There are some ideas that are so inane that only an academic would believe them, which is probably why the modern American college campus has become the incubator for a lot of stupidity. Fortunately, we have websites like Campus Reform that do the yeoman’s work of keeping up with all the tomfoolery, so that those of us out here in the real world understand exactly where all those tutition dollars we spend on our kids are going.
As you can imagine, there’s never a shortage of material. The latest comes to us via the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where an organization billing itself as the Social Justice Collective recently posted a flyer featuring an article that asks the burning question, “Should Veterans Be Banned From UCCS and Other Universities?”
And no, I’m not making this up:
A four-year, traditional university is supposed to be a place of learning, of understanding, of safety, and security. However, there is an element among us who may be frustrating those goals: Veterans.
In the immortal words of Butt Head, “Uhhh, okay.”
First off, many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society.
By “vulnerable,” the author apparently means, “unable to emotionally process opinions to the right of Mao Tse Tung.”
This is directly in contradiction to the mission of UCCS.
A mission to explore new experiences and new ideas–kind of like Romper Room, but less triggering.
Many veterans utter the mantra that they “do not see color”. But the problem lies in their socialization into the military culture that is that of a white supremacist organization.
I knew white supremacy would figure into the argument somehow. But no sexism? No patriarchy? Sorely disappointing.
They have been permanently tainted, and are no long (sic) fit for a four-year university.
Not to worry, though. We can still find a place for our veterans that befits their second-class status in society.
That is not to say that veterans should not be allowed an education. Veterans should be allowed to attend trade schools, or maybe even community college.
Such generosity to our men and women in uniform! To whom should they send a thank you card?
But, in order to protect our academic institutions, we must ban veterans from four-year universities.
If it saves them from the likes of this drivel, that’s probably a good thing. Besides, I imagine that trade school diploma will be worth a lot more than the author’s forthcoming degree in oppressor’s studies.
UCCS, of course, has disavowed the content of the article, while at the same time offering a largely pro-forma defense of speech rights. My guess is that most of this is just butt-covering while the university figures out who the hell approved posting the flyer in the first place, especially considering that Colorado Springs also happens to be the home of the United States Air Force Academy. It wouldn’t do for the local branch of the University of Colorado system to appear as if it’s dissing veterans, no matter what the First Amendment says.
Still, something about this affair smells a tad fishy to me. Perhaps it’s how the group involved bills itself as the Social Justice Collective, or the fact that this flyer is the first communication they’ve ever put out–the whole thing almost feels like a parody of left wingers cobbled together by right-wing pranksters. Then there’s the article’s supposed author, a guy named Terry Steinawitz. There’s no record of him as a student at UCCS, and a quick internet search doesn’t turn up a Twitter feed or a Facebook account for him either. The “Collective” has supposedly stated that the name is actually a pseudonym meant to protect the author’s true identity, but I don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was all just a hoax that got more attention than anyone thought it would.
Then again, this is a college campus we’re talking about…