College President Writes “All Lives Matter”, Apoplexy Ensues

by William Teach | December 10, 2014 7:42 am

Welcome to the insane world of college education, one where an entire Greek system, including sororities, are punished for a rape allegation that has fallen apart, and where students looking to be lawyers[1] are allowed to ask for delays in taking their exams because they have the vapors over the Brown and Garner Grand Jury decisions, and for daring to be inclusive

(Fox News[2]) The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”

Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Childs. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.

Protesters have adopted several slogans in connection with the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, including “Black Lives Matter.” McCartney’s more inclusive version of the refrain was seen as an affront that diminished the focus on black lives and racism, according to emails obtained by

That’s right, she actually apologized for writing “all lives matter” rather than “Black lives matter”. In fact, her apology devolved into groveling. Because people criticized her

The Daily Hampshire Gazette[3], which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”

(McCartney) 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.”

Well, they obviously do not matter that much, because only 5% of the enrollment is Black[4]. It’s also a women’s only college[5], which makes it discriminatory. From the Daily Hampshire Gazette

“It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality,” wrote another student.

Says a pampered princess attending a prestigious (and discriminatory) institution of higher learning.

A third student at the vigil, sophomore math major Maria Lopez, said McCartney’s first email was poorly received on campus.

“A lot of my news feed was negative remarks about her as a person,” she said, referring to students’ reaction on social media. Lopez added that McCartney, whom she called “President Kathy,” is generally well-liked among students.

“She acknowledged her mistake,” Lopez said.

So it is now a mistake to say that “all lives matter”.

“It’s getting increasingly difficult to figure out what you can say on the modern campus, even for university presidents… Too many of today’s students want freedom from speech rather than freedom of speech,” Greg Lukianoff, President of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and author of “Freedom From Speech[6]” told

Pretty much. This “controversy” has even sparked an editorial[7] by the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Poor little hothouse flowers.

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