Students at the University of Minnesota in St. Thomas wanted to bring a camel onto campus to acknowledge “hump” day (not to be confused with “Sex Week.“) But the event was canceled after some students — I am not making this up — objected because the presence of a camel might offend students from the Middle East.
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.
So, if the sight of a camel is said to offend Middle Easterners… what other types of animals are too offensive to have on a college campus?
Ban Buffalo –Might offend American Indians
Ban Elephants — Might offend Africans
Ban Pandas — Might offend Asians
Ban Siamese Cats — Might offend Thais.
Ban Turkeys — Might offend the Turkish
Ban Moose — Might offend Canadians
Below the jump is the response of the college administration; notable mainly for its tone of “Oh, you guys are so great and all of opinions are valid and you’re all special snowflakes whose opinions really matter a lot.” Calling out stupid, ignorant people on their ignorance and stupidity is just not done.
Hello all, I wanted to shed some light on the camel fiasco. First, let me clarify that this is coming from me as a student and peer. I am the programmer from RHA that planned this camel event. I will admit, I wish the issues the opposing party had were brought to me and discussed before this protest began. Because in the end, I agreed with some of their concerns and I canceled the event. But because they voiced their concerns, I was able to see this event in a different light and take the appropriate actions.
My goal is to plan events that EVERYONE can enjoy, if my program offends a small group then I don’t want it to continue. Never do I want something I’m apart of to be offensive to anyone for any reason.
I want to also say that it’s very commendable to stand up for what you believe in. No matter what side you were on, I commend you for speaking out.
Lastly, the issues have been resolved between the opposing parties. I appreciate those who spoke for us (as RHA) and I commend those that spoke up for their beliefs. With that said, people who still continue to attack to the opposing party, please stop. I don’t wish that upon anyone, especially since I, myself, have been hurt. I hope we can all move on from this incident.
I think what we all should take from this is that we should not be afraid to voice our opinion (as long as you are respectful of others). I find it very admirable and courageous of the people involved that they stood for their beliefs and the people that spoke up for complete strangers. So with that, pat yourself on the back.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I’ve now said my peace. This should be the last camel comment now.