I received a perplexing email last night from the president of the University of Chicago (as an alum I still get some emails):
… On the evening of October 14th, in a student residence hall room, a private party was held with a theme that parodied racial stereotypes based on assumptions about economically disadvantaged members of society. The premise of this party caused substantial offense and has generated vigorous discussion among students, faculty and staff across campus. Members of the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing and the Office of Minority Student Affairs have been working closely with all students involved in the incident.
The issues at stake, however, are larger than this one distressing episode and raise questions about the campus climate for minority students, faculty, and staff. The University has already begun to focus on these concerns and remains fully committed to exposing and addressing the factors that negatively affect the quality of life for some members of our community.
We have scheduled an all-University open conversation on this topic to be held on November 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Hutchinson Commons on the first floor of the Reynolds Club….
What on earth did these code phrases — “economically disadvantaged” — means? They dressed up as poor people? The Maroon had more: it was a “ghetto” themed party. The horrors! From my days there I recall seeing posters for drag events on a regular basis (and a web search quickly turned up such announcements). You can be offensive or weird… just as long as it’s the politically correct offensive or weird.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?