At K-State, things get curioser and cruiser by the day. At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday thousands of students, faculty and staff walked out of their classrooms and dorm rooms and offices to–so says the Kansas City Star–“rally against racism.”
More curiouser still, the rally represented the first time in more than a century that the campus suspended classes and closed offices for something other than bad weather. This shut down costs the taxpayers of Kansas a good deal of money as does the new hire of the campus’s “first associate vice president for student life of diversity and multicultural student affairs.”
Kansas State University president Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, seems to be endorsing the madness. “What do you want K-State to look like in the future?” Myers asked the crowd. “What will you commit to do to make it that way?” One dreads to know their answers.
If the rally had a ‘Through the Looking Glass’ feel to it was because the two events that triggered it had nothing to do with racism and everything to with the campus’s hypersensitivity to racism, which, of course, was only exacerbated by the rally. Star reporters Mará Rose Williams and Matt Campbell struggled to make the protest make sense to the readers.
“The unity rally comes nearly two weeks after an incident near the Manhattan campus in which a 21-year-old black man defaced his own car with racist graffiti,” the reporters write. “Law enforcement agencies including Riley County Police and the FBI originally looked into the case as a possible hate crime. They later learned the young man did it himself and described it to police as a Halloween prank that got out of hand. No charges were filed.” Yea, and?
The reporters do not mention the other incident that stoked campus anxieties last month. It was even stupider. On October 6, a storm swept through Manhattan, Kansas. Curiously, a Jewish Sukkah, a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, was found the next morning wrapped around a car of grad student who works on “diversity initiatives.” He was quick to cry “hate.” The police investigated and determined that the wind blew the Sukkah down.
There was more. The Star reporters cite a noose that was found on campus, but the police shot that one down as well. “Due to the size, the material, and the placement, there’s nothing to indicate [racism] was the intention,” Detective Sgt. Andrew Moeller told KSNT. “If that was the intention, then I don’t believe that the person who was trying to send a message did a very effective job.”
The reporters also cited “white supremacist” posters found on campus. The posters read as follows: “20% of polled U.S. Muslims said terrorist attacks against civilians are justified in some cases. That’s 660,000 Muslims. How many is too many?” For the record, Muslim is not a race. Most Muslims in America are Caucasians. To interpret a protest against Muslim terror as “white supremacy” demands logic right out of Lewis Carroll.
“‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.'”