“Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!” Ecclesiastes 10:16-17. No, that passage from wise King Solomon is not a reference to our current president. Rather, it describes two of the plagues that God sends on rebellious nations….like ours. If I were to translate it into modern terms, woe to a nation ruled by immature fools, whose rulers are in it for themselves rather than service. George Washington university is a great example of both plagues.
In Campus Reform’s latest video, Ethan Cai asks students at George Washington University if they’d be willing to sign a petition calling for banning the iconic white stick figure in “walk” signals because they are “oppressive.” Part of the reason Campus Reform chose GW for its “offensive” and “oppressive” white walk signal guy petition is because of the students’ recent vote to “remove and replace” the university’s mascot, George (Washington) the Colonial, which “is received as extremely offensive not only by students of the University, but the nation and world at large” because it “glorifies the act of systemic oppression,” a petition calling for its removal claimed. The measure was passed in March by 54% of the students who voted. Keep in mind, George Washington was the kind of President who surpassed all future presidents, and could have been crowned king, but wanted nothing more than to be of service to his nation. He was also the only president who didn’t want the job.
In an attempt to test how deep concerns about “offense” and “oppression” go at GW, Campus Reform went undercover to the university to see if students would sign a new petition, this time calling for the banning of white stick figures in walk signals.
“As we students cross the street, we are told by the symbol of a white man when it is okay to cross,” Campus Reform’s faux petition reads. “Many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this.” Students who sign the petition are supposedly letting the university know that they “vehemently urge the University to consider changing the crosswalk signs.”
The result: many of the students, and even one university faculty member, are willing to put their signature on the phony petition. Most in the video made a point of saying they can “absolutely” see how someone would be offended by the “white man” telling them what to do and felt that changing the sign helped promote “diversity.”
Facts: As of 2015, George Washington had over 1,100 active alumni in the U.S. Foreign Service, one of the largest feeder schools for the diplomatic corps. GWU is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review in the top “Most Politically Active” Schools. Notable alumni include former and current presidents/prime ministers of Iraq, Georgia, Croatia, Pakistan, South Korea, Mongolia, Togo and Venezuela. GWU’s website home page says in very large letters, “Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of giants or forge a new path, this is the place to start.” Satirizing their statement in the light of the petition is too easy. I am not a cheap shot artist. GWU is the low hanging fruit of satire. Woe to a nation whose diplomatic corps hates her history and ideals!
“White triggering” marches on: In a segment on Sunday’s “A.M. Joy,” Elie Mystal of AbovetheLaw.com said white people who voted for Donald Trump should be destroyed. This came after a segment in which he argued there is no moral difference between avowed white supremacists and any white person who votes for Trump. I must then ask, what do you have to say about a black person who votes for Trump? Does it rhyme with Oreo? In the clip, host Joy Reid asked how those who are “drugged” by the president’s rhetoric should be communicated to and convinced they are wrong. That’s when Mystal got even more heated, saying:
“You don’t communicate to them, you beat them. You beat them. They are not a majority of this country — the majority of white people in this country are not a majority of the country. All the people who are not fooled by this need to come together, go to the polls, go to the protests, do whatever you have to do. You do not negotiate with these people, you destroy them.” Ironically, this comment came on the same day the New York Times ran a piece arguing that Fox News is inciting white supremacist violence by using words such as “invasion” to describe the situation at the border. When is fiery language and hyperbole an “incitement” to violence and when is it “justified outrage”? The answer is obvious: If it comes from the mouth of a Trump supporter, it’s the former; if it comes from a Trump hater, it’s the latter. SIMPLE!
I will give the Babylon Bee the last word: U.S.—“A new candidate has come out of nowhere to surge in the polls in the Democratic primary, and she’s only six years old. Susie Peters of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was on a local news segment where children gave their opinions on world problems, and she asked, “Why can’t we just give everyone everything they want for free?” The message quickly went viral and really resonated with Democratic voters, propelling Susie from unknown to third in most polls, ahead of Bernie Sanders and just behind Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. Susie has unveiled her new popular campaign slogan, “But I want it!” and has already qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate, though she may not be able to attend since it will be on past her bedtime.”