From “what offends you today?” and “what would you like to ban today?” files:
Item 1: From the files of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
On January 8, 2014, Complainant filed a formal complaint in which he alleged that the Agency subjected him to discrimination on the basis of race (African American) and in reprisal for prior EEO activity when, starting in the fall of 2013, a coworker (C1) repeatedly wore a cap to work with an insignia of the Gadsden Flag, which depicts a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase â€œDonâ€™t Tread on Me.â€
Complainant stated that he found the cap to be racially offensive to African Americans because the flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a â€œslave trader & owner of slaves.â€
You know what else was designed by owners of slaves? The United States. We should ban the United States.
Item 2: From the files ofÂ the University of Wisconsin-Platteville:
A University â€œBias Incident Teamâ€ took a carving knife to threeÂ studentsâ€™ â€œthree blind miceâ€ Halloween costumes last fall, saying the costumes mocked the disabled.
The documents,which Heat Street obtained under open records laws, reveal thatÂ a member ofÂ the Bias Incident Team reported the students herself: â€œThere was concern about their choice as it makes fun of a disability,â€ says the teamâ€™s meeting minutes.
A serious Zen question: If you are a blind person, who can’t actually see the three women dressed as three blind mice, are you still offended?
Item 3: From the files of Yale University:
Amid growing complaints about university property named after â€œracistâ€ and slaveholding historical figures, Yale announced yesterday that it hasÂ formed a Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming.
Yaleâ€™s president said the committee will consult with experts, other universities and the community to establish â€œprinciples that are enduring rather than specific to particular controversies,â€ which will then be used to determine whether or not to rename a structure or public space at Yale…
The most controversial name of all is that of Calhoun College, a residential hall named after the notorious U.S. vice president and slave-owner John C. Calhoun. Last semester, after lengthy discussion, Yale announced it would not rename the college, saying that such a move â€œobscures the legacy of slavery rather than addressing it.â€
Coming soon: the official renaming of Washington DC and Washington state.
As Clint Eastwood said earlier this week, “Just fucking get over it.”