This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard…and that’s saying something

The Careleton University students’ association has decided that they are canceling any further fund-raising drives for cystic fibrosis. There is an annual charity drive called Shinerama that universities put on and every year they raise thousands of dollars. I used to do it every year when I was in undergrad — BBQs, giving out balloons, standing on the street in the rain with someone duct-taped to a pole…good times. Sometimes we’d have speakers with cystic fibrosis come talk to us beforehand, and it was very moving. They were my age and their life span was almost up.

So why is Carleton doing this? Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects only white males…apparently. So it’s not inclusive enough to warrant their attention. Apparently they only want to fund-raise for non-racist diseases. [Edit for clarity: They want to fund-raise for charities that are representative of their student population. So, white guys at the school be damned. Good luck finding a disease with the exact minority distribution of your school. Brilliant.]

First, that’s not even true. Lots of people who are not white males have cystic fibrosis. Unless those female speakers at our school secretely had penises…

Second, even if it was true, why does a white male disease deserve no attention? Does that mean that people shouldn’t raise money for prostate cancer research, for example, either? Ridiculous. So because of our culture of “inclusiveness” (now to the point of absurdity), white males don’t deserve inclusion in anything. Right, that makes sense.

Carleton students should be ashamed of themselves. Ok, it’s their prerogative if they want to fund-raise for a charity they are more interested in, but to drop a charity because they think it’s for white males is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. This runaway political correctness garbage has to stop somewhere (particularly if it’s erroneous) and I hope the students’ association either reverses its decision or swiftly picks up another charity — and not just because the disease was nice enough to affect minorities and women as well, but because the charity might actually benefit from some money. Like cystic fibrosis does because it’s not AIDS, cancer, diabetes, or heard disease.

UPDATE: The university student council is reportedly reconsidering their decision, although their use of language still implies that they simply don’t get why everyone got so pissed off. It’s not that they dropped the charity, it’s why they dropped the charity. People aren’t “offended”, people think they’re stupid. Or perhaps their continued lack of language skills illustrates why this was such a pickle in the first place…

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6 responses to “This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard…and that’s saying something

  1. Wwo, that is insane. I am with you… THe PC crap is now hurting people…

    lame.

  2. Wwo, that is insane. I am with you… THe PC crap is now hurting people…

    lame.

  3. Post-modernism strikes again! These narrccissitc fools have no business runing anything remotley political or humanitarian.

    The post-modern idea is that all knowledge is subjective according to the power structure within which it is created. The practical side of this is that in Canada, white men have all the power, ergo, everyone else is at a competative disadvantage. The post-modern project is to use value-nullifying language in order to prevent the assention of MORE white hegemony, and value-rich language in order to prop up those who are under-powered within the white-male power-structure.

    The failure of postmodernism is that they arbitrarily divide people into the very superficial categories that they pretend to be so upset about in the first place.

    Take me: I’m not a working class-secularist musician….I’m white, and I should just shut the fuck up because my colour is oppressive, and EVERYTHING comes easy to me because of my skin colour.

    Post-modernism is dangerous, I tells-ya. I would be willing to be that the cowards who did this are big fans of Michel Foucault.

  4. Post-modernism strikes again! These narrccissitc fools have no business runing anything remotley political or humanitarian.

    The post-modern idea is that all knowledge is subjective according to the power structure within which it is created. The practical side of this is that in Canada, white men have all the power, ergo, everyone else is at a competative disadvantage. The post-modern project is to use value-nullifying language in order to prevent the assention of MORE white hegemony, and value-rich language in order to prop up those who are under-powered within the white-male power-structure.

    The failure of postmodernism is that they arbitrarily divide people into the very superficial categories that they pretend to be so upset about in the first place.

    Take me: I’m not a working class-secularist musician….I’m white, and I should just shut the fuck up because my colour is oppressive, and EVERYTHING comes easy to me because of my skin colour.

    Post-modernism is dangerous, I tells-ya. I would be willing to be that the cowards who did this are big fans of Michel Foucault.

  5. I wonder if the same argument would have been made if Shinerama was for sickle cell anemia (known to affect people with ancestry from sub-Saharan Africa) or or Tay-Sachs disease (known to affect people with mainly Jewish ancestry).

    Was the reason Carleton dropped Shinerama really that cystic fibrosis affects too limited a population or was it that CF affects the white male population, specifically? Hmmm…

  6. The equivalent thing they’re saying is that there should not be any support/research for glycogen storage disease type III because it involves mostly the Inuit population. Sickle cell has already been pointed out in the previous comment.

    The bizarre thing about this political correctness situation is that they reject a large group that has a large and they are basing the rejection on race.

    That’s the kind of thing I might expect here in the U.S. Having been born and raised in Buffalo, NY and having access to Toronto TV/radio and Ottawa radio, I’m surprised.