta Beta Tau at Northwestern University has been cancelled because some progressive morons think it’s racist.
Have you ever participated in one of those fake jail charity things – where, for example, you’re fake arrested and fake held prisoner in a fake jail until your friends/family donate real money to secure your fake release, and then the real money goes towards a charity? They’re quite common, actually. It’s a cute way to get people to donate to a cause, and it’s all in good fun, and charities get money, and everyone’s happy.
That’s what the folks at Northwestern were trying to do, and the funds raised were to be donated to Reading Is Fundamental, a non-profit child literacy organization.
But nooooooooooo. The Perpetually Offended Brigade decided that the event was racist.
One student wrote “You’re employing aspects, the orange jumpsuits, of an oppressive system that operates as a massive emcumbrance [sic] to the lives and literacy rates of black and brown children in these ‘underprivileged’ areas.”
A kid named Ajay Nadig, a sophomore, wrote a letter to the editor complaining that the event was offensive to racial minorities and economically disadvantaged groups. He explained further on his facebook page:
This is the kind of nonsense that campuses are dealing with now. Shutting down charitable events because someone might be offended by something. I am so sick of everything being interpreted as racist or offensive by people who have nothing better to do than manufacture faux outrage. People like this probably well-intentioned sophomore are systematically ruining any chance this country has of staying free. That may sound like an overstatement, but that’s the effect of political correctness – it stifles free speech. Period.
Everyone’s gotten so freaking sensitive, that good deeds like the event Greek houses were trying to host are being shut down. And who is hurt by that? CHARITIES.
So way to go, Ajay. Way. To. Go.
In Ajay’s letter to the editor, he wrote, “[T]he fact that a group of wealthy Northwestern students are ‘playacting’ at being prisoners (most of whom are poor) is a blatant belittling of the realities of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex.” This is what he Actually Thinks, you guys. That the Greek system needs to be “more aware of the racial undertones of their events.”
NO. What needs to happen is that clowns like Ajay need to CALM THE F*CK DOWN and not read race into absolutely everything. Intent DOES matter. It matters a lot, actually.
But Ajay disagrees. He says, “It falls upon Greek life to be extra cognizant, not upon others to have thicker skins.” What a load of crap. Do these people not realize what will happen to our society if this kind of nonsense persists? People will stop communicating with one another altogether, for fear of being labeled racist or politically incorrect or insensitive or whatever. People will be so afraid of offending someone that they simply will stay quiet. It’s ABSURD. It’s the most insidious way that progressives are changing the landscape at American universities. And it is, without question, a threat to free speech.
Dennis Prager | Oct 21, 2014
Why do some things scare people more than others?
One reason is that people engage in a rational assessment of risk and conclude the appropriate level of fear. For example, people feel free to walk alone at midnight in Times Square but not in Central Park because they have made a rational assessment: Times Square, which at midnight is almost as bright as day and filled with people — usually tourists — is safer than Central Park.
A second reason is that emotions rather than reason cause people to fear something. Some years ago I was a guest on the television show “Politically Incorrect,” the Bill Maher-hosted predecessor to his current HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” One of the other guests was the late Christopher Hitchens. At one point, he lit up a cigarette. There were some negative reactions, so I looked at the audience, and asked: “If you think the smoke from this cigarette is endangering your health, clap.”
Most of the audience did.
To understand the absurdity of that response, one must understand that the show took place in a studio in which the audience was seated a good 50 feet from the set, and well above it. It is inconceivable that any smoke reached anyone in the audience — and, of course, it wouldn’t matter if any had. The fear that secondhand smoke from one far away cigarette was endangering anyone’s health was emotion-based, not reason-based.
Then there is a third reason that explains why people fear certain things more than others: media attention.
It is almost impossible to overstate the power of mass media. If the mass media of a society constantly communicate something — anything — most of the society will believe it. Without mass media, none of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century would have been possible. Totalitarianism is a new phenomenon because mass media is a new phenomenon.
It is likely that the mass media are the primary reason for the current profound fear of Ebola that permeates American society.
How profound? If the passenger seated next to them on an airplane coughs, many Americans wonder if they are at risk of contracting Ebola. According to a Washington Post poll, two thirds of Americans fear an epidemic in the United States, and four in 10 said they are somewhat or very worried that a family member may contract the disease.
This is at a time when the total number of Americans who have contracted Ebola is two — both of whom had direct contact with an Ebola patient. As Linda Chavez points out in the New York Post, last year, about 30,000 Americans died of the flu, yet most Americans don’t get flu shots.
