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UMass-Amherst: Harambe Jokes Are Racist Microaggressions, Violate Title IX

'Any negative remarks regarding ‘Harambe’ will be seen as a direct attack to our campus’s African American community.'

HarambeScreenshotPoor Harambe. The gorilla murdered at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child wandered into its enclosure has now essentially suffered a second, equally odious death: this time at the hands of humorless University of Massachusetts residential advisors who told students to stop making Harambe jokes.

These jokes "are not only derogatory but also micro-aggressions," two RAs wrote in a letter to the UMass-Amherst students who live on their floor. Failure to desist could even be a violation of Title IX, they suggested.

You're probably wondering what's going on here. Some background: Post-death, Harambe has become a popular internet meme. "Harambe died for our sins," is one. "Harambe the Gorllia Mauled By Cecil the Lion in Animal Heaven" is another. Some people even included Harambe on a list of celebrities we lost in 2016, like Prince and David Bowie. Don't feel bad if you don't get the joke—Socialist Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was confused, too.

Another flavor of the meme is "dicks out for Harambe," which mostly consists of people chanting exactly that. Danny Trejo is somehow involved. It's this iteration that seems to have deeply offended the UMas-Amherst RAs: one gathers that some students had written "dicks out for Harambe" on each other's whiteboards.

As it turns out, "Harambe" is also the name of the university's residential community for students of African heritage. The RAs—who identify themselves as "Ryan and Colleen" in their letter—are concerned that these students could take offense.

Student Jarod Sasdi posted a screenshot of the letter on Twitter. The full thing is worth reading, but here's a breathlessly tone deaf snippet:

"Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community. Please be careful what gets written on your whiteboards, as well as what you write on them. If you are not the one writing these remarks, please let us or the RA on duty know."

When asked by Campus Reform whether the letter would put an end to the Harambe jokes, Sasdi said "absolutely not."

"We will stand by our friend no matter the consequences," said Sasdi in an interview. (The friend is Harambe.)

This is all fairly hilarious. Less hilarious is the RAs' suggestion that saying or writing "dicks out for Harambe" might be a Title IX violation:

"To be very clear: using… phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students. Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!

Anyway, please be safe this weekend, and watch out for any of these phrases. We need to be sure to respect all UMass community members.

Title IX—the catch-22 of modern campus life—strikes again. There is no facet of campus life that remains undisturbed by its creeping tendrils.

The RAs are wrong, of course: federal sex-equality laws do not prohibit students from telling stupid jokes. But the mere fact that students in a position of authority would cite Title IX as evidence of self-censorship as an official requirement of dormitory life shows how destructive the federal government's guidance on the subject has been.

In any case, I would encourage students to write "dicks out for Harambe and free speech" on their whiteboards next time. As for Colleen and Ryan: uh, chill out, okay?

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  • Brochettaward||

    So, UMass-Amherst is comparing black students to a gorilla, and calling others racist? Hm...

    That said, the Harambe shit is stupid and the people who keep beating it into the ground are the worst of the worst vanilla normies.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Vanilla normie? That's a new one to me.

  • SugarFree||

    It's like normcore for satire.

  • GILMORE™||

    Its a term used among gay-Furry-porn addicts to describe people who are "into it" but haven't decided on their avatar-animal yet.

  • ||

  • This Machine||

    So that movie was like, the opposite of Congo.

  • PS||

    I think Congo was the opposite of movies

  • Red Rocks Okey-Dokein||

    The memes got started precisely because of the massive public pearl-clutching that happened over it--it was basically trolls pissing all over everyone's virtue-signaling.

    Expect this sort of thing to keep happening as long as mass media enables colossal public limpouts over irrelevant trivia.

  • prolefeed||

    The RAs—who identify themselves as "Ryan and Colleen" in their letter—are concerned that these students could take offense.

    The college didn't ban it -- two authoritarian RA fucks are trying to ban it.

    Unless I missed something and this was the college's official position.

