Social Justice Warriors are popping up everywhere. As their numbers increase, so does the absurdity of some of the wars these delicate snowflakes are waging. The latest assault on both logic and free-speech comes out of Clemson.
Students at Clemson are no longer allowed to display images of Hamarabe. They dare not write his name. Speaking of the dead gorilla is even a touchy subject, as Hamarabe has come to be a symbol of racial hatred.
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For those of you who need a refresher–Hamarabe was the gorilla shot at the Cincinnati zoo earlier this year. When a young boy fell into his enclosure, zoo officials (who later labeled racists) shot and killed the gorilla.
The early “news” reports assumed the child that fell into the enclosure was white, and that racist zoo officials somehow conflated the danger posed to the child, and so dispassionately shot the gorilla (which many saw as a surrogate for African-American males).
Just so we’re clear on this–when Hamarabe was shot, he was a sympathetic symbol of racial hatred. Now, his image requires a trigger warning, as some people feel the sight of the gorilla “add(s) to rape culture” and can be a “form of racism.”
A Clemson administrator, Brooks Artis, sent this email to Resident Advisors (RAs) Friday.
“We are no longer allowing any reference to Harambe (or any other spelling) to be displayed on doors, halls, billboards, or windows,” the email reads. “Harambe should not be displayed in a public place or a place that is viewed by the public.”
“If residents are asking why they have to take them down you can share that there was a report from an individual about a meme being offensive and bias [sic] in nature and as a result all Harambe references are no longer allowed within our community.”
If Clemson students wish to exercise their right to free speech, they can do it in their dorm rooms “where people would have to be invited into the space to see said decoration.”
“…we have to remember that we all come different backgrounds and have different identities that shape how we are affected by different references.”
The email continued: “My hopes are that you are being inclusive in your words, whichever you choose to say, so that you are not reported to OCES or Title IX for using bias [sic] language against someone.”
“While we are not banning the word, I want to encourage you to think about what you are saying and how someone who may be a different gender, race, culture, or sexuality than you may take the comment,” Artis writes.
They’re not banning the word. That’s good. I was worried they would. I’ve written Hamarabe at least ten times already, just in this one post. Snowflakes everywhere are melting.
And the video below needs a trigger warning. Or maybe Hamarabe needed a trigger warning.