I should have known that if I titled my previous post that way, something would come along in short order to make me eat my words. So without further ado, I give you Canada’s Carleton University Student Association, courtesy of a school newspaper, The Charlatan:
The Shinerama tradition of shining shoes, singing a song and chanting on the corner of Sunnyside and Bank for spare change has ended.
Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) orientation will no longer raise funds for cystic fibrosis, after a vote 17 to 2 at the Nov. 24 CUSA council meeting.
And why is that? The resolution that called for the change explains:
Motion to Drop Shinerama Fundraising Campaign from Orientation Week
Whereas Orientation week strives to be [as] inclusive as possible;
Whereas all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve the their diverse communities;
And Whereas Cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men
Be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue its support of this campaign
Be it Further Resolved that the CUSA representatives on the incoming Orientation Supervisory Board work to select a new broad reaching charity for orientation week.
Think about that. Someone actually had the chutzpah to introduce a proposal that a fund-raising for a charity stop, because the author thought that it benefited mostly white men. What’s more, it was proposed by the science faculty representative (who presumably ought to have known that CF, while not common in non-white populations, is not a “white disease”). All in the name of “diversity,” the god who is now worshiped on most university campuses throughout the West
Racism and sexism are alive and well, make no mistake about it. It’s just that they’ve gone uptown, and go by genteel names.