    If the students in that dorm have a bit of spine, they will respond by ramping up the mockery of the RAs. I remember my college RA real well -- his nickname was "Bobby Buttfuck" and he was a kneejerk authoritarian who was widely reviled and ignored and mocked.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Back when I was in the process of dropping out of Johns Hopkins, I had a friend in the freshman dorms who was taken to task by an RA for having playboy style pinups on his door. Our response was to make a collage of hard-core porn, which evidently overloaded the RA's circuits, as we never heard from the twit again.

  • DarrenM||

    I remember one entire wall being covered in Playboy centerfolds in our floor's main room when I was at Iowa State U in the late 70s.

  • Radioactive||

    mmmm lets see, RA's = fuckwits, check...nothing in dorm life ever changes, RA's have been useless fuckwits since dorms were invented

  • wagnert in atlanta||

    Time for a blanket party.

    For those not born before the Korean War, a blanket party consisted of throwing a blanket over the head of the offender and hitting him with sticks until it wasn't fun any more. Fun for the stick-wielders, that is; whether or not the blanket-wearer was having fun was irrelevant.

  • sarcasmic||

    DICKS OUT FOR STEVE SMITH!

  • SugarFree||

    That is a terrible idea.

  • This Machine||

    STEVE SMITH NEVER HAVE DICK OUT, IT ALWAYS INSIDE HIKER

  • SugarFree||

    STEVE SMITH USE HIKER AS CONDOM. STEVE NOT KNOW WHERE OTHER HIKER BEEN. STEVE SMITH SMART ABOUT STDs--SASQUATCH TRANSMITTED DISEASES!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Harambe memist party?"

    I'm pretty sure the Cincinnati Zoo put the RA's up to this. They've been trying to shut down the meme party for a while now.

  • John||

    So when I hear a joke about a "gorilla", I think big significant primate that lives in the rain forests of Africa and if it is a good joke laugh at the personification of an animal. The SJWs hear a joke about a gorilla and think "they are making fun of black people".

    And somehow I am the racist one? Really? WTF?

  • This Machine||

    Well, if you can hear the dog whistle, that makes you the dog.

  • Tommy_Grand||

    is this because the woman (and her kid) whose misconduct incited the zoo to kill Harambe were black folks? gorilla lives matter too!

  • Ken Shultz||

    "These jokes "are not only derogatory but also micro-aggressions," two RAs wrote in a letter to the UMass-Amherst students who live on their floor. Failure to desist could even be a violation of Title IX, they suggested."

    So these are RAs. Not people who have any authority to push the official position of the school?

    In my day, the RAs might have given them wedgies instead of writing them a letter.

    In my day, I gave the RAs wedgies several times.

    These RAs have the same authority to speak for the school as the student who works the mashed potatoes station in the cafeteria.

    RAs have less authority to speak for the school than the full time janitors or one of the guys that mows the lawns.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    Wedgies are a tool of white supremacy

  • Unreconstructed (Sans Flag)||

    Wedgies are a tool of tighty-whitey supremacy


    FTFY

  • Adans smith||

    Robbie,you can not 'murder' a animal. Murder is killing a human. Otherwise I would be a 'mass murderer ' with the number of upland birds,small game waterfowl and deer I have killed the last 30 plus years. Words mean something. Like 'shall not infringe'.

  • ||

    Harambe Was A Man. Just like Jerry.

  • Adans smith||

    I am worse that Adam Lanza.Stop me before I kill again.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Harambe Was A Man.

    ...who thought he was a loner
    But he knew it couldn't last
    Harambe left his home in Tucson, Arizona
    For some California grass

  • $park¥ is totally a Swifty||

    Somebody call the wambulance.

  • EDG reppin LBC||

    A harambulance...

  • $park¥ is totally a Swifty||

    Alright, I chuckled a bit.

  • Zeb||

    So, what you are saying is that black people are sub-human animals? That's pretty racist, man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xacRTqk5QFM

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I would be a 'mass murderer ' with the number of upland birds,small game waterfowl and deer I have killed the last 30 plus years.

