A while back I wrote a post about the inhospitable atmosphere for ROTC on the campus of Columbia University in NYC.
Since then I’ve been made aware of an interesting incident that occurred there last fall. It seems the Columbia Military Society was participating in what they call “Club Day” at the beginning of the semester where Marine Reservist Matt Sanchez was assaulted by members of a group called the International Socialist Organization, part of whose charter is to “fight back against a capitalist system” (but clearly not against terrorism, as they brag of having “built an effective anti-war movement”). His fellow (white) students basically called Sanchez stupid for having, as a minority, joined the military.
Now, since then there has been a lot of he said, she said about the incident, and the details seem to be in dispute. For that matter, my mother would be the first (and I may be the second) to say Sanchez might do well to toughen his skin, based on what is agreed about the incident. (And after all, what does a strapping Marine have to fear from these pasty-faced socialists anyway?)
Nevertheless, the response from the campus administration is astounding. Although Sanchez received a letter from the Dean of Students that read in part that “appropriate action was taken”, the offending students have received as of yet apparently no censure or punishment. Indeed, it seems there have been no ramifications whatsoever. The Dean’s letter continues, “more importantly, lessons were learned”. Yes it seems so. The lesson is: Columbia has no respect for the military nor its veterans.
Sanchez was verbally abused by fellow students based on his ethnicity. Apparently what makes that an acceptable thing to do is his affiliation with the Armed Forces. I wonder what would have happened if he’d been similarly pilloried in front of the table for the Acción Boricua for example. Is there any doubt?
The point Dan made in his recent briliant post pointing out the hypocricy of the Left is clearly on display in the Ivy League.