College President Has to Apologize for Saying “All Lives Matter”
Remember how, in the classic dystopian novel Animal Farm, equality for all animals gets turned into “some animals are more equal than others”? That may sound familiar when you read the story of Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, who was forced to apologize for sending an offensive e-mail saying “all lives matter”.
Smith College President Kathleen McCartney thought she was showing solidarity with students protesting racism and police brutality when she sent a campus-wide email with the subject line, “All Lives Matter.” But the anti-racism slogan popular with students is actually the more selective “black lives matter.”
Uh oh. Burn the heretic!
Students were furious and offended, according to Fox News:
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”
In response to student backlash, McCartney apologized in another campus-wide email Friday, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions.”
She wrote that the problem with the phrase lay in how others had used it.
“I regret that I was unaware the phrase/hashtag “all lives matter” has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people,” she wrote.
In her apology e-mail, McCartney also shared some of the student emails she received.
She quoted one student as saying: “It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality. The black students at this school deserve to have their specific struggles and pain recognized, not dissolved into the larger student body.”
Aside from the idiocy of being offended over saying that all lives matter — because, you know, they do, and skin color has nothing to do with it — when are we going to stop coddling these whiny little special snowflake brats? It is scary to think about what this generation will be like when you consider that they demand coddling and special treatment every time someone says something that they happen to not like.