    Not to mention the millions, if not billions, of bacteria that we've all killed through the use of disinfectants over the years. STOP THE BACTERIAL GENOCIDE NOW! /sarc

  • dschwar||

  • ||

    In the sleepy west of the woody east
    Is a valley full, full o' pioneer
    We're not just kids, to say the least
    We got ideas to us that's dear
    Like capitalist, like communist
    Like lots of things you've heard about
    And redneckers they get us pissed
    And stupid stuff it makes us shout
    Oh dance with me oh don't be shy
    Oh kiss me cunt and kiss me cock
    Oh kiss the world oh kiss the sky
    Oh kiss my ass oh let it rock
    Of the April birds and the may bee
    Oh baby
    University
    Of Massachusetts, please
    And here's the last five
    It's educational
    It's educational
    It's educational
    It's educational
    It's educational.

  • ||

    I hope this isn't the school where Heroic Mulatto, our resident half-ape, is ensconced.

  • ||

    I can confirm it is not where HM is ensconced, in velvet or otherwise.)

  • The Laissez-Ferret||

    +1 Constanza

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Give me some credit. My animal cunning fuels my instinct to avoid the Pioneer Valley. Just like a water-hole that no animals drink from, it is a sign that it is tainted.

  • ||

    I really don't want to hear about your ochre-hued taint.

  • ||

    It's quadroon-coloured, actually, according to reliable sources.

  • $park¥ is totally a Swifty||

    We're all just a bunch of rednecks out here anyway. Except for Amherst and Northampton. We hate them hippie college towns.

  • ||

    zomg, so racisst!!!

  • straffinrun||

    Needless to say, it is a very serious incident—especially for a first year student!

    You know what else is a very serious incident-especially for a first year student?

  • EDG reppin LBC||

    The moment they realize they can eat an unlimited amount of Cap'n Crunch in the dorm cafeteria and eat so much they permanently disfigure the roof their mouth?

  • ||

    Like eating a bowl of flashbulbs

  • GILMORE™||

    As it turns out, "Harambe" is also the name of the university's residential community for students of African heritage

    We are all children of Harambe

  • Agammamon||

    The gorilla murdered . . .

    Soave, are you a vegan or something?

  • ||

    Vegan:

    Us: Your kid is starving. Can we give her a cookie?
    Vegan: No. Cookies are poison.
    Us: Home made soup?
    Vegan: No. Chemicals and pesticides.

  • Hooha||

    At least TRY to make it believable, Rufus. The vegan was silent in the first quote, and then spoke TWICE without mentioning they're vegan.

  • Zeb||

    Might explain the fruit sushi obsession.

  • SIV||

    "Ryan and Colleen"

    This is part of the joke

  • Ceci n'est pas un woodchipper||

    As a descendant of the Scots-Irish, I feel deeply microaggressed against.

  • Agammamon||

    Don't feel bad if you don't get the joke

    Because there's no joke there. Just 'lolrandom' crap. Not even witty lolrandom crap.

  • Jake Stone||

    Please be careful what gets written on your whiteboards, as well as what gets written on them.


    Did these fucktards need to know English to get into college?

  • Agammamon||

    Sure, they just don't seem to ever need to know about proofreading-before-publishing.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Considering some of the shit I've seen spewed forth by college graduates the better question is "Will these fucktards need to know English to graduate college?" and the answer is "No."

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    "These jokes are not only derogatory but also micro-aggressions, two RAs wrote in a letter to the UMass-Amherst students"

    Harambe jokes are microaggressions? The snowflakes need to clean toilets or gut fish or work in residential and commercial garbage and experience a true Mike Rowe aggression.

  • wagnert in atlanta||

    "...phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts..."

    Exposition. I do not think that word means what you think it means.

  • tarran||

    This reminds me of Joe's spectacular meltdown way back when.

