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Student Apology About "Living Legacy" Surrounding Gif of Obama Kicking Down Door Totally Oblivious To Legacy of Presidents' Violent Foreign Policies

McGill University considering revising policy that led to public apology

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Last month, a student at Canada's McGill University was compelled to apologize for sharing a fairly recognizable gif of President Obama kicking down the door after a White House press conference that originated from a video bit on the Tonight Show. Brian Farnan, a member of the student government, sent the gif as part of a weekly e-mail in October about midterm frustrations, and got hit with an "equity complaint" for racial insensitivity. One of the remedies for such a complaint, as the university's newspaper reports, is a public apology, which is what Farnan did, leading to widespread criticism that's causing the university to say it's reviewing its equity policies, which stress confidentiality for the accuser. Legal Insurrection picks up the apology via Facebook:

Oppression, as outlined in SSMU's Equity Policy, means the exercise of power by a group of people over another group of people with specific consideration of cultural, historical and living legacies. The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color—particularly young men—being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media. By using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of SSMU's communication to become the site of a microaggression; for this, I am deeply sorry."

Setting aside for a moment the transparent use of a term like "microaggression" to impose onerous restrictions on speech, the public apology is completely oblivious to President Obama's actual aggressions, such as the kill list drone program, which may have killed more than a thousand civilians alone, using kill lists and policies that actually consider any military-age males (young men of color!) in a target zone as "militants," including, for example, the 16-year-old American son of Anwar al-Awlaki killed in a US drone strike. Obama certainly has a "living legacy" of violence, one that's an extension of the historical legacy of violent US foreign policies prosecuted by American presidents, not just Bush's but nearly all of the 42 presidents that preceded Obama, something you probably didn't hear trumpeted on President's Day.

The policy that produced such a tone-deaf apology is also a an extension, a natural product of a country with particularly heavy restrictions on free speech for a democracy. Last year, for example, Ontario's human rights tribunal dismissed a complaint against the heteronormativity of A&W's "Burger Family" not because it's problematic for a government to be involved in accepting or acting on such complaints, but because it was filed by a man posing as a "radical lesbian feminist." Stephen Harper, now Canada's prime minister, once called Canada's system of speech-restricting human rights tribunals "totalitarian." As prime minister, however, he admits that there's a problem but also that he has no idea what the solution should be. Maclean's suggested repealing Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act*, which deals with material that could "expose a person or persons to hatred" by creating a "conciliatory" system exempt from due process that nevertheless levies fines and penalties. Depressingly for Canadians interested in free speech, repeal even of that section would still leave has left a bevy of other laws on the book that regulate and restrict speech north of the border.

*UPDATE: Section 13 was actually repealed last year.

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  1. I have had enough of you people perpetuating the living legacy of my people being hairy rapists of unusual size and hideous strength.

    1. As I understand it, your people are furry, not hairy.

      1. It’s not hair, they’re actually tiny feathers. Warty is descended from dinosaurs.

          1. Descended. Warty is objectively worse than, say, a T Rex, a murderous killing machine.

    2. Nobody has accused you of being Canadian.

    3. “But what about the R.O.U.S.s?”

      “The rapists of unusual size? I don’t think they exist.”

    4. I never really pictured you as hairy. I always picture you in your time suit. But yeah: rapey, huge, strong.

      1. The time suit is hairy, idiot.

        1. When it needs to be.

          1. You know, you should intentionally fuck up any sense of continuity. I mean, more than you have already. If any fans protest at Warty Hugeman conventions, just answer, “Time travel is full of seeming paradoxes to the simple-minded.”

  2. Student Apology About “Living Legacy” Surrounding Gif of Obama Kicking Down Door Totally Oblivious To Legacy of Presidents’ Violent Foreign Policies

    Do you have the people who did the spanish language obamacare translation doing headlines now? What language is that supposed to be? I mean the words look english but the syntax and grammar obviously isn’t.

    1. Reason decided to put anonb0t on the payroll.

    2. The Canadian Human Rights Commission declared verbs to be “a phallogocentric microagression against other parts of speech by implying that only they could describe the action or state of a subject”. Furthermore, the Commission rules that since inequity exists between English, with 12 verb tense/aspect/mood forms, and French, with 11 verb tense/aspect/mood forms, that any employment of the English verb violates the Official Languages Act of 1969.

      1. You win the internets today

    3. …”I mean the words look english but the syntax and grammar obviously isn’t.”

      I gave it a couple of tries and then gave up and read the damn article.

    4. I think the headline accurately reflects the muddled content of the article. “This is a story about free speech … but let’s try to shoehorn in a reference to DRONEZ!!!@#@!”

      1. Don’t be mean. Ed’s just drunk is all.

  3. The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color?particularly young men?being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media.

