I find those Geico “Hump Day” ads incredibly annoying, so I guess for once I’m not a racist.
Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.
The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel…
But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.
Is this what they call “whitesplaining”?
So I guess the idea is that students of Middle Eastern descent would see a camel on their campus and, logically enough, assume that it was there to mock them and make them feel uncomfortable. The camel, of course, would just be a stupid, ugly camel and would have no opinion on the matter.
Next up for the University of St. Thomas: Banning all towels and rags from campus, removing any traces of sand, and converting en masse to Islam. Anything less will be racially insensitive.
(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)