Thanks to Chicks on the Right for cluing us in to Ohio University’s “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign, which illustrates what happens when the humor-impaired and liberal academia meet on a holiday. Universities used to have noble intellectual aims — now they function more as overpriced group facilitators, helping students get in touch with their Inner Victims:
The purpose of STARS (Students Teaching About Racism in Society) is to educate and facilitate discussion about all isms (racism, sexism, classism, etc.), raise awareness about social justice, and promote racial harmony. Our job is to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings.
Really? You want me to feel comfortable expressing my feelings? Ok. I feel that you need to get over it, and spend your time at school preparing for a real job– being a professional victim is not a job — even if Jesse Jackson et al. make a fortune at it. I further feel that you should cut the condescending campaigns which don’t promote anything but your own sense of superiority.
Do you really believe that people are so stupid that they think their cheesy Halloween costumes say anything accurate or meaningful about anybody’s culture? In case you hadn’t noticed, Halloween is a national progressive dessert party that ends in a sugar-induced diabetic coma — it’s not a museum tour with docents, and nobody’s singing “It’s a Small World, After All,” either — well, not if they want any treats. So please, trade in that diversity training that you’re so eager to offer to others, and learn how to laugh again, including at yourselves — it’s not as lucrative as a lifetime of earnest hypersensitivity to all the “isms” that were and are to come, but it’s a lot healthier — for everyone.