It’s all because of the mass media. Ebola dominates the news as much as the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon dominated the media.
Nor is there a right-left divide here. In general, the left has been far more hysteria prone than the right — heterosexual AIDS in America; the number of girls dying from anorexia; the “rape culture” on American campuses; the likely destruction of life as we know it as a result of fossil fuels — these are a few the many left-wing-generated hysterias. But there’s no left-right divide on Ebola. My wife and I so admire the conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard, that we each have our own subscription. Yet it just featured a piece titled “Six Reasons to Panic.”
As for Africa, here’s something to consider: According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 627,000 Africans died of a disease. But it wasn’t Ebola. It was malaria. Why no concern about that? Because malaria won’t touch anyone in the Western world, and therefore the media never mention it. The obsession with Ebola rather than malaria is First World narcissism.
If Americans seek reasons to panic, at least two things rationally qualify: The Islamic State and all the other Muslim terror groups whose greatest desire is to murder and maim as many Americans as possible; and Iran on the verge of making a nuclear weapon.
It would be a better world if the media were preoccupied with those two issues. But for two weeks, they have only mentioned the former in between reports on Ebola. And they almost never mention the latter.
Of course, it is possible that the mass media may end up right on this issue. But track records matter, and the media’s track record is shameful. For half a century, just about every health and social hysteria has been manufactured or abetted by these media, especially television news.
That is why the media are so frightening. There doesn’t appear to be anything that they cannot persuade most people, in any country, to believe.
John Hawkins | Oct 21, 2014
Since when did, “I’m offended,” become an argument that trumps all facts, logic and common sense? When did regularly claiming to be aggrieved on behalf of some splinter of the population become a high paying gig? How did we get to a point in America where people are PROUD to tell you that they’re “victims?”
There are a lot of reasons things have gone so wrong on this front, but ironically, the biggest is that our nation has had so much success.
Americans are now considerably richer and more educated as a group than Americans were a few generations ago. The Civil Rights struggle was an overwhelming success. Even many poor Americans have access to conveniences and luxuries that the richest and most privileged of us didn’t have 100 years ago. If you look at the whole of human history, anyone living in America today is in the wealthiest, most privileged “1%” of people who have ever lived on Planet Earth.
There’s a reason people say, “Idle hands do the devil’s work,” and it’s the same reason you often find that prominent terrorists and communists come from privileged backgrounds. No matter how well things are going, some people are going to be dissatisfied. When those people are living hand to mouth, they’re too busy scrambling to pay their bills to worry about trivia. But, when they have a roof over their heads, money in their pockets, and free time, they spend their days doing what critics do.
This is not new. Even Machiavelli had people like this in his time,
“And many writers have imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for there is such a gap between how one lives and how one ought to live that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done learns his ruin rather than his preservation…..”
The difference between today and the start of the 16th century is that our prosperity has allowed a few puddles full of whiners to grow into an ocean and worse yet, we REWARD them for bellyaching.
In the era of the Internet and reality TV, everyone seems to be chasing Andy Warhol’s “fabled 15 minutes of fame” and one of the easiest ways to get them, especially if you don’t have any talent or don’t want to work for them, is to throw a big public pity party for yourself.
There are people like Cindy Sheehan, Sandra Fluke and to a lesser degree, even Hillary Clinton who managed to turn being professional victims into careers.
Setting that aside, there’s the financial motive. There are people who quite literally make a living by accusing other people of racism, sexism and homophobia. Do you really think people — who are only going to be able to make their house payments if they keep making accusations of racism — are going to see anything other than bigotry when there’s money on the line?
Professional race hustlers are bad enough, but the sheer number of amateurs getting in on the game has an even bigger negative impact on society. Every day, we now have millions of people trying to figure out how they can be aggrieved so they can claim their own delicious little slice of victimhood.
As often as not, when you hear their caterwauling about how upset they are, you can’t help but think it’s their way of saying, “Everybody look at us! We’re victims! We’re offended; so you have to pay attention to us!”
There are people offended by American flags, by non-offensive words like “niggardly” that sound similar to offensive words, by Christian business owners who don’t want to bake cakes for gay weddings, by children’s songs that mention pigs and there’s even a family that’s terribly upset about Ben & Jerry’s “Hazed and Confused” ice cream because….well, can you even guess? It’s because their son died in 2008 in a hazing incident and so they’ve decided they don’t like the word “hazed.”</HREF=”#4L0KFB0″>
That last example cuts to the heart of the problem because you certainly feel for people who lost their son and it’s understandable that they’re against hazing. But, where does sympathy stop and common sense begin? How far is everyone else supposed to go to cater to their irrational complaints? As someone who quite literally gets hate mail every day of the week from people who are deeply offended in almost every way imaginable because I dare to have a different opinion than they do on an issue, I’d say not very far.