    Is that why nearly every commercial rapper has one or more songs, from which they hope to profit, stating the desireability of killing people, often for trivial reasons?

    1. DON’T NOTICE THAT!

    2. On SJW sites, it’s pretty common for the token WoC to declare hip-hop “off-limits” — even for allies — because the privileged just can’t understand.

      Now, there is some merit to the idea that people of different cultural backgrounds can interpret the same words in different ways, but to declare it off-limits is preposterous.

      1. Declaring something off limits to scrutiny is one of the surest signs of intellectual snake oil.

      2. Or the easier path is to just fucking realize that just like an author, a singer can sing a song with lyrics written from a point of of other than the artist’s. Was Nabokov a pedophile because the (unreliable) narrator of Lolita talked about his sexual desire for “nymphets”? Of course not! To suggest such would be absurd. Likewise, if a gangsta rapper’s song is from the point of view of a gang member, does that automatically mean that the rapper advocates for the violent actions described? The correct answer is no. And if you actually took the time to listen to the lyrical content of some of the violent gang-life songs, you’d find that most of them describe the negative consequences of gang-life.

        1. Compare to Jay-Z, who’s been putting out the same album since 2001 and routinely endorses his past as a drug dealer in song, and off-record (being a drug dealer would make him a great sports agent because he learned budgeting, or some bullshit like that).

          It would be great if some of these rappers were like Nabakov. But they’re more like Jack Chick with auto-tune.

          1. The current sad state of hip-hop is a given.

        2. True. That really drives me crazy how many people don’t get that.

          And for the record, while I find hip-hop unenjoyable, I also find it largely unobjectionable. It’s just about the hypocrisy when it’s coming from people who are eager to police pop culture.

  4. Oppression, as outlined in SSMU’s Equity Policy, means the exercise of power by a group of people over another group of people with specific consideration of cultural, historical and living legacies.

    You mean like university admins exercising power over students?

    1. THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH UNACCEPTABLE NOTICING GOING ON AROUND HERE!

    2. How was power exercised in this situation?

      By displaying an image? Pictures now have power.

      I invoke sticks and stones.

  5. If you hear the dog whistle, you might be the dog.

    A middle aged man who holds the title of “most powerful man in the world” is representative of oppressed, young black men? If you can’t show the President of the United States acting violently, you must not be able to show any black person committing any violence, ever. I assume The Wire is banned at McGill University?

    1. Omar not comin’.

      1. I think nots Tyrell. I think Nots

    2. So the offense is really that he implies Obama is uppity? For kicking a door in a parody?

      Who are these sloped forehead people?

      Plus, I get the wire reference, but Obama never went near the projects until he became a Hyde Park CO.

  6. I can’t get past the “racial insensitivity” part.

  7. If
    Racial equality means being treated the same as others (in your relative position, age, career etc) regardless of race AND

    Equity means fairness and equality in dealings with all concerned AND

    A student makes a non-racial joke about the current US president AND

    Any US president is the most parodied and mocked person in the US during their presidency THEN

    According to The Equity Policy of his school he is guilty of oppression???
    …Does …not …compute …error …error …DANGER …DANGER

    1. If
      Racial equality means being treated the same as others (in your relative position, age, career etc) regardless of race

      Racial equity doesn’t actually mean being treated the “same as others” though. It means being granted permanent victimhood status based on one’s race, gender, or sexual orientation. This grants one special priveledges including the right to take offence at anything that even remotely resembles some kind of microaggression, the definition of which is dependant wholly on the person making the claim of microaggression. Also, the validy of the microaggression claim depends on the race, gender, and sexual orientation of the person making the claim. For example, if a white heterosexual male claims some kind of microagression, he’s just being a whiny crybaby who should check his priveledge.

      Once you understand that, then it makes perfect sense.

      1. Too true. Sad to say, but I was actually being sarcastic by stating a very simple indisputable truth. In fact, that is basically what the world has become to us libertarians.

        We are being sarcastic when stating that we expect Truth/rationality and are serious when stating that we expect illogical and non-nonsensical behavior and reasoning.

        Oh well, time for Tea with White Rabbit and the Hatter…

    2. I don’t remember the exact quote, but Sowell said something along the lines of “when preference is all you know, equality feels like discrimination.”

      Kind of hokey, but it has a lot of truth to it.

      1. Ironically, the father of the civil rights movement that is cited to justify this – MLK, really was talking about equality (I believe based on what Ive read) and not special treatment.

  8. I’m more pissed off that the dude decided to apologize than anything else.

    1. It bothers me, too. But I have to remind myself not to judge anyone too harshly for not martyring themselves before the onslaught of the omnistate.

