Friday, March 4, 2011

University of Arizona - Old Fashioned Bigots?

Here is a new policy being floated by the Regents of the University of Arizona:

“We affirm that no student should be obligated to be in the presence of a Negro faculty or staff member, and no faculty or staff member should be obligated to be in the presence of an Negro student on the university campuses of Arizona. In the event that SB 1467 is enacted into law, we request action by the Arizona Board of Regents to segregate the campuses into Negro and Negro-free communities. When such segregation cannot be enforced, protective action should include the provision of police protection, the substitution of electronic communication for personal interaction, and the cancellation of classes as a last resort.”
 WTF!!  Can this really be coming out of a state university, a bastion of diversity and tolerance?  Actually, I just punked you, my dear readers.  It is a policy in response to SB 1467, a bill authorizing concealed weapon permit holders to carry on University campuses in Arizona.  I simply replaced the word "armed" with the word "Negro" to emphasize the discriminatory nature of the policy.  Here is the correct wording:

“Gun Safety Charter: We affirm that no student should be obligated to be in the presence of an armed faculty or staff member, and no faculty or staff member should be obligated to be in the presence of an armed student on the university campuses of Arizona. In the event that SB 1467 is enacted into law, we request action by the Arizona Board of Regents to segregate the campuses into armed and weapons-free communities. When such segregation cannot be enforced, protective action should include the provision of police protection, the substitution of electronic communication for personal interaction, and the cancelation of classes as a last resort.”
 But I guess that segregation and discrimination are laudable sometimes, but not at other times.  I guess it take a university professor to figure out when.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, kind of like you're born with a gun and you can never take the gun off. Your analogy is totally accurate!

LeftCoastConservative said...

My analogy is extreme, and inspired by the use of the word "segregation" in the proposed solution.

Look, if things go in the courts as I hope they will, then being armed in public will be a new civil right enjoyed by law abiding citizens. Segregation of a campus into armed and unarmed sections, as proposed, will be an inherent denial of educational opportunity, or the denial of the right of the citizen to be armed. Both would be a violation of a citizens civil rights on par with the denial of educational opportunity Americans of African descent that was common before Thurgood Marshall argued that separate was inherently unequal.

I understand that it will take a lot of people a lot of time to wrap their mind around the concept that being armed is a civil right, but we are well on the road to achieving that goal in the next few years.

Thanks for reading my blog, and for the comment.