February 20, 2016

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention.”

“This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community. While social media can certainly bring about positive change, it can also be a place that deeply hurts and harms others.”

Said the statement by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater chancellor about a Snapchat photograph of 2 students who posed in the middle of having a facial that had dark goo spread on their faces. The students say they just thought it looked funny and had no thought of imitating black people.

We’re told the students won’t face any discipline — why would they? — but that “Following the incident and the reaction caused by the image, the college is planning to host a number of race awareness seminars for staff and students.”

A better idea: Resign, and do something you’re qualified to do, like clean out chicken coops. Plus, a pointed criticism of Chancellor Beverly Kopper: “Is there a policy for when it’s appropriate for university officials to describe student speech as ‘racist’? The university should want all students to feel welcome, but part of welcoming all students is taking care to understand and not to mischaracterize what individual students are saying and doing.”

They don’t really want all students to feel welcome. They want certain students to feel welcome, and the rest to feel like they’re constantly walking on eggshells.