    He angrily insisted that a cartoon involving a dead gorilla and a reference to Obamacare had to be racist, Because the first thing he thought when he saw a dead gorilla was "that is a black person", and of course, he knew that everyone who claimed not to have made that connection *had* to be racist.

    I felt bad about laughing at seeing an opponent so degrade himself. Either Joe was outing himself as one of the biggest racists here, or pretending to do so as a smokescreen for the real reason he was leaving here (seeing his progressivism turn everything it touched into ash). But then he crept back here with his evangelical greenism, thanking Al Gore for saving him every other sentence, and I lost what little pity I had towards him.

  • R C Dean||

    The best part was where he tried to say that all the chimp cartoons of W could not possibly mean that a chimp cartoon might not be racist.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That was a pretty epic meltdown.

  • The Grinch||

    Wouldn't thinking jokes about a dead gorilla to be microaggressions against black people be a racist microaggression, assuming that bullshit even exists?

  • 0x90||

    we're not just kids
    to say the least
    we got ideas
    to us that's dear

    like capitalist
    like communist
    like lots of things
    you've heard about

    and redneckers
    they get us pissed

  • simplybe||

    So is UMASS saying their African American students are monkeys. Now that would pissed me off

  • The Fusionist||

    No, the gorillas are offended that you confused them with monkeys.

  • wareagle||

    wouldn't the gorillas be offended at being compared to UMass students?

  • EDG reppin LBC||

    UMass isn't saying black students are monkeys. UMass is saying that YOU are saying black students are monkeys, you racist.

  • ||

    SEND IN YOUR HARAMBE JOKES NOW!

    Actually, send them to the school.

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    In my neck of the woods, we spell it HARAMBI

  • The Fusionist||

    "The RAs are wrong, of course: federal sex-equality laws do not prohibit students from telling stupid jokes."

    Who cares about the law, it's the official interpreters of the law we should be looking at.

    The Obama Education Department, the courts, etc.

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    Could someone sue Ryan and Colleen for Title IX violation?

  • Radioactive||

    could someone please beat some sense into these stupid fuck or at least put them out of my misery...

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    An aggressive Mack Rowe can take down Harambe, AND Ryan and Colleen AND the entire UM AND even - his little brother Mike.

  • John||

    Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community

    That is saying in so many words that black people are apes. There is no way to sugar coat it. The writer of that sentence considers black people to be the same thing as apes. How does this person still have a job? Some black university employee needs to file a hostile work environment claim with the EEOC. Could there be a more hostile work environment than your employer thinking you are a sub human primate because of the color of your skin?

  • tarran||

    There you go again, John, trying to paint Joe as a racist to cover for your obvious racism! ;)

  • SugarFree||

    joe would have said the killing of Harambe was Cincinnati's dog whistle call for someone to assassinate Obama.

  • John||

    You really must read Joe's mail because that is exactly what he would have said. And when he was done saying that he would have said people's outrage over the death of the gorilla is just them compensating for their real desire to see Obama dead.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Don't be obtuse. The article explains that "Harambe" is the name of an African-American student group at the college. It's the name that is causing the problem, not the species.

  • DarrenM||

    Racism is just find as you are nice about it.

  • GILMORE™||

    federal sex-equality laws do not prohibit students from telling stupid jokes.

    Don't worry, they'll fix that.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Something about "closing the stupid joke loophole" and "common sense speech control."

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    Microaggressions ARE aggressions.

  • SugarFree||

    "Harambe" is also the name of the university's residential community for students of African heritage

    Sounds like the university is the real racist here. Why is the black dorm named after a gorilla?

  • John||

    Judging from the fact that they consider any attack on a gorilla to be an attack on their black students, I would say it is named that because they university considers their black students to be gorillas.

  • SugarFree||

    That is the inescapable conclusion, really.

    I wonder what animal they consider the Asian kids, or the Indians?

  • ||

    The former, whatever the Year of the _____ is, latter, their tribal spirit animal, provided it's not a sports team's mascot. Duh.