That doesn’t mean that we should go out of our way to offend people. For example, even though I’m not a Muslim and think the overreaction to Koran burnings in some parts of the world is insane, I wouldn’t burn a Koran because I want to show a modicum of courtesy to people from another faith. I don’t think the Confederate flag is racist, but I wouldn’t personally fly one because I can legitimately see where many black Americans associate it with slavery. I’ve had polite conversations at conventions with liberals — whom I would disagree with on every issue — just because I think it’s good manners. These are the sort of niceties that help hold a society together, but it only goes so far.
When every niche issue that mildly tweaks someone’s sensibilities becomes a life and death, traumatic “either do this or you hate me” battle, the bonds that hold us together as a society begin to disintegrate because to paraphrase Aristotle, the only way to avoid offending people is to “say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.”
It’s made worse by the fact that so many people have started glomming on to these ridiculous issues as a substitute for actually doing something of consequence. “I’m against the Redskins; so I’m pro-Indian!” “The words ‘illegal immigrant’ are offensive; so I’m pro-Hispanic!” “I think that’s racist; so I’m pro-black.”
Bull****! If you’ve helped a black friend move his furniture to a new apartment, you’ve actually done more for black Americans than someone who has spent the last decade screaming “racism, racism, racism” every day.
Claiming to be “offended” on someone else’s behalf rarely accomplishes anything meaningful. In fact, it’s often about as “helpful” as buying a bottle of booze for an alcoholic because life doesn’t give “trigger warnings” and few people worth emulating in life enjoy being the guest of honor at a pity party.
I’ve probably said this several times in the past but I feel the need to repeat it once in a while. Children in church – I know parents and family members feel a bit uneasy when the kids act up or make noise or cry and sometimes the parents pick them up and take them out . . . . stop it! YOU need to be in church and a lot of us actually enjoy the kids; they are a gift from God and they are our future. There is nothing that brings a smile to my face faster than a baby or toddler, and they always make me think of a church I attended many many many years ago where the preacher said at one point “don’t worry if your children make noise and don’t take them out of the sanctuary – I have a microphone and can talk louder than them”.
I am so offended that bunches of whinny little people are pretty much making ALL of us change who we are and what we do and what we say. And we seem to be so afraid of them that we do it. The bottom line is that no body will go through life never seeing or hearing or experiencing things we don’t like of that “offends” us – it is not possible unless we live in a closet and never go out into the “real” world.
Lets take this to the extremes and be offended say by towns or cities that have Kill in their names.
Battenkill (What is a Batten and why do they kill them?), Catskill (Does that mean they like to kill cats?), Fishkill (Why are they killing all the fish?) how about Waterford . . . we use water to Baptize people so the word water should be eliminated; I am also offended that on TV and in Movies men are portrayed as bumbling idiots who act like children – they should always be portrayed as the hard working, family supporting people that they are. I am offended by politicians who have armed body guards who want to take everyone else’s guns away.
I am offended by the trash that the entertainment industry puts out, have we no shame or morals anymore? I am offended that these people have slowly but surely changed our culture to accept things that used to be considered dirty / sleezy / immoral etc. It is no wonder that our society is falling apart.
I am offended that the very people who need welfare and food stamps and public housing are all walking around with iphones, ipads and other such devices.
I am offended by people who drink their coffee “black”. – isn’t that racist?
As a big person I am offended by people wearing “skinny” jeans.
I am offended that car tires no longer have the “white wall” option. Whats up with that?
I am offended that sports teams show white males in a bad light such as “Buccaneers” and “Raiders”. Shouldn’t tall people be offended by “the Giants”.
Just an observation.
I have noticed in my own church life that it is easier to keep up my faithfulness
when I am busy doing something. When just coming on Sunday and hearing a sermon and going home it becomes easy to justify skipping a sunday now and again and then the skipping process becomes easier and more frequent. However if I am involved in some church group or project I am more constant in my faith. With this in mind perhaps we should do more to encourage more folks in the church (particularly the newbies) to participate in committees and groups – some of us are more shy than others and may need a personal invite. Just sayin’