      1. Yeah, I’m sure he wanted to be able to continue his education.

        1. I agree, but I’m personally disturbed by how genuine the apology sounds…maybe it’s just me.

          1. Maybe, but the inclusion of “microagression” makes me wonder…or maybe I’ve been on H&R too long and people really do use that term seriously.

            1. I wondered if it was a sarcastic jab as well. Like a POW blinking SOS.

            2. May God have mercy upon us all, but they do.

              1. Evidence: “A Feast for Crows” Chapter review:

                “…watching Brienne just stoically endure a thousand stings and slights and microaggressions from literally everyone she encounters, watching her weather nigh-constant dismissal and belittlement and ridicule, all for committing the apparently heinous sin of being an “ugly” woman in “a man’s job.” (Sorry, I tried to type that sentence without the scarequotes, but I just couldn’t do it.)”

                http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/…..ows-part-3

          2. “Oppression, as outlined in SSMU’s Equity Policy, means the exercise of power by a group of people over another group of people with specific consideration of cultural, historical and living legacies. The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding Obama being portrayed as fairly peaceful in contemporary culture and media. By using this particular image of President Obama, instead of one showing him performing official duties such as authorizing drone strikes on weddings, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of SSMU’s communication to become the site of a sugarcoating; for this, I am deeply sorry.”

          3. White social justice bloggers unironically pen apologies like that all the time. I’m sure there was plenty of inspiration for him to use.

            That assumes, of course, that the Star Chamber didn’t provide him with an apology, a la a POW confessing to his crimes on state television.

          4. It reads like a form letter to me.

      2. Agree.

        The trouble with being a martyr for a cause is that unless you are lucky enough for it to be a slow news day and get media outrage on your side, martyrs tend to actually die on the cross.

    2. I wonder if the term microaggression was included in it as a subtle fuck you.

      1. If there’s microagression, there should be a macroagression, which the correct-thinking Left probably defines as “referring to a trans person as he or she rather that ou.”

        1. I assumed that since most if not all overt forms of prejudice and discrimination are gone, they came up with the micro concept to keep the grievance mongering industry in business.

    3. I envision him being forced to read the apology on TV while spelling TORTURE in morse code by blinking.

    4. I GOT YOUR APOLOGY RIGHT HERE!

      Peaceful confrontation meet war machine
      Seizing all civil liberties
      Honest ballotation among banshee
      Spilling blood throughout humanity

      You cannot hide the face of death
      Oppression ruled by bloodshed
      No disguise can deface evil
      The massacre of innocent people

      Deviated lies fear blinding on your eyes
      Enforcing their truth through a gun
      Aggressive discipline and barbaric control
      Thousands of people cannot be wrong

      You cannot hide the face of death
      Oppression ruled by bloodshed
      No disguise can hide the evil
      That stains the primitive sickle

      Blood red

      Growing opposition with words as ammunition
      Expressions of life’s liberties
      Aggressive discipline and barbaric control
      Spilling blood throughout humanity

      You cannot hide the face of death
      Oppression ruled by bloodshed
      No disguise can deface evil
      The massacre of innocent people

      1. Ahhh Slayer. Is there anything they can’t do?

        1. Heal poisonous spider bites apparently…

        2. I thought it was from the recently discovered Lost Chapters of the Tao Te Ching.

  9. Crimethink = “To even consider any thought not in line with the principles of Libsoc. Doubting any of the principles of Libsoc. All crimes begin with a thought. So, if you control thought, you can control crime. “Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death, Thoughtcrime is death…. The essential crime that contains all others in itself.”

  10. Due to the policy’s confidentiality clauses, discussion of the issue is held in Council’s confidential session. Some councillors, however, have expressed concern with this stage, saying it lacks transparency.

    “I’ve personally had people [?] come up to me and say, ‘Why was this decision made; can you justify it?'” Science representative Devin Bissky-Dziadyk said. “The only thing I can say is [that] the equity policy was followed; we did what we were supposed to do, [and] everything was very, very official.”

    Arts representative Kareem Ibrahim stressed the importance of protecting anonymity in this situation.

    “A lot of the information would probably change the views of a lot of the people who are so quick to judge the situation and be critical of the decisions that were made,” he said. “[But] a lot of that information is confidential due to the nature of the process in order to protect those who have filed the complaints.”

    Fuck you and your social justice Star Chamber, Kareem.

    1. However, clubs and services representative Elie Lubendo said the current system should be changed.

      “The only thing that should be confidential is the identity of the [complainants],” he said. “Anything beyond that we should be allowed to say.”

      No, fuck you, Elie. A person’s life is too important to be ruined by an anonymous accusation. All you’ve done is dressed up gossip in judge’s robes.

