Patterico's Pontifications

5/12/2015

Precious University Students Too Delicate for Roman Mythology Or Rooms With White People

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:59 pm



Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students:

In Columbia University’s student newspaper, four members of the school’s student Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board call on professors to be more sensitive when teaching provocative or controversial material… such as the Roman classical poet Ovid.

Ovid is best known for The Metamorphoses, a 15-book narrative poem that covers more than 250 mythological stories. Written entirely in dactylic hexameter, The Metamorphoses inspired future writers from Dante to Chaucer to Shakespeare. Whether or not it’s something today’s students should spend time on may be up for debate, but I think most people can understand why an instructor teaching it would focus on things like the language and imagery invoked.

Not these Columbia students, however. See, some of the myths Ovid recounts involve sexual violence. Zeus’ daughter Persephone (aka Prosperina), for instance, is kidnapped, raped, and taken as a bride by Hades, king of the underworld. The op-ed writers suggest this ancient Greek and Roman myth is too triggering to be taught in today’s classroom…

University Report: A Room Full of White People Is a Microaggression:

According to a new report released by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, just “walking into or sitting in” a classroom full of white people is a microaggression in itself.

“Students of color reported feeling uncomfortable and unwelcomed just walking into or sitting in the classroom, especially if they were the only person of color, or one of a few,” stated the report, which designated the experience a microaggression.

These people are too good for microaggressions. Someone needs to give them a macroaggression, upside the head.

32 Responses to “Precious University Students Too Delicate for Roman Mythology Or Rooms With White People”

  1. I’d line them all up for a 2×4 across the temple, and exempt anyone paying their own freight. In fact, I’d give the 2x4s to the latter group, to whack the former group.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I hope employers are paying close attention. Imagine if you accidentally hired one of these momos.

    Gazzer (c1d25a)

  3. Cam somebody tell me, again, just how soon we’re going to be opening ground combat positions to these peeps?

    Steve57 (e468ba)

  4. * Can somebody …

    Steve57 (e468ba)

  5. well Mika and the McCain whelp any further questions,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  6. I’m OK with “people of color” avoiding white people. Those who want to associate with us, like two of my neighbor families, are welcome, of course. Those afraid of us or afraid of their own reaction should stay away. Baltimore seems a good choice.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  7. But when a white guy says he’s afraid walking into a room full of black people, he’s a racist.

    Edoc118 (ffe670)

  8. Someone needs to give them a macroaggression, upside the head.

    Haha.

    The only room that would be full of more microaggression — way more — to those fretting about microaggression would be a room occupied by people strictly along the lines of Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Allan West, Ben Carson, Shelby Steele, etc.

    Mark (607f93)

  9. I just got done reading a book about the U.S. bombing raid over Tokyo. From the get go these airmen who volunteered were told that this was basically a suicide mission. Periodically during the planning and training the airmen were given the chance to bail out. Not one of them did. The bravery of these men (Yes! White men!) was staggering. God help us if the Jihadis ever make it over here. These special flowers we are spawning will all just roll into the fetal position and cry for their mommies. It will be the military and us old timers versus the head choppers.

    Death to the Jihad (2b0c22)

  10. The first time I walked into a room filled with black people, it was a little weird. The second time, not so much. Embrace the world, don’t hide from it.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. You have to say it…
    Today’s college students are entitled pussies.
    Heaven help us if we are dependent on them for our future.

    David Longfellow (8cba7a)

  12. there’s a white people furniture store near me called nadeau that i really have to get into the right headspace to deal with

    i really love their furniture though

    chicago is very segregated it’s very different from los angeles

    plus its bonds are garbage

    i like mythology i’m watching The Almighty Johnsons on the netflix

    the first half dozen episodes were a bit meh then it kinda found itself

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  13. the first episode was ok, the rest kind of meh, have you seen the 12 monkeys series,

    http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/05/244144-draw-mohammed-garland-free-speech-public-safety/

    narciso (ee1f88)

  14. So now these precious snowflakes know what it was like 50-odd years ago for a guy to walk into a calculus or chemistry class that was 90% Asian. One’s first thought: :There goes the curve; its going to be tough to get a “B” out of this one…”

    Who is going to teach these people that life is tough, and that they should probably wear a cup.

    Gramps, the original (9e1415)

  15. no it’s on my list though

    i still have game of thrones and walking dead and downton to catch up with too

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  16. The very existence of Robin Olds would be an affront to such people.

    https://likeafighterpilot.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/robin-olds.jpg

    Or Barry Atkins. When he and his crew said, f*** it, we are tired of this s*** and took on the Fuso.

    http://www.naviearmatori.net/albums/userpics/16652/Fuso.jpg1.jpg

    Which was a lot for a little boy.

