The Jury Talks Back

11/26/2008

Why am I not surprised?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 7:40 am

What would your reaction be if I told you that a university was going to stop holding fund-raisers for breast cancer research, because it affects only women?  Or no fund-raising was allowed for sickle-cell anemia, because it is “a black person’s disease”?

You’d call me a sexist, a racist, and throw rocks at my head.  And rightly so.

While those statements above might be true for the most part, there are not only exceptions, but there is the idea that any disease that can cause people to die is something we should probably try and cure.

Apparently, though, cysitic fibrosis isn’t worthy of time or effort at Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada.  It seems that some idiot (who, btw, is black) was told that CF is a “white man’s disease”, and thus was not inclusive enough to be a cause the university would support.

According to Bergamini, the motion read that orientation week strives to be inclusive and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts are serving a diverse community.

However, the motion went on to say that “and whereas cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people and primarily men, be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue its support of this campaign.”

I’ll give you a moment to get the gasping and swearing out of the way.  The clenching of fists out of anger and rage, however, you’ll have to work through while I continue.

Read the article folks, and then read the comments, because some are pretty good.

I’ve helped raise money for CF before, so this really riles me up.  Add to that fact that Dean Barnett passed away recently after a long and hard-fought battle with CF, and this just destroys whatever possible sense of understanding I might have been able to muster for these idiots at Carleton.

Carleton University – Where discrimination is bad, unless it is against White Males.

5 Comments

  1. PC amok at colleges…I noticed in the article that it was an ex-executive member that was upset, and they went into damage control mode saying “we have thought about changing where the proceeds went to a year ago”.

    Lot of compassion for their fellow man (as long as he isn’t white) at Carleton…

    Comment by fmfnavydoc — 11/26/2008 @ 8:30 am

  2. It’s ridiculous that we are spending so much time and effort on AIDS when it is a disease of homosexuals and intravenous drug users and those who have sex with them.

    Comment by nk — 11/26/2008 @ 4:40 pm

  3. Very informative post.

    CF affects relatively few, but it affects the very young and used to be fatal in childhood. Research on CF has been quite productive.

    Diseases of all sorts pick on specific genders and ethnicities. If we’re only going to raise money for equal-opportunity diseases, we’re going to limit ourselves rather severely.

    –JRM

    Comment by JRM — 11/26/2008 @ 6:07 pm

  4. Yeah, so whats new?
    Rodney Dangerfield (A white male) said it first
    “I don’t get no respect.”

    Comment by paul from fl — 11/27/2008 @ 5:39 am

  5. I’d never heard of Carleton University before. I wish I still hadn’t. That said, there is an easy remedy for a policy like this: lie. Say “cystic fibrosis does not discriminate” and spread rumors that new cases of cystic fibrosis are most common among blacks, Hispanics and women. It worked for AIDS.

    Comment by Xrlq — 11/29/2008 @ 2:39 pm

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