“Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They become focused and energized by taking offense; it makes them feel meaningful and alive.” – Michael Leunig
It’s foolish to think social justice warriors can ever be appeased. To believe that by shutting up and indulging their nonsense we can live a life unbothered is to believe there’s a point at which these lunatics will be satisfied. There’s the rub. SJWs aren’t driven by any cause, but by a never ending, ever growing addiction to the drug of being offended.
Universities have become coddling centers at which we’re taught to be as reactionary as petulant children. So it comes as no surprise that the latest PC explosion comes to us courtesy of Yale, the capital city of liberalism.
Prior to Halloween, Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Council sent out an email to students asking them to be “sensitive” and “thoughtful” about their costumes. The email admonished students to ask themselves five questions before they decided on a costume (feel free to read these aloud in your best Randy Marsh voice):
1. Wearing a funny costume? Is the humor based on “making fun” of real people, human traits, or cultures?
2. Wearing a historical costume? If this costume is meant to be historical, does it further misinformation or historical and cultural inaccuracies?
3. Wearing a “cultural” costume? Does this costume reduce cultural differences to jokes or stereotypes?
4. Wearing a “religious” costume? Does this costume mock or belittle someone’s deeply held faith tradition?
5. Could someone take offense with your costume and why?
Erika Christakis, Associate Master of Silliman College, wrote a public reply to the email.
After an excessively PC preamble about the values of the guidelines, and not wanting to “trivialize genuine concerns about cultural and personal representation,” Christakis asked:
“Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious…a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive? American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition.”
And that was all it took for Yale students to become an unhinged, frothing-at-the-mouth mob.
The Fire reports:
“More than 740 Yale undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and even students from other universities signed on to an open letter telling Christakis that her ‘offensive’ email invalidates the voices of minority students on campus.”
I encourage you to read the protest letter in full if you want a hearty laugh.
Now, the situation has gotten much worse, with students demanding the resignations of Christakis and her husband Nicholas, the Master of Silliman College. There have been forums and talks (everything frightened leaders do when the mob attacks), but to little avail.
Master Christakis even had an encounter with a group of students that quickly spiraled out of control when the brats didn’t get an apology. Luckily, this encounter was filmed. If you want to see tyranny, look no further than this apoplectic child screaming at Master Christakis:
As well as this delicate flower telling Christakis that Yale is no longer a safe space:
And yes, those are people snapping in agreement in the background. Doesn’t it seem almost satirical?
The rush of being offended comes from the intoxicating mix of self-righteousness and victimhood. The girl in the video is only yelling at Christakis because it’s the second component of the drug. The public meltdown is an essential ingredient because it shows everyone around you how offended and righteous you are. Anyone can be offended by themselves. That’s not enough.
The problem with drugs is that you eventually need inflated doses to keep the high alive. This is why we continue to see more and more ridiculous shows of PC outrage like the ones at Yale. Simply being offended and writing about it on Jezebel isn’t enough anymore; SJWs need a higher dose of insanity. So to believe you can ever appease them by obeying their inane demands is like giving a cocaine addict more cocaine as a cure. It’s never going to stop unless we simply cut them off.
We can’t continue to tolerate and indulge this idiocy, or society will suffer deeply in the long run. Tyranny is creating a generation of infantilized adults, then leaving them in charge.