  • SugarFree||

    It's the year of the tiger
    It's a thrill in the night
    Rising up to the challenge of our RAs
    And the last rape survivor
    Stalks her prey in the night
    And she's watching us all in... The Year of the Tiger!

  • Cynical Asshole||

    *applause*

  • PS||

    ...trying to remove coffee from nostrils....

  • John||

    Asians are pandas maybe? Indians are definitely buffalo.

  • This Machine||

    Tatonka.

  • Zeb||

    They don't even get to be great apes?

    Asians should be Orangutans and American Indians whatever species Steve Smith is.

  • SugarFree||

    Gigantopithecus, we think.

  • Radioactive||

    douchebag is a species now?

  • Curt||

    I think you might've guessed the wrong kind of Indian. But, it does highlight the silliness of using the term "Asian" to refer primarily to Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese. Probably confuses the crap out of people from Indian, the middle east, most of Russia, all the -stans, etc.

  • Zeb||

    But "Oriental" is bad. I try to say "East Asians" when talking about China, Japan and Korea (though I'm sure none of them like being lumped together either).

    But Asian is a ridiculously broad term for categorizing people.

  • John||

    It is all arbitrary. "Oriental" is only bad because a bunch of SJWs decided it was. It is the "Orient" and there is nothing necessarily racist or demeaning about calling people from there "Orientals" anymore than it is to call people from North America "Americans".

  • Radioactive||

    I've always preferred ornamentals my self, much more decorative...

  • Zeb||

    Yes, I didn't mean to suggest that I think "oriental" is some terrible slur.

  • John||

    Now that you say that, yes I probably did. Ironically, my half siblings are part American Indian and I did a lot of work in law school with Indian legal aid and I never once met an American Indian who called themselves a "Native American" or anything but an Indian. So when I see Indian and it is not talking about Hindus or Kasmir or call centers or something, I think American Indian.

  • Curt||

    the only place i've seen it considered offensive is the US. the only thing that's racist or demeaning about calling people "orientals" is that "oriental" was the standard word to use during a time period when we were fighting multiple wars with Asian countries. as a result, it was frequently preceded by "fucking" or "GD".

    these days a kid saying Oriental would have no offensive tone. in the same way, an 80-year old wouldn't be unoffensive if they talked about a "fucking asian-american" or a "GD Korean".

  • Radioactive||

    gook, you stupid ass, it was fucking gook...

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    And could someone tell me what continent Egypt is part of? Anyone?

  • dschwar||

    I believe Egypt is considered by the rest of the world to be part of Africa, along with Morocco and Yemen. I have no idea what the Egyptians themselves think.

  • Steve Foerster||

    Yemen isn't in Africa. It's at the end of the Arabian peninsula, in Southwest Asia.

  • Curt||

    I have a friend of a friend from Melilla. She's spanish and teaches spanish at a local high school. Really confuses students when she explains that her family is from Africa and that's where she was born and raised.

  • Ken Hagler||

    I miss the days when segregation was bad.

  • John||

    Me too. It is an old joke but it seems to never get old or out of date. People told me that if I didn't vote for Obama that segregation would return to state universities even in places like Massachusetts. I didn't believe them but sure enough they were right.

  • geo1113||

    Reminds me of my father. People told him if he voted for Goldwater, the war in Vietnam would escalate and he said damn if they weren't right.

  • Zeb||

    It is an excellent joke.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    Damn it, John! I knew you were behind this!

  • Zeb||

    Special dorms for racial groups is far from a new thing.

  • tarran||

    I googled and it turns out the Gorilla is actually named for the concept the student union is named for.

    Apparently, harambe, is a swahili word that means "Pulls together for a common purpose" i.e. "community".

    Teh student union got its name from the concept.

    The gorilla got his name from the winning entry in a zoo contest to name their new baby gorilla. A professor who liked the word "harambe" submitted it, and persuaded enough people to support the name that it won. He thought it would be a great word to help get people to band together to save the gorilla.

    So, essentially, a gorilla named "Community" got whacked, and people can't make community jokes, because the Caucasian students' union is named "Community".

