Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Being Offended: A Dartmouth Tradition

The following blitz was sent by "AfriCaSo" this afternoon, purportedly in response to an offensive blitz (reproduced below) which was sent out yesterday regarding Jim Yong Kim's appointment. Dartlog also urges its readers to remain calm in the face of this admittedly sophomoric missive--only the specially-trained first responders at OPAL are qualified to deal with this calamity, which in our estimation scores somewhere between the Rape of Nanking and Japanese internment on the Richter Scale of injustice.

(Full text after the jump)

From: AfriCaSo-Info@Dartmouth.EDU
Subject: Distressing sentiments
Date: March 3, 2009 3:32:57 PM EST
To: Recipient list suppressed

Hey everyone,

Members of Dartmouth community received the blitz below today. As you read this blitz, I caution you all to wait for administrators in OPAL to fully investigate the circumstances before acting.

Here it is:

This is the Generic Good Morning Message for March 3, 2009.

Yesterday came the announcement that President of the College James Wright will be replaced by Chinaman Kim Jim Yong. And a little bit of me died inside.

It was a complete supplies.

On July 1, yet another hard-working American's job will be taken by an immigrant willing to work in substandard conditions at near-subsistent wage, saving half his money and sending the rest home to his village in the form of traveler's checks. Unless "Jim Yong Kim" means "I love Freedom" in Chinese, I don't want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.

Y'all get ready for an Asianification under the guise of diversity under the actual Malaysian-invasion leadership instituted under the guise of diversity. It's a slippery slope we are on. I for one want Democracy and apple pie, not Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. I know I sure as shit won't ever be eating my Hop dubs bubs with chopsticks. I like to use my own two American hands.


Anonymous said...

Blitz was sent out by AD '10.

Anonymous said...

Do you NOT think this blitz is offensive? I rarely say something is offensive because it's usually people overreacting, but this one really tipped the iceburg -
even if it was just a joke.

Anonymouse said...

Idk. ADs a pretty good guy eh, speaks his mind and doesn't afraid of anything.

Anonymous said...

You're missing the point. Even if, for the sake of argument, it is offensive, so what?

Why does the college need to get involved? Why would there need to be some OPAL inquisition? Aren't there bigger fish to fry than some random blitz?

Anonymous said...

The writer obviously wants to end the fraternity system as we know it.

Anonymous said...

the blitz was stupid but now every activist group on campus will use it as an opportunity to bitch and moan about "racism" and call for a "dialogue" to address the problem. can't wait

Anonymous said...

The blitz is offensive.

The only shrillness here is TDR's overreacting to the normal reaction of people in the face of discourse that deserves to be scrutinized. Normal people 1, virginal TDR geeks 0.

Anonymous said...

how could you possibly read that and not interpret it as satire?

Anonymous said...

"So what?" What do you mean" I am not saying OPAL needs to get involved. I would assume that let's say this guy REALLY meant what he wrote (which from what I heard, isn't true). Isn't this the kind of speech that would hinder progress - someone who is unwilling to work with any person because of his background or appearance. In this case unwillingness to work with the President-elect because of his Asian-descent?

If this type of statement infringes upon the Dartmouth's mission statement in some form then I think it would be in the college's best interest to step in whether through education or ensuring students that the college doesn't support these types of ideologies not so much for the current students - but for financial supporters and prospect-students.
I don't think the college should make him take back his words because it is his right to say whatever he chooses - but they don't have to tolerate what he says. I don't think he has to apologize because that is his decision.

There are always bigger fish to fry in any situation.

Anonymous said...

Normal people would choose to ignore idiocy rather than call for an inquisition. Was it stupid? Heck yeah. But does it call for an investigation? I sincerely doubt it.

Editors said...

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Anonymous said...

if that blitz intended to satirize america, it succeeded

anonymous 10:07 said...

Of course it's satire. The purpose of satire is to ridicule its subject. You might find the blitz even more offensive knowing that the sender wasn't merely speaking his naive mind but was trying to ridicule the new president.

Fake Name said...

Anon 10:53-- Please follow the Editors' rules.

Anonymous said...

To make sure you're not giving offense, you should always tip the iceberg at least 20%.

the 3/9/2009 5:39 anon said...

If it tipped the iceburg at 20% I wouldn't say anything and probably roll my eyes. That's about as my attention I give most "offensive" statements.

Anon 1:48 pm:
You must be one of those people who struggle to make people laugh.

Alison said...

the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

I don't get how that letter about the new president was satire. Is the author equating Asians with stupidity or a vice? I am so confused. Perhaps the author should explain his great wit.

Sr. Seriamente said...

The Blitz was intended to make fun of those prejudiced against Asians by exaggerating their (meaning those prejudiced) attitudes for comic effect.

Somewhere along the line, however, the joke got lost and people got offended when they really should've just rolled their eyes and moved on.

Anonymous said...

these comments are totally uncalled for. I will make sure the world know about the "Dartmounth" silent

Anonymous said...

hahah the point is: Kim Jim Yong isn't even Chinese you idiot. So ignorant of all other cultures

Anonymous said...

the chinaman is not the issue, dude

Lauren said...

The blitz was sent out by an AD '11 who felt terrible about how the blitz was received in the Dartmouth community and in the Asian American community. He did send out a campus-wide email apologizing for his comments.
He was satirizing the perspective of those people who see Dr. Kim as an "outsider" to the traditional Ivy League community simply because of his race.
The satire may seem opaque, but comparing the content of the blitz to the content of actual things said about President Obama may make the blitz and its hyperbolic satire more clear.
Just as President Obama is not a terrorist using his place in the oval office to promote a Muslim agenda, Dr. Kim is not a "Chinaman" and won't be using Dartmouth as a platform to preach use of chopsticks in the Hop.