With school back in, I should just started Googling “college” and “outrage” first thing in the morning (see Campus Leftists Shut Down ‘Cops and Robbers’ Themed Party. Because Racism… and Wichita State Fraternity Gets Suspended Over Banner Placement and Betsy DeVos?). The interwebs are lousy with daily content about some student being triggered about something laughable.
Which brings us to Cornell University where the unthinkable happened…frat boys were chanting something!
Early Wednesday morning — less than a day after President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — residents of the Latino Living Center on North Campus heard chants of “Build a wall” from the Zeta Psi fraternity house.
“I had to sit there as a leader of my community and watch students who just got here feel unsafe and attacked,” said Irving Torres ’18. “I come to you, as those who are elected to represent our community, to ask what are you going to do and what are you going to say. I’m asking you to listen to me and look at me.”
The chant was “build a wall” not “Go die you insufferable tw*t!” But okay, you feel unsafe. That’s precious.
In response, multiple representatives discussed the lack of consequences on campus to verbal marginalization.
“I don’t have a response yet about what we are going to do and what we are not going to do, but we are looking into options,” [President Martha] Pollack said. “Things like facilitating conversation, holding the fraternities responsible, serious investments in getting more faculty and counselors of color.”
Reminder, a guy yelled out “build a wall” not “All puppies deserve to die.” But based on the gross overreaction, that’s confusing, I know.
Here’s what I don’t get. If the frat bros were yelling “build a wall” to Latino students as they walked by, it’s at the very least a dick move. It doesn’t rise to “I demand repercussions,” however the anger is justified. Though if you’re here legally, I still don’t understand why building a wall along the southern border is so bothersome.
But the story makes it sound like the offensive chant was coming from inside the house. They could have been watching a Donald Trump speech. They could also have been watching a pledge polish off his fifth 12-pack of Natty Ice and be trying to stack the cans. Or maybe they were playing a video game where the object is to build civilizations. Whichever the case, even if it was echoing Trump’s campaign promise, this hardly warrants the overreaction it’s getting. Alas, this is 2017, where the overly privileged need something to feel for.
If it’s the case of the later, are we really at the point where if you hear something you don’t like coming from someone else’s home, that’s enough to round up an angry mob?
Don’t answer that.