  • Detroit Linguist||

    Errr.... 'Harambe' is a Swahili word meaning 'forwards!' This is not to say that the RA's reaction isn't stupid, but the name (and the concept, and its role in Black nationalism) long precede the gorilla in question. It goes back to the sixties.

  • Rhywun||

    Is it one of the 12 days of Kwanzaa?

  • ant1sthenes||

    I got the sense that SF was joking.

  • Radioactive||

    this is no joke!

  • EvilWayz||

    Why is there even a black dorm??? I thought segregation was illegal?

  • Curt||

    "In any case, I would encourage students to write "dicks out for Harambe and free speech" on their whiteboards next time."

    No... please no. Harambe jokes and memes were "funny" back in June/July. Now, they are just tired.

  • GILMORE™||

    I would encourage students to write "dicks out for Harambe and free speech"
  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I dearly hope this becomes a meme.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    I never figured them out until I read this article. I thought it was some gorilla, but that it was in Africa. I guess that was the lion. Oh well.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community.'

    SJWs immediately think "black people" when they hear a joke about a gorilla, but they're "totes woke" and NOT racist at all...

  • Zeb||

    Honestly, I think it's more just hypersensitivity and stupid obsession with calling out any perceived racism. Probably not actually that they associate black people with gorillas.

    Although, according to their own definition of racism, which includes any minuscule and unconscious bias in word choice, they probably are racists.

  • Horatio||

    Disagree. I believe most of the modern left's worldview is powered by projection

  • Radioactive||

    more like powered by stupid

  • Auric Demonocles||

    It seems like lately racism has become the biggest sin imaginable.

    (Not that I'm suggesting that racism isn't bad, but a peaceful racist is way better than a violent nonracist)

  • Zeb||

    Sort of. But it's so broadly defined now that everyone (or every white person, at least) is racist. I suppose "everyone's a sinner" isn't a new idea by any means.

  • Tak Kak||

    "To be very clear: using… phrases/hashtags which encourage the exposition of body parts runs the risk of being reported as a Title IX incident. These are sexual assault incidences that not only get reported to Community Standards, but also to the Dean of Students."

    Didn't "dicks out" essentially mean "guns out" or justice for Harambe. There's no way guns are offensive.

  • wareagle||

    There's no way guns are offensive.

    to the SJWs?

  • Tak Kak||

    I don't care for the "/s"

  • Cynical Asshole||

    As for Colleen and Ryan: uh, chill out, okay?

    Asking them to chill out is a microaggression against the warm blooded.

    Seriously though, asking SJWs to chill out is like asking water not to be wet. These are humorless scolds, completely lacking a sense of humor.

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    Well, SOMEBODY has to take over now that Phyllis Schlafly is dead

  • Ingimar||

    So are these the type of dimwits that when they grow up they become president of the home owners' association? Seems like the same sort of petty tyranny that permeates that bunch of twits.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Grow up? No, these are the types of dipshits that, after they leave college, move to Bushwick and live off their parents while trying to save up enough money from their barista jobs to someday open up an artisanal mayonnaise shop and act like spoiled perpetual children. Basically, these are the morons whose proudest moment will be when they're featured on latfh.com.

  • Red Rocks Okey-Dokein||

    No, these are the type of dimwits that get jobs as clerks and "advocates" in various third-tier government bureaucracies and "non-profits" and proceed to punish the whole of society for their emotional shortcomings rather than just the college campus.

  • Brandybuck||

    This is the first I've heard of "defined communities." I threw up a little in my coffee.

  • ||

    You know who else equated apes with black people...

  • If-by-whiskey||

    Merv Griffin?

  • Radioactive||

    Melanie Griffith?

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    Title IX—the catch-22 of modern campus life—strikes again. There is no facet of campus life that remains undisturbed by its creeping tendrils.

    Rico, it's not clear to me that you understand what the expression "Catch-22" means.

