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Brickbat: Why Don't We Change the Name to the Acceptable Speech Wall?

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After someone wrote "It's Okay to Be White" on Eastern Michigan University's free speech wall, the student government sprang into action. Members of the student government and the Silver Lining Fellowship Group quickly painted over the message. "As soon as we saw that message, we knew it couldn't stay up," said Student Government Vice President Ethan Smith. "To whoever did this, I'd just say give it up. Your message is never going to take root here, and the EMU community isn't even going to give it a chance."

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52 responses to “Brickbat: Why Don't We Change the Name to the Acceptable Speech Wall?

  1. Someone should put up “It’s Not Okay To Be White” and see how long that message lasts.

    1. …or, “Whites Are To Blame For Everything!”…

    2. And wear your Fighting Whites gear around campus.

  2. That free speech wall is useless. It’s not going to keep anyone out.

    1. Better shut down the student government until funding for a larger, less inclusive wall is allocated.

    2. Seems to be doing a good job of keeping free speech out.

    3. That’s because it doesn’t have a big, beautiful door.

  3. Is it not passing OK to be a king,
    and ride in triumph through Persepolis ?

  4. Actually, it’s excellent to be white.

    1. I dunno, man. Wearing SPF 5,000,000 or being cooked alive dampens my enthusiasm.

    2. Especially if it helps me pick up women of color. Or does having sex with a black, Latina, or Thai woman constitute cultural appropriation now? I’m confused.

      1. Guilty on all three counts, yer onner! *cool sunglasses emoji*

        1. Actually not Thai but can I sub Malaysian for that one?

  5. Sooo glad I’m not a student now. I’d be trolling these mfs until the cows come home. It would be boring, they are so easy; so once a week maybe.

    It’s OK to be white.

    It’s OK to be off-white.

    It’s OK to be black.

    It’s OK to be off-black.

    It’s OK to be polka-dotted.

    It’s OK to be invisible.

    It’s OK to be translucent.

    It’s OK to be painted over.

  6. I prefer “It’s OK to act white” as being both more principled and more subversive.

    1. Identify as white?

  7. I’m waiting for the day when one or more of these kids, deeply ashamed of being white, starts identifying as a different race from xir birth race.

    I keep thinking it will cause a massive malfunction and breakdown among SJWs, like when Captain Kirk dealt with malevolent AIs by thwarting their logic.

    1. Rachael Dolezal wasn’t in the news for very long and people didn’t have any trouble recovering from it.

      1. Dolezal was too easily discounted because she only started identifying as black as an adult and even then she seems to have been inconsistent about it. It’s going to be harder taking that approach with someone self-identifying as non-white from early childhood.

  8. It’s not OK to be white, so whites need access to publically funded (or at least insurance-mandate-covered) race-change operations.

  9. The student government really does not grasp the whole notion of free speech, do they?

    1. The student government needs to be expelled.

  10. “It’s OK to be white” is, along with “Open borders for Israel,” among the most offensive and hateful statements the alt-right has devised in the Drumpf Era. But it shouldn’t be surprising. Orange Hitler’s election has emboldened white nationalists. These disgusting catchphrases are just one example of the severe damage to race relations this country has experienced in the past two years ? relations which were rapidly improving under President Obama.

    1. “? relations which were rapidly improving under President Obama.”

      Ha,

      Haha.

      Hahahaha.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    2. You almost had me.

  11. But apparently it is OK to be a totalitarian censor. And a pussy.

  12. Well, the libs certainly were triggered by that one.

    1. When Jeff is right, he’s right, except I would hesitate to refer to these people as liberal, because, y’know, censorship and all that.

      1. The term “liberal” has been just as much hijacked as the term “social justice.”

  13. If you white, you awright.

  14. I’m OK. You’re OK.

    A blast from the past.

    1. Im going to spin my “Free to be you and me” LP when I get home on my old timey record player.

      1. I wondered if anybody would get the reference.

        1. I has a flashback to transactional analysis

  15. To be, or not to be: It’s a light, bright, almost white question.

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    1. It’s not OK to post gibberish.

  17. It’s OK to be anything. Except white.

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    1. One of of you is lying.

  19. In other news: apparently Captain America is with Hydra now. Naturally, those of us woke enough knew this was inevitable, him being a cis-hetero white nazi shitlord who defied the wisdom of his betters in government.

  20. It’s OK to build a wall.

  21. What is the origin of that phrase?

    It’s morally indifferent to be white. You get no special virtue, nor, more pertinently nowadays, do you acquire any special guilt.

    If the “alt right” or whoever is pushing back against constant racist insults by saying it’s OK to be white, then who ultimately deserves the blame for the situation? Maybe the people who go on about “toxic whiteness” and so forth.

  22. From the article:

    “The slogan ‘it’s okay to be white’ was spread last year by users on the website 4chan, an Internet discussion forum, to show that a harmless message would cause mass coverage by the media. It has since been picked up by politically organized neo-Nazi groups, including commentary website The Daily Stormer, to advocate for anti-semetic practices and white supremacy.”

    Well, OK, then. Nobody wants “anti-semetism” whatever that is.

  23. It’s not just OK, it’s truly excellent. Being white means I never have to be in continuous panic mode about not being white. It’s good to be us.

  24. This happened at EMU, and they say that ostriches stick their heads in the sand.

    1. One of my daughters graduated from there; they certainly don’t win any football games.

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