Accusing somebody of evil intent, out of the blue, is a pretty good sign that you’re guilty of the very thing you’re accusing. The Barack Obama Administration is a prime example of that.
It’s pulled every trick in the playbook of cultural suggestiveness to set racial disparity back 40 years, by making sure there’s a subtle subtext of race underlying every political topic: income inequality, voting rights, gun control.
McGill University student Brian Farnan isn’t black. (And he goes to school in Canada.) So Farnan can only lament that the President will never weigh in on the student’s minor predicament by saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Brian Farnan.”
Farnan is the vice president of Internal Affairs (whatever that means) at McGill, a position he earned by winning a student election. In one of his weekly listserv messages to students, he attempted to alleviate a little of the collective academic pressure by inserting an animated .gif (a pretty funny one) of an Obama stooge kicking in a door as he walks away from the Presidential podium. Farnan sent the image under the innocuous subject line of “Honestly midterms get out of here.” The .gif itself had first appeared on “The Tonight Show,” and it found longevity on the viral Internet.
Somebody got offended. And as the offended typically are wont to do, that somebody aired his grievance to college higher-ups. According to Legal Insurrection, the .gif image of a frustrated President kicking in a door “got him [Farnan] in trouble with the thought police, who filed a complaint against him with SSMU’s [Student Society of McGill] Equity Committee, which enforces an expansive Equity Policy banning a broad range of supposedly ‘oppressive’ conduct.”
They’re not kidding. Check out McGill Daily’s dutifully progressive rundown of each elected student officer’s job performance: inclusiveness, sustainability and rape culture. Yikes.
Farnan didn’t need to apologize; in fact, it bothered some that he felt the need to do so. Fellow McGill student Ameya Pendse spoke out in a letter to campus magazine The Bull & Bear — not so much in defense of Farnan’s harmless joke as in criticism of a campus culture that would allow a radical minority to hold common sense for a ransom at her school:
Some people at McGill are a tad sensitive, so let me apologize in advance for my offensive statements. But it’s okay because we are all oppressed together, right? We’re slowly coming to grips with fact that we are all racist, sexist, patriarchs, and so on. If I learned anything at McGill, it’s that a vocal minority has deemed us all to be both oppressed as well as oppressors. The radical social culture which we, the silent majority, despise has dominated both SSMU and our campus politics for years. Brian Farnan’s latest email is no exception. We have come to a point where the radicals at McGill have hijacked campus politics, pushing their agenda on their Macs and smartphones.
…Today, I ask Brian Farnan to send out another apology because his last email titled “Weekly Listserv: Apology” offended me. I am offended that he thought I would naturally associate the visual of President Obama kicking down a door with the racist stereotype of a coloured person being angry. If anything, he should apologize for promoting racism and its living legacies by pointing it out. I can say with certainty that most in the McGill community did not make this association until we read the email. Isn’t it racist that GIFs of people being angry should only be of white men? One can argue that this is implied.
The whole piece is a great and entertaining indictment of the progressive inclination to control people’s hearts and minds.
Anyway, three months after filing the complaint, the unnamed student got what he wanted: an apology from Farnan for his own insensitive microagression. (Yes, he really said “microaggression.”) As people with thicker skin know, an apology for infringing on the left’s inscrutable sense of equality signifies a deeper victory: compliance. It’s the scarlet letter someone who’s gotten out of line wears to signify to the rest of the world that, at the end of the day, standing up for yourself in the face of vindictive race-baiting just isn’t worth it. Progressives win.
“The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color — particularly young men — being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media,” wrote Farnan. “By using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of SSMU’s communication to become the site of a microaggression; for this, I am deeply sorry.”
Thank God for people like Ted Nugent, eh?