  • Bodica Slayer of Woodchip||

    Mike Rowe aggression . . . .I'll give you a Mike Rowe aggression

  • lap83||

    and you racist teabaggers better not say anything about their Back-to-the-Zoo Movement

  • wef||

    "gorilla murdered" - sacrificed

    "after a child wandered into its enclosure" - wandered?

  • Rebel Scum||

    Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community.

    Should I take this to mean that it is the campus admin's position that black people are no different than guerrillas? Bc that is how it sounds, projection and all that.

  • Trigger Warning||

    The RA's may consider the campus's African-American community to be rebel fighters, but the more likely reason is that they are actually worried that black people won't be adequately offended by people making jokes about a gorilla. Because reasons.

  • Trigger Warning||

    GODDAMN YOU, APOSTROPHE.

  • Rebel Scum||

    rebel fighters

    I know, I know. Spelin' wuz nevar muh strong sewt.

  • Trigger Warning||

    It's ok.

  • ArbeitMachtFrei||

  • Trigger Warning||

    Being offended on behalf of other people: the ultimate SJW career.

  • HTuttle||

    So UMass claims blacks are gorillas?

  • HTuttle||

    Polar bear jokes still OKAY?

  • Mainer2||

    What's the deal with these outdated Harambe memes. What's up with that ?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Looks like the damn RAs got to the alt-text.

  • Response||

    Nearly 30 years ago, I remember making fun of my sister after Kandu (SeaWorld) died. She would ask me to do something and my brother and I would respond "No Kandu". She would run away crying. Apparently I was good at microaggressions before it was a thing.

  • Radioactive||

    all this and not one "Damn Dirty Ape" post...bitterly disappointed..

  • WoodChipperBob||

    We were saving it for you...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The gorilla murdered at the Cincinnati Zoo

    murdered

    Oh, for fuck's sake.

  • Fred Zuccini||

    The satire on social media outrage that these memes represent hits a little too close to home for the SJWs. So they did what they always do with anything they don't like. Proclaim them racist so no one can use them without being a racist.

  • 10mm||

    How about Dicks Out For Ryan & Colleen?

    Can you imagine being their fathers and catching wind of this? If I were Ryan's dad there'd be a swift ass-whopping waiting for him at Thanksgiving.

  • curranj@gmail.com||

    The best writing on a whiteboard - "Dicks out for Colleen and Ryan"

  • Uncle Jay||

    RE: UMass-Amherst: Harambe Jokes Are Racist Microaggressions, Violate Title IX

    As we all know, anything that comes from our mouths or should anyone write anything down will be considered racist. Any disagreement with any black person in the Union of Soviet Socialist Slave States of Amerika is racist. Anyone wearing black shoes is a racist this symbolizes white oppression of black people. Anyone wearing a white hat is in favor of white supremacy. Anyone with white hair is demonstrating their beliefs in white superiority. Anyone who travels down an asphalt road is a racists because it is symbolic of white people keeping black people down. All those who commit these egregious felonies must be dealt with in the most harsh and painful way if we are to be a true color free society.
    You've been warned.

  • pure_mercury||

    Point of information: Jill Stein is Green Party, not Socialist Party.

  • georgekaplan||

    How do these micro-agression-philes ever expect to function in the real work world?

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    UMass-Amherst: Harambe Jokes Are Racist Microaggressions, Violate Title IX

    The gorilla murdered at the Cincinnati Zoo...

    The letter by the RAs in question is indeed silly. But if you're going to condescendingly ridicule people you don't lay a solid foundation for it by starting with a title that dishonestly pins those RAs' comments on UMass-Amherst as a whole (as though it was a position taken by the school's administration), followed by a demonstration that you don't know what the word "murder" means.

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    Oh, and commenting on Jill Stein without knowing which party she represents...

    Socialist Party presidential candidate Jill Stein

    ...doesn't help either.

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    "Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community."

    Statement that struck the controversy: "Dicks out for Harambe"

    I... can't figure out how to parse that statement into a "negative remark".

