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Back in 2017, in Air Force Academy Virtue Signaling, I wrote of a supposed racist incident at the Air Force Academy. Persons unknown wrote racial slurs on message boards belonging to five Black cadets.
Can you see this one coming, gentle readers? You’re correct: it was one of the Black cadets, one of the miscreants reporting the supposed race crime. But there was an unexpected twist or two. Lt. General Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the Academy, immediately reacted with righteous, anti-racist indignation before anti-racism was cool, and long before anyone knew the truth about what happened. And when the truth was discovered, Silveria, the very model of the modern military general officer, did not publically castigate the pathetic nitwit who brought dishonor on the Academy and the Air Force, rather he patted himself on the back for his great bravery and honor in slurring every honest Cadet. This is interesting:
Several sources say the cadet candidate, who hasn’t been identified, committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct. The prep school offers a year of training for academy prospects who need academic help. The school is primarily used to fill athletic rosters for the academy’s 37 NCAA teams.
Some of this was a surprise. I wasn’t aware our service academies–military colleges–accepted anything other than the cream of the crop, those fully ready to succeed in college level classes and military discipline and studies. True, most civilian colleges have remedial high schools because they accept anyone with a solvent bank account. Military academies foot the tuition bill for students, but civilian colleges charge fill tuition for remedial classes that will not yield credit toward a degree. Still, it was mildly shocking to learn the Air Force Academy accepts what is nothing more than bodies necessary to fill athletic teams, obviously not people sufficiently intellectually and morally capable of becoming fully functioning officers.
How many, one wonders, of these deficient slugs eventually graduate and are sent out to command volunteers denied an Academy appointment because they were the wrong color, or lacked a certain skill level in a sport advantageous to the Academy’s self-image? In any case, the Academy only said the offending cadet was no longer there–so much for military discipline.
The demand for actual racist acts has long outstripped the supply, so like the Academy dimwit, supposed victims have had to supply it, as The College Fix explains:
A construction company building a parking structure at Central Connecticut State University had hoisted an American flag at the end of one of its steel cable loops to mark Memorial Day — but a complaint that the cable was a noose prompted campus officials to apologize and pledge to take down the cable as soon as possible.
‘Early this evening, we received a complaint about a possible noose found hanging from a construction site on the CCSU campus. Campus Police … investigated and found that it was not a noose but a standard steel cable loop hanging from a crane,’ wrote President Zulma Toro in an email to the campus community on Saturday night.
Well then, not a noose, nothing racist about it. Cased closed, right? Of course not. As I’m sure you’re aware, gentle readers, campus, and other, noose hoaxes are depressingly common. Recall the horrific tale of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who despite his downhome first name is Black? Assigned a garage at Talladega, he was shocked, shocked to discover a noose hanging in that garage. No fewer than 15 FBI agents were dispatched to investigate the vile, white supremacist, systemically racist hate crime, only to discover it was just the loop of a garage door pull down that had been there for years, just like the pull downs on other garage doors. One would think the FBI has more important duties, but…
Take the link to read the whole thing, which contains links to a number of similar incidents. Normally these incidents are quickly discovered to be hoaxes, perpetrated by the supposed victims. Normally, nothing is done to them, at least in part because campus administrators made asses of themselves acting as though the KKK had risen from the grave and descended like a swarm of ravening, racist locust on the campus. Commonly, the victims indignantly claim they were merely trying to “start a conversation” about the racism evil white supremacists would surely commit if there were any actually around so inclined. So how did the President of CCSU handle what was obviously not at all racist? Read on:
A construction crew working on campus hung an American flag from the crane’s cable to recognize Memorial Day,’ added Toro in her email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.
Toro continued that steel cable loops are often used by cranes, but that there was another similar concern recently reported regarding another nearby construction site. In the end, Toro sided with those offended by the steel cable loop’s visual similarity to a noose.
‘Quite frankly, I think it is reckless and tone deaf behavior,’ Toro said in her email to the campus. ‘We have been in contact with the construction company and demanded that the cable be lowered tonight. We have a team on site tonight monitoring the situation.’
Good Lord, gentle readers. Imagine the psychic tumult on campus, exposed to looped steel cable necessary for the operation of heavy cranes! It’s amazing any of them survived. And of what, pray tell, would “monitoring the situation” on site consist? Probably some diversity and inclusion assistant to the assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion paid a six figure salary would periodically call the college president and wail in shock and anguish: “it’s still there!” There is further reason to doubt the sanity of the administration of this college:
But as of Sunday morning the cable loop and its American flag remained up, and a beleaguered-looking campus administrator, interim Vice President for Student Affairs John Tully, explained to a local news television station that it was difficult to find someone who could safely operate the crane at such short notice on a holiday weekend to get the cable loop down.
That would be because of the Memorial Day weekend, which is surely in and of itself racist, despite Kamala Harris telling us to have a nice long one while gracing us with her smiling visage.
Meanwhile, he expressed his concern for those who thought the steel cable loop was a noose or looked like a noose.
‘The perception of its noose-like appearance is concerning. We were speaking to people last night who certainly felt some pain, we feel that pain, our president has issued a statement expressing her concern about this and we are working diligently to get it down,’ Tully told Fox 61.
Wait a minute: “noose-like appearance?” What emotional distress must overtake such people when they see something like this:
Note also the cables hanging from the construction crane featured no fewer than four instances of “noose-like appearance,” yet the only one mentioned was that hanging just below…oh, I get it. Two symbols of systemic racism in close proximity, two symbols for the price of one…it’s all clear now. It was the flag! That’s what triggered them! That’s what focused their attention on the “noose-like” noose thing!
These are people working at attaining college degrees, and/or those who have attained advanced degrees. These are the supposed best and brightest, yet they can’t tell the difference between steel cable configured to be useful in construction, and a hangman’s noose? Actually, that’s not fair. They can tell the difference, but choose not to and choose instead to be frightened and confirmed in their belief of being surrounded by systemic racism and white supremacy. There is not so much as a hoax, so they have to enable the deluded “perceptions” of the eternally aggrieved/mentally unbalanced and create faux-racism, all the while pretending to be appalled by what they created. This is what, circa 2021, passes for virtue.
By all means, take the link to the College Fix story, which has links to other objects that had a “noose-like appearance.” And as you do, ponder whether we really want to count such people as Americans, or even minimally sane.