Sunday, April 27, 2014

Where Do People Like This Come From? And Why Do Civilized, Intelligent People Tolerate and Accommodate Them?

Ah, the aggrieved Ivy League students.  Don't you just feel sorry for the pampered little darlings?

I've written before about the poor little one-percenters from Dartmouth here, here, and here, among others.  In that second link I quoted the following:
The point is that the Dartmouth students themselves are creations of the very exploitation they project onto others. They and their faculties enjoy privileges undreamed up by 99.9% of the population. DeVry and Phoenix trade schools cannot afford to offer Dartmouth-like race, class, and gender courses to contextualize their accounting, computer programming and nursing programs because none of their students have the cash for such psychodramatic indulgences. Our aggrieved .01% can play act that they are embattled, precisely because free market capitalism gave them those dramatic opportunities in a way unknown in Mexico or the Congo. (all boldface mine--Darren)
So here we go again:
Another ridiculous politically-correct brouhaha has broken out at Dartmouth College, America’s most hopelessly and disturbingly fragile Ivy League school.

This time, the fracas is over a fundraiser for cardiac care that the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had planned to jointly sponsor, reports Campus Reform.

Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by the party’s theme of “Phiesta.”

As a result, the soiree, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the presidents of the respective Greek organizations.

Had the party happened, it would have included a live band as well as virgin piƱa coladas and strawberry daiquiris. There would also have been burritos, chips and salsa, and guacamole.

The cash raised at the event would have gone to benefit cardiac treatments.

However, Hernandez’s deep offense about racial insensitivity was enough to call it off.

The self-proclaimed “Mexican-born, United-States-raised, first-generation woman of color” declared in an angry email that “there are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event,” according to Campus Reform...
Did you catch all that?  I'd say she's got the trifecta there, but she's actually got 4 (in her eyes) irrefutable "qualifications"--Mexican-born, first-generation, woman, of color.  Let me see if I get this straight.  We should give a damn what she thinks because of 4 attributes over which she had no control whatsoever?  Isn't that a little like judging people by the color of their skin, or something?  But let's continue with the story.
Phi Delt president Taylor Catchcart explained why the Greek organizations folded.

“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” he said.
What a wuss.  I'd have told her to go grab some chips and salsa and have a good time.  And quit whining.  And celebrate diversity or something.  No one is mocking Mexico by having some Mexican food and wearing sombreros. 

So back to the title of this post.  Where do people like this come from?  They come from the left-leaning among us right here in our own country, and civilized, intelligent people tolerate and accommodate them because they fear the (threatening and sometimes violent) responses of those lefties who pretend to be offended.  We'll restore a little balance to our society, a little "live and let live", when the right starts using the same intimidating and personal tactics of the left.  Then, like an armed society, perhaps we'll all be a little more polite to each other.


maxutils said...

So ... just to be straight ... fiesta means celebration or party or something close in Spanish. A fraternity with the greek letter Phi in its name makes a semi-clever play on the word? I was involved in a similar ridiculous episode when I was at UCD. We told the protesters basically to go pound sand.

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like things at UC Davis have changed...nobody is going to tell the protesters to pound sand there today. At least according to the KCRA website.