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Med School Assistant Takes Disability Leave After Seeing Noose in Joke Display

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Special snowflakes are everywhere, and it seems that none of them can take a freaking joke. The latest example comes from Oregon, where a medical school assistant was so triggered by a noose in a comedic stress-reduction display that she filed for disability leave.

Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up.

Oregon Health and Science University Medical Assistant Maria Frazier, who is African-American, claims she was shocked to discover a noose taped to the top of an explicitly-comedic poster about stress reduction.

“Stress reduction kit. Bang head here,” the flyer stated, presumably prompting stressed out med students to bang their heads against the wall in a futile attempt at stress relief.

Following suit, an unidentified physician’s assistant taped a miniature noose to the flyer in a comedic, though perhaps gruesome, gesture, later telling his employer that it was a joke about stress and not intended to be a racial statement, The Portland Tribune reports.

Frazier, though, was so distressed by the incident that she took disability leave from her job at the school’s hospital and solicited the help of her union leaders, who filed a grievance with the university, claiming that she felt the noose was targeting her since she is African-American.

Wow. Conceited much?

Honestly, I won’t argue that the joke wasn’t in poor taste, and I certainly can see how Frazier might have been uncomfortable since black people have been lynched in this country, but to say she was targeted? Words have meanings, and if she had been “targeted” the noose would have been meant specifically for her.

Since the physician’s assistant in question reportedly told Frazier previously that he hated racists, why did she make that leap?

Frazier has gotten the union involved, and it is unsurprisingly taking her side in this mess.  The union claims that there are two codes of conduct, one for providers who generate revenue and one for everyone else. If so, that kind of sucks, but it’s also important to notice that the only one who feels this was targeted towards Frazier is Frazier herself.

The precious snowflake is so distraught that she’s on disability leave. Her employer, however, is trying to play nice.

They did, though, agree to reimburse Frazier’s disability insurer for her absence from work, but she continues to claim that doctor’s orders prevent her from returning, noting that she “can’t deal with it.”

And this is the issue with the perpetually aggrieved, the kind of people who can see a tiny little noose with no context other than a “bang head here” sign and make it into a racial thing.  They “can’t deal with it” because they know there are people who will let them not deal with it.

Guess what, honey? No one cares if you can’t deal with it.  Frankly, being offended isn’t a disability, so get your butt back to work or grow a set and resign.