Higher education has achieved the nadir of intelligence. Since the days when Plato wrote the exegesis of Socrates, the art of philosophy has suffered dumbing down into rancid oats of wisdom not fit for horses. (But possibly traceable to the nether end of the same animal.)
I am, of course, talking about the University of North Carolina’s new classification of everything in life as a microaggression. By everything, I mean “everything.” However, one example serves as the champion of all things imbecilic. UNC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has deemed golf as bigotry. Asking someone to “hit the fairway” is unfair because it “assumes employees have the financial resources/exposure to a fairly expensive and inaccessible sport.”
If a more ridiculous statement has ever issued forth from the purported halls of higher education, I am blissfully unaware of it, and wish with all my heart to remain so. I wrote previously about my alma mater, UNH, when they published a shameful “Bias-Free Language Guide” last year. I thought that considering words like “fathering,” or “American” as problematic was the bottom of a vast hole of ignorance on campus. Sadly, I was wrong. At least UNH’s college try (written by students) at mining the depths of dumb was roundly condemned by its own president.
North Carolina’s contribution to what Malcolm Muggeridge called “educating ourselves into imbecility” was written by school employees in an “Employee Forum” on its official website. The post was supposedly “compiled from research and published scholarly works.” Somebody did scholarly research into the effects of golf terms that cause some people to run for their safe space. My eye tick has returned.
So let’s apply this—what is now taken for “logic” by people who we trust to educate our progeny—to other areas. I am a short, rotund person of Jewish heritage who has very little skill at basketball. I could say that “it’s in the net” or “two points” or office wadded-paper basketball is offensive to me. Only people of certain height, speed and agility play that sport, which is basically inaccessible to me. It screams of racial privilege.
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James need to check their privilege. Come to think of it, Bryant is quite good at golf, and some have called for him to go professional. James, like Barack Obama, is a terrible golfer. But you don’t see our president getting all upset over golf terms used as insults.
Actually, the more I think about it, the more obvious it is that golf, tennis, and other sports most often associated with the “country club set” really aren’t as inaccessible to the people these college wet-wipe and diaper purveyors are trying to protect. Anyone with a brain (which God gives each of us to varying degree) can see they’re simply acting out on their “white guilt” that’s been heaped upon them by racists who wish to see them humiliated for something done by people in the past who share nothing with them but their skin color.
The racists contend that because white people in America owned blacks as slaves, and white people in Scotland invented golf, that golf somehow oppresses black people (and by extension, Latinos, Native Americans and other certified minorities). But basketball (which was invented by white people) is not oppressive.
The argument that golf is “fairly expensive and inaccessible” is also fairly stupid. Have you seen the cost of a baseball glove, or a baseball bat? It’s true that basketball only requires a $10 ball (that can cost as much as $85 according to Amazon), but it also requires a basket ($110 minimum) and a place to play, because you can’t play it in a grass field. And sneakers. (Seriously, if you don’t spend at least $100 on 2014 Nike Hyperdunk or better, you’re not allowed on the court.)
For golf, you need clubs ($60 to $100 for a used set which will last a whole lot longer than basketball sneakers), and balls (600 for $90, free shipping on eBay, or go to a range and hit for $3/bucket), and a place to hit the balls. Municipal courses dot the landscape of every city and town in America, and many will let the truly poor play for nothing.
So these useless idiots at UNC simply think golf is a microaggression because they had a brainstorm session to find who could come up with the most outrageous false perception and they picked the winner. And we pay them to do it.