    Steve57 (e468ba)

  17. Back when I was a long-haired hippie, I took a cost-accounting class which wasn’t in the business building, but in the sociology / psychology building for some reason. I sat in the back, as bad kids do. The first day, the professor walks in, sees me, walks out, double-checks the room number, looks at his schedule, etc. I finally told him – yes, this is accounting 232. It’s just hair.

    Trigger warnings are some seriously messed-up thought policing.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  18. Sometimes a little bit of a good idea is reacted to emotionally instead of responded to thoughtfully.
    It is not the role of a teacher to be a psychotherapist or take the role of giving emotional support to all of one’s students, but I remember being taken aback by the poem “Richard Cory” when I heard in it in HS and thought how it could effect some people, and have known people who were depressed who reacted to Hamlet’s soliloquy,
    but yes, thinking one can be protected from encountering any slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in life is just not rational.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  19. For a decade I lived and worked in East Asia. Countless times I was the only caucasian in the room. So what. The better mental reference when walking into a room is consider how alike we all are versus worrying about how I am different from everybody else.

    LTMG (94c4c3)

  20. I once saw Sinbad at Madison Square Garden. Pretty sure I was the only white guy in the room. laughed my ass off. Course, this was before he was killed at Tuzla.

    Gazzer (c1d25a)

  21. If we cancel affirmative action this won’t be a problem. Won’t be any blacks that qualify for higher education.

    Jim (84e66d)

  22. “Jim” is special

    JD (3b5483)

  23. Back when I was a long-haired hippie, I took a cost-accounting class which wasn’t in the business building, but in the sociology / psychology building for some reason. I sat in the back, as bad kids do. The first day, the professor walks in, sees me, walks out, double-checks the room number, looks at his schedule, etc. I finally told him – yes, this is accounting 232. It’s just hair.

    Trigger warnings are some seriously messed-up thought policing.

    carlitos (c24ed5) — 5/13/2015 @ 7:37 am

    Dang it, it wasn’t the hair, Carlitos, it was your hunchback.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. Trigger alert!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/3-Piece-CAP-Barbell-Cast-Iron-Kettlebell-Set-40lb-50lbs-Value-Bundle/42104367

    Walmart carries kettlebells. I did not know this.

    Steve57 (e468ba)

  25. Well, Calitos, back when I was a long haired hippie I walked into an elective English Lit class and I too saw a long haired, John Lennon spectacled, moccasin wearing professor. I walked out of the class and returned to hand in my final paper, no final exam he “didn’t believe in them”. I wrote a piece based on a Creepy magazine and Aced the class. Sometimes Trigger Warnings are time savers. Especially for shallow minded maggot infested libtards.

    Hoagie (58a3ec)

  26. hah you said libtard

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  27. I attended the Florida State University College of Engineering when it was first formed. It is actually a joint program run by both FSU and Florida A&M Univ. FAMU is a traditionally black school.

    Black students at FSU were a whole lot less black and a whole lot just students than FAMU students. I could give you pages of examples where students and faculty, from the university police dept to the school Provost and President had run ins with the state over how much control the state was allowed (ha-!) to exercise over this bastion of blackness in the university system.

    That said, there were some loud, in your face students from FAMU in the engineering program, and just to get their gall, I joined the student chapter of the Nat’l Assoc of Black Engineers. Went to every meeting. Suffice it to say that I was the only person of pallor in attendance. And again, these mtgs were chock full of FAMU students, of the hate-whitey variety.

    I managed to survive these encounters without any playdough or crayons…

    NeoCon_1 (324e03)

  28. From a discussion at the music forum to which I belong.

    “Triggering” claptrap has trickled down to the middle school level where I live, and where my daughter attends middle school. (By this I mean that teachers discuss the concept of “triggering”, “trauma triggers”, etc.) There is a glimmer of hope in that young teens already rightly mock this idiocy, and some enterprising sorts have taken to claiming that homework is a trauma trigger.

    kishnevi (37d538)

  29. Not to mention the trigger all the 24/7 macroaggression whinging is.

    steveg (fed1c9)

  30. Can we watch Full Metal Jacket in the Student Union please?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TNhS81w4bM

    steveg (fed1c9)

  31. Leftists attempting to (in effect) ban books. They’re so precious while engaging in their first act of hypocrisy!

    Icy (006dc3)

  32. Now I am going away to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read additional news.

    signer (f53c6d)


Powered by WordPress.

Page loaded in: 0.4712 secs.