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Rick Moran


May 16, 2014 - 12:26 pm

What’s a clever, creative way to celebrate “Hump Day”? Yeah, I thought of that too but this is a “G” rated site.

At St. Thomas College in Minnesota, one student hit upon the brilliant idea to bring a camel on campus so that students could have a little fun before finals next week. They’d call the event “Hump Day” and make the event something of a petting zoo where students could relax, take pictures with the camel and generally let off a little steam.

A local vendor was contacted and everything was ready. Then, trouble.

But last week the plan was abruptly scrapped after opponents mounted a protest on Facebook, saying it was not only a waste of money, but insensitive and possibly racist as well.

The event — called “Hump Day” — was organized by the Residence Hall Association, a student social committee, “to have a little fun, bring students together,” said Aaron Macke, the group’s adviser.

Their intention, he said, was to come up with an idea for a gathering that was creative and drew interest.

“And obviously, this one did, both ways.”

The original plan was to bring the camel to the St. Paul campus May 14 and turn the quad into “a petting zoo type of atmosphere,” Macke said. The camel, he noted, is trained for events like these and owned by a local vendor.

In fact, last December St. Thomas brought a reindeer to campus (also hired locally) for the same purpose. No protests ensued.

Macke said he’s not sure who started the Facebook page, but last week it was bristling with indignant comments. Some suggested the event was disparaging to Middle Eastern cultures, an example of animal cruelty and even environmentally unfriendly. “I think they thought the camel was coming from another part of the world,” he said, “[and] it would be bad for our carbon footprint.” Others simply objected to the cost. (Macke said the fee, about $500, was coming from a social event fund.)

Within 24 hours, the organizers decided to cancel the event. “It kind of comes back to the purpose of the organization,” said Macke, who is director of residence life at St. Thomas. “If this is going to be something that’s divisive, then it’s not worth doing.”

Is it any wonder that college campus’s have become bastions of political correctness? With an attitude that nothing divisive should occur — except when being divisive scores political points, like BDS protests and “white privilege” demonstrations — the opposition to tyranny cowers in the corner.

Were there protests against this GEICO commercial?

Are there 21,000,000 racists out there? That’s how many hits the video has gotten on YouTube.

Actually, one school actually banned the phrase “Hump Day” because middle school kids were saying it so much — no doubt, with the double entendre fully in mind:

The Geico “Hump Day” commercial has received over 15 million hits on YouTube, and has it be one of the most memorable commercials to date.

But the “Hump Day” catch phrase is causing problems at a middle school in Connecticut. So many kids were saying it all day, every day. They said it so much that it was disrupting class.

The principal took drastic steps and banned the phrase from school.

As is obvious from this statement on the cancellation offered up by RHA, the organization assumed that students actually have a sense of humor and want to have fun, rather than demonstrate a humorlessness and an overripe notion of “sensitivity” to a particular culture:

“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.”

Unsafe environment? Students are going to riot over a camel? Sheesh.

Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, had the tweet of the day: “Reindeer, yes, camel, no? … Are college students ‘racially insensitive’ to Laplanders? Or are they just idiots?”

It’s been said by many that we are becoming a country where our only freedom left is freedom from being offended. I’d add that we’re also becoming a country where people take fake offense to innocuous gestures simply because they know that the powers that be — especially on college campuses — wish to avoid “divisiveness” at all costs and will bow to their will. It’s an irresistible power trip that the gimlet eyed revolutionaries on campus can’t let go.

Not only is it injurious to free speech, it makes America a very boring place to live. And that’s the bottom line with the students who protested this event. They have the sense of humor of marmosets and a killjoy attitude that makes watching grass grow exciting by comparison.

Lighten up, kids. Kick off your shoes, feel the grass between your toes, and pet the damn camel.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Political correctness has reached the stage where people have to stand up to the bullies the old fashion way. Let me explain how my Uncle Blackie and his buddies stood up to both the Red and Brown Fascists in Chicago in the late 1930's. He and his buddies would go down to Columbus Park where the German-American Bund used to hold forth on Sundays. They would bring chains and baseball bats with them and beat the living crap out of the Nazis. Later on when Hitler and Stalin became allies they extended this "educational" process to the Communists. They used to wait outside the Party meetings on Friday nights and them beet up the midcentury version of Pajama Boy. They just used their fists.

Some may think this is extreme and undemocratic. I say spare the rod and spoil the child. It is far better for our neo-Fascist comrades that they learn to honor the First Amendment with a little corporal punishment than face the more lethal wrath of an aroused citizenry who decides they have had enough of Fascism.

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College kids have always been idiots, utter silliness is not alien to college campuses, it never has been.

It's just that a certain element with a leftist political bent wants to be taken seriously these days, and acts even sillier than usual.
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This just hows how ignorant these protests really are. Different varieties of camels live in Africa and Asia. They are native to all the desert areas from Morocco to China. Camels have been imported to North America and Australia, so that there are wild populations of camels on 4 continents.
So they asked a Middle-Eastern person what they thought? Did they ask an African? A Jew? Someone from China or Mongolia or India?
Of course not. The purpose was to display their ignorance, not their tolerance. I fear for this nation when these idiots become "adults" and try to run things.
41 weeks ago
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I went to a small community college in New Jersey (graduated in 1991). The fraternities, sororities, and other social groups tried to have fun like the big schools; my small fraternity did their best to emulate the hijinks of the Deltas from the film Animal House - minus the expulsion of course.
But the best part of it all was that each group kept to themselves and did their own thing without worrying about being muzzled by a brigade of PC crusaders who saw racism, sexism, elitism and every other ism in every silly thing we did. I am so glad I don't have to go to college in this day and age.
41 weeks ago
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Never cared much for Joe Camel.
41 weeks ago
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The thing I'm not seeing in this article is where the anxious students actually ASKED a student of Middle Eastern origins if having a picture taken with a local camel would actually be offensive to them. It looks to me as if some hypersensitive soul simply ASSUMED that someone would find it offensive without any effort to actually find out. For all I know, people from the Middle East view camels as a wonderful piece of their heritage and are offended at anyone thinking otherwise!

And if everyone is so worried about offending people, why didn't they ask people from areas where reindeers are found - which Wikipedia says includes Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska and formerly included many of the lower 48 states - how they felt about people taking photos with a reindeer? Or are such people just assumed to be good-natured about such things? Or is that they are deemed members of the privileged classes and therefore exempt from consideration?

I'd also like to put forward another possible approach to such situations: proceed even if someone turns out to be offended. In the immortal words of Admiral Grace Hopper: "it is easier to get forgiveness than permission".
41 weeks ago
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Tell you what, this last couple of generations of kids, scare the crap outta me.
41 weeks ago
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Freedom from being offended? I'm offended that anyone would accuse me of racism for thinking that "Hump Day" was an innocent and amusing concept.
Come to think, I'm offended that anyone thinks I'm racist, sexist, or whatever-ist for having a sense of humor.
41 weeks ago
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1) Orwell was right.
2) Posterity shall call us A$$ES!
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