  • JakeJ||

    Yeah, tell college students that they can't do something. That ought to work out well.

  • DFG||

    "...be safe this weekend, and watch out for any of these phrases."

    If anyone is attacked by those phrases it could be a Title IX violation.

  • Dimitri Cavalli||

    The paragraph states "in case you forgot, this is Ryan and Colleen, the floor RAs." This whole episode reeks of a pretext for Ryan and Colleen to assert their authority, obtain attention, and perhaps curry favor with some unspecified parties for "recommendations," "awards and honors," and possibly "jobs."

    Why did Ryan's name go first? Does he think Colleen is inferior to him and should always stand behind men where she belongs?

  • Eman||

    UMass Amherst is still so, so less stupid than Hampshire.

  • Eman||

    UMass Amherst is still so, so less stupid than Hampshire.

  • ThomasD||

    " The gorilla murdered at the Cincinnati Zoo ..."

    Murdered? So, who was charged with the crime? Oh, right. Suave..

    Wonder why he didn't describe it as being incarcerated to boot.

  • TimothyLane||

    So liberals are now admitting that blacks really are apes. Otherwise there would be nothing racist about those Harambe jokes. Perhaps, if someone pointed how much they agree with the Klan, it might actually embarrass them enough to backtrack a bit. But I wouldn't bet on it.

  • joebanana||

    Title IX violates the US Constitution. Any lawyers out there?

  • LV||

    Most everything done today violates the constitution. Which is WHY you defeat Hillary, and bring Trump under control (ie: States Rights, good or bad) and let the SYSTEM, as it was intended, work. Not that fucking hard.

  • LV||

    Once you go G you never go backG?

  • LV||

    Too soon or other some shit?

  • Doctor G||

    Hmmmmmm . . . the RAs at the university somehow equate gorillas with African Americans. Who's racist now?

  • josh||

    more and more every day, i'm grateful that I wasn't born any later than I was.

  • Haha, charade you are||

    The Harambe jokes are pretty stale, but FFS, why is it such a big deal? Seriously? Typical SWJ nonsense.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    [UMass Amherst administration:] "Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community.

    So the administration of UMass Amherst is saying that African Americans are gorillas? I guess we shouldn't be surprised that public university administrations are as racist as ever.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    [UMass Amherst administration:] "Any negative remarks regarding 'Harambe' will be seen as a direct attack to our campus's African American community.

    So the administration of UMass Amherst is saying that African Americans are gorillas? I guess we shouldn't be surprised that public university administrations are as racist as ever.

  • Born Villain||

    Jill Stein is not the candidate of the "Socialist party" she is the candidate of the Green Party. Seriously, scale down the Red scare hysteria, not everyone who doesn't want to bomb everyone to smithereens is a Socialist. Your bias is showing and it ain't cute. So much for reason.

  • sasob||

    Your bias is showing and it ain't cute.

    Yeah, so is yours, clown. Why not put some underwear on?

    OOPS! I'm sorry - I thought you wrote bare ass. ( Oh well, not a lot of difference anyway.)

  • Rational Exuberance||

    Jill Stein is not the candidate of the "Socialist party" she is the candidate of the Green Party. Seriously, scale down the Red scare hysteria, not everyone who doesn't want to bomb everyone to smithereens is a Socialist.

    Jill Stein is basically a democratic socialist.

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    "not everyone who doesn't want to bomb everyone to smithereens is a Socialist"

    No shit, son, you're on a site of mainly anti-war free marketers.

    Seriously, scale down the Red scare hysteria, not everyone who makes a typo in regards to the Green Party's name is a conservative.

  • sasob||

    The RAs are wrong, of course: federal sex-equality laws do not prohibit students from telling stupid jokes. But the mere fact that students in a position of authority would cite Title IX as evidence of self-censorship as an official requirement of dormitory life shows how destructive the federal government's guidance on the subject has been.

    Please excuse the naivete of someone who has never attended a university,...but why are mere students in "positions of authority" in the first place?

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