November 29, 2008

My daughter is only a few years from college ...

... and I'm dreading what sort of utter detritus she'll have to deal with there. Thankfully, I can say with almost utter certainty, she'll not be attending school in Canada:

Carleton University in Ottawa is dropping cystic fibrosis as the beneficiary of its annual fundraiser because the disease isn't diverse enough---most of the people who suffer from it are believed to be white males.

Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, has trained six students to listen in on conversations around campus and correct speakers who voice slurs and other opinions that women, gays and minorities might consider objectionable.

Certainly there are obvious slurs that various [ethnic] groups will find objectionable. I don't see a hassle with anyone speaking up and saying something like "Excuse me, but that's inappropriate" to someone asinine enough to utter one. But the authoritarian aspect of this silliness is apparent based on two facets -- one, these "trained students" have as their job to listen in on other people's conversations. Not only is this an invasion of privacy, but if something like that is someone's "job," you can be sure they're bound to "find" something objectionable. This is the second facet -- these "trained students" alone will determine what gays and minorities might find off-putting. Because, we all know, that gays and minorities are all of like mind and all believe in the same things! Right?

As for the cystic fibrosis nonsense, that is just so ridiculous as to defy description. As article author John Leo notes,

... lots of other diseases could run afoul of a proper diversity test---Tay-Sachs (mostly Jews), sickle disease (mostly blacks) and, for that matter, AIDS (mostly male and gay) and breast cancer. It's just hard to get illnesses to observe diversity standards.

Yeah. Biology sure is a pesky thing. It's always somehow immune to politically correct bone-headedness.

Posted by Hube at November 29, 2008 11:24 AM | TrackBack

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I'm befuddled!

Posted by: A. Bundy at November 29, 2008 02:28 PM

Oy vey! So get this - I've got a bunch of gay students, one of whom consistently says "that's gay" when she wants to imply that something or someone's actions are stupid. When I asked her about the appropriateness of using that phrase and how it applied a derogatory value judgment on a group of people, she told me that she wasn't bothered by it. Other gay students are bothered by that, though. I think that college is just setting itself up for problems with it's Orwellian thought police - just imagine trying to bring my little lesbian friend up for disciplinary action because she called something "gay."

Lemme say it again: oy vey!

Posted by: Bronwen at November 29, 2008 09:05 PM

Your reaction to the Queens University policy of implementing a literal "speech police" force is WAY too mild, IMO. This is precisely what happens in totalitarian regimes like the old Soviet Union and present-day North Korea. Just what sort of action does the university plan to take against students who dare to voice inappropriate opinions or who use language deemed "offensive" to certain groups? Will they be required to attend "sensitivity training" classes, much like dissidents in the aforementioned dictatorships were forced into "re-education" to "correct" their thinking?

Any parent who values freedom of speech -- and thought -- should avoid sending their son or daughter to any college that has such an Orwellian policy, and should voice their objection loudly and publicly. Before it's too late.

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