How dare they!
Did you ever notice how downright offensive it is to mention that another person’s words and actions might be perceived as racist? It’s an insult, after all. Vicious and unjustified. Maligning others. Reckless disregard. Unwarranted and insulting our integrity!
Apologize, damn you! Apologize!
If I had to identify the Race Card for white people, it would be the You called me a racist! card. Because obviously being called a racist is worse than actually suffering from racism. Even if everybody was very careful never to say the dreaded R-word.
As Vice President for Students Affairs, I am deeply troubled by numerous concerns that have been expressed to me recently about some offensive material published by students on a website unaffiliated with the University. I have consulted with senior colleagues, and we condemn these attempts at humor which ridicule people based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation and which promote violence. The events documented in an attempt at satire are in reality fictional, and the stories are deeply hurtful and potentially destructive to the fabric of our campus community.
As a Catholic and Jesuit institution we are called to a higher standard. We place great importance on open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas, but offensive and inaccurate language does nothing to further this mission. I respect the majority of students and members of our campus community who recognize the harmful nature of abusing truth in the name of satire. At Georgetown we seek to foster a community of respect, tolerance and inclusion in our words, deeds and actions.
Please note that Olson never said the dreaded R-word. And I think he lets the Heckler writer off easy. Does “vicious” describe this e-mail? Is it an “insult” to anybody’s integrity?
And note also that the college doofus refers twice to the “safe environment” that should be created. Because safety in discussions about racism is all about protecting the feelings of white people.