It hurts that she apologized

FIRE has targeted the University of Maryland at College Park as one of the most repressive colleges in America. It’s created an environment governed entirely by giving all self-styled victims the right to take offense, with no vestige of the traditional Western university model of the free exchange of ideas. Given this narrow, emotion-laden, victim-rich atmosphere, it’s scarcely surprising to read about this horrifying interchange at a Co-op operating on school premises:

A recent incident at the Maryland Food Collective, a shop in the College Park student union, is a disturbing case in point. A student seeking to pay for groceries was stopped by the clerk. “Your shirt offends me, I won’t ring you up,” the clerk said of the message stamped on the student’s T-shirt, “I Stand for Israel.” After much hand-wringing and political posturing by co-op and school officials, the student got her food after being checked out by a different clerk. Then she apologized to the offended clerk and offered a chocolate cake as proof of the sincerity of her apology for being “offensive.”

That article describes a series of horrors. A store clerk who refuses service to a customer, with all its nice reminders of the Jim Crow South. The anti-Semitism inherent in the refusal to provide service to someone Jewish or associated with the Jews, with all its reminders of Nazi Germany. And the customer’s ultimate groveling apology, which makes me think of the horrifying end of 1984, when Winston Smith is tortured into a complete abasement that sees him thanking his torturer for having been reeducated. (Heck, who needs fiction. Just think of the Chinese, Cambodian or Vietnamese reeducation camps, or the Gulag in the Soviet Union.)

I’m just sick reading this type of stuff. It’s especially bad to read it while at the same time reading Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within.

Contrary to what many believe, Bawer’s book is not really an indictment of the Islamists, although he makes clear that he is completely opposed to the Caliphate they wish to create, complete with its indulgence in all the most vile acts and imaginings men can come up with to oppress and destroy those they hate and fear (women, gays, Christians, Jews, etc.). Instead, he reserves his scorn for the Europeans themselves, who have created a poisonous soup of arrogance, condescension and self-loathing, all of which has opened the door for people who have ideologies antithetical to pluralism, free speech, intellectual inquiry and tolerance. The University of Maryland at College Park is truly a European style institution and that, believe me, is no compliment.


9 Responses

  1. I offer this definition of Political Correctness that you reference – it just reached my email inbox:

    “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

  2. Think about wearing a Che Guevera T-shirt at Wal-Mart and being refused service at the check out line.

  3. I’m just sick reading this type of stuff. It’s especially bad to read it while at the same time reading Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within.

    It is why it is important to acquire that elusive Bulletproof mind. They are out to pressure you and condition you. The best solution is to attack and counter the attackers, i.e. Maryland.

    Hey, didn’t Maryland also have an incident where they arrested folks for doing other things they believed to be BadThought?

  4. Marguerite, that definition surprised the biggest belly laugh out of me. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in . . . well, in I don’t know how long.

  5. I speak much about the President or other people not using their Constitutionally given powers to crush the domesitc insurgency; not because I think I know how best to use such powers, but simply because I know that if you don’t stamp on media successes in propaganda and indoctrination, the problem wil eventually expand beyond your capability to deal with it. You have to make examples out of people, or else you will get more people doing bad things. MOre people making other people do bad things. Why? Because they are successful and people like to emulate successes. The way the Left is trying to emulale their victory in Vietnam and how any other person emulates successful crime or terrorism; both are attempts to emulate success.

  6. Here is some interesting material for inspiration and analysis

    Morale boost for those who get demoralized watching socialist brainwashing techniques.

  7. The clerk’s offensiveness is off the scale! If the customer gave her a chocolate cake, then the clerk’s reciprocation needs to be a 50 ft diameter Ding Dong. Please phone me – at any time of the day or night – when you hear that the clerk delivers HER apologetic offering.

    I won’t stay up waiting.

  8. I blogged about this too, Bookworm. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that it is open season on Israel and anyone who supports her. You can say anything about Israel, and do almost anything, on the basis that you are not being anti-Semitic, just “anti-Zionist”. It’s given anti-Semites everywhere the license to say and do what they want………..

  9. If the clerk refused to ring up the student, I would have thought the student would have been justified to walk out of there…with the groceries.

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