      Changes to the equity policy are passed as motions at Council. Ibrahim said that despite negative response to the apology, the conversation is an important one to have.

      “In reality, SSMU has gotten a lot of backlash [?] from this complaint,” Ibrahim said. “I don’t think that there’s really a problem with how things have gone. It obviously could have gone a bit smoother, but I think it’s essential that the conversation that we’re having does happen.”

      Of course you don’t see any problem with how things went, Kareem, you’re not the one being forced into a re-education camp, you dumb fucking piece of shit! Furthermore, Kareem, you stupid, ugly microcephalic, a “conversation” isn’t a one-sided stentorian pronouncement issued by a troika of navel-gazing grievance-studies academics.

  11. Now he knows how oppressed young men of color feel.

  12. http://tinyurl.com/qdn5b2s

    Live feed from Ukraine

    1. Thanks, CIYP. Interesting stuff. 8-(

    2. 2 pm eastern us time…

      holy crap, it looks and sounds like a war.

      What’s with the lasers? What are the exploding things?

      Judging from the stone throwing, Ukraine is not a baseball country.

      1. I’ve read they are using the lasers to try to disturb the vision of the police and in the video you can see them sometimes pointing them at the top of armored vehicles. Not sure what the point of the fireworks are, except maybe to cause confusion. They say 9 are dead today. I guess that might be considered war/revolution.

        1. It’s Bush’s fault, same as in Venezuela.

    3. Channel 5 has been shut down.

      1. I was working off another feed. Thought they were the same one. Watching now.

  13. “The image in question was an extension of the cultural, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color?particularly young men?being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media”

    So, let me get this straight – we’ve gone from the hippy-dippy political-correct *interpretation* of things in literature/media classes, etc….

    …to where now, the most ridiculous hyper-liberal projection of ‘meanings’ onto any fucking image/text is simply *taken for granted as objective reality*?

    Which leads me to wonder how they would have dealt with the album cover from one of my favorite rap albums…?

    http://respecta.net/uploads/po…..-front.jpg

    I suppose I just committed a crime there just thinking about it.

    1. Off to the camps with you!

  14. Devil is cut from ‘The Bible’ movie because he looks like Obama: Producers condensing show into film lose controversial character

    When the hit TV miniseries aired on the History Channel a year ago, bloggers immediately noted the similarities between Satan, played by actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, and the President
    Side-by-side comparisons of the two went viral online
    Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett said they cut the character out of their film, called ‘Son of God,’ to avoid rehashing the controversy
    ‘The Bible’ was a surprise success, drawing millions of viewers each week

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..Obama.html

    1. So, Enlightened Purveyors of Social Justice think that all black people look the same? Color me shocked.

    2. Heckler’s veto ftw! Now we are a bit closer to true free speech.

      1. Free speech is great so long no one is offended in the slightest possible way. /DERPITY DERPTY DOO

    3. So, until further notice, light skinned narrow faced middle-aged actors of African descent are barred from taking any roles which are perceived to be “evil”.

      1. Because that’s racist.

  15. does his apology mean anything in canadian b/c it’s gibberish when translated to english?

  16. “Oppression, as outlined in SSMU’s Equity Policy.”

    You Canucks have a Same Sex Marriage University? What a bunch of weenies.

  17. The Salem witch hunts and McCarthyism have nothing on this shit.

    This country is either doomed or setting up for a backlash that will make the 60s look like the 50s.

    Not sure which, depends on how much the sheep have been pacified.

    1. Well, this happened in Canada, even in Quebec. But your point still stands.

      1. Canada’s just our 51st state anyway. But, yeah, I missed that, thx.

  18. why do I keep coming to this website?

  19. Is the claim here that some Canadian college kid oppressed the President of the United States? The guy that holds the keys to nuclear annihilation of the entire planet? The commander in chief of the most powerful military to ever exist? The guy that orders death by drone to people on the other side of the planet?

    1. He’s black, which means that progressives think he is a weak creature that cannot assume adult responsibilities and must be handled sparingly and only with kid gloves.

      1. Something something institutional privilege

  20. One thing is certain: public schools cover up a LOT more kiddie-diddling than the catholic church.

    1. Preview doesn’t do jack shit when the post is in the wrong thread.

  21. He said the president’s near.

    1. A laurel, and hardy handshake for you!

  22. “Setting aside for a moment the transparent use of a term like “microaggression” to impose onerous restrictions on speech, the public apology is completely oblivious to President Obama’s actual aggressions,…”

    Krayewski appears to be under the delusion that truth is a defense in a case of politically correct shaming involving a member of a protected class. Even if the protected class member holds the most powerful position in the world.

  23. Wait a minute. Are they saying that he oppressed the President of the United States?

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