Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota had a “hump day” event cancelled on Wednesday after they claimed bringing a camel onto campus could offend those of Middle Eastern descent. This is not the Onion.
The event, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, was set to feature a “petting zoo type of atmosphere,” in which students could take photos with a camel. Unfortunately, this was deemed WAY TOO OFFENSIVE, and a Facebook group, “Protest Hump DAAAAAAY!” gathered over 100 RSVPs before it was deleted.
“RHA’s goal in programming is to bring residents together in a fun and safe environment where all people can enjoy themselves,” RHA president Lindsay Goodwin said in a statement on RHA’s Facebook page. “It appears however, this program is dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment for everyone attending or providing the program. As a result, RHA has decided to cancel the event.”
I try—we all around here try—to be understanding and open-mind, but I can’t begin to wrap my head around this story. Has the campus far-far-left moved into the surreal now? Does having an time on your hands and a brain constantly wired to “OFFENSE” cause you to make these far-fetched reaches?
And actually: wouldn’t it be more offensive to Middle Easterners if you suggested, as these do-gooding idiots did, that some see them as similar to camels? Who except for these guys has ever made that connection? (Besides Nas, I guess, but that was directed to Jay Z.) Who are the real racists here?
[H/T: Campus Reform]