30.10.15

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IS PROHIBITED FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE.

Both The Drudge Report and University Diaries catch Louisville, the basketball school's president James Ramsey at a mariachi-themed Hallowe'en party.  The acts of contrition begin.
Ramsey's chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, issued a statement expressing "deep regret" over the incident.

"We made a mistake and are very sorry," she wrote, adding that the university pledges to train staff and engage with the campus over diversity and racial equality issues. "This event shows we have much more to learn about our community."

The photo was taken on Wednesday afternoon, at an annual Halloween luncheon for Ramsey and members of his staff at a mansion owned by the university, said spokesman John R. Karman. Ramsey is seen smiling and leaning on a porch railing, wearing a sombrero and a rainbow-striped poncho trimmed in fringe.

He is surrounded by people clad mostly in black clothing with fake mustaches and beards stuck to their faces. Most have sombreros on their heads and maracas in their hands.
I wonder if the diversity and racial equality engagement extends to the procurement of nubile girls for basketball recruits.
The photo emerged at an inopportune time for the university, which is already mired in a sex scandal.

A woman named Katina Powell released a book called "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen" that alleged she was paid thousands of dollars by a former director in the university's men's basketball program to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Multiple investigations into her allegations are pending.
Meanwhile, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education promises to conduct exorcisms at universities that are excessively zealous at proscribing costumes.
That’s why encouraging students to check themselves on Halloween—and backing that encouragement up with threats of disciplinary action—might just be the spookiest thing you’ll encounter this season.
Years ago, in jest (long before weblogs, who knows where it went) I posted a parody of PC-speak called "Oppressing the Dead" that called out the insensitivity of going as witch or vampire or ghost.  Turns out there's nothing beyond parody in the realm of the Perpetually Aggrieved.  So now, I'm reduced to locating the dress uniform of the German Kaiser, complete with spiked helmet.  It's time to push back against negative stereotypes of Prussians.  (Read the whole story, it's the most cheerful thing you'll see from me today.)

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