The event was a “Hump Day” celebration planned by the Residence Hall Association at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota to mark the end of the year. They were going to bring a camel on campus, hoping for a petting zoo-type atmosphere where students could pose in pictures with the humped animal. I know, it sounds like loads of fun.
Leave it to some self-righteous group of students to ruin all their fun by claiming that bringing a camel on campus would not only be a waste of $500, but it would also offend people of Middle Eastern descent.
…[T]he event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.
The Facebook group called “Protest Hump DAAAAAAY!” had more than 100 RSVP’d attendees before it was deleted on Wednesday.
“RHA’s goal in programming is to bring residents together in a fun and safe environment where all people can enjoy themselves,” RHA president Lindsay Goodwin said in a statement on RHA’sFacebook page. “It appears however, this program is dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment for everyone attending or providing the program. As a result, RHA has decided to cancel the event.”
Goodwin declined to comment any further to Campus Reform other than to clarify that there were no expenses spent or lost on the event.
The camel wouldn’t have been the first animal brought to campus to be fawned over. According to theMinneapolis Star Tribune, the school brought a reindeer to campus in December apparently without incident.
RHA hosted a “Southern Hospitality” event on May 8 during which students could take turns riding a mechanical bull.
“St. Thomas is a Catholic university that welcomes students of all faiths and cultures,” a university spokesperson told Campus Reform. He refused to comment any further.
“Uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment?” Because of the camel? I know they spit, but come on.
I’m not sure what’s more racist: the act of bringing a camel on campus; or assuming that all Middle Easterners would start rioting in the streets and beheading people – for bringing a camel on campus.
It seems more racist to cancel the event for “safety concerns” over potentially angry and violent Middle Easterners. Isn’t that playing into Muslim stereotypes or something?
I guess we’ll have to keep our eye on all our embassies in the Middle East to see if any more Benghazis happen because of this camel event, or because of the presumptuous and bigoted student group who wanted it cancelled for racist reasons. Just wait for John Kerry to blame Boko Haram’s actions on the cancellation of this “hump day” celebration.