It’s like Time Magazine is giving a nod to yesterday’s blog entry:
Wouldn’t it have been great if they had spelled it “Kancels Klasses”?
Anyway, so all it takes to shut down Oberlin College is for someone to draw a few swastikas in the library or walk around on campus in a get-up that–though not confirmed by photographs or surveillance camera footage–“resembles” a Klansman’s robes.
Police say they “have not yet been able to substantiate the reports of the alleged KKK regalia sighting.” But the school shuts down, anyway. Wow.
Man oh man! When I was in college, it took a BOMB SCARE to get out of class and, even then, we would have to go back to class in an hour. And “swastikas”? Really? I think swastikas must be in the top five when it comes to crap to magic-marker on the back of a men’s room stall door, right next to “Fuck You” and Gloria’s phone number.
I feel cheated!
Why didn’t someone tell us that all we needed was some white sheets and a cone to get us a day out of class for some PC grabassing?
“Campus security and the Oberlin Police Department are investigating the sighting, the latest in a series of hate-speech incidents on the campus. In lieu of classes, the administration declared a “Day of Solidarity,” urging all 2,900 undergraduate students to attend lectures such as a “teach-in” moderated by the Africana Studies Department.”
Now, anyone who knows ANYTHING about tiny, lily-White, kiss-ass-liberal, achievement-oriented Oberlin college knows that this is a hoax, as most hate crimes of this nature are. YES. MOST HATE CRIMES THAT MAKE THE MEDIA ARE HOAXES.
It has happened before at Oberlin. And I have my suspicions about this case…To wit:
“The programming [of the PC grabassing] included a campuswide teach-in led by Meredith Gadsby, an associate professor and chairwoman of the Africana Studies Department; a collective demonstration of solidarity, including musical performances by campus groups and speeches by campus leaders; and a community convocation entitled “We Stand Together.”
Gadsby has been teaching at Oberlin since 2000 and was notified of the incident at 3 a.m., just hours after the sighting was reported.
“I am worried about the students who have been made to feel incredibly unsafe and still feel targeted,” Gadsby told CNN Monday.”
“Africana Studies Department”! Check the closets in THAT part of the social science complex! I bet you find a GRAND WIZARD’S costume and a box of markers somewhere!
According to Oberlin’s website, they have Affirmative-Actionized their student body of 2900 to be 20% “students of color,” which, apparently, must include ALL types of non-Whites. As a school that only accepts 30% of applicants (and has a famous music conservatory), I’m betting a large slice of that 20% is going to be East Asians and Subcontinentals, especially since 7.2% of the student body is made up of “international” students. There may conceivably be fewer than 200 black people on the entire campus in this tiny bastion of harmony and inclusion.
So I bet that “Africana Studies Department” really feels some pressure to show some sort of usefulness, eh? Looks like they did just that this week.
Ever read about volunteer firemen being arsonists and setting fire to a barn somewhere because they get bored in their fire-free little towns? I have. When you’ve got a hammer, something in you just wants to pound